Lebanon: Past weighs heavy on present

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Yassamine Mather Less than a week after the massive port explosion that cost more than 200 lives, the entire Lebanese government resigned. Of course, long before that, serious…

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How do you save a truly corrupt country like Lebanon?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Robert Fisk Well, we can all agree that the sea took 70 per cent of the blast!” a close Lebanese friend announced to me this week, with intriguing…

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Coronavirus in the Middle East: A perfect storm

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Marco Carnelos The impacts of coronavirus have been tremendous everywhere, but in the Middle East, the situation seems to be assuming the features of a perfect storm. In…

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A lesson from Idlib for Hezbollah: is Israel preparing an attack?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Elija J Magnier For the first time in its official existence in 1985, Lebanon’s Hezbollah has now clashed on the battlefield with the Turkish army, one of NATO’s…

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There’s Little Chance for Change in Lebanon, Except for More Suffering

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Robert Fisk The freezing Mediterranean squalls that slash across downtown Beirut and the seafront to the west may give the impression this week that Lebanon is lapsing back into its…

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Democratic revolution in Lebanon and Iraq

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Phil Hearse The Arab Spring of 2011-13 was drowned in rivers of blood, sometimes after being first diverted by the dead-end of political Islam. But in the last…

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Lebanon: Clientelism and the Destruction of Ancient Water Systems in Saida

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lyne Jabri An overview of the modern urban history of Saida, Lebanon, reveals that the biggest changes to the city occur during times of crisis. During such critical…

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Lebanon: The People Want the Fall of the Regime

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Joseph Daher Over the last week, Lebanon has been rocked by a massive protest movement, larger than any the country has seen in decades. The demonstrations erupted after…

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‘I sort of broke English’: Meet the Lebanese poet crossing boundaries

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Nashwa Gowanlock Zeina Hashem Beck sits in her living room in Dubai, wrapping vine leaves, wara’ ‘enab, over a stuffing of minced meat and rice, which she will…

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the Arab region’s long-term revolutionary process

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Gilbert Achar When in late 2018 the people of Sudan took to the streets demanding an end to Omar al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule, this immediately triggered memories of 2010,…

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The new Middle East revolutionaries share this one fatal flaw

Monday, November 4, 2019

Robert Fisk Revolutions are like electricity. An electric shock of the most unexpected kind. The victims think at first it must be a powerful wasp sting. Then they…

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Fear on the Streets: Hezbollah and the Protests in Lebanon

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Robert Fisk Those tens of thousands of largely young protesters demanding a non-sectarian Lebanon were joyful, filled with happiness, determined that this time they would change the wretched…

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Protesters In Lebanon Refuse to Compromise, Call Nationwide General Strike

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Madleine Freeman On the fifth day of a series of massive protests in Lebanon, workers from the country’s largest unions have joined over a million protesters in the…

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Will Massive Lebanese Demos end the Country’s Era of Corruption?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Amira Abo el-Fetouh We may be too optimistic to hope that the massive demonstrations that have spread in all the cities of Lebanon will lead to the collapse…

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The U.S. Led Coup Attempt In Iraq May Further Weaken That Country

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The current unrest in Iraq began a week ago after a prominent general was removed from his post: Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi was the great Iraqi military…

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Why Hezbollah is now focused on Lebanon’s domestic politics

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Paul Khalifeh. The New Hezbollah has emerged.  In the past, the Lebanese Shia party proclaimed its allegiance to Iran through resistance to the state of Israel, and by…

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Threat of war in the Middle East is real

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Yassamine Mather. A common question journalists ask these days – if they are not asking about Brexit – is ‘Will there be a war against Iran?’ and, if…

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Untangling The Web Of The Saudi-Israeli-US Propaganda War On Iran

Monday, February 11, 2019

Behnam Gharagozli. Shortly after the horrific attacks on 9/11, it was discovered that there was an American plan to dismantle the regimes of seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,…

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Is There a Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one ‘Hajj Jamal Ghalaini’ occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that…

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Saudi Crown Prince MbS Tries to Restart the Lebanese War

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Paul R Pillar. The record of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia has included a trail of regional destabilization. Foremost on…

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Lebanon is on a tightrope, balancing the Saudis, Iran and the West

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Zcommunications and the Independent September 4, 2018. Facing possible invasion from both Britain and Germany in 1940 and determined to remain neutral, the Irish government in Dublin asked one of…

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Is Israel Preparing A War On Hezbollah In Lebanon? Would Russia Expand Its Presence To South Lebanon?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Elijah J Magnier. Posted on American Herald Tribune August 13, 2018. Tension is silently mounting between Israel and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border, where frenetic preparations are taking…

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Lebanon’s mountains are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent June 2018. Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of…

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The Shia Shift: Why Iran and Hezbollah Abandoned Suicide attacks

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Zachary Keckand Matthew Sparks. Posted on The National Interest May 28, 2018. Thirty-five years ago last month, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a delivery van packed with explosives…

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Why Mike Pompeo’s ‘Severest Sanctions’ on Iran Will Backfire

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Juan Cole. Posted on TruthDig May 23, 2018. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on new sanctions on Iran lays out a wide range of Iranian behavior he would…

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The Boustani house: the tragedy and faith of Lebanon

Friday, December 29, 2017

Robert Fisk. Posted on Znet December 28, 2017. Source The Independent. During the great famine in Lebanon and Syria – whose lamentable hundredth anniversary we mark these current…

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The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News. Posted in Colonialism & Occupation, Geopolitics, Global Economy, Media Analysis on 1 December 2017. Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

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Redrawing the map: Why is Trump abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker 19th October 2017. In a single speech on October 13, lasting just a few minutes, Donald Trump managed to succeed in doing…

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How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alastair Crooke. Posted on Consortium News on September 30, 2017. Plainly, Syria’s success – notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are…

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Hezbollah and the Workers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Joseph Daher, Jacobin. Though its reputation has waned in recent years, Hezbollah has long earned plaudits from the Left for its military resistance to Israel. Many, too, have…

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