Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Proceedings in the case of murdered ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are set to being in the Netherlands this week. The trial could cause further unrest in a country that is already on the verge of chaos. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

In the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a growing number of refugees are surviving in Lebanon by illegally selling their own organs. But the exchange comes at a huge cost. By Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]


The Wave from Syria: Flow of Refugees Destabilizes Lebanon

The Wave from Syria: Flow of Refugees Destabilizes Lebanon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

The war in Syria and its wave of refugees is destabilizing and overwhelming Lebanon. Now there are fears the hundreds of thousands of newcomers will never want to leave, and the sectarian conflict will worsen. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Mountain Getaway: Lebanese Town Parties in Shadow of War

Mountain Getaway: Lebanese Town Parties in Shadow of War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

Beirut has a reputation as the nightlife capital of the Middle East, yet increasing violence and the civil war in neighboring Syria have dampened the mood. The mountain village of Faraya has meanwhile filled the role of party mecca. By Raniah Salloum more...


Looming US Attack: Syria's Christians Caught in the Crossfire

Looming US Attack: Syria's Christians Caught in the Crossfire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

They fled from the bitter conflict because they fear the rebels yet can expect no assistance from Assad. Now many of Syria's Christians are stranded in Lebanon, and are answering the call of the Pope by praying for their country -- and that the US military intervention does not come. By Raniah Salloum in Harissa more... Comment ]

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Over the last half-century, Beirut has gone from the being the "Switzerland of the Middle East" to a country plagued by instability. In a personal account, SPIEGEL reporter Erich Follath explains his difficult relationship with Hezbollah and his love of Beirut. more... Comment ]


EU Terror List: Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions

EU Terror List: Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to put the military wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on the bloc's list of terrorist groups. But sanctions will have little impact on the "Party of God," which has long since become Lebanon's most powerful political force. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut, Lebanon more... Comment ]

Syrian Refugees: Making Sense of War through Art

Syrian Refugees: Making Sense of War through Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2013

A centuries-old stable just outside Beirut has become a refuge for young Syrian artists fleeing violence back home. It offers an insight into how Syria's creative class has become alienated from an uprising that many once supported. By Cathrin Schaer in Aley, Lebanon more... Comment ]


Bulgaria Bus Attack: Berlin Wants Hezbollah On EU Terrorist Group List

Bulgaria Bus Attack: Berlin Wants Hezbollah On EU Terrorist Group List

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2013

The German Interior and Foreign ministries want Lebanon's Hezbollah movement to be placed on the EU's list of terrorist groups if suspicions are confirmed that the organization was behind the bus bombing in Bulgaria last year in which five Israeli tourists were killed. more...

Bulgaria Attack: EU Leaders Mull Firmer Stance against Hezbollah

Bulgaria Attack: EU Leaders Mull Firmer Stance against Hezbollah

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2013

The US is urging EU countries to follow its lead in labelling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Bulgaria's claim that the militant Lebanese group was behind a deadly attack on Israeli tourists in July already has EU leaders calling for action. By James Kirchick more... Comment ]