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Motives & Mysteries: Tripoli Edition 24 Aug 2013 | 10:51 pm

Whenever a bomb explodes in Lebanon, conversations both public and private revolve around an old parlor game that we might call: “Motives & Mysteries”. For those unfamiliar with the genre, here’s a sn...

Pathos and Promises: Nasrallah on the Dahiyah Blast 17 Aug 2013 | 03:58 am

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah addressed a large crowd of supporters in Aita al-Shaab this evening via videolink from Beirut. The topic was yesterday night’s car bomb in al-Dahiyah...

Abbas on Syria 15 Aug 2013 | 04:54 pm

I’m in Beirut for a few weeks this month, seeing family and attending weddings. The mood is eerily pleasant, though now that the Eid has passed everyone seems to be bracing themselves for the return t...

When Langley Met Dahiyeh: A Trans-Oceanic Love Story 17 Jul 2013 | 11:34 pm

Some folks are up in arms about the recent revelation that US intelligence agencies warned the Lebanese government about an Al-Qaida plot to smuggle several tons of explosives into Lebanon. As Mitch P...

Nick Blanford and Mitch Prothero Respond to Queries about Hizbullah Involvement in Sidon 26 Jun 2013 | 12:23 am

A commenter on my last post asks the following question, which many others have been asking today in the wake of two pieces written by Nicholas Blanford and Mitchell Prothero about Hizbullah’s alleged...

Hizbullah: Special Forces of the Lebanese Safavid Zoroastrian Persian Army? 25 Jun 2013 | 09:40 pm

The talking point de jour among the more Gandalfy fringe of the Sunni commentariat is to refer to the Lebanese Army as a “Safavid“, “Majusi“, “Batini” fighting force under the sway of Hizbullah and it...

Reactions to the Conflict in Saida on Kalam Ennas 25 Jun 2013 | 01:48 am

The Lebanese political talk show Kalam Ennas with Marcel Ghanem will be broadcasting a special episode this evening about the confrontation between the Lebanese Army and Ahmad al-Assir’s followers in ...

Assir’s Gamble: Blunder or Breakthrough? 24 Jun 2013 | 03:24 am

Translation: “To all of our supporters: we are coming under attack from the Lebanese Army, which is  Iranian-[controlled] and sectarian, and also from the shabbiha of Hassan Nasr al-Lat and Nabih Berr...

The Last Za’im 21 Jun 2013 | 11:01 pm

The Lebanese MP and former minister Suleiman Franjieh gave a long interview to LBC’s Marcel Ghanem last week on Kalam Ennas. Topics covered included the situation in Syria, the disputed extension of t...

A Compromise in Syria: The Regime’s View 17 Jun 2013 | 09:10 pm

The recent decision by the United States to start arming the Syrian opposition, coupled with the intervention by Hizbullah in al-Qusayr point to a deepening conflict in Syria. In the current context, ...

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