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Consequences of underfunding the Syrian crisis

Jun 24,2015 – JORDAN TIMES – Gustavo Gonsalez At the end of 2014, a wide range of national and international partners launched the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) to address…

No joy in Ramadan for Syrian refugees

A Syrian woman sits in front of her tent at an informal refugee camp in the Bekaa village of Jarahieh, Friday, June 19, 2015. (The Daily Star/Osama Kadiri) Ghinwa Obeid|…

Despite regional conflict, Lebanon is planning to become a railway powerhouse once again

Amid regional uncertainty Beirut has the chance to revive its steam-age role as a key transit hub ROBERT FISK Sunday 17 May 2015 Lebanon as a rail powerhouse for the…

Editorial: Education black hole Daily Star, Lebanon

The Daily Star The release of a report this week on conditions in the Middle East is unlikely to gain much attention from global media outlets – probably because the…

Ten years later, and we still don’t know who assassinated Lebanon’s leader – So why is the court tasked with the inquiry going after a journalist?

by Robert Fisk, The Independent International courts have a rather dodgy reputation. They are vast, they gobble up lots of money, they accuse all kinds of people of war crimes…

Lebanon opens borders to Assyrians fleeing ISIS

The Daily Star BEIRUT: Assyrian Christians fleeing ISIS are welcome to take refuge in Lebanon because their humanitarian case in exceptional, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said. Al-Mustaqbal reported Sunday that…

The region crumbles and Lebanon trembles

Michael Young| The Daily Star As prospects for the emergence of new sectarian and ethnic entities rise in the Middle East to replace illegitimate, authoritarian states, it is necessary to…

Talking offers hope of a peaceful solution. But we’re not allowed to do it – The very precautions aid agencies now take have made them objects of suspicion

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT An important academic investigation to be published in a few days prompts me to ask important questions. Could we save the lives of our people…

Robert Fisk: The curious tale of the Swedish Soviet spy and the sheltering Druze ‘We’ll never forget your support for the cause of the Soviet people and our common struggle against imperialism’

More than 20 years ago, Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader, admitted to a Swedish diplomat that he hid a Soviet spy – a Swedish intelligence officer – near his…

Robert Fisk: Israel’s attack on Hezbollah a case of shoot first, ask questions later

World View: An Iranian general and six Hezbollah officers have been wiped out by helicopters near the Syrian city of Quneitra. But what were they doing there, asks Robert Fisk…

A new frontier in Syria’s civil war, but what does future hold for refugees in Lebanon?

by Robert Fisk, The Independent A new frontier in Syria’s civil war, but what does future hold for refugees in Lebanon? With Beirut restricting its borders, Robert Fisk asks if…

Lebanon to launch refugee crisis response plan

The Daily Star BEIRUT: United Nations and Lebanese officials are meeting Monday to launch the 2015-16 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan to deal with the more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees…

Lebanese Muslims, Christians unite behind Al-Azhar message of tolerance

By Nohad Topalian in Beirut Work is under way in Lebanon to fight sectarianism and extremism on the heels of the international counterterrorism conference in Cairo, Christian and Muslim clerics…

Lebanon holding IS chief’s daughter, ex-wife: Minister

 BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities are holding a daughter and an ex-wife of the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the interior minister said. It was initially reported that…

ISIS leader threatens Lebanon over arrest of wife

Summary An ISIS commander threatened to kidnap Lebanese women and children and end negotiations over the captive servicemen unless his wife and children, detained by authorities last week, are released…

Capture of Isis leader’s wife is another murky tale from the pit of marital scandals. Can the Lebanese offer Saja in exchange for their captured soldiers?

We love the wives of our favourite monsters. And the rumours which surround them. Fresh from spitting out our hatred of Madame Asma al-Assad and making fun of the late…

Lessons from Versailles for today’s imploding Middle East

Summar As the Middle East and North Africa implode, perhaps focus should be directed on the end of World War I – and specifically the settlement fashioned by U.S. President…

Robert Fisk: The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon

While the world obsesses over the atrocities committed by Isis, the plight of those forced to flee the country has been largely forgotten. Robert Fisk takes a heartbreaking tour of…

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