How Michel Aoun Failed in Lebanon
More and more protesters say the general-turned-president has broken too many promises and must go.
To the Barricades in Beirut
Lebanese protesters are reappropriating roadblocks—long a mark of civil war-era division—as a symbol of unity.
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The world marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hezbollah is stuck between the establishment and the protesters, and Palestinian Israelis wield newfound political power.
Israel’s Occupation of Lebanon Failed. Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Probably Will, Too.
Safe zones rarely bring security benefits, and the Turkish incursion in northern Syria risks ending the same way as Israel’s disastrous occupation of southern Lebanon.
Washington Should Back, Not Punish, the Lebanese Military
With ongoing protests, potential sectarian clashes, and threats of terrorism in the region looming, the country’s armed forces need propping up now more than ever.
Hezbollah’s Old Tricks Won’t Work in Lebanon
The Shiite group has to decide whether it is a resistance movement or part of the establishment.
Why Protesters in Lebanon Are Taking to the Streets
The protests combine political and economic grievances and could bring down the country’s sect-based political order.
Lebanon Has Suffered From Sectarianism for Too Long
Mass protests could put an end to the ethnic clientelism that has empowered corrupt leaders. But demonstrators must stand their ground or risk being co-opted like those who rose up in 2005.
Lebanon’s Protests Are Leaderless. That May Be Their Strength.
Fed up with decades of economic mismanagement and corruption, most demonstrators just want the government gone.
The Arab World’s Revolution Against Sectarianism
Lebanon and Iraq are rising up against constitutions that have empowered religious factions—and enabled their corruption.
Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show
Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.
Lebanon’s Year of Fire
From self-immolations to forest blazes, the country’s conflagrations are igniting pan-sectarian protests.
Time Is Running Out for Syrians in Lebanon
Beirut is ready to send refugees home, but there isn’t much for them to go back to.
Hezbollah’s Rainbow Coalition
The Shiite group is making inroads with other communities. Here’s how—and why.
Will an Israeli Energy Boom Make the EU Pro-Israel?
Future dependency on Israeli natural gas could change the political equation for many European countries that are currently critical of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
Lebanon Is Sick and Tired of Syrian Refugees
The country has hosted the most refugees per capita in the world—and it’s now out of patience.
Greetings From Trash Mountain
Lebanon is replacing its famed peaks with ones made of trash. Its population’s health—and pocketbooks—are suffering.