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Why the Next Israel-Hezbollah War Will Be an Accident

Daniel Nisman | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Despite the prevailing unwillingness of both the IDF and Hezbollah to provoke each other, the August 7 bombing exposes an ominous reality in the border area, particular in that the next conflict between the two will likely be accidental.

Explosion Rocks Hezbollah Stronghold In Beirut

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Twenty people were killed in the explosion which struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah gr...

Astoria Characters: The World-Grown Woman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.13.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

These are pretty pedestrian pastimes for a woman who had the globe at her feet. Hers was a glamorous childhood. Her father was excessively successful, and the family lived abroad, first in Holland then Italy.

2 Turkish Airlines Crew Kidnapped In Lebanon

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Gunmen on Friday ambushed a van carrying a Turkish Airlines crew in the Lebanese capital and kidnapped two of its members, a pilot and a co-...

UNO in Beirut: Playing Kids With Cancer

Emily O'Dell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Emily O'Dell

It's easy to feel guilty when you're creaming a kid with cancer in UNO or Fussball, but the Lebanese and Syrian kids with whom I play each week in Beirut love a tough match.

Lebanese Suicide Video on YouTube Sets Off Media Ethics Debate

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The blurry suicide video clip was unnerving but a Lebanese TV station led its primetime evening newscast with it, in its entirety, without any warning...

Failure to Compromise Endangers Lebanon

Daniel Nisman | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Currently, it seems as though the only thing holding Lebanon's political system and military together are fears of a full-blown civil war in their absence.

Explosion Rocks Hezbollah Stronghold In Lebanon

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.08.2013 | World

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday, wounding at least 53 people in the...

Dear NSA, George Orwell Is Watching You

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a month of ironies focused on Net freedom and somebody is benefiting from it - with a great sense of humor to boot. Irony 1: "Dear NSA, you can ...

Anti-Hezbollah Protester Killed In Lebanon

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Men wielding batons and wearing yellow arm bands evoking Lebanon's Hezbollah attacked protesters outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut ...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Glory Years

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Naked Neo Lladro figurines draped in mini bikinis comply with local mores in Sharjah where authorities have asked shopkeepers to "behead" mannequins a...

Hassan Nasrallah to the World: 'We Will Never Leave Syria'

Daniel Nisman | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

On April 30, the Hezbollah chief made one of his most anticipated addresses since the start of the Arab Spring -- making it clear that despite the risks, his fighters will never abandon their support for the Assad regime.

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

Janis Powers | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Janis Powers

Places like Lebanon, not Dubai, should serve as stepping stone to help us appreciate and experience some of what the Middle East has to offer. Putting the region's current military strife aside, what do Americans miss by traveling to Dubai instead of Lebanon?

Lebanese Journalists Trained to Cover/Uncover Corruption

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.

Walking a Tightrope: News Media & Freedom of Expression in the Middle East

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

No entity could be walking a tightrope more than news media in the Middle East following a spate of uprisings, revolutions, regime changes and civil wars over the last two years.

Lucia Topalian: Running An Art Oasis in Kuwait

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.26.2013 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

Mention Kuwait and you elicit talk of oil wealth, desert sands, and Iraq's invasion of the emirate in 1990. Interestingly, it's been a center for art and culture since before the aggression.

Beirut, a Novel Too Close for Comfort

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2013 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Alexander McNabb outdid himself in his second novel, Beirut, An Explosive Thriller, another adventure-filled story loaded with intrigue, espionage, love, murder, international hoods and plenty of violence.

After Beirut Bomb, What Is Lebanon's Fate?

Patrick Galey | Posted 12.24.2012 | World
Patrick Galey

A blast targeting Lebanese Internal Security Forces' intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan killed and wounded dozens of civillians, throwing the country once more into tumult. The fate of Lebanon is at stake.

Young Girl Hurt By Beirut Blast Needed 300 Stitches

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.22.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- Jennifer Shedid had just arrived home from school and she was hungry. As she asked her older sister what she could eat, a massive explosion ...

Lebanese Army Tries To Force Gunmen From Streets

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.22.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Lebanese soldiers in armored vehicles fanned out across the country on Monday to break down civilian roadblocks and chase gunmen off th...

Subverting Lebanon, and Broader Middle East

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 12.21.2012 | World
Marco Vicenzino

With the constant threat of spillover from Syria's conflict, Lebanon has been approaching a historical crossroads. Al-Hassan's assassination accelerates this process and could potentially prove the turning point.

Former PM Blames Assad For Beirut Bomb

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2012 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday of being...

Top Lebanese Security Official Reportedly Killed In Blast

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2012 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan, who led the investigation that implicated Syria a...

Could Lebanon Sue 'Homeland'?

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 12.19.2012 | TV

BEIRUT — Militants carrying assault weapons clear the area around a street, shouting in Arabic for people to get out of the way. A jeep pulls up...

Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2012 | World

By Oliver Holmes and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A huge car bomb that exploded in central Beirut during rush hour on Fr...