New government demonstrates Hezbollah’s dominance of Lebanon

Hezbollah supporters carry portraits of the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Khamenei, as they march in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta on March 18. (AFP) By Tony Badran February 4, 2019 After a nine-month delay, Lebanon has a new government. Hezbollah’s dominance of the government is not restricted [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Lebanon|

US urges new Lebanese government to block Iran-backed Hezbollah

A French U.N. peacekeepers Leclerc tank passes a billboard showing Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrullah. (AFP) February 2, 2019 The United States on Friday called on Lebanon to deprive Hezbollah of all official funds after the Shiite militant movement took a record three cabinet posts in a [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Lebanon|

Hezbollah’s backing of Maduro may shine light on links with Venezuela

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) January 31, 2019 Hezbollah’s explicit support for Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro could be the first step in confirming links between the South American nation’s government, the terrorist organization and organized crime groups. Hezbollah’s backing comes [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Latin America, Lebanon|

Iran-backed Hezbollah could ‘for years’ enter Israel, group’s leader says after tunnels found

Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah. (AFP) January 28, 2019 Iran-backed Hezbollah has "for years" been able to enter Israel, the Lebanese group's leader said on Saturday, responding for the first time to Israel's discovery of tunnels dug into Israeli territory from Lebanon. Hassan Nasrallah also warned Israel late Saturday over its [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Isreal, Lebanon|

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|