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Lebanon Sectarianism


The civic uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s hereditary tyranny in Syria, which has turned into a savage civil war that still rages and radiates chaos in the Middle East and Europe, began 10 years ago this week . Syria is really three conflicts: the minority Assad regime which is waging an all-out war against its own …

Shortly after Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq ten days ago, the Iraqi Prime Minister called for national dialogue, in “the papal spirit of love and tolerance”. This has been hailed by various groups, including – a few days ago – by the right-wing Shiite nationalist leader Moqtada al-Sadr. A strange reaction to the words of …

Economic distress, rampant corruption, a selfish ruling elite and the ever-looming fear of armed militias – little goes their way, but protesters in Iraq and Lebanon have found a reason to smile. In the university elections in Lebanon, they turned into candidates and gave a beating to opposing student groups backed by traditional political parties …

BEIRUT — Unsolved or unpunished assassinations are the norm in Lebanon. The murder last week of publisher and activist Lokman Slim, found by gunshot in his car, is unlikely to be the exception. Slim’s family and friends gathered at his home for a memorial service on February 11, with some speculating that Hezbollah may have …

As the peace talks in Afghanistan stalled until Joe Biden’s administration takes further action, calls for more power-sharing mechanisms to represent many groups in the political system are gaining momentum. ‘magnitude. It’s a tempting idea, and Afghans have had a taste of power-sharing in recent years, starting with the appointment of Hamid Karzai as chairman …

Nothing has changed and everything has changed. In Mar Mikhael, one of the neighborhoods in Beirut most damaged by the explosion last August, there were more signs of reconstruction than destruction when I visited last month. New glass cases were mounted; inside the pubs, furniture has been put in place for the reopening. Across the …

BESA Center Perspectives Paper n ° 1 831, November 26, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Despite their desire to oust bigotry from the corrupt government of their country, Lebanese civilians are likely to see heightened tensions across religious lines. Iran will continue to support Hezbollah despite its regional weakening, while Turkey and Qatar will play a more …

Thu Oct 1, 2020 A reform scenario for Lebanon Source MENA through Nabeel Khoury Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri leads a general legislative session at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon, September 30, 2020. REUTERS / Mohamed Azakir It is now universally accepted that there is something rotten in the Lebanese state. The August 4 …

Gunfire erupted Tuesday in a town south of Beirut, where clashes last week left two people dead and increased the risk of sectarian strife in Lebanon, the state news agency (ANI) said. ANI said an army patrol had deployed to the Khaldeh area to calm the situation, but gave no further details. Last week’s clashes …

BEIRUT Following the deadly blast at the port this month, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament called on Monday for an end to the country’s sectarian political system. Calling for “the total collapse of the political and economic structure”, Nabih Berri said in a televised speech “there must be a change in this sectarian system”. …