Lebanon

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.

Syrian refugees

You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee

Around 70 million people are suffering displacement in crowded camps, awaiting the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. 

A view of a slum area in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli.

Cash-Strapped Lebanon Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus

Grappling with economic and political turmoil, Lebanon’s government is underequipped for a public health emergency.

Anti-government demonstrators rally behind barbed wire.

Lebanon Is Broken. So Are Its Protests.

The country’s protest movement knows what it’s against—but it never figured out how to achieve what it’s for.

Carlos Ghosn

What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?

Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.

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.

Carlos Ghosn

Ghosn’s Flight Leaves CEOs Thinking Twice About Japan

A controversial case has put an unwelcome spotlight on the Japanese justice system.

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?

Then-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during the beginning of the New York International Auto Show's press day in New York.

Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer’ Comes Home

Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.

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.

Shiite Muslims protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism

Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.

Algerian protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration.

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

An Iraqi protester clad with the national flag takes part in anti-government demonstrations at Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad, on Dec. 30.

Governments Can Kill Protesters—but Not Protest

The people want more democracy, even if their leaders want less.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

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How Sectarianism Helped Destroy Lebanon’s Economy

The sectarian power-sharing agreement that ended Lebanon's civil war also wrecked its economy and led to widespread protests.

Protesters gather at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

Iran’s Regional Influence Campaign Is Starting to Flop

Tehran has long sought to throw its weight around across the region. Now the Islamic Republic is facing a backlash in Iraq, Lebanon, and at home.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy slams the Trump administration for withholding aid to Lebanon.

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.

Supporters of Lebanese President Michel Aoun hold posters of him as they gather near the presidential palace in Baabda on Nov. 3.

How Michel Aoun Failed in Lebanon

More and more protesters say the general-turned-president has broken too many promises and must go.

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