Lebanon

A couple walks past a graffiti mural in Lebanon.

Nobody Knows What Lebanon’s Currency Is Worth Anymore

In Lebanon’s absurd economy, money’s value depends on whom you ask.

Migrant domestic workers carry placards during a protest to abolish the kafala system in Beirut on May 5, 2019.

Why Lebanon Can’t Kick Its Addiction to Indentured Labor

The country is almost bankrupt, but it still forks out on migrant workers under the heavily criticized kafala system.

Friends and family members of slain prominent Lebanese activist and intellectual Lokman Slim, attend a memorial ceremony in the garden of the family residence in the capital Beirut's southern suburbs, a week after he was found dead in his car, on Feb 11, 2021.

The Increasingly Violent Conflict Between Shiites and Iran’s Proxies

A killing in Lebanon is a symbol of a growing regional backlash against sectarian politics.

Members of the Shiite movement Hezbollah hold a military parade in the town of Riyaq in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on Feb. 13, marking the annual anniversary of the group's so-called martyred leaders.

Hezbollah Is Vulnerable. Lokman Slim’s Assassination Proves It.

The Biden administration and the French government must draw clear red lines, or the group will escalate its campaign of terror.

A recent undated picture shows prominent Lebanese activist Lokman Slim, who was found dead in his car in southern Lebanon on Feb 4.

In Publisher’s Death, Lebanese See One More Unsolved Murder

Hezbollah suspected in the killing of Lokman Slim but accountability is unlikely.

A statue of a woman by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer, made out of leftover glass, rubble, and a broken clock marking the time (6:08 PM) of the mega explosion at the port of Beirut is placed opposite to the site of the blast in the Lebanese capital's harbour, to mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the anti-government protest movement across the country, on October 20, 2020.

Syria’s Hidden Hand in Lebanon’s Port Explosion

Signs are adding up that the explosives in Beirut may have been intended for Damascus—but Lebanese elites are trying to slow the investigation.

A view of a building damaged by the August 4 blast in Beirut on Nov. 5.

Lebanon’s Concrete Cartel

How business interests prevent Lebanon from rebuilding its infrastructure, government, and economy.

People wave Syrian national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad

U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon

A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.

US Vice President Joe Biden and Lebanese Defence Minister Elias Murr stand with Lebanese military officers during a ceremony at the Rafiq Hariri international airport in Beirut on May 22, 2009.

If Biden Wins, Lebanon Is Afraid of Losing

The country’s entrenched elite could help a new U.S. administration achieve its regional goals—while sacrificing its citizens.

A Lebanese protester

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A Lebanese protester

Why Is Saad Hariri Back in Charge of Lebanon?

An entrenched sectarian political system, self-serving leaders leftover from the civil war, and a protest movement more ambitious than organized seem to have set Lebanon’s revolution back where it started.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to attend a church service for former French President Jacques Chirac at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris on Sept. 30, 2019.

Same Old Hariri, Newly Traumatized Lebanon

After a year of chaos, a familiar face is returning to the top of a country that desperately wants change.

Lebanese of Armenian origin raise Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh flags as they take part in a rally in Beirut's neighborhood of Bourj Hammoud on Oct. 9.

The Diaspora May Be Armenia’s Biggest Asset in Nagorno-Karabakh

From online to the front lines, the 7 million-strong Armenian diaspora is rallying to the fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.

A ship in flames is pictured at the port of Beirut following a massive explosion that hit the heart of the Lebanese capital on Aug. 4.

How a Maritime Deal With Israel Could Ease Lebanon’s Woes

Beirut could tap billions of dollars in natural gas revenue if it can resolve the border dispute.

A woman carries a diabled man wearing a protective face mask the Sabra neighbourhood of Beirut where many Palestinian refugees still live, amid measures coordinated with Palestinian security forces to shut down all shops in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, on March 22, 2020.

Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink

It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.

A Lebanese woman draped in a national flag

‘We Have Nothing Here’: A Collapsing Lebanon Sparks an Exodus of Despair

A country that previously took in refugees could become an exporter of people as government ineptitude and an economic cataclysm destroy all hope.

A demonstrator holding a Lebanese flag

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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.

People clear rubble from their historic homes in Beirut's Karantina neighborhood near the port on Aug. 21.

How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites

Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.