Franco-American Designs on Lebanon, A Post-Catastrophe Update

by As’ad AbuKhalil, published on Consortium News, September 13, 2020 Lebanon moves from one catastrophe to another; as if the blast at Beirut airport last month wasn’t enough. There was another fire there this week at Beirut port, an area that was subjected in August to government emergency laws. Those emergency laws put the Army command in charge of the[…]

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A Deep Cut on Lebanon

by Jeremy Salt, published on the American Herald Tribune, August 11, 2020 In the old days there was no more charming city in the eastern Mediterranean than Beirut.  Set on a maritime plain with the mountains rising dramatically behind it, the scenery was magnificent, the culture charming, the people hospitable and the city rich in history. Unfortunately, however, Lebanon’s prime[…]

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Beirut Mega-Blast Unleashes Political Tsunami

By John Catalinotto published on Workers World, August 11, 2020 Aug. 10 — An earthquake-size explosion in the port of Beirut on Aug. 4 killed 200, wounded 6,000 and left 300,000 people homeless in that densely populated city. It also unleashed a political tsunami that pulled in regional and imperialist powers as well as Lebanese political forces. The first indications[…]

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The West & Gulf Couldn’t Sway These Lebanese Elections

by As’ad AbuKhalil, written for Consortium News, May 31, 2018 The recent Lebanese parliamentary election generated a lot of publicity in Western media. To be sure, free elections are rare in the Middle East, and Western media get excited over the prospects of success for what they dub as “pro-Western” candidates or coalitions anywhere. Also because foes of Israel and[…]

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