Lethal crackdown on protests as Lebanon’s economy collapses amid pandemic surge

By Jean Shaoul, 30 January 2021

The lockdown was implemented without any economic support under conditions where at least 55 percent of the population are living in poverty and 25 percent in extreme poverty following the country’s economic and financial collapse and the pandemic restrictions.

French President Macron lays down the law in Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2020

Macron’s aim was to create the conditions for the return to power of a French puppet, billionaire Sa’ad Hariri, and to eliminate the power of Hezbollah.

UN Tribunal finds only one guilty of Hariri assassination and no evidence of Syrian or Hezbollah involvement

By Jean Shaoul, 19 August 2020

The ruling is a setback for the US and its local stooges, who planned on using a damning verdict to further its bid to eliminate Hezbollah as a political force in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s oligarchs and imperialist backers seek to exploit outrage over Beirut port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2020

Amid mass anger over the port explosion, a campaign against Hezbollah is bound up with the US aggression against Iran.

Lebanese government resigns amid mounting anger over port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2020

While the blast’s immediate cause has not been confirmed, the disaster was the result of criminal neglect and callous indifference by successive governments and Lebanon’s ruling elite.

Clashes in Beirut as ruling elite exploits anger over blast

By Jean Shaoul, 10 August 2020

The latest demonstrations over Tuesday’s deadly port explosion were marked by the presence of the Christian and Sunni parties and ex-generals.

Massive anger erupts following Beirut port explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2020

Security forces used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters near parliament on Thursday.

Beirut port fire: A crime against Lebanese workers

By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2020

The blast is a damning indictment of Lebanon’s political elite, which allowed vast quantities of highly explosive ammonium nitrate to be stored in a wharfside warehouse for years without proper safety controls.

Massive explosion in Beirut kills dozens and injures thousands

By Kevin Reed, 5 August 2020

A deadly explosion in the port district of Beirut, Lebanon Tuesday evening flattened buildings in the immediate vicinity and sent a shock wave across the city.

New wave of protests in Lebanon amid escalating economic crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 19 June 2020

Washington is seeking to curb Iranian influence in the region and place maximum pressure on the Diab government, which is supported by Hezbollah.

Protester killed in Lebanon during riots against soaring food prices

By Jean Shaoul, 29 April 2020

Men, women and children marched through the streets of Tripoli, where more than half the population are living at or below the poverty line, shouting “Revolution, Revolution.”

COVID-19 pandemic hits Lebanon, piling health crisis onto political and economic meltdown

By Jean Shaoul, 16 April 2020

Those afflicted with the most severe form of the virus face almost certain death due to an acute lack of life-saving medicines and key equipment.

Amid protests and crises, Lebanon defaults on Eurobond

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.

Control of offshore gas and oil provokes conflicts in eastern Mediterranean

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.

Mass protests escalate in Iraq and Lebanon

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.

Political and economic turmoil escalates in Lebanon

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.

Prime Minister Hariri’s resignation intensifies Lebanon’s political crisis

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.

Lebanese protesters keep up demands for the government’s resignation

By Jean Shaoul, 26 October 2019

The protests have brought a quarter of Lebanon’s six million people out onto the streets.

Workers in Lebanon reject tax hikes, demand the government’s resignation

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.

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Israel launches airstrikes against Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

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.

Lebanon: Workers take to the streets to denounce government austerity measures

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.

Lebanese crisis bound up with war drive against Iran

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.

ISIS claims deadliest bombing in Lebanon since end of civil war

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.

Mass protests against failing infrastructure shake Lebanon

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.

Lebanon destabilised by Chatah assassination

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.

US in secret talks with Hezbollah

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.

Terrorist attack at Iranian embassy in Lebanon kills 23, wounds 140

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.

Syrian opposition forces launch rocket attacks in Lebanon

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2013

US-backed Syrian opposition forces pummeled Shia targets in Lebanon as Hezbollah fighters continued massing near Aleppo.

US-led campaign against Syria destabilises Lebanon

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.

Lebanon bombings linked to civil war in Syria

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.

Washington and its allies work to destabilise Lebanon

Part two

By Jean Shaoul, 24 August 2012

This is the conclusion of a two-part examination of the background to the current crisis in Lebanon.

Washington and its allies work to destabilise Lebanon

Part one

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.

US proxy war in Syria spreads to Lebanon and Iraq

By Eric London, 18 August 2012

The intensifying US proxy war in Syria is raising fears of a sectarian war throughout the Middle East.

Conflict over Syria threatens Lebanon’s stability

By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2012

Lebanon’s government despatched troops to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, after sectarian clashes killed 10 on Saturday.

Gulf monarchies and US foment sectarian clashes in Lebanon

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.

Syrian conflict destabilizes Lebanon

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.

Lebanon intercepts covert arms shipments bound for Syria

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.

Lebanese conflict threatens civil war, Israeli-US intervention

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.

US pressure triggers collapse of Lebanese 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.

Lebanon government gave covert support for Israeli attack on Hezbollah

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.

Israel threatens Hezbollah and Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2010

Israel has stepped up its warmongering against Hezbollah and the Lebanese government, worsening tensions throughout the Middle East.

Lebanon: US-backed coalition retains narrow majority

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.

Instability follows final round of Lebanon elections

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