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Rafik Hariri

February 14 and the Legacy of Violence in Lebanon

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Halim Shebaya

Eleven years later, as Hariri's Future Movement holds its annual commemoration of the assassination, we should remember that the violence in Lebanon did not start or end on the 14th of February.

Can Hariri Co-exist with a Strong Christian President in Lebanon?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.02.2017 | World
Halim Shebaya

Lebanon has been without a President since May 2014. As per Lebanese custom, the President should be Maronite (Eastern Catholic) and is elected by the convening of Parliament with a minimum of a two-thirds quorum.

Squabbling Politicians Push Lebanon to Sectarian Brink

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The bigger threat to Lebanese stability is the implosion of Syria, which long played a dominant, sometimes controlling, role in Lebanon. Hezbollah has directly intervened on the side of the Assad regime. The Shia movement's involvement risks bringing the conflict back to Lebanon, as did Hezbollah's costly 2006 war with Israel.

Lebanon's Procrastination Problems May Soon Be Insurmountable

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mocking the absurdity of Lebanon's politicians and complaining about corruption has become a national past time. The political elite, while still seemingly somewhat in control, have proved themselves to be completely incompetent. Not once, not twice, but relentlessly.

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.

Joshua Hersh

Beirut Blast Kills Leading Political Figure

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- A large explosion targeted the convoy of a leading Lebanese political figure Friday morning, killing him and several others, and threatening...

UN Tribunal Releases Names Of Four Wanted For Killing Rafik Hariri

Posted 09.28.2011 | World

   AMSTERDAM/BEIRUT, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.N.-backed Lebanon tribunal on Friday released the names, photographs and details of four men wante...

Power and Downfall -- Between Shakespeare and Arab Tyrants

Shai Baitel | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

Can Shakespeare's Richard III, in Sam Mendes's thoughtful interpretation and irresistibly brought to life by Spacey, compare to the ilk of the rulers of Iran, to Bashar al-Assad, to Hassan Nasrallah, to Muammar Gaddafi?

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...

Syria's Assad & America's Decaying Credibility

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The Obama administration is having a hard time finding any more sand to place its head in when it comes to evolving events in Syria.

The King's Speech Vs. The Dictator's Deceit

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.20.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Judging by the context and content of the national addresses delivered within hours of each other this weekend, Morocco's King Mohammed and Syria's Bashar Al Assad could not be farther apart from each other.

Desperately Seeking Syria at Lebanon's Expense

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Grenell

After months of ignoring Lebanon's growing regional problems, the Obama administration now faces a Lebanon with no leader and under the control of Hezbollah.

Behind Lebanon's New Political Crisis

Time | NICHOLAS BLANFORD / BEIRUT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Few would have imagined, when a massive explosion killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, that the aftershocks of the blast would ...

Firestorm Among Lebanon's Cedars

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Lebanon is about to fall into another dark period. But this time, the forces of Hezbollah and its patron Iran seem finally to have the upper hand.

Cohen's Hallucinations in The New York Times

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

There is nothing worse than a shallow columnist pontificating about what should and should not happen in a country he discovered only last week.

Lebanon's Moment of Truth

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

There can be little doubt that assassins revel in an absence of accountability -- and in Lebanon's history few of them have ever been brought to justice.

Syria's Dilemma

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon underscores the increasing polarization in the broader region, placing the divergent views of Iran and the Arab states in stark contrast, with Syria in the middle.

Hezbollah and Iran: the New Masters of Lebanon?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

Hezbollah conducted a simulation of the zero hour to demonstrate its ability to maintain a security and military grip on Lebanon, thereby giving its Iranian master the coveted reins over Lebanon.

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.

Lebanese Politics in the Post-Bush Era

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

The shift in allegiances of Lebanon's chameleon-like Druze leader has sent tremors through the country's political system.

Lebanese TV Confuses Voters

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

At stake are 128 parliamentary seats. Competing parties have been fighting for them more fiercely on satellite television networks than in the crowded streets of Beirut.

Hariri 'Rejects Any Hezbollah Deal' In Upcoming Lebanese Elections

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Saad al-Hariri, the leader of Lebanon's Future movement, has said he will refuse to join a Hezbollah-led coalition government should the Shia party an...

Lebanon: 3 Rafik Hariri Murder Suspects Freed

Al Bawaba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Lebanese authorities on Wednesday freed three of seven suspects held over the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the office of public ...

How A Murder Investigation Could Snarl Mideast Peace

csmonitor.com | Nicholas Blanford | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While his assassination sparked a political awakening in this country, the eventual findings into Rafik Hariri's murder investigation have the potenti...

The 20 Most Intriguing Billionaire Heiresses

Forbes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It used to be heiresses just lunched, shopped and partied. Don't tell the $20 billion babies on Forbes' list of the 20 Most Intriguing Billionaire Hei...