Lebanon not invited to Warsaw summit over Iran ‘sensitivity’

US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met with PM-designate Saad Hariri on Monday, Jan 14, 2019. (NNA) January 16, 2019 US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale has not invited Lebanon to the Warsaw global conference expected in Poland on February 13 and 14 to discuss issues related [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Lebanon|

Iran-backed Hezbollah’s gains from Syria war equal its losses

Hezbollah members carry the coffin of top Hezbollah commander. (Supplied) By Paula Astih January 12, 2019 Nearly seven years have passed since Hezbollah got practically engaged in the Syrian war – the movement’s biggest challenge since its establishment in 1982. Today, as the battles calm down, the party has returned to the political work [...]

By |January 12th, 2019|Lebanon, Syria|

Nizar Zakka’s family says Iran could torture him to death

Nadim Nizar Zakka, the son of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman and a permanent resident of the US who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2015. (Supplied)) January 4, 2019 The family of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen imprisoned in Iran, has expressed fears that he could die under torture, after it [...]

By |January 4th, 2019|Lebanon|

Iranian Fereydoon Omidi and other artists in M Square Gallery: traditional and contemporary in the heart of Beirut

M.Square Gallery in Beirut. (Supplied) By Roya Almously January 3, 2019 In the heart of Beirut, the beautifully lit M Square Gallery displays modern and contemporary antiquities created by international artists. It is a reflection of the mother-and-daughter team behind it. Maya Raad has more than 16 years’ experience with her Maison & [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|Arts, Lebanon|

Iranian cargo plane suspected of bringing arms to Hezbollah departs Tehran

Qeshm Fars Air, an Iranian civil aviation company, is suspected of smuggling arms into Lebanon, destined for the militant group Hezbollah and Iranian weapons factories. (Supplied) January 1, 2019 A Fars Air Qeshm cargo 747 airliner left Tehran at 8 a.m. on Sunday and landed in Damascus at 10:30 a.m., returning to Tehran [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Lebanon, Syria|

Israel: Iran has shut its military factories in Lebanon

Israeli soldiers block the road on the border with Lebanon in the northern town of Metula, December 4, 2018. (AP) December 26, 2018 Israeli military spokesman Ronen Manelis announced Monday that Iran no longer has missile factories in Lebanon. In conversation with Kol BaRama radio Manelis said that "the sites to which Prime [...]

By |December 26th, 2018|Isreal, Lebanon|

Bolstered by Iran, Hezbollah ‘capable of destruction on a whole new scale’

Hezbollah displays a pick-up truck mounted with a multiple rocket launcher in a parade in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh in 2014. (AFP) By Tom Wheeldon December 21, 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried Hezbollah’s development of a network of tunnels across the Lebanon-Israel border on Wednesday, describing it as an “act of war”. Netanyahu’s speech came [...]

By |December 21st, 2018|Isreal, Lebanon|

Some EU members want to outlaw all of Hezbollah, says EU counter-terror chief

Hezbollah supporters carry portraits of the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Ali Khamenei, as they march in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta on March 18. (AFP) December 21, 2018 The European Union’s counterterrorism coordinator, Giles de Kerchove, said in an interview last week that after Hezbollah operatives [...]

By |December 21st, 2018|Europe, Lebanon|

Are Iran and Hezbollah digging toward war with Israel?

A UN peacekeeper stands at the Adaisseh village near the Lebanese-Israeli border in 2015. (AFP) By Matthew RJ Brodsky December 18, 2018 Israel’s Operation Northern Shield, which recently exposed Hezbollah’s cross-border attack tunnels, has prompted the perennial question: Are Israel and Hezbollah about to go to war in Lebanon? Long before these latest revelations, conventional wisdom held [...]

By |December 18th, 2018|Isreal, Lebanon|

Iran is meddling in Lebanon again

A woman carries a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, May 25, 2017. (REUTERS) By Majid Rafizadeh December 17, 2018 Iran’s current efforts to increase its influence in Lebanon have not been adequately addressed by the international community and some media outlets. For almost seven months, Lebanon [...]

By |December 17th, 2018|Lebanon|