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Hassan Nasrallah has challenged Western governments to produce evidence of the group's illegal activities, and the Treasury Department appears to be doing just that via new sanctio...(full article)

As the economic and political situations in Lebanon worsen, more Lebanese seek to emigrate to the West and to Gulf countries for better job opportunities....(full article)

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...(full article)

In recent years, the number of Christians living in Syria and Iraq has plummeted as a result of unrest and attacks by militant Islamists. Lebanon, with its large and vibrant Christ...(full article)

A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar was infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israel...(full article)

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America's Absence Destabilizes Lebanon - Elliott Abrams, CFR

If Syria and Hezbollah can select Lebanon’s Christian president, it will mark a giant step toward their renewed domination of Lebanon. It will also show the sad decline of Americ...

Will Lebanon Finally Get a New President? - Jean Aziz, Al Monitor

Beirut is abuzz with the possibility that the Dec. 16 parliamentary session will bring a major breakthrough with the election of a new president, after 32 failed attempts. Almost 1...

Middle East Inches Away From the Inferno - D. Ignatius, Washington Post

A modest diplomatic breakthrough seems near in Lebanon, as the allies of Saudi Arabia and Iran appear to have tentatively agreed on a new president after an 18-month deadlock....

The Day the Global Jihad Began - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

The jihad by Muslim extremists against the West began at 1:05 P.M. on April 18, 1983, when a dark delivery van made a sharp left turn onto the cobblestone drive of the U.S. Embassy...

Lebanon Can Survive Bombs but Not Its Failing State - T. Cambanis, CF

Hezbollah's decision to openly enter the Syrian civil war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad made it inevitable that the war in Syria would reverberate in Lebanon, in one man...

Why Are Shiites Dying in Syria? - Hussain Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

Since 2011, Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria has proven to be ‘operation mission creep.’ It started as Hezbollah fighters guarding the Shiite Shrine of Sayyidah Z...

Lebanon Is What the Brink Looks Like - Francesca Paci, Worldcrunch

“The city has never been as full as it is now,” says Khaled, a 40-year-old restaurateur from Beirut. “There are Saudis who can’t go anywhere else to spend t...

Self-Immolation Spreads in Middle East - Ash Gallagher, Al-Monitor

Self-immolation is becoming tragically more common in the Middle East, including Lebanon, where Syrian refugees are not the only ones setting themselves on fire in acts of desperat...

From Beirut to Benghazi - Kevin B. Sullivan, RealClearWorld

The 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, carried out by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah resulted in the deaths of 241 Americans, including 220 U.S. Marines. ...

Trash and Trust in the Middle East - Kevin B. Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Beirut once again this week, as disgruntled Lebanese clashed with police over a monthslong trash crisis that has fuele...

Lebanon Reaps Weapons Windfall From Congress - J. Pecquet, Al Monitor

The tiny state has gone from pariah to partner thanks to the Islamic State....

Lebanon Heads for Breakdown - Lally Weymouth, Washington Post

Lebanon’s politics are so fractured that its prime minister, in the absence of a president, is also the country’s top executive. That’s because the nation’s...

Beirut Chokes on Its Own Filth - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

Since the time of antiquity, almost every place in the Middle East has suffered from way too much government, but Lebanon is an intriguing exception. It’s the one country in ...

Lebanon's Staging Ground for Fatah-Islamist Conflict - Amer, Al-Monitor

The precarious security situation in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon has been reignited by recent clashes between the Fatah movement and Islamist militants in...

The Return of the Iraqi Street - Al-Monitor

Demonstrations in Iraq and Lebanon may signal new round of "Arab Springs"; Will Saudi capture of Khobar towers mastermind affect US policy toward Iran?...

Uprooting the Political Garbage in Lebanon - Joyce Karam, Al Arabiya

The political toxicity in Lebanon is deeply entrenched within the elite as well as the main institutions who will unite in resisting a major overhaul. This elite consensus to save ...

Why Do Arabs Keep Choosing These Leaders? - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

For Arabs, choosing leaders is hard. For prime minister, Iraqis can choose between Haidar al-Abadi and Nouri al-Maliki, who are both clueless on democracy. Meanwhile, Egyptians see...

Can Iraq Avoid Lebanon's Sectarian Fate? - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Yesterday afternoon, Iraq’s parliament approved some of the most significant changes to the country’s political system since the 2003 invasion. Most analysts have focus...

Why Does America Get Lebanon so Wrong? - M. Young, NOW Lebanon

The Washington think tank and consulting community gives significant relevance for the American capital. It can also be something of a bubble, where the reality of a particular reg...

Syria's Druze Caught Up in Game of Nations - Sami Nader, Al-Monitor

The Syrian Druze, staunch allies of the Assad regime, face an existential threat from opposition forces, which is why Druze leaders in neighboring countries have been calling for a...

ISIS Fights for a Window to the Sea - Esperance Ghanem, Al-Monitor

As the Islamic State is gaining ground in Homs, which is close to the Lebanese border, the Lebanese army is preparing to counter any attempt to turn North Lebanon into an emirate a...

Hezbollah's War on Terror - Nour Samaha, Foreign Policy

For Hezbollah, the sectarian rhetoric emanating from its foes simply distracts from the real battle — its war against terrorist groups. As far as it is concerned, any viable alte...

How to End Lebanon's Presidential Deadlock - Ana Maria Luca, NOW

It’s been a year. Not many people actually care about it, but it has been a year since Lebanon has gone on without a president because the country’s legislators can&rsq...

Hezbollah and Iran Manufacture Victory in Syria - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW

Hezbollah will not admit defeat in Syria....

Is Assad Finally on His Way Out? - W.R. Mead, The American Interest

He could be, and his exit will make a mess, the scope of which will be the direct result of U.S. policy the past few years. Nevertheless, his fall could prove to be the start of a ...

Where ISIS Gets Its Weed - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

THE BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — They are killing Syrians and each other at an astronomical rate but there seems to be one thing that jihadist troops and Assad allies are working ...

Lebanon's War Goes On - The National

Forty years after the start of Lebanon’s civil war, the wounds of war have not yet closed. The country today is still desperately unstable, rocked both by the civil war next ...

How Making Nice with Tehran Boosts ISIS - Ahmad El Assaad, NY Post

Sunnis across the Middle East feel bullied by Tehran’s increasingly dominant role in the region, and angry as the world remains on the sidelines. This unfortunate reality i...

Will Israel and Hezbollah Escalate? - Paul Pillar, The National Interest

An exchange of lethal attacks during the past fortnight between Israel and Hezbollah has raised the risk that escalation of fighting between these old antagonists might be added to...

Israel amid a Fragmenting Middle East - R. Abouzeid, New Yorker

On Wednesday, it looked like an old battle in Lebanon and Israel might be reignited. By Thursday, it looked like tensions had declined. In a statement labelled Communiqué No. 1 (i...

ISIS Has no Sunni Support in Lebanon - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

BEIRUT — On Saturday night, Taha al-Khayal and Bilal al-Mariyan approached the Omran Café in the Lebanese city of Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen district and blew themse...

The Death of Syria's Man in Lebanon - Michael Young, The National

In death, as in life, ‘Syria’s man’ proves Assad’s folly....

Hezbollah Is Having a Mid-Life Crisis - Thanassis Cambanis, Time

For five years, Hezbollah has vowed in fiery speeches to exact revenge for Israel’s assassination of its top military strategist in 2010. Each anniversary passed with Hezbol...

Lebanon Reaches out to Its Diaspora - Jean Aziz, Al-Monitor

Lebanon has signed a memorandum of understanding with the South American free trade organization Mercosur, whose member states host three times the number of Lebanese living in Leb...

Lebanon's Political Soothsayer Sees no Syria Solution - Ali Hashem, A-M

If there’s a name to be given to Walid Jumblatt, one of Lebanon’s veteran politicians and once a warlord during the 1975-1990 civil war, he might be called the survivor...

Sunnis Struggle Through the Age of the Shiite - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

If you are a Sunni who lives in the land that stretches between the Lebanese coast and the Iranian-Afghan border, you are doomed. If you are a secular Sunni, you must be a Baathist...

Lebanon's Quest for Water Security - Mohammed Zaatari, The Daily Star

Water fortune lies in tens of springs off southern coast....

Tackling ISIS: A Message from Lebanon - Gareth Smyth, Tehran Bureau

The recent paperback launch of a book on Lebanon published four years ago might seem a strange move given the dramatic changes in the Middle East since 2010. But Michael Young&rsqu...

Stop Funding Terror, Qatar - Telegraph

The cousin of Qatar’s foreign minister has been convicted in a Lebanese court of channelling funds to al-Qaeda....

Leaving Lebanon, Land of Dashed Hopes - Michael Karam, The Spectator

Escaping the shadow of the Islamic State to a changed country....

The Middle East's Loss of Sovereignty - Juan Cole, Informed Comment

In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

Lebanon's Genteel Anarchy Is Resilient - Economist

As one of the Arab world’s earliest collapsed states, Lebanon has a lot going for it. The country may have been ruined by 15 years of civil war, but it is far wealthier than ...

Hezbollah Playing a Dangerous Game with Lebanon - Tony Badran, NOW

On Tuesday, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for planting explosive devices that injured two Israeli soldiers on patrol in the Shebaa Farms area. The incident followed an attempted...

A Borderless Nightmare in the Middle East - Paul McGeough, SMH

He expected it. But when the call came mid-morning on Thursday, Nizam Mougherit froze – the caller was threatening to behead Ibrahim, the 35-year-old's younger brother who serves...

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