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Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.

A noose and gallows hang from the monument at Martyrs’ Square.

Partition Is the Only Solution to Lebanon’s Woes

Hezbollah’s dominance has deprived non-Shiite Lebanese of a voice in their own country. It is time to reconsider a century of consociational democracy and return to a form of federalism.

A protester wearing a scarf of the Shiite movement Hezbollah chants slogans while being flanked by Lebanese police during an anti-US demonstration near the United States' Embassy headquarters in Awkar, northeast of the capital Beirut on July 10, 2020.

Lebanon Is Paralyzed by Fear of Another Civil War

Sectarian tensions are nearing the boiling point—and what happens next is up to Hezbollah.

Coffins of three of the seven bodyguards of Lebanon's murdered prime minister Rafiq Hariri are carried through the crowd during a mass funeral in central Beirut  on 16 February 2005. Hariri and his bodyguards were buried after his coffin was caught in a crush of frenzied mourners outside a Beirut mosque. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH BARRAK.

Hezbollah Still Has a Knife at Lebanon’s Throat After Hariri Verdict

A confused tribunal process is a step toward justice in a case that has haunted the country for years.

A Lebanese father and his daughter light a candle outside the mansion of assassinated former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri

A Verdict That Pleases No One in Lebanon

A U.N.-backed tribunal convicts one Hezbollah member in the Hariri murder but fails to determine who ordered it.

A picture taken on Aug. 9 shows graffiti on the wall of a bridge overlooking the port of Beirut, the site of the explosion which killed at least 154 people and devastated swathes of the capital.

Will Lebanon Rise From the Ashes?

After decades of living in denial, the country has hit rock bottom—but glimmers of a brighter future are starting to emerge.

A protester confronts security forces during an anti-government protest at Parliament on August 10 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government

If the United States lets France take the lead, the Lebanese people will get more political paralysis, cosmetic reforms, and Hezbollah control of state institutions.

Lebanese protesters clash with security forces in the vicinity of the Parliament in central Beirut on Aug. 10, following a huge chemical explosion days earlier that devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon’s Government Has Resigned. That’s Not Nearly Enough.

The Lebanese public wants answers and accountability for last week’s port explosion—not scapegoats.

A general view of the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital of Beirut.

Thousands Injured in Giant Beirut Blast

Lebanon’s government says “highly explosive materials” were stored near blast scene.

Lebanese riot police guard a bank in Beirut on April 28.

The United States Is Pushing Lebanon Further Into Iran’s Embrace

The Lebanese economy is collapsing, and the risk of conflict is rising—but Washington has failed to grasp why Iranian influence is spreading or the measures needed to stop it.

A picture taken during a guided tour organized by the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah shows volunteers sorting food aid that will be distributed during the coronavirus pandemic in Beirut's southern suburbs on March 31. A poster on the wall shows the current leader of the movement, Hassan Nasrallah.

After the Coronavirus, Terrorism Won’t Be the Same

As big-government initiatives expand and leaders deflect blame, anti-establishment groups, angry Luddites, and China-haters could turn to violence.

A volunteer wearing a face mask with the colors and logo of the Hezbollah flag

Hezbollah Prepares for Its Next War: Against the Coronavirus

The militant group seeks to gain an edge on other parties in responding in Lebanon.

Anti-government protesters and riot police clash following the announcement of a new Lebanese government in Beirut on Jan. 22.

Lebanon’s Halloween Government

Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.

Supporters of Hezbollah hold placards calling for revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani in Beirut, Lebanon.

Iran’s Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now

Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?

Supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah movement hold a poster of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani and Hezbollah flags as the movement’s leader delivers a speech in Beirut on Jan. 5.

Hezbollah’s Moment of Truth

The group’s leader has promised bloody retribution for Suleimani’s death. In reality, he’ll probably have to focus on rebuilding Hezbollah’s standing.

A Lebanese anti-government demonstrator waves a stick while confronting supporters of the Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal in Beirut on Nov. 25.

Untouchable No More: Hezbollah’s Fading Reputation

As Hezbollah sides with Lebanon's political elite, protesters in Beirut are increasingly willing to criticize it.

Protesters link arms to hold the line at a roadblock on the Ring Bridge in Beirut on Oct. 26.

To the Barricades in Beirut

Lebanese protesters are reappropriating roadblocks—long a mark of civil war-era division—as a symbol of unity.

A picture taken on a Lebanese Army-organized press tour shows Army commandos on the Lebanese-Syrian border on Aug. 28, 2017.

Washington Should Back, Not Punish, the Lebanese Military

With ongoing protests, potential sectarian clashes, and threats of terrorism in the region looming, the country’s armed forces need propping up now more than ever.

Supporters of Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s militant Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, watch him speak through a giant screen at a mosque in Beirut on Nov. 1.

Hezbollah’s Old Tricks Won’t Work in Lebanon

The Shiite group has to decide whether it is a resistance movement or part of the establishment.

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