Lebanon Articles

A Talk with Samir Geagea, Head of the Lebanese Forces

1:11 PM, May 10, 2012

Maarab, Lebanon
Samir Geagea is reluctant to speak much of the attempt on his life last month.

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Christie Plans for Romney-Christie Administration to Take on Enemies in Syria, Lebanon?

9:00 AM, Apr 05, 2012

New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie is touring Israel this week, visiting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. But right now he's gone north, visiting the Golan Heights for a security briefing and a tour.

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Lebanon Smolders

4:03 PM, Dec 13, 2011

Yesterday, a rocket fired from southern Lebanon missed its target in Israel. Instead it wounded a Lebanese woman, hinting at a possible pattern of things to come. While Hezbollah contends that its weapons are to protect Lebanon from Israel, the reality is that the arms used to defend the resistance’s patrons Iran and Syria are likely to cause Lebanon yet more suffering.

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Rocket Fire from Lebanon Hits Israel

8:41 PM, Nov 28, 2011

In the aftermath of a reported explosion earlier today in the Iranian city of Isfahan that may have targeted a uranium enrichment plant, at least three katyusha rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel's western Galilee overnight Monday.

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A Real Syria Policy, Anyone?

Oct 17, 2011

Russia and China’s October 4 veto of a U.N. -Security Council resolution on Syria elicited a strong response from U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice. “The United States is outraged,” said Rice, “that this Council has utterly failed to address an urgent moral challenge and a growing threat to regional peace and security.” 

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The Lessons of the Second Lebanon War

Five years later.
11:15 AM, Aug 12, 2011

The recent exchange of fire between the IDF and Lebanese Armed Forces troops is a reminder that Israel’s northern border has been relatively quiet these last five years, or ever since the 2006 war that Israel fought with Hezbollah. Five years ago, on July 12, a Hezbollah ambush set off the 34-day conflict that has loomed large over the region ever since. In the war’s immediate aftermath, many outside observers hailed Hezbollah as the winner.

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Lebanese Journalist Gives Obama an 'F'

1:39 PM, Aug 05, 2011

In some polls of Middle East opinion, Obama ranks lower than Bush. And now here come assessments from the region's intelligentsia. "Give Obama an ‘F’ in the Middle East," writes Lebanese journalist Michael Young, author of the award winning account of the Cedar Revolution, The Ghosts of Martyrs Square.  "What are the American priorities in the Middle East?" asks Young in Beirut's Daily Star, "No one knows."

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State Department Official: 'Change Is Coming to Syria'

3:43 PM, Jul 27, 2011

Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey D. Feltman told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs this afternoon that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad isn’t going to survive the 5-month long uprising against his regime. “He can’t win this,” said Feltman, head of the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs—which, barring any revisions or corrections coming from the White House, now seems to be the administration’s official assessment. Assad is going down.

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George Will’s Poor War Analogy

2:58 PM, Jun 23, 2011

At the end of a Washington Post op-ed criticizing John McCain for labeling Republicans who oppose intervention in the Libyan war “isolationists,” George Will writes (emphasis added):

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Leverage and Legitimacy in Lebanon and Syria

11:14 AM, Jun 16, 2011

Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati has finally managed to form a cabinet. Since Saad Hariri’s “national unity” government was toppled in January, due to disagreements over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) investigating the assassination of Hariri’s father Rafiq, it is hardly surprising that this cabinet is dominated by pro-Syrian figures eager to end Lebanon’s cooperation with the STL.

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Europeans Blame Israel for Murders Committed by Islamists

7:50 AM, Apr 26, 2011

Berlin—Many European reactions to the recent murders by radical Islamists of pro- Palestinian Israeli filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis and Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni replicate the typical recurrence of the same: Shift the blame to Israel in an a priori fashion without delving into existing empirical evidence.

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A Spreading Revolt in Syria

Is Assad losing his grip?
Apr 25, 2011

With the popular uprising in Syria completing its first month, protests against Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread to encompass most Syrian regions and cities, including now the capital, Damascus. On Friday, April 15, crowds from surrounding suburbs swarmed the city, heading downtown to Abbasiyyin Square where the police fired on protesters and closed all roads and entrances leading toward the square. 

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Who Are the Shabbiha?

4:16 PM, Apr 12, 2011

Reporters covering the ongoing popular revolt in Syria were recently introduced to a new term from the sociopolitical lexicon of the Levant—the shabbiha.

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'The Road to Fatima Gate'

10:22 AM, Apr 10, 2011

Michael J. Totten has just published The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbollah, and the Iranian War Against Israel. From Lee Smith's blurb, on the back of the book:

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Syrian Workers in Lebanon — and the Future of the Arab World

4:35 PM, Mar 31, 2011


For the last several days, Syrian workers have gathered in front of their embassy here to demonstrate on behalf of the embattled regime in Damascus. Pity those poor wage laborers who have no choice but to wave the flag, lest they lose the privilege that entitles them to piece together a measly living in a country where they’re largely condemned.

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Bashar Al-Assad's Last Stand?

And how Lebanon is reacting.
11:00 AM, Mar 30, 2011


The Lebanese seem to be keeping mum after Bashar al-Assad’s speech this afternoon. Sure, there are no doubt plenty of opinions to go around, but why bring unnecessary attention to Lebanon’s own problems?

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All Quiet on the Lebanon Front

For the moment.
Mar 28, 2011


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Protests Heat Up in Lebanon

1:00 PM, Mar 16, 2011


If the Saudis and other Gulf Cooperation Council members thought that sending more than a 1,000 additional troops to quell the uprising in Bahrain would prevent it from influencing the rest of the region, they miscalculated. The repercussions are already being felt here in Lebanon.

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A Different Kind of Arab Uprising in Lebanon

10:58 AM, Mar 16, 2011

After two months of Arabs spontaneously taking to the streets to protest against their regimes, there's another kind of uprising going on here in Lebanon. The setting isn’t even an Arab street, but rather Beirut's Rafiq Hariri International Airport; and the occasion isn’t a protest, but rather a “flash mob” executing a traditional Lebanese song and dance routine, “Dabke.”

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