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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…

Rai: Israel seeks regional divisions to justify presence

The Daily Star BEIRUT: The conspiracy to divide the Middle East into sectarian states is still alive, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Saturday, saying it was being used to justify Israel’s presence as a…

Why defeating the Islamic State is necessary

Summary by Charles Krauthammer, The Daily Star Baghdad called President Barack Obama’s bluff and he came through. With the support of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the…

The Middle East really has very few moderates

Fareed Zakaria| The Daily Star Hillary Clinton was expressing what has become Washington’s new conventional wisdom when she implied, in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, “moderates” might…

Arabs face a deep crisis of statehood

by Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, Lebanon Summary The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated…

The US, IS and the conspiracy theory sweeping Lebanon

Is America behind the creation of the Islamic State? The BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour, in Beirut, looks at the latest conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Lebanon. “In the Middle East,…

Isis brings its war to Lebanon – and it could be key to a masterplan

After all the warnings and all the clichés about a war that would “spill” over Syria’s border, the savage fighters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Sunni Muslim “caliphate” have at last…

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