Lebanon

Israel Threatens Lebanon After Hezbollah Makes Gains in Election

May 8, 2018

After Hezbollah and political allies won seats in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in 9 years, Israeli minister Naftali Bennett threatened to retaliate against the Lebanese state for Hezbollah’s actions. Journalist Jamal Ghosn says this is the latest in a long string of threats, and Israel violates Lebanese sovereignty every day.

Hezbollah Coalition Declares ‘Victory’ in Lebanon’s First Parliamentary Election in 9 Years

May 7, 2018

Lebanon held its first parliamentary election in nine years, and Hezbollah and its political allies won seats, while Saad Hariri’s Western-backed, Saudi-allied coalition was weakened. Yet journalist Jamal Ghosn says the Lebanese political system is still stacked in favor of the rich.

Bolton Acted Against US Interests to Push Israel’s Agenda in Lebanon

March 30, 2018

When Israel invaded Lebanon in 2006, then-Ambassador John Bolton worked to prevent a ceasefire, acting as “an asset for Israel against the interests of his own secretary of state, his own State Department, his own superiors, and his own president,” says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

New Saudi Power Grab Follows Big Losses

November 7, 2017

Rami Khouri of the American University of Beirut and Harvard Kennedy School analyzes the Saudi kingdom’s arrest of elite figures at home and its apparent role in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

The Link Between Saudi Prince’s Power Grab and DC Corruption

November 7, 2017

The power moves by the Saudi kingdom at home and in Lebanon were made easier by buying influence in powerful circles of Washington, DC, says The Intercept’s Ryan Grim

Did the Saudis Force Lebanese PM to Resign?

November 6, 2017

Scholar Rania Masri says it’s clear from a number of factors–from the dialect of his resignation speech to the location where delivered it–that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was forced by the Saudi Arabian government to resign

Saudi Prince Salman’s Chess Game with Hezbollah in Lebanon

November 6, 2017

Prince Salman’s counter coup d’etat in Saudi Arabia​ has resulted in the forced resignation of ​Prime Minister Hariri in Lebanon says Vijay Prashad

Trump Targets Hezbollah, and ISIS May Benefit

October 11, 2017

The Trump administration is offering a bounty on two Hezbollah leaders and making unfounded warnings of a potential attack by the group “on the homeland.” Author and Trinity College professor Vijay Prashad says the US targeting of Hezbollah may ultimately benefit groups like ISIS

The Real News on the Middle East

September 1, 2017
The problem with the U.S. analysis is that ‘it’s based on the idea that the only way to deal with ISIS fighters is to kill them,’ says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

Reality Asserts Itself - Ali Abunimah

May 13, 2014
Mr. Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says after the Israeli 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2008 attack on Gaza, he knew what he had to do