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Lebanon news and analysis from The Nation
August 12, 2021
Behind the Crisis in Lebanon, a Vast Bank-Run Ponzi Scheme
From gas lines to medicine shortages, Lebanon is suffering the fallout of years of political and financial corruption.
August 2, 2021
Lebanon’s “National Financial Suicide”
The success of the Banque du Liban, once seen as the country’s only functional institution, was all “smoke and mirrors.”
April 29, 2021
Before We Bid Farewell to Arab American Heritage Month
Beginning during the Bush administration and continuing during Obama’s term, Arab Americans were conflated with Muslims. Defining us by religion was fundamentally wrong, internally divisive, and a denial of our right to define ourselves.
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.
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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.
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?