ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Dual Lebanese and American citizen residing in Vienna, Virginia today pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to launder money as part of a decade-long program to ship electronic equipment to a Hezbollah-owned television station in Lebanon. In addition, the defendant and her husband pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit tax evasion …

BEIRUT, May 6 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s lights could go out this month as funds for power generation run out, a lawmaker said on Thursday, as the country grapples with deep economic crisis. Lebanon’s parliament approved an emergency loan of $ 200 million to finance imports of fuel for power generation in March, but a loan …

Ten years later, it is easy to see the Arab uprisings only as a failure. Democracy remains elusive in the Middle East, dictators are even more entrenched and wars have devastated entire countries. But amidst desperation and fear, a new cohort of protesters and activists has taken to the streets since 2019, in places like …

In a speech from the balcony of his limestone residence in the city of Bkerké, Lebanon, in late February, Lebanon’s leading Catholic prelate, Cardinal Bechara al-Rai, made it clear that he believed his country was on the verge of collapse – and the key to saving it is to disarm Hezbollah. “There are not two …

The attitudes of Christian religious leaders in the Middle East and North Africa towards the Arab Spring have differed since its eruption in 2011. While these religious leaders in Egypt and Syria opposed the uprisings of 2011, their counterparts in Iraq and Lebanon have supported the second wave of protests underway since 2019. They can …

Amid persistent economic deterioration and government collapse, Lebanon is increasingly experiencing a disturbing trend of civic unrest and political violence. While the collapse shows no sign of abating, public dismay at the elite leads to riots which are brutally suppressed by the Lebanese authorities. At the same time, we are witnessing a rise in tensions …

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 …