‘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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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.
Lebanon Is Paralyzed by Fear of Another Civil War
Sectarian tensions are nearing the boiling point—and what happens next is up to Hezbollah.
How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites
Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.
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.
Lebanon’s Ruined Port Is a Nightmare to Rebuild
Politics, corruption, and the pandemic impede reconstruction of the country’s lifeline.
What the International Community Can Do in Lebanon
A conservatorship is unlikely, but the world can work to nudge Beirut’s political class aside.
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 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.
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.
Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target?
As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Beirut’s blast reopens old political wounds, why Europe must stand up for Belarus, and Colombian armed groups spread fear amid lockdown.