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.
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 North of Lebanon has witnessed a deteriorating security situation in the last few weeks. From fighting in refugee camps to clashes in Tripoli, and bombings at the borders, Lebanese citizens in border towns are left unprotected. This week, the Syrian forces shelled Wadi Khaled, killing three Lebanese citizens.
The killing this week of Lebanese television cameraman Ali Shaaban by Syrian forces sent a chilling message to Lebanon and caused a national uproar. While he was on an assignment in the northern town of Wadi Abu Khaled, Shaaban was gunned down and his car was struck by more than 40 bullets.
A year into the Syrian uprising, Lebanon has arguably managed to avoid a major spurt of violence many feared would spread in the region. With violence devolving into a protracted bloody fight between the Assad regime and Syrian rebels, Lebanon fears that its own political divisions may be fed by conflict in Syria.
As he commemorated the 15th anniversary of the assassination of his father this week, Walid Jumblatt placed the Syrian opposition flag atop Kamal Jumblatt's grave. Over the course of his political career, Walid Jumblatt has made some of the most arguably unexpected alliances, seeking to shield the minority Druze community from sectarian conflict.
Born from the flurry of protests that engulfed the country following the death of late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, the March 14 Alliance celebrated its seventh anniversary this week. Contrary to previous years, politicians chose to take the back seat this year and give civil society leaders the platform to preach values March 14 officials have been supporting for years.
The recent assaults on the Syrian cities of Homs and Hama have sent thousands of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, with at least 2,000 arriving last weekend. Reports estimate that the number of refugees in Lebanon has reached 7,000 people - posing new challenges to the Lebanese authorities as they struggle to respond to the escalating situation.
The Syrian uprising has severely undermined the triad of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, threatening the movement of weapons between Iran and its Lebanese protégé. While Iran originally praised the Arab uprisings as an Islamic awakening against the Western-backed dictators, the Syrian crisis is threatening this strategic alliance and changing the power dynamics in the region.
The Syrian National Council (SNC) issued a historic statement this week calling for new relations between Syria and Lebanon in post-Assad Syria. The Council announced its plans to reconsider the agreements signed between Lebanon and Syria and forge new ones which would take into account the interests of both countries.