Category: Lebanon

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Robert Fisk: How The West Lost Respect For International Law

One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest

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Ramzy Baroud: Israel on the Lookout: Lebanon Haunted by the Ghosts of Civil War

Throughout the years, Lebanon’s demographics have experienced periodic influx. But particularly in the last two years, the demographic shift has been so overwhelming due to the flood of Syrian refugees in desperate need for shelter. The situation is highly charged, if not perilous, considering Lebanon’s unmanageable sectarian balances, let alone the direct involvement of Lebanese Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Lebanon Has Cause For Shame In Its Treatment Of Syrian Refugees

I stopped to buy walnuts in Sidon last week from a sunburned man sitting on the pavement of the old souk. Like the walnuts – soft, almost creamy inside their iron-hard husks – he came from the Syrian town of Bloudan. In years gone by, I would take the steam train from the old Haj Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Ancient Sidon: Sifting Through the City’s Deadly History

Across the ruins of ancient Sidon, Matt Williams darts like one of the stick-like figures on the Mycenaean pottery he and his Lebanese and British colleagues have discovered. He bounds across bedrock, clambers along the medieval wall of Sidon, his hands gesticulating at still-damp wells and Roman columns inserted into Crusader walls. “This is the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Tragedy Off The Coast Of Indonesia That Should Shame Lebanon’s Neglectful Government

This is the story of how the Syrian war reached out 5,000 miles across the globe and destroyed at least 29 Lebanese lives in the Indian Ocean. It is a story of tragic irony; the destitute Lebanese families who wanted to live in Australia and left their arid villages in the hills of the northern Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: We Must Defend The Global Commons Against Commercialization, Environmental Catastrophe, And Autocratic Rule
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Robert Fisk: Hezbollah’s War In Syria Threatens To Engulf Lebanon

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has crossed the Rubicon. The Hezbollah chairman who said exactly 13 years ago that his resistance movement would not cross the Israeli frontier – that it was for the Palestinians to “liberate” Jerusalem – has declared that Hezbollah has crossed the Syrian frontier. Not only that, but Nasrallah said at the weekend Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Gunmen Face Off In Tripoli As Sectarian Battle Escalates

Mazen Zred was one of the 30 lucky ones yesterday morning. He doesn’t feel it, strapped up in his bed at the Nini Hospital, swathed in bandages, two bottles of painkillers pumping into him. He was driving his motorcycle on Thursday night from Badawi past the end of Syria Street – an aptly named thoroughfare Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Lebanon Is Like A Rolls Royce With Square Wheels… It Has A Lot That’s Worthy Of Praise But It Doesn’t Run So Well

The prime minister has resigned, there’s no government to speak of, there are further street battles in Tripoli, the threat of more kidnappings. Lebanon, as we used to say in the civil war, returns to normal. And in some ways, it’s true. Lebanon is always living through the greatest crisis since the last greatest crisis. Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Mystery Of A Death On The Beirut Road

A senior member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – with two names – dies mysteriously on the Damascus-Beirut highway earlier this month. Three Shia Muslim Hezbollah fighters are killed and 20 wounded inside the Syrian frontier in a battle with rebels. The Lebanese army surrounds a Sunni Muslim Lebanese village of 40,000 which supports the Read more…

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