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A Call For Sustainable Solutions To Lebanon

The Levant – – More than 1,000 people marched Sunday from the eastern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud to the capital’s Central District in a largely peaceful demonstration against Lebanon’s political elite and to call for sustainable solutions to the country’s two-month-old garbage crisis. Source: Dailystar

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Russian Ambassador in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Fighting Alongside Syrian Government Forces Is Legitimate

The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin - The Russian embassy is one of 113 foreign representations in Lebanon, and one of 102 foreign representations in Beirut.

The Levant – – Where it is fighting alongside government forces, Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian conflict is legitimate, Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in comments published on Tuesday. “The party (Hezbollah) will remain engaged in the fight to aid the legitimate regime as long as fighters from …

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ISIS fights for its window to the Mediterranean

by Esperance Ghanem – Translated by Sami-Joe Abboud- Source: Al-monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT — A great part of the Syrian province of Homs has fallen into the hands of the Islamic State (IS) following the fall of Palmyra. Amid these developments, Lebanon is focusing on Homs. Meanwhile, …

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Iran nuke deal good for Lebanon, region: Berri

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed his belief that an Iranian nuclear deal could help pave the way to ending major conflicts in the Middle East, and the presidential vacuum in Lebanon. “I expect the first fruits to be a relief to the Yemen crisis as …

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Syrian War Takes Rising Toll on Hezbollah

by DAN DE LUCE FOR FOREIGN POLICY — THE LEVANT NEWS — The powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia is suffering mounting battlefield casualties in neighboring Syria, as Tehran’s most important proxy plunges ever deeper into a potential quagmire. With Hezbollah increasingly shouldering the burden of the war on behalf of Syrian …

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Jumblatt says Lebanon needs a leader like Greece’s Tsipras

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Praising the Greek people’s Sunday rejection of European creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for a loan, Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said his country could use someone like Greece’s premier to tackle its own economic problems. “Greece’s step is huge and …

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Hezbollah, Syrian army storm Zabadani

The Levant News — BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV announced Sunday that the group’s fighters along with the Syrian army entered Zabadani, capturing an area west of the strategic Syrian Qalamoun town. The news comes after the allied forces had attacked the town, held by Syrian rebels, with mortars, rockets and …

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Lebanese Cabinet Crisis Continues

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam has criticized Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun after he threatened to “take action” after the Cabinet passed a decree Thursday despite opposition from six ministers. “No one can impose his position or his opinion on others,” Salam said in remarks published Friday in local …

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Hezbollah, Syrian army bombard Zabadani

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Syrian army Friday struck at militant positions inside the Syrian town of Zabadani at the southern end of Qalamoun, a security source told The Daily Star. The town was bombarded with heavy artillery and rockets, and a Syrian fighter jet carried out …

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Lebanon: IMF calls for taxes on fuel, EDL restructuring

The Levant News – Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: The International Monetary Fund recommended new taxes and an overhauling of the state-owned electricity sector to reduce the growing public debt and increase badly needed revenues. In its annual executive summary, the IMF team that recently visitedLebanon to assess the fiscal …

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Poems by British Lebanese poet Mariam Michtawi

By Mariam Michtawi -Translated from Arabic by Jake Gordon —   1. The Temple   I slept, And the dream began… I was walking in fear That my legs would fail me, Upon that journey, The mage’s journey…   I knelt, Praying Like parched earth I wandered through your temple, …

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Roumieh inmates riot to demand WiFi, cell phones

Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: Inmates demanding WiFi and cell phones rioted inside a Roumieh Prison facility Tuesday, a security source told The Daily Star, prompting security forces to intervene. The source said the Interior Ministry’s adviser for prisoner affairs, Mounir Shaaban, the head of the ISF’s prison command …

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Nasrallah vows to eradicate terrorists on Lebanon border

By Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star — BEIRUT: The battle with ISIS in the Qalamoun region and on the Lebanese-Syrian frontier has kicked off, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Wednesday, pledging to uproot terrorist and takfiri groups based in areas near Lebanon’s border. As Nasrallah spoke, Hezbollah and …

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Hezbollah Is ‘Stronger Than Ever’

BY NOUR SAMAHA – Source: FOREIGN POLICY — QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria — Along the vast mountain range that marks the Lebanon-Syria border, Hezbollah fighters point out recently captured al-Nusra Front training sites and military positions, and describe how they’ve been able to clear the area of the jihadis. They pick …

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Hezbollah backs Aoun on security appointments: report

Source: The Daily Star — Hezbollah will support “any decision” Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun makes on key security appointments, local newspaper As-Safir said Monday. According to the report, Hezbollah’s stance has been conveyed to Lebanese political officials. Information Minister Ramzi Joreige said efforts were underway to ease tensions …

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Hezbollah strike Qalamoun jihadis with help of drone

The Daily Star– A Hezbollah missile annihilated a group of at least three Islamist militants in Syria’s Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday after being spotted by a drone, Al-Manar reported. “All members of a group of Nusra takfiri [militants] were killed in an ambush by the resistance” …

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Senior Hezbollah official speaks out

Al-Monitor interviewed Mohammad Raad, one of the founders of Hezbollah and the leader of the group’s parliamentary bloc in Lebanon. Raad, who has a degree in philosophy from the Lebanese University, played a role in developing Hezbollah’s internal constitution as well as its 1985 “Open Letter to the World,” a …

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The Shias in Lebanon: A Short History

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — The Shias of Lebanon gained global reputation in the early 1980s of the 20th century with the emergence of Hezbollah and its military operations against the Israeli occupation in Lebanon. Hence; their destiny came to be synonymous with that of …

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EDGE OF EVIL

 Story by Justin Salhani Published on Jan 16, 2015 Source: latterlymagazine.com — RAS BAALBEK, Lebanon –Tucked away in the rocky hills that divide Lebanon and Syria, a gunman ordered Makhoul Mrad out of his truck.Despite his age — getting up toward 70 — and his infirm heart, Mrad was a quarry worker and regularly made …

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Syrian army captures area on Lebanon border: Hezbollah

Reuters- – The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters captured a mountainous area on Syria’s border with Lebanon on Thursday and killed dozens of insurgents including from al Qaeda’s Nusra Front wing, a Hezbollah official told Reuters. The area, Assal al-Ward, is a strategic position that overlooks Lebanese border towns where …

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The Islamic State Hostages The World Mostly Ignored

BY JUSTIN SALHANI FOR THINKPROGRESS.ORG — Ten months ago, the Islamic State and the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front kidnapped around 30 Lebanese police and military men. Since then eight men have been released and four have been executed – either beheaded or with a gunshot to the back of the head. …

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Qalamoun …The Boundaries of Worry

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE — By Safwan Dawood*- Translated by Hadi Nehme — Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah announced that his party will be in Syria “wherever it ought to be”, and a number of the party’s officials have repeatedly reiterated that Hezbollah militants have taken part in battles in Qalamoun. …

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Lebanese army targets gunmen in Ras Baalbek

  Source: LBCI – The Lebanese Army targeted locations of gunmen in the mountainous region of Ras Baalbek with heavy artillery, the state-run National News Agency said on Friday, adding that the sound of missiles and shells were heard across the towns of northern Bekaa. Friday’s operation is a continuation …

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US imposes sanctions on alleged Africa-based Hezbollah members

    Source: The Daily Star – The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on an alleged Africa-based Hezbollah support network, a statement released Thursday said. It said the Treasury targeted Mustapha Fawaz, Fouzi Fawaz and Abdallah Tahini, all of whom are Lebanese-born men based in Nigeria, with sanctions designations. …

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Army to remain on the offensive: Lebanon general

Source: The Daily Star – The Lebanese Army’s posture will not remain defensive in its war against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi pledged Friday. “The Army will not simply remain a deterrent Army, but will go [on the offensive] with a cutting sword,” Kahwagi told local daily As-Safir. His …

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ISIS, Nusra Front gearing up for major Lebanon push

By Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star BEIRUT: Syria-based jihadi groups are gearing up for a major offensive deep into Lebanese territory along the eastern border with Syria to achieve two main goals: securing new supply routes and establishing a foothold as a prelude to setting up an Islamic emirate in Lebanon, …

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Lebanon removes political banners, a legacy of the civil war

Reuters – Lebanon has begun removing political posters and party banners from neighborhoods of the capital in a move to unify a country still divided from a civil war, following an agreement between the militant and political group Hezbollah and its rivals. Beirut is fragmented into fiefdoms where political banners …

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Qasem Soleimani visited Lebanon to honor Qunaitra victims

Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard quietly paid tribute earlier this month to six Hezbollah fighters who were killed during a Jan. 18 Israeli airstrike on a party convoy in Syria’s Golan Heights, according to a report. Major General Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander …

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Hezbollah-Future dialogue tackles Resistance Brigades

Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: Talks between Hezbollah and the Future Movement have begun touching on the issue of the Hezbollah-linked Resistance Brigades, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Friday. Siniora, who is also head of the Future parliamentary bloc, complained that Hezbollah’s Resistance Brigades allows them to “overpower” …

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