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Lebanon news and analysis from The Nation
September 2, 2020
The Disturbing Story Behind the Beirut Port Explosion
Abandonment of ships, “flags of convenience,” and lax law enforcement are common at sea, often with tragic consequences.
September 1, 2020
After the Beirut Blast, Hezbollah Almost Went to War
But when the smoke cleared, the Party of God was in the midst of an existential political crisis.
November 27, 2019
With American Help, Lebanon Once Again Nears the Abyss
Lebanon needs change. The people demand it and even some of the leaders know it. But US involvement threatens that possibility.
November 22, 2019
The New Global Insurrection
From Bolivia to Haiti to Europe and the Middle East, citizens are rising up against corruption and government repression.
November 19, 2019
A Deadly Game of Chicken in Iraq and Lebanon
Popular revolts in the Middle East are pitting people against regimes.
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October 28, 2019
Lebanon’s Protest Movement Is Local and Organic
Foreign governments should stop propping up Lebanon’s elite and listen to the protesters instead.
October 17, 2019
In Lebanon, a Census Is Too Dangerous to Implement
Do you accept the lie, and relative stability, of the old count? Or do you push toward truth with a new census, no matter the consequences?
September 3, 2019
This New Book Highlights Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World
Zahra Hankir’s anthology
Our Women on the Ground
elevates vital but often overlooked voices from Morocco to Gaza to Yemen.
August 16, 2019
Undoing the Promise of the Statue of Liberty
Attempts to rewrite the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty are an attack on immigrants like me and my family.
June 11, 2019
The World’s Dismal Convergence on Press Freedom
Western reporters used to be markedly freer than their colleagues in the Arab world. Can they still claim that privilege?