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Families look out from screened windows.
Families look out from screened windows.

Syrian Refugees Find Little Hope in Lebanon’s Election

Lebanon’s large refugee population has long given up on their futures in the country.

Lebanese independent lawmakers on their way to parliament pose at Martyrs' Square in central Beirut on May 31.
Lebanese independent lawmakers on their way to parliament pose at Martyrs' Square in central Beirut on May 31.

Lebanon Has an Opposition Movement Again

A new coalition could check—or even dislodge—Hezbollah and its iron grip.

A woman votes behind a white privacy screen.
A woman votes behind a white privacy screen.

Lebanon’s Surprisingly Promising Election

After years of political deadlock, the country may be starting to shake off its ruling class.

A person with curly hair stands with their back turned toward the camera, draped in a red and white flag with a green tree in the middle. They're standing in the middle of a road and tan buildings are in the background.
A person with curly hair stands with their back turned toward the camera, draped in a red and white flag with a green tree in the middle. They're standing in the middle of a road and tan buildings are in the background.

Can Lebanon’s Elections Pull the Country Out of an Abyss?

On Sunday, Lebanese go to the polls for the first time since their 2019 uprising.

Lebanese lira bills are damaged in a special machine at Lebanon's Central Bank in Beirut on November 24, 2008.
Lebanese lira bills are damaged in a special machine at Lebanon's Central Bank in Beirut on November 24, 2008.

The Islamic State Is Capitalizing on Lebanon’s Economic Collapse

A growing number of Lebanese men are deciding their best hopes lie with jihadis next door.

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

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