Mossad and CIA are Training Christian Extremist Militia in Lebanon

Steven Sahiounie Covert training camps in the Jordanian desert are currently the site of British and American trainers developing young Lebanese men, loyal to the Christian warlord, Samir Geagea, according to chief editor of Al Mariah magazine, Fadi Abu Deya.  In an interview given to Al Jadeed TV, Abu Deya claimed Geagea is sending fighters to…

Lebanon’s Middle Class Vanishes as Economy Collapses

Jennifer Holleis Following years of political and economic crises, Lebanon’s population structure has changed, and not for the better. Experts believe that the structural inequality will only widen in future. Lebanon’s capital Beirut has turned into a city of contrasts. Expensive cars park before popular restaurants and bars, while people of all ages rummage through bins for something…

Exclusive Interview w/ Hezbollah’s Second-in-Command Sheikh Naim Qassem

BT’s Rania Khalek sat down with Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah, in Beirut, Lebanon. Hezbollah began as a resistance movement against Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon and has since grown to become a regional player across the Middle East. They discussed Hezbollah’s role in Lebanon and the region as well as the group’s…

Ghajar: The Flashpoint Town Between Lebanon, Syria, and Israel

Firas Al-Shoufi The Syrian-Lebanese town of Ghajar, occupied by Israel since 1967, is fixed at the center of a regional geopolitical confrontation. The story of the town of Ghajar is similar to the story of the Arab Levant region – divided along contentious border lines, then booby-trapped by planting the Israeli occupation state in its midst….

Soleimani Assassination Commemorated in Mass Rallies Across the Region

The Cradle Gatherings to commemorate the Iranian general were held in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and a number of other countries across West Asia and the world As Iranians and Iraqis commemorate the three-year anniversary of Washington’s illegal assassination of Iran’s Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, scores of people have,…

Lebanon Is a Failed State Today

Steven Sahiounie This is part two of an examination of the current state of Lebanon. In part one, we looked at the Soldiers of God, an extremist Christian militia that pose a threat to the security of Lebanon and could ignite a new civil war. Lebanon needs up to $15 billion to rise from its…

Extremist Christian Militia in Lebanon May Ignite a New Civil War

Steven Sahiounie In Ashrafieh, the wealthy Christian neighborhood in east Beirut, there is a group of 300 young, muscular, and bearded men patrolling the streets from 6 pm. to 6 am. as part of Neighborhood Watch, but they have an extremist Christian ideology which many have termed neo-fascist. They call the group the Soldiers of God, and…

Can Western Intel Agencies Spy on Hezbollah via Crypto?

Kit Klarenberg Although branded as a safe and secure mode of transaction, cryptocurrency networks are still vulnerable to hacking. In sanctions-hit and economic crisis-ridden Lebanon, this poses an existential threat to all Lebanese. Beirut’s long-running, slow-burn financial crisis, and a welter of western sanctions, have in recent years compelled Lebanon’s resistance movement, Hezbollah, to turn to cryptocurrency….

The Lebanese Crisis and its Aftermath

Viktor Mikhin Lebanese legislators have failed for the seventh time to elect a successor to former president Michel Aoun, even as the absence of a president hinders efforts to rescue an economy that has fallen into the abyss.  Parliament is split between supporters of the Hezbollah group and its opponents, and none of them has…

Neo-Fascist Christian Militia Takes to the Streets in Lebanese Capital

The Cradle Lebanon’s new right wing Christian militia boasts members that took part in last year’s shooting of Hezbollah and Amal supporters in the Tayouneh neighborhood of Beirut Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood has in recent weeks witnessed the rise of a new private militia created by politicians affiliated with Israel and the US, and consisting of…

“The US is a Paper Tiger Where Saudi Arabia is Concerned”

Steven Sahiounie Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey are neighbors in an increasingly unstable Middle East, in which Saudi Arabia plays a key role. The US has meddled in the Middle East for decades and is responsible for the destruction of several countries who have not recovered from failed American policies. Steven Sahiounie of MidEastDiscourse interviewed…

Biden’s ‘Freeing Iran’ Means Weakening the Militarized Palestinian Intifada

Shaban Syed Bibi may have returned, but he is facing a drastically changed political scenario with a new Palestinian Intifada brewing, but this time armed, and not just with stones. Against the background of ongoing Iran riots, where ISIS and MEK terrorists are actively pretending to defend women’s rights, bombing religious shrines and killing innocents, in…