Lebanon http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19978/all en Worries in Lebanon over Syria fallout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/worries-lebanon-over-syria-fallout <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the uprising in Syria rages on, political divisions deepen in Lebanon. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annasofie Flamand </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> While the uprising in Syria rages on in its fifth month, neighboring Lebanon is witnessing a deepening of the dangerous <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/dog-fight-lebanon">political split</a> between the pro-Syrian Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition and the pro-West March 14 alliance.</p> <p> According to the Lebanese English-language <a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2011/Aug-10/Political-rivals-increasingly-divided-on-Syria.ashx#axzz1UXUb34uu">Daily Star</a> the March 14 alliance has called for an end to &ldquo;crimes against humanity&rdquo;, referring to the Syrian regime&rsquo;s attempts to crush the uprising, and for the Syrian authorities to swiftly implement political reforms.</p> <p> On the opposite side of the political divide the March 8 coalition has staunchly defended the Syrian dictatorship in its crackdown on opposition groups.</p> <p> Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, a Christian former army commander, of the March 8 coalition went even further when he dismissed the ongoing killing of protestors in Syria, describing the country&rsquo;s situation as calm with the exception of &ldquo;minor incidents in a neighborhood or two in Homs.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The danger,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;is outside Syria and what is happening is media pressure.&rdquo;</p> <p> A Syrian activist, speaking to GlobalPost in Beirut, said he had felt a distinct narrowing of freedom of speech in Lebanon, where pro-Syrian parties have regularly beaten up participants in rallies in solidarity with Syria&rsquo;s pro-democracy movement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/worries-lebanon-over-syria-fallout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Lebanon political Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Lebanon The Casbah Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:35:00 +0000 Annasofie Flamand 5672893 at http://www.globalpost.com Bomb in Beirut kills two http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/bomb-beirut-kills-two <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An explosion in a parking lot in north of Beirut Thursday killed two people and wounded one. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Lebanese <a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2011/Aug-11/Explosion-in-Antelias-north-of-Beirut-wounded-reported.ashx#axzz1UXUb34uu">Daily Star</a> reports &ldquo;the explosion occurred in a parking lot near Esso gas station on the inner Antelias road, in the Metn province, at 11.30 a.m. local time.</p> <p> The two men who died in the explosion had been in possession of the explosive device at the time of its detonation.</p> <p> Explosives experts said one of the men, Ihsan Ali Dia, had been in a crouching position at the time of the blast. His left leg and right arm were severed in the blast and he later died of his wounds at hospital.</p> <p> The second man, Hassan Nayef Nassar, suffered a heart attack at the scene and also died later in hospital.</p> <p> Pierre Nohra, a bystander who had been leaving the parking lot as the explosion went off, suffered minor wounds, security sources said.</p> <p> A car registered to Judge Albert Serhal &ndash; judicial license plate number 29592 &ndash; had been in the parking lot where the blast took place, security sources said.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/bomb-beirut-kills-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Lebanon The Casbah Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:24:52 +0000 GlobalPost 5672898 at http://www.globalpost.com No smoking gun in UN indictment of Hariri murder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/no-smoking-gun-un-indictment-hariri-murder <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Only circumstantial evidence and phone calls link Hezbollah members to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In the long awaited indictment in the killing of &lsquo;Mr Lebanon&rsquo; unsealed Wednesday, the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hK4gVHfnKlHp9We6yCEXI_XsLHDg?docId=af1c66a98db5416eb81c92088a0cdfbb ">Associated Press reports</a> that &ldquo;prosecutors analyzed a vast network of telephone records to link four Hezbollah members to the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, but there is no clear smoking gun in the case.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The special court investigating Hariri&#39;s murder unsealed the 47-page indictment against four members of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah for alleged involvement in the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/who-wanted-rafiq-hariri-dead ">deadly truck bombing that killed Hariri</a>.</p> <p> The publication comes after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon said last week that Lebanese authorities had been unable to arrest the four suspects or serve them with their indictments.</p> <p> The suspects include Mustafa Badreddine, a Hezbollah commander and the suspected bomb maker who blew up the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 Americans. The other suspects are: Salim Ayyash, also known as Abu Salim; Assad Sabra and Hassan Anise, who changed his name to Hassan Issa.</p> <p> They are accused of involvement in the February 14, 2005, truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others &mdash; a number that includes a suicide bomber.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/no-smoking-gun-un-indictment-hariri-murder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hezbollah Lebanon United Nations Politics Middle East Lebanon The Casbah Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:54:19 +0000 GlobalPost 5673323 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian activists mock Hezbollah leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syrian-activists-mock-hezbollah-leader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hezbollah leader Nasrallah lampooned in satirical YouTube video by Syrian activists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Syrian activists mock Hassan Nasrallah in a new video on YouTube for what they say are the double standards of the leader of the Shia resistance movement Hezbollah.</p> <p> In the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq8FRhV21ZE&amp;feature=player_embedded">video</a>, part of an online series called &quot;Even a Goat can Fly,&quot; a masked woman is seen standing with the slogan &quot;Free Syria&quot; displayed behind her. Israel&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4109885,00.html">ynetnews</a> reports she is presented as someone who was &quot;deployed in Syria by external enemies,&quot; as she begins to poke fun at the Hezbollah leader.</p> <p> &quot;Since the beginning of the Syrian upheaval, the position of the honorable Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has been clear: He is against the Syrian revolution,&quot; the presenter says. &quot;He supported the Egyptian upheaval, the Libyan upheaval, Tunisia, Yemen and of course &ndash; the upheaval in Bahrain [where the Shiite majority revolted against the Sunni regime], but here he was against it. Why? Why, you &quot;Sheikh of resistance?&quot;</p> <p> In the video parts of Nasrallah&#39;s speeches are presented in which he explained why he backs the Syrian regime on the one hand, but also supported the protesters in Bahrain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syrian-activists-mock-hezbollah-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Hezbollah Lebanon Syria Middle East The Casbah Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:47:00 +0000 GlobalPost 5673433 at http://www.globalpost.com CIA spies caught in Iran, Lebanon: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111121/cia-spies-caught-iran-lebanon <p> &quot;If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don&#39;t think we&#39;ll ever see them again,&quot; former CIA officer Robert Baer told ABC News. &quot;These guys are very, very vicious and unforgiving.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111121/cia-spies-caught-iran-lebanon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hezbollah Iran Lebanon Conflict Zones Middle East Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:08:00 +0000 Hanna Ingber 5682094 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon tribunal proposes new charge for Rafik Hariri suspects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/120302/lebanon-tribunal-proposes-new-charge-rafik-hariri <p> Prosecutors at the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri want to add a new charge of &quot;criminal association&quot; against four men accused of carrying out the attack.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/120302/lebanon-tribunal-proposes-new-charge-rafik-hariri" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Middle East Lebanon Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:57:19 +0000 Luke Browne 5694363 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon: Filmed abuse of Ethiopian domestic worker sparks outrage (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120313/lebanon-filmed-abuse-ethiopian-domestic-worker-sparks-outra <p> BEIRUT &mdash; The Lebanese cabinet has called for an investigation into the filmed abuse of an Ethiopian domestic worker. Lebanon, which has an estimated 200,000 foreign domestic workers, has come under scrutiny due to allegations of substandard living conditions for maids, cleaners, and other workers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120313/lebanon-filmed-abuse-ethiopian-domestic-worker-sparks-outra" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Middle East Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:27:00 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5695834 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon: Abused Ethiopian maid kills herself (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120314/lebanon-abused-ethiopian-maid-kills-herself BEIRUT — Alem Dechasa, the maid, was filmed being dragged by her hair and beaten by Ali Mahfouz outside the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut. Mahfouz then is seen shoving the struggling Dechasa into the back door of his BMW. The video sparked a controversy and threw light onto a persistent problem of abuse faced by some of the estimated 200,000 migrant workers in Lebanon. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120314/lebanon-abused-ethiopian-maid-kills-herself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Middle East Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:41:00 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5696106 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian rebel group claims kidnap of Lebanese Shia pilgrims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120531/syrian-rebel-group-claims-kidnap-lebanese-shia-pilgrims About a dozen Lebanese men were kidnapped by gunmen earlier this month while travelling by bus in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, a stronghold of the mainly Sunni Muslim opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s Shi’ite regime.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120531/syrian-rebel-group-claims-kidnap-lebanese-shia-pilgrims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Syria Middle East Thu, 31 May 2012 22:08:31 +0000 Luke Browne 5706439 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon former minister charged with Syrian bomb plot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/120813/lebanon-former-minister-charged-syrian-bomb-plot Lebanese police have charged former minister Michel Samaha with a bomb plot organized by Syria.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/120813/lebanon-former-minister-charged-syrian-bomb-plot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Lebanon Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:16:54 +0000 Alexander Besant 5715921 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon rocked by protest a day after bomb kills top official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/121020/lebanon-rocked-protest-day-after-bomb-kills-top-off Protests rocked Lebanon Saturday over the killing of the country's top intelligence official yesterday in a massive bomb blast.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/121020/lebanon-rocked-protest-day-after-bomb-kills-top-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Lebanon Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:25:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5723238 at http://www.globalpost.com Beirut: Protesters attempt to storm Lebanese government headquarters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/121021/beirut-protesters-attempt-storm-lebanese-government Hundreds of protesters in Beirut are attempting to storm the government headquarters, as Lebanese soldiers attempt to disperse them with by machine gun bullets and volleys of tear gas from Lebanese soldiers.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/121021/beirut-protesters-attempt-storm-lebanese-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon World Leaders Syria Politics Lebanon Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:53:00 +0000 Talia Ralph 5723325 at http://www.globalpost.com Hezbollah chief warns Israel, marking end of religious holiday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/121125/hezbollah-chief-warns-israel-marking-e Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel Sunday that any war with Lebanon would see thousands of rockets fired on Israeli cities.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/121125/hezbollah-chief-warns-israel-marking-e" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Israel and Palestine Lebanon Israel and Palestine Lebanon Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:20:19 +0000 Alexander Besant 5727047 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon Justice Ministry rejects civil marriage request http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/130121/lebanon-justice-ministry-rejects-civil-marriage-req Lebanon's Justice Ministry rejected a request to legalize civil marriage Monday.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/130121/lebanon-justice-ministry-rejects-civil-marriage-req" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Want to Know Lebanon Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:01:43 +0000 Alexander Besant 5737439 at http://www.globalpost.com Hezbollah's Nasrallah denies reports of ill-health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/130227/hezbollahs-nasrallah-denies-reports-ill-health Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare television appearance on Wednesday to dispel rumors that he was in ill-health.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/lebanon/130227/hezbollahs-nasrallah-denies-reports-ill-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Want to Know Lebanon Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:31:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5768955 at http://www.globalpost.com