Lebanon

Israel Says Hezbollah Trying to Foment Escalation of Palestinian Violence

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 21 – Israel accused Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah guerrillas on Wednesday of trying to escalate a months-old surge in Palestinian street violence by recruiting militants in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to carry out suicide bombings. Though they have seldom exchanged fire since their 2006 war in Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel are

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Israel Charges Palestinians Allegedly Recruited by Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, Jan 20 – Israel has charged five Palestinians who it says were being recruited and funded by powerful Lebanese faction Hezbollah to monitor Israel’s military activity and carry out a suicide attack, police said on Wednesday. Suicide bombings were frequently mounted by Palestinian militants against Israel during a 2000-2005 uprising but are now rare.

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A Talented Life

One Syrian refugee recycles pieces of garbage into works of diorama BY Mostapha Raad Four years ago, Miteib Suleiman was forced to flee his hometown of Nabek in Syria because of the ravaging war. Along with his family, he moved to Koura in northern Lebanon where he currently works in the construction sector laying tiles.

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New Big Shot on the Block

A new comedy from Lebanese director reflects the country’s reality BY Roshanak Taghavi Three brothers in present day Lebanon embark on a career shift from drug dealing to movie production in Very Big Shot—the directorial debut from 26-year old Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya—and the result is a dark comedy. Much like American comedies like Wag The

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Shiites Worldwide Slam Execution of Saudi Cleric

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 2 – Saudi Arabia’s execution of a leading cleric from the Shiite Muslim minority drew protests from around the world against the ruling Al Saud family and threatened to further intensify a wave of sectarian conflict in the Middle East. Lebanon’s Supreme Islamic Shiite Council called Saturday’s execution of cleric

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The Middle East: An Unchartered Future

The Arab world was beset by political turmoil and violence in 2015 and, unless contained, the region could spiral into chaos BY RAMI G. KHOURI Political conditions have evolved so rapidly across the Middle East over the past few years, dominated by events and conflicts that are expected to govern the foreseeable future—that is until

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Israel Welcomes Samir Qantar’s Killing But Doesn’t Take Credit

JERUSALEM, Dec 20 (Reuters) – An Israeli cabinet minister welcomed on Sunday the killing of Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar in an overnight strike in Syria but stopped short of confirming allegations Israel was responsible. Jailed in Israel for his part in a 1979 raid that killed four people, Qantar went free in 2008 under

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Suspected Militant Blows Himself Up During Raid in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A suspected Islamist militant and two members of his family were killed in northern Lebanon on Saturday, after the man blew himself up during an army raid on his home, security and medical sources said. It was the latest in a series of arrest raids across the country since two

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Against All Odds

Sea turtles find it harder to beat mounting challenges in Lebanon BY Mostapha Raad She glides by you with such grace, flapping her flipper-like legs effortlessly. Time gets suspended as you watch this magnificent colorful sea creature fly next to you underwater and you find yourself holding your breath despite a full tank of oxygen

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