Nakba Tour in DC: A Moment for Black & Palestinian Solidarity

Nakba Tour in DC: A Moment for Black & Palestinian Solidarity

IPS joins Pan-African Community Action, Free Palestine Movement, and al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition in inviting you to the DC stop of the “North America Nakba Tour,” an intimate sit down with “Stateless Palestinians from the Camps in Lebanon,” an event to...
Postcard from Lebanon

Postcard from Lebanon

Conversation on the streets of Beirut since the bombing in October has a familiar vocabulary, one reminiscent of 2005 when Rafic Hariri was assassinated. The blast that detonated in Ashrafieh, a largely residential and Christian neighborhood in Beirut, killed seven...
Harirism Exposed

Harirism Exposed

Saad Hariri—the Saudi-born son of the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri—has been on something of a speaking tour lately. The billionaire former prime minister has repeatedly tried to make the case that Lebanon’s incumbent government has put...
Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets on Assad

Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets on Assad

When the Arab Awakening began last year, Hezbollah’s leadership expressed solidarity with revolutionary movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain. However, this support was not extended to those demanding political reform in neighboring Syria. This...
The Refugee Child Photographers

The Refugee Child Photographers

Lebanese photojournalist Ramzi Haidar was in Iraq covering the refugee crisis in 2003. Passing the time between assignments, Haidar talked and played with children who were curious about his equipment. Seeing what they saw and how they saw it, he became intrigued by...
How Lebanon Got So Complicated

How Lebanon Got So Complicated

(Pictured: Colonel Wissam Hassan, head of Lebanese intelligence.) Viewed through the prism of the American mainstream media, Lebanon always appears a place that best defines the term Byzantine: a bewildering mélange of different religions, rival militias, cagey...
The Lebanon Border: “Uniquely” Dangerous

The Lebanon Border: “Uniquely” Dangerous

While the Middle East—indeed, the world—is riveted by the ongoing crisis around Iran’s nuclear program, the most immediate danger of a war may be on Israel’s border with Lebanon: “Exceptionally quiet and uniquely dangerous” was how...
Iran-Saudi Relations: Rising Tensions and Growing Rivalry

Iran-Saudi Relations: Rising Tensions and Growing Rivalry

For decades, the Persian Gulf region – subsumed under a latent Sunni-Shia divide – was animated by a drama of Iraq-Iran rivalry; each power balanced the other. The elimination of Saddam Hussein, by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, introduced a new chapter...

On the Brink of Peace in the Middle East?

Over the past half decade a broad consensus has emerged among informed observers in the Middle East that recent U.S. policies in the region – from Iraq and Iran to our approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah – have been...

Lebanon Intrusion

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. military intervention in Lebanon, and 25 years after a second U.S. military intervention which left hundreds of Americans and thousands of Lebanese dead, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a...

A Cluster of Fallacies

Well over half the world’s governments agreed last week to “consign cluster munitions to the trash bin of history,” in the words of the Cluster Munition Coalition, the civil society collective that delivered the treaty. Meeting in Dublin, Ireland,...

Hillary Clinton on Military Policy

While much attention has been given to Senator Hillary Clinton’s support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, her foreign policy record regarding other international conflicts and her apparent eagerness to accept the use of force appears to indicate that her fateful...

Ban Ki Whom?

People used to equate the vice-presidency of the United States with a “pitcher of warm spit.” Since Dick Cheney occupied the position, the spittle has become more potently venomous and the office consequently more important and noticeable. Similarly, the...

U.S. Role in Lebanon Debacle

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues to resist pressure that he resign following the publication late last month of the interim report by a special Israeli commission on Israel’s war on Lebanon last summer. Military chief Dan Halutz has already been...

Divided We Stand?

Every culture, it seems, has the same joke: Put three Koreans—or Albanians or Poles or Kenyans or Californians—in a room. After an hour of debate, they’ll form four political parties. We are, by nature, a factious species. We huddle together in large...