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الجمهورية اللبنانية

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

The attack by Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militants on Hezbollah positions in the western Bekaa in Lebanon was an attempt to open a new front and boost morale....(full article)

The liberal Arabic press is already calling the band the voice of a generation — a generation of war-weary young people who want to live without bombs, without religious conf...(full article)

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Lebanon's Pluralism Trumps ISIS Barbarism - M. Muasher, Daily Star

When ISIS arrived at the border, however, most of Lebanon’s political parties, media and civil society rallied together. Billboards were erected appealing to Sunnis to preser...

We Should Negotiate with ISIS to Save Lives - R. Fisk, The Independent

He’s offered to do a deal with Isis. No, not David Cameron. Not Obama, of course. I’m talking about Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader. He’s demanding that...

Defeating ISIS Is the Easy Part - Kate Allen, The Independent

Syria is facing the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, and its neighbouring countries can’t manage on their own. Around the world, despite the politicians’ promises, ...

The Mideast's Black ISIS Humor - Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

In Lebanon, the popular, satiric Ktir Salbe Show recently released a sketch where a taxi driver picks up a jihadi and offers to turn off the air conditioning because it wasn't av...

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent - George Friedman, Stratfor

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today ...

Fear of New Civil War Hangs Over Lebanon - Michael Young, The National

The outbreak of fighting in the Lebanese town of Arsal last Saturday threatens to draw Lebanon further into the Syrian war, exacerbate already tense Sunni-Shia relations and lead...

Hezbollah to Hamas: You're on Your Own - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped -- but not now....

ISIS: It's Not Just About Iraq and Syria - John Ford, Daily Caller

In calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS was marking out for itself a future territory whose western border would touch Egypt and whose eastern border woul...

Mideast Power Struggles Exploit Ancient Rift - David Kirkpatrick, NYT

This island nation off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia was the first place where Arab Spring demands for equal citizenship and democratic governance degenerated into a sectarian ...

America's Imperial IRS - Michael Young, NOW Lebanon

This week the United States began implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca. The legislation will be applied worldwide, but in many countries it has raised lega...

Lebanon's Lessons for Iraq - Robin Wright, New York Times

Iraq is now peering into the abyss that Lebanon witnessed during the darkest days of its civil war, the first and longest sectarian conflict in the post-colonial Arab world. The c...

Predictable Petropolitics Behind Iraq Crisis - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Saudi Arabia’s claim to be the greatest oil producer in the world is no longer threatened by Shia Iraq’s output, nor the undiscovered reserves which might turn Iraq int...

The Arab World Is Finally United -- By Tents - The Daily Star

Arab countries are thus finally closing in on a possible unifying factor – refugee status – and if the percentage of Arab refugees continues to rise, it might be time for the A...

Iran Benefits from Creative Arab Chaos - Michael Young, The Daily Star

Iran has a finger in several Arab pies. Tehran’s influence over Iraq and its government is said to be significant. In Lebanon, the ties with Hezbollah have given it a major r...

He's Made It Worse: Obama's Middle East - Abe Greenwald, Commentary

What have we gotten in return for our more humble posture in the Middle East? The answer, as a case-by-case examination of the most important examples reveals, is this: a new age o...

George Clooney's Future In-Laws - Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

George Clooney’s reps have yet to make the official announcement, but all the tabloids and gossip sheets are reporting that the Hollywood heartthrob recently popped the questio...

Hezbollah Has Enabled Assad's Worst Acts - Michael Young, The National

What Mr. Al Assad really means is that he intends to resolve Syria’s problems by drowning the uprising in more blood. And that has implications for Hizbollah. The party’s in...

Beirut's Most Dangerous Slum - Jeff Neumann, Vocativ

The Syrian Civil War has spread to the neighborhood of Hay al-Gharbe, where guns, drugs and thugs now rule the streets....

The End of Lebanese Exceptionalism - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

For most of the recent era of independent Arab states, Lebanon has always been the exception to the rule. From the 1950s it was always the lively, open, liberal and freewheeling pl...

Refugee Influx Threatens Lebanon, Jordan - David Schenker, GPS

The self-immolation of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon last month is a harrowing reminder of the desperate circumstances of those who have fled the war. But the hardship...

Syria Threatens Lebanon's Fragile Peace - David Schenker, LA Times

Less than a generation removed from the 15-year civil war that claimed nearly 200,000 lives, Lebanon again appears to be hurtling toward instability....

Let Us Count the Ways Arabs Are Dying - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways....

Hezbollah Advances in Syria, Frail in Lebanon - S. Nashashibi, National

If the capture of Yabroud is to be described as a victory for anyone, it would be for Hizbollah, not the regime it is propping up. Even then, however, victory is an appropriate d...

A Syrian Reflection in Many Arab States - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Perhaps one reason why Arab host countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq keep their borders open is that these countries have all experienced the pain of conflicts that sent man...

Along Syria's Borders, Militias Spawn - Laure Stephan, Le Monde

Faced with increasing violence spilling over from the chaotic Syrian conflict, in which rebels are fighting among themselves, several villages that considered national security for...

Syria, Iraq, Lebanon: The New AfPak - Anno Bunnik, National Interest

Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries as a common space, as we do now with “AfPak.”...

Disappearing Arab Nations a Problem for Israel - Moshe Arens, Haaretz

Under the dictatorial rule of Hafez el-Assad and later his son Bashar, there presumably was a neighboring nation-state with whom a peace treaty could in principle be negotiated. Th...

When Reagan Cut and Run - Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy

What was particularly remarkable about Reagan's bold decision was its rarity. Presidents often authorize using force or deploying troops to achieve some discrete set of political a...

Heritage Foundation Hosts Pro-Hezbollah Clerics - Michael Weiss, NOW

The “Marked for Destruction” panel discussion consisted of “the first delegation of Syrian Church leaders to visit the United States since the start of the civil war,” as H...

Hezbollah Pushes Lebanon to War - Michael Young, The National

After signs last week that a new Lebanese government would be formed, the process has stalled amid continuing disagreements over cabinet portfolios. This represents another setback...

Why Lebanon Still Matters - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW Lebanon

Lebanon is at a crossroads, and the result will determine Iran’s sway within the region....

Obama's Messianic and Obsessive Foreign Policy - Michael Weiss, NOW

Words from the regimes of Iran, Russia, and Syria mean nothing now because the executive branch is speaking on their behalf. The result is a colossal mission of redefinition. A ske...

Obama's Losing Bet on Iran - Michael Doran & Max Boot, New York Times

Trying to draw the Iranians into a negotiated solution will almost certainly mean keeping Mr. Assad in power. That, in turn, will only play into the hands of Sunni extremists....

Lebanon Is Hearing the Alarm Bells - Michael Young, The Daily Star

Lebanon cannot afford a void in the coming months, and fear of one is universal overseas. The Lebanese are getting the point, even if March 14 is worried that it will pay the price...

Syria Spillover Is Redrawing the Mideast Map - Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde

The Syrian conflict and the surrounding chaos are allowing al-Qaeda to reinforce its presence in the region, starting with Iraq and Lebanon....

A Post-Everything Moment in the Middle East - Rami Khouri, Daily Star

With daily car bombs, suicide bombers, assassinations, kidnappings, ethnic warfare and collapsing government control across the Middle East, we are moving into the post-everything ...

5 Things That Won't Happen This Year - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Predictions, like the careers of politicians, almost always end in failure, especially when those predictions are about things that should happen. In the messy, tangled, unpredicta...

Sunnis Against Shias: A Strategic Absurdity - The Guardian

Iran and Saudi Arabia are both bent on unrealistic plans for dominance in the Middle East or, at the very least, on denying the dominance of the other....

A Regional War Is Brewing in Syria - Washington Post

A multi-sided and transnational war is developing among the same factions battling in Syria: al-Qaeda; Shiite Hezbollah and its sectarian allies in the Syrian and Iraqi governments...

Militants Fill Middle East Power Vacuum - Hubbard, Worth & Gordon, NYT

The images of recent days have an eerie familiarity, as if the horrors of the past decade were being played back: masked gunmen recapturing the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi, ...

Last Chance for Lebanon - Daily Star

The cycle of violence that Lebanon is experiencing comes as no surprise to anyone, and should be fully expected because of the lack of functioning state institutions to take respon...

A Year of Strife -- and Hope -- in the Mideast - The National

At the beginning of this year, many observers believed that this region had finally settled on a new path. The tumult of the Arab Spring had given way to a sense of destiny for som...

Beirut Bombing Shows the Strategy of Chaos - The National

Within hours of the Beirut car bomb on Friday that killed the Lebanese opposition figure Mohamad Chatah, blame was being levelled at Hizbollah. The movement is certainly a tempting...

The Meaning of the Chatah Assassination - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The attack should probably be analyzed at three levels simultaneously: the domestic confrontation between the March 14 and March 8 coalitions; the armed conflict to bring down or s...

Is Lebanon Edging Back Toward Civil War? - Karl Vick, Time

The massive explosion in downtown Beirut on Friday morning that killed Mohamad Chatah, a moderate Sunni politician who once served as Lebanon’s ambassador to Washington, blackene...

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