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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…

Lebanon: Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors’ doubts

BEIRUT: For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what’s best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they’re wrong. Both academic research and practical experience,…

Book review: The Politics of Empire. The US, Israel and the Middle East

By Dr. Ludwig Watzal Global Research, October 20, 2014 Review of James Petras’ Book published by Clarity Books The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people…

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? – Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah

by Robert Fisk, The Independent   He’s offered to do a deal with Isis. No, not David Cameron. Not Obama, of course. I’m talking about Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader.…

PERSPECTIVE – A Storm in the House: the Middle East in the vicious circle

Added by Mehssen Macary on 23 septembre 2014. The huge area of dry grasslands and rich fertile river plains, with many different types of climate and landscape, the Middle East…

Remembering Sabra and Shatila: 32 years on, how much has changed?

32 years ago today, the first media reports began to emerge of an atrocity carried out in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians had been slaughtered…

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