A Hezbollah flag flutters as tankers carrying Iranian fuel arrive at al-Ain in Hermel, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on Sept. 16.

Cutting Off Lebanon Won’t Stem the Captagon Trade

Instead of pushing Beirut to the economic brink, Saudi Arabia should address its own amphetamine addiction.

An aerial view shows Beirut in darkness during a power outage on April 3.

In 2021, Lebanon Suffered While the World Looked On

Skyrocketing inflation, government corruption, and international apathy defined a country in economic free fall.

A Lebanese protester lifts a national flag.

Lebanon’s Reformers Trade the Street for the Ballot Box

After 40 years of stasis, some new faces sense a glimmer of hope to change Lebanon’s poisoned politics.

The Daily Star in Beirut

Lebanon Loses a Pillar of Independent Journalism

The Daily Star’s demise is the story of Lebanon, reduced from promising country to failed state.

A member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement fires his gun.

Hezbollah Has No Choice but Escalation

The Beirut port blast investigation is turning over dangerous stones.

A member of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement fires his gun during the funeral of some of their members who were killed during clashes in the Tayouneh neighbourhood of the capital Beirut's southern suburbs a day earlier, on Oct. 15, 2021.

Sectarian Violence Is Lebanese Elites’ Comfort Zone

Open battle broke out in downtown Beirut this week—and the chances for political justice slipped further away.

A member of Hezbollah fires a gun during a funeral for some members who were killed during clashes in the Tayouneh neighbourhood of Beirut's southern suburbs on Oct. 15.

Lebanon Is Europe’s Most Urgent Challenge

A collapsing state risks creating a catastrophic refugee crisis.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati

Does Lebanon Finally Have a Government That Can Fix the Mess?

Probably not. But after a year of stalemate, even old faces are better than none.

A souvenir shop owner displays glasses decorated with pictures of Hassan Nasrallah.

Hezbollah Is Trying to Be Lebanon’s Savior

As the country’s economic desperation grows, the Shiite sectarian group is promising to provide for anyone in need. 

An aerial view shows Lebanon's capital Beirut in darkness during power outage on April 3, 2021.

The United States Has No Plan to Save Lebanon

The country’s desperate citizens are increasingly investing their hopes in a U.S. government that has other priorities.

Lebanese doctors chant slogans as they take part in ongoing anti-government demonstrations in central Beirut on Nov. 12, 2019.

Lebanon Is in Terminal Brain Drain

As the country’s economy goes into free fall, there’s a rush for the exits that could hamstring the country for generations.

A protester on the anniversary of the Beirut blast.

Lebanese Mark One-Year Anniversary of Blast With Protests, Rage, and Remembrance

No one has been held accountable for the explosion, even as Lebanon spirals further into economic catastrophe.

Najib Mikati is seen at his residence in Beirut.

Lebanon’s Billionaire Prime Minister Can Only Buy Time

A year after Beirut’s devastating port blast, the country’s political class is desperately trying to avoid a political reckoning.

A crowd cheers members of the Lebanese Civil Defense during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Beirut port explosion on Aug. 11, 2020.

Beirut’s Port Explosion, One Year Later

Compounding economic and political crises have made for a pyrrhic recovery from the brink. Here’s why.

Family members mourn assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

In Lebanon, the Wheels of Justice Do Not Grind

The Hariri tribunal hasn’t led to a single arrest. Biden should let it expire and help Lebanon in better ways.

Saad Hariri outside the Lebanon Tribunal on August 18, 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands.

No Prime Minister—and No More Hope—for Lebanon

The resignation of Saad Hariri is forcing the country to reckon with just how bad things have gotten.

French President Emmanuel Macron plants a tree.

Lebanon’s Failure Is Partly Macron’s Fault

France developed a plan to save its former colony. It went wrong from the start.

A picture taken on an army-organized press tour shows Lebanese army commandos standing on a hill they recently took from the Islamic State in Jurud Ras Baalbek on the Lebanese-Syrian border on Aug. 28, 2017.

The Lebanese Army Needs Cash

The force is the United States’ best partner in the country, but should Washington pay up?

Lebanese mourn the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Lebanon’s Economic Woes Threaten Terrorism Tribunal

Without new funding, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will close next month with little to show for more than a decade of work.

Lebanon’s Cardinal Bechara al-Rai is in Bkerke.

The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins

The country wants an end to sectarian strife. Can the leader of the Maronite church deliver?