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Ibrahim says kidnapped bishops’ case ‘complicated’

Story Summary   The case of the bishops kidnapped in Syria for almost a year is complicated, Maj. Ibrahim, who helped secure the release of the Maaloula nuns earlier this…

Angelina Jolie puts spotlight on Syrian refugees as U.N. Refugees chief warns Lebanon could collapse under burden

March 27, 2014 By Mick Krever, CNN Lebanon could collapse under the weight of the massive influx of Syrian refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned in an interview…

Qatar pays Syrian rebels £40m ransom to free nuns – or did it? It depends what rumours you believe

by Robert Fisk, The Independent     Oh, to be a Syrian conspiracy theorist in these days of civil war   Robert Fisk Damascus Tuesday 18 March 2014    …

Robert Fisk: Were it not for the French, Hezbollah would all be Syrians fighting on their own government’s side inside their own country And you thought the Middle East was a difficult place to understand. Try living here

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Al-Qaeda and ISIS fight over the jihadist future

Story Summary By Brian Michael Jenkins Faced with open defiance from the leader of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria and Iraq, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri publicly expelled the Islamic State of…

Lebanese parents encouraging children to move abroad

STORY SUMMARY February 25, 2014 12:22 By Brooke Anderson   Keeping kids close to home normally means peace of mind for parents. Not so these days in Lebanon, where increasingly frequent…

Why Salafist-takfiris should worry us

By Rami G. Khouri (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb) Several months ago when I wrote about the looming danger of the growing strength of Salafist-takfiri groups in Iraq and Syria,…

U.N. to offset refugee crisis by buying Lebanese

STORY SUMMARY The Industry Ministry in cooperation with U.N. agencies will advise Lebanese businesses on the procedures to participate in U.N. tenders to purchase goods for refugees, Sabounjian told The…

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

By Erich Follath SPIEGEL.DE Proceedings in the case of murdered ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are set to being in the Netherlands this week. The trial could cause further unrest…

Ariel Sharon: Peacemaker, hero… and butcher

He was respected in his eight years of near-death, with no sacrilegious cartoons to damage his reputation; and he will, be assured, receive the funeral of a hero and a…

No Palestinian tears for ‘criminal’ Sharon

NASSER ABU BAKR & ADEL ZAANOUN | AFP ARABNEWS RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinians on Saturday hailed the death of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon, describing him as a “ criminal”…

A post-everything moment in the Mideast

January 08, 2014 12:31 AM By Rami G. Khouri The Daily Star Story Summary Leading examples include the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the Nusra Front, the…

Now it’s Middle Eastern regimes fighting al-Qa’ida, while the US ties itself up in knots This is “Arab unity” as we have never seen it before. But watch out

By Robert Fisk, The Independent And so, for the first time in recent history, it seems that the “war against terror” – and specifically against al-Qa’ida – is being fought…

Do you get phone calls from nowhere? About a year ago, I began to recieve a wonderful series of calls from America and London

by Robert Fisk, The Independent, UK My Lebanese mobile phone has long been the victim of gremlins who would surely make Edward Snowden lick his lips. For months, I have…

A cold night with refugees in the Bekaa Valley

STORY SUMMARY Less than an hour later, the gray skies delivered the first snowfall of the winter, which pelted the plastic sheeting covering the Bazazi family tent, as Sleiman played…

Lebanon’s snowfall begins: the worst is yet to come

STORY SUMMARY Lebanon witnessed Wednesday some of its first snowfall this year in the northern and eastern region as the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute warns “Alexa” has not yet reached…

An obsessive’s documenting of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon can show us how the West lost respect for international law

Odd Karsten Tveit By Robert Fisk, The Independent One Norwegian officer left Lebanon, with a typed report on torture, taped to his chest Odd Karsten Tweit was always a very obsessional…

Killing of Hezbollah operative bears Israeli fingerprints

Story Summary December 05, 2013 01:08 AM By Rakan al-Fakih, Thomas El-Basha The Daily Star In yet another blow to Hezbollah this year, a senior party commander was assassinated south…

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