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Hassan Nasrallah

The Beirut Bombings Reflect the Minority Trap of the Levant

Faysal Itani | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Faysal Itani

Herein lies the minority trap: the greater the punishment that Hezbollah and Assad inflict on the Sunni majority, the more they expose themselves and their supporters to violent retribution, which in turn drives the minority population further into their embrace. Neither the first Vienna summit on Syria negotiations nor the second one planned for this weekend appears to address the tragedy of these two minorities -- the Lebanese Shiites and the Syrian Alawites. Without a lifeline thrown from outside powers, the bond between hijacking despots and hijacked population will almost certainly grow tighter.

Did the Russians Just 'Invade' Syria?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

"No," Assad-loyalists would rush to say when asked if the current Russian military build-up in Syria can be considered an "invasion" or indeed, a new foreign "occupation" of Arab lands.

New Syrian Rebel Alliance Puts Hezbollah in Operational Dilemma

Daniel Nisman | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Daniel Nisman

In a new video posted online, Nusra Front militants announced the formation of a 'Jaish al-Fateh' branch in the Qalamoun region. Jaish al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) is the same rebel alliance which has scored numerous victories in recent weeks against the Assad regime in northern Syria's Idlib Province.

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Amidst all this flexing of muscles, America is effectively disempowered by its stand-off policy, but also from its political investment in the war on ISIS, with its many contradictions and tensions.

The Great Game: Israeli, Hezbollah, and Iranian Edition

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Middle East remains a powder keg with most regional actors balancing precariously upon a tightrope. The danger of a misstep that could plunge the region into a new war is ever present and unfortunately, nothing suggests that trajectory will change anytime soon.

How Hezbollah Is Changing the War in Syria – and Vice Versa

Sahar Atrache | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Sahar Atrache

Hezbollah's intervention in Syria has achieved significant gains. The result, however, has been that Hezbollah ("party of God" in Arabic), once widely respected by Sunnis in Syria and the region for its military struggle against Israel, is now frequently dubbed the "Party of Satan."

Assad and His Friends Brag About Winning

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The Obama administration's entire Syria policy rests on the foundation that Assad's internal calculation needs to change. A willingness by Assad to participate in serious and meaningful negotiations is the objective of this policy. Right now, that foundation is crumbling into dust.

A Bizarre Trial for Lebanon

Allan Topol | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

The prosecutor has done a careful job assembling his case. It is likely that justice will be done in the Netherlands. But at what price for poor suffering Lebanon.

Hamas and Hezbollah Agree to Disagree on Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Even as Hamas gradually restores its relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, some of its officials still wave the Free Syrian Army (FSA) flag.

Joshua Hersh

Hezbollah Leader Denies Syria Chemical Weapons Claim | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- The leader of the Lebanese political party and militia Hezbollah in a speech on Monday night strongly denied charges that his group had acqu...

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...

Taking the Lead in Syria

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The difficulty in finding a solution to the crisis in Syria is the fact that there are many players whose interests are incompatible with one another and there is no political solution that can mitigate these incompatibilities.

Nasrallah: Syria To Provide Hezbollah With 'Game-Changing' Weapons

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syria will supply "game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militant group said Thursday, less than a week after ...

Nasrallah, Sectarianism, Syria -- and How to Understand It All

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Things are going poorly for Sheikh Nasrallah and his masters. His army bleeds heavily, particularly in the Homs area, where it is engaged in heavy fighting with the Syrian Sunni rebels.

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.

Joshua Hersh

Hezbollah's Role In Syria's Crisis Poised To Grow | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.22.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- In October, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, delivered a rare speech to comment on rising rumors about the Lebanese Shiite gro...

Politics and Policies: What's Next in the Middle East?

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Hezbollah is building training facilities in the eastern Bekaa Valley within close proximity of the Syrian border, reported a local Beirut newspaper earlier this week. Is Hezbollah preparing for the next confrontation and if so, whom do they expect to fight?

Should Israel Have Agreed to Exchange Terrorists for a Kidnapped Soldier?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Israel, by agreeing to exchange hundreds of terrorists for one soldier, has shown the world that it will not compromise on its value system which proclaims that "he who saves one human being, it is as if he has saved the world."

The Truth Is Hasan Nasrallah Can't Be Stopped

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

"Not even in 300 years" said Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, as he appeared on Lebanese television a few days ago bluntly declining to adhere to...

Where Is the Revolution?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Revolutions don't come from the playbook of a shy American intellectual; they are a result of relentless struggle and a workable future road-map, which incorporates democracy and equal economic opportunities as its core.

Hezbollah's Way or the Highway on Hariri

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taufiq Rahim

Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah is playing a very dangerous game. He is seeking to be part of the Lebanese state, but only if he is the only judge, jury, and executioner.

Is Hezbollah Really Bullying the Special Tribunal?

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon will indict Hezbollah members in the trial established to find the murderers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The ramifications of this would be huge.

Hassan Nasrallah The Manipulator

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, is -- in principle -- a man of religion. However, in addition to commanding an illicit militia and ordering bloody wars, Nasrallah is a manipulator.

In the Absence of a US Foreign Policy

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

America has no vision for the Middle East. Until a policy on Syria is drafted, Washington will be improvising on how to deal with Damascus.

The Hezbo(ti)lla

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Amidst all this jockeying, there is another player, under-analyzed since the initial flotilla furore, but nonetheless critical to its outcome: the Lebanese terrorist movement, Hezbollah.