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Inside Hezbollah: How Lebanon protests are breaking ‘fear barrier’

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenai, during celebrations in Beirut on February 6, 2019. (AFP) By Scott Peterson November 15, 2019 The veteran Hezbollah fighter can’t count how many times he has been to Syria, and vivid and gruesome [...]

By |November 15th, 2019|Lebanon|

Lebanon protests rock Hezbollah’s grip on power

Protesters stand along the side of the Beirut-Jounieh highway on Wednesday, the seventh day of protests against tax increases and government corruption. (AFP)   November 8, 2019 By Sulome Anderson On Wednesday, I spoke with the leader of a Hezbollah tank battalion over the phone. It sounded particularly chaotic in Dahieh, a Hezbollah-controlled neighborhood [...]

By |November 8th, 2019|Lebanon|

Upheavals in Lebanon and Iraq throw a monkey wrench into Iran’s Strategic Designs

Anti-government protesters clash with riot policemen during a protest against government's plans to impose new taxes, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (AP) November 6, 2019 In Lebanon and Iraq, governments dominated by Iran-friendly Shiite Muslims have been forced to resign while in Syria and Yemen, Iranian power is ebbing. Anyone who [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Iraq, Lebanon|

Twitter closes accounts of Iran-backed Hezbollah TV and Houthi forces

Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah. (AFP) November 4, 2019 Twitter has blocked the account of Al-Manar TV, belonging to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah, saying it has not followed its rules. Al-Manar has called the blocking a “political” act. Currently, the page is completely blank. Twitter has also blocked an account belonging to [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|Lebanon, Yemen|

Khamenei contradicts himself, accuses US, allies of backing ‘turmoil’ in Lebanon, Iraq

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he speaks, Iran, January 9, 2018. (REUTERS) October 31, 2019 Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has contradicted himself by saying that the demands of protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rightful while accusing the US and its allies of being behind the unrest. The Americans and Western [...]

By |October 31st, 2019|Iraq, Lebanon|

Protests in Iraq and Lebanon pose a challenge to Iran

Iraqi anti-government protesters burn the Iranian flag during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP) By Qassim Abdul-Zahra And Joseph Krauss October 30, 2019 The day after anti-government protests erupted in Iraq, Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani flew into Baghdad late at night and took a helicopter to the heavily fortified [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Iraq, Lebanon|

Why Iran’s Soleimani misreads Lebanon

Iranian major general and the commander of Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, undated. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri October 29, 2019 The way the state-controlled media in Tehran put it the wave of protests in Lebanon is about “showing solidarity with Palestine.” Photos of a dozen people burning Israeli and American flags in Beirut [...]

By |October 29th, 2019|Lebanon|

The final chapter of Lebanon’s incorporation with Tehran’s axis

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered Sunday in major cities and towns nationwide, October 20, 2019. (AP) October 28, 2019 Fourth Caliph Ali Ibn Abi-Taleb once famously said: “Had poverty been a man, I would have killed it!” [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Lebanon|

The Lebanese are protesting their country is hijacked by Iran through Hezbollah

An areal view shows Lebanese protesters rallying in downtown Beirut, on the fourth day of demonstrations against tax increases and official corruption, October 20, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia October 24, 2019 Despite Lebanon’s government has adopted an emergency economic rescue plan, the Lebanese protesters gathered for a seven consecutive day Wednesday, keeping [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Lebanon|

Why Iran-allied Hezbollah wants to save Lebanon’s government and sectarian politics?

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP) By Mardo Soghom October 23, 2019 After days of mass protests, the government in Lebanon has agreed on a series of reforms aimed at solving the country’s economic crisis. Without Hezbollah’s support through the majority of ministers it controls in the government, [...]

By |October 23rd, 2019|Lebanon|