As violence continues in Syria, and despite the recent wins by the Syrian rebels, Lebanon remains split between two camps: one supporting the rebels and another siding with the Syrian regime.
Beyond Beirut's tense charm, the security situation to its north and south is spiraling out of control. On Monday, three men were killed in the Southern city of Sidon, after a vicious fight between supporters of Hezbollah and those of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmad Al Assir.
A week after Hezbollah's social arm launched a campaign to provide free healthcare to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, several of its fighters were reported to have died in battle in Syria. Its recent efforts suggests that the party is stepping up its PR machine in o
The increasingly contentious issue of complicity of some Lebanese banks in terrorist financing and money laundering tied to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah was the topic of discussion at a panel hosted at the Aspen Institute on Wednesday, September 19.
As violence in neighboring Syria escalates, many observers are left wondering whether Syria will put to effect its threat to use chemical weapons, and further to that, whether those weapons will find their ways to its allies. This week, the Syrian rebels reported that chemical weapons had in fact been moved to the Syrian borders in an effort to threaten the international community.
Although many Lebanese officials expressed caution at the recent developments in Syria, many took it as an opportunity to re-affirm their support to the Syrian regime, even as it struggles for survival. With thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon, the Lebanese are alarmed by the rapid escalation in violence and wary of the potential repercussions on their country.
While the security situation in North Lebanon placated this week, road blockings and security violations continue in the capital and the South, causing the government much embarrassment over its failure to put an end to the chaos and disruption of public life.
From kidnappings to sniper shootings, and rocket-propelled grenades, security violations continue in Lebanon's North and border towns, enabled by a weak and delayed response from government authorities.
Amidst the Syrian upheaval and its repercussions on Lebanon and Syria in the region, the often heated topic of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has surprisingly been absent from public debates over the past few months.