Lebanon

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‘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.

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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.

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.

The destruction at Beirut's port on Aug 10 after the huge chemical explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon’s Ruined Port Is a Nightmare to Rebuild

Politics, corruption, and the pandemic impede reconstruction of the country’s lifeline.

Lebanese protesters hold hands to form a human chain along the coast from north to south as a symbol of unity during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Beirut on Oct. 27, 2019.

What the International Community Can Do in Lebanon

A conservatorship is unlikely, but the world can work to nudge Beirut’s political class aside.

A Lebanese youth hugs French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the Gemmayzeh neighborhood of Beirut, which has suffered extensive damage due to a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital, on Aug. 6, 2020.

The World Is Planning to Rescue the Lebanese, Not Lebanon

Massive foreign assistance is on its way to the country—but the government has forfeited any right to it.

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 girl carries a Lebanese flag through Beirut’s Mar Mikhael neighborhood on Aug. 13.

In Beirut, Lebanese Want to Clear Out More Than Just Rubble        

Calls for fundamental political reform are gaining momentum in Lebanon after a deadly twin explosion this month laid bare government negligence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko plant a tree during a ceremony unveiling the Soviet Soldier Memorial near Rzhev, Russia on June 30, 2020.

Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target? 

As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood. 

Lebanese women wave the national flag

Beirut Explosion Imperils Lebanon’s Refugee Population—and Aid Routes to Syria

Reeling from the aftermath of a chemical explosion in the city’s port, Lebanon’s most vulnerable are bracing for even more anguish.

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.

Syrian police show seized drugs and Captagon pills in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016.

The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade

After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to the start of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on July 18.

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