Why Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon See No End in Sight for Their Suffering

Why Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon See No End in Sight for Their Suffering

Without a political and legal solution, Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon will remain impoverished and at the mercy of international aid organizations who seek to depoliticize their suffering, according to experts on the crisis in Lebanon’s camps where they say the Palestinian people have been abandoned. Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are among the most disadvantaged…

Are Arab Militias Losing Their Usefulness for Iran?

Are Arab Militias Losing Their Usefulness for Iran?

Iranian support for Arab militias has long threatened Iran’s detractors, unable to develop an effective counterstrategy. Now, the tide may be turning. A string of events suggests that the usefulness of at least some of the militias in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine is waning as their popularity diminishes and relations with Iran encounter headwinds. The…

Has Saudi Arabia Decided to Put an End to the Small and Defenseless Lebanon?

Has Saudi Arabia Decided to Put an End to the Small and Defenseless Lebanon?

Recently, Saudi Arabia and its satellites Bahrain and Kuwait have decided to expel Lebanese ambassadors amid the rising tensions between Beirut and some countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). In addition, Riyadh severed economic ties with Lebanon, which looks like a deliberately malicious move aimed at pushing Lebanon into a deeper…

Will Russia’s ‘Energy Diplomacy’ in Syria Lead to Iran’s Withdrawal?

Will Russia’s ‘Energy Diplomacy’ in Syria Lead to Iran’s Withdrawal?

From the looks of it, the plan is for the West to waive select sanctions against Syria with regards to its facilitation of energy exports to Lebanon via the Arab Gas Pipeline in exchange for Damascus requesting Tehran’s dignified but phased withdrawal from the country. Axios cited two unnamed “Israeli” officials last week when reporting…

US Military Aid Will Not Break the Bond Between Lebanese Army and Hezbollah

US Military Aid Will Not Break the Bond Between Lebanese Army and Hezbollah

Travelling to Lebanon last week U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy had promised to find additional means “to support” the population and the Lebanese army. On September 7, Murphy came good on his promise after U.S. President Joe Biden authorized Secretary of State Antony Blinken to raise a total of $47 million to provide aid for the Lebanese…