Lawyer and activist Hussein El Achi helped found a group called Minteshreen that wants an end to Lebanon’s sectarian political system.

These activists want to end sectarian politics in Lebanon

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Lebanon has 18 recognized religious sects, and sectarianism is built into the country’s political system. But in the wake of the October 2019 protest movement, some are advocating for a different path.

Lebanese teachers react to the sounds from nearby armed clashes as they flee their school under the protection of Lebanese soldiers after a clash erupted along a former 1975-90 civil war front line between Muslim Shiite and Christian areas at Ain el-Ruman

Tensions rise over Beirut blast investigation

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Lebanese army soldiers deploy on Lebanon's side of the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern village of Kfar Kila

Lebanon’s financial crisis is so bad that soldiers can’t feed their families

Two soldiers are shown in the near ground in soft focus with widespread rubble from Beirut's destroyed port in the destance.

Lebanon probes blast amid rising anger, calls for change

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Three people wear face masks with soldiers standing behind them

Some Americans feel safer in Lebanon when it comes to COVID-19 response

Men in personal protective gear stand in a line in front of vans.

Hezbollah’s latest front line? The fight against coronavirus.


Months of anti-government protests have eroded the popularity and legitimacy of Lebanon’s traditional political parties. But the novel coronavirus has given them a chance to get it back by launching their own health and sanitation campaigns.

Soldiers in white tanks on a road

Israeli escalation against Iran is a ‘multilevel’ game

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Israeli troops on the northern border with Lebanon are on high alert after a drone attack in Beirut’s southern suburbs. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, Hezbollah, is threatening imminent military action.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center), Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman (right) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz (left), attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 7, 2019.

With the Iran deal falling apart, Israel faces new worries


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. But now that the deal appears to be collapsing, Israel isn’t exactly celebrating.

Men sit around a table.

Lebanon: The lynchpin in Syria’s conflict

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As the US pulls troops out of Syria, neighboring Lebanon, with its history of sectarian politics, struggles to find national unity in its approach to the ongoing refugee crisis created as the result of seven years of war.

Smoke is shown with red backlighting rising past a mountain range as seen from the Damascus, Syria, countryside.

Syria state media says Israeli planes attack targets near Damascus

“Israeli” war planes attacked with missiles unspecified targets near Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday and injured three Syrian soldiers