The Lebanese Government: From Powerless to Power Broker?

Earlier this week, the chances of achieving a workable cease-fire in the current Middle East crisis seemed about as dim as the Lebanese government’s prospects for staying in power. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who came to office last year with American support, looked as if he had been hung out to dry by Secretary […]

Bombs shatter the quiet lives of working-class Lebanese

Although the Assaads are Shi’ite Muslims from southern Beirut, they say they’ve always steered clear of Hezbollah and the other militias and parties that divide this weak country. “We don’t believe in politicians and we don’t believe in war,” said 12-year-old Fatima, who speaks articulately in English for this working-class family of four. “We pray […]

Desperate choices inside Lebanon

BEIRUT — After days of bombardment and blockade by Israel, many Lebanese and visitors faced a tough choice: to leave through the last remaining exit routes or hunker down with extra candles, water, and powdered milk. Tens of thousands have fled this tiny country since Thursday, after Israel began bombing targets in southern Lebanon and […]

The Party’s Over

When the electricity finally failed in my East Beirut neighborhood, I set up shop at a rooftop hotel bar and waited for the next Israeli bombs to fall. Almost immediately, the sky erupted with what sounded like antiaircraft fire but turned out to be red and green fireworks garishly flashing over the hot, dark city. […]

Lebanese watch as a war unfolds on their territory

Updated 7/17/2006 12:19 AM ET Lebanon’s government stood in disarray Sunday, looking on as Hezbollah intensified both rocket attacks and rhetoric aimed at Israel. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar Television station aired an address by the group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who promised to press on with attacks against Israel. “We are now fighting a battle for the […]