By Jean Shaoul, 12 March 2020
The default comes amid a spiralling economic crisis, protests, increasing poverty and other signs of social disintegration, along with the first coronavirus deaths.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2020
A new “scramble for Africa” is being tied into a new “scramble” for the eastern Mediterranean, as Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon and the European powers compete over gas exploration, production licenses and pipelines.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2020
Both countries saw violent clashes as discredited caretaker governments failed to meet any of the social and political demands made by hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2019
According to the World Bank, a further devaluation of the Lebanese pound could push up to half the country’s six million people below the official poverty line.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 November 2019
The political vacuum in Lebanon poses the risk of an intervention by the regional powers or their local proxies.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 October 2019
The protests have brought a quarter of Lebanon’s six million people out onto the streets.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 October 2019
The protests are part of a broader upsurge that is taking place all over the world and testifies to the primacy of class over ethnicity, nationality and religion.
21 October 2019
By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2019
The wave of attacks across the region is linked to both the US offensive against Iran and Netanyahu’s re-election campaign.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2019
The rallies were part of a nationwide public sector strike affecting schools, universities, state-run media outlets and government offices.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2017
Prime Minister Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh, echoing the virulent anti-Iranian rhetoric of the Saudi monarchy.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2015
The media’s description of southern Beirut, the target of the bombing, as a “Hezbollah stronghold” evinces Western sympathy for ISIS terrorism.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2015
Protests demanding the treatment of uncollected trash also express opposition to Lebanon’s endemic corruption and its sectarian system of government.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2013
The killing of former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah underscores the threat of war that has spread throughout the region.
By Keith Jones, 30 November 2013
The revelation of the US-Hezbollah talks comes just days after the US and its allies reached an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
By Keith Jones, 20 November 2013
The bombing, coming the day before the resumption of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, aimed to ratchet up tensions throughout the Middle East.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2013
US-backed Syrian opposition forces pummeled Shia targets in Lebanon as Hezbollah fighters continued massing near Aleppo.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 March 2013
Growing social and political tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by outside intervention in the region, as part of broader plans to topple Syria’s regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Niall Green, 22 October 2012
The two deadly bombings in Beirut point to the growing threat that the Syrian conflict will spread to Lebanon and throughout the region.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 August 2012
This is the conclusion of a two-part examination of the background to the current crisis in Lebanon.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 August 2012
This is the first part of a two-part article examining the background to the current crisis in Lebanon.
By Eric London, 18 August 2012
The intensifying US proxy war in Syria is raising fears of a sectarian war throughout the Middle East.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2012
Lebanon’s government despatched troops to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, after sectarian clashes killed 10 on Saturday.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 May 2012
Several days of clashes in and around Tripoli between Sunni Islamists and Alawites have left 10 people dead, 50 wounded and several kidnapped.
By Niall Green, 27 February 2012
The conflict in Syria, where US-backed “rebels” are fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, is exacerbating tensions in neighboring Lebanon.
By Sahand Avedis, 12 August 2011
Lebanese army intelligence has intercepted a covert shipment of 1,000 assault rifles, apparently being sent to the Syrian city of Baniyas by US-backed forces in Lebanon hostile to the Syrian regime.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 January 2011
On Tuesday, President Michel Suleiman called on Najib Mikati, who is backed by the Shia Islamist group Hezbollah and its allies, to form a new government.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2011
Lebanon’s government fell Wednesday after the political bloc led by Hezbollah withdrew over a UN probe into the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2011
A classified cable from the US embassy in Beirut has revealed how Lebanon’s ruling March 14 alliance discussed with the US its preparations for a military attack by Israel against its rival Hezbollah.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2010
Israel has stepped up its warmongering against Hezbollah and the Lebanese government, worsening tensions throughout the Middle East.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 June 2009
In the Lebanese elections last Sunday, the March 14 alliance of Saad Hariri and Prime Minister Fuad Seniora held on to power, losing one of the 72 seats won in the 2005 election.
By Chris Talbot, 25 June 2005
The continuing instability of Lebanon was highlighted when, only two days after the fourth and final round of the parliamentary election, George Hawi, former leader of the Lebanese Communist Party, was blown up by a car bomb. The blast was virtually identical to one that killed journalist Samir Kassir some two weeks earlier. Kassir was a leader of the Democratic Left, a breakaway from the Communist Party. Both men were active in the anti-Syrian alliance that won a majority in the election, led by Saad Hariri—whose father Rafik, the former prime minister, was assassinated in February—and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt