Lebanon

Country Lebanon
Capital Beirut
Continent Asia
Currency Lebanese pound(LBP)
Languages Arabic, French & English

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Introduction

Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French separated out the region of Lebanon in 1920, and granted this area independence in 1943. A lengthy civil war (1975-1990) devastated the country, but Lebanon has since made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions. Under the Ta'if Accord - the blueprint for national reconciliation - the Lebanese established a more equitable political system, particularly by giving Muslims a greater voice in the political process while institutionalizing sectarian divisions in the government. Since the end of the war, Lebanon has conducted several successful elections. Most militias have been reduced or disbanded, with the exception of Hizballah, designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and Palestinian militant groups. During Lebanon's civil war, the Arab League legitimized in the Ta'if Accord Syria's troop deployment, numbering about 16,000 based mainly east of Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000 and the passage in September 2004 of UNSCR 1559 - a resolution calling for Syria to withdraw from Lebanon and end its interference in Lebanese affairs - encouraged some Lebanese groups to demand that Syria withdraw its forces as well. The assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq HARIRI and 22 others in February 2005 led to massive demonstrations in Beirut against the Syrian presence ("the Cedar Revolution"), and Syria withdrew the remainder of its military forces in April 2005. In May-June 2005, Lebanon held its first legislative elections since the end of the civil war free of foreign interference, handing a majority to the bloc led by Sa'ad HARIRI, the slain prime minister's son. In July 2006, Hizballah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers leading to a 34-day conflict with Israel in which approximately 1,200 Lebanese civilians were killed. UNSCR 1701 ended the war in August 2006, and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) deployed throughout the country for the first time in decades, charged with securing Lebanon's borders against weapons smuggling and maintaining a weapons-free zone in south Lebanon with the help of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The LAF in May-September 2007 battled Sunni extremist group Fatah al-Islam in the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian refugee camp, winning a decisive victory, but destroying the camp and displacing 30,000 Palestinian residents. Lebanese politicians in November 2007 were unable to agree on a successor to Emile LAHUD when he stepped down as president, creating a political vacuum until the election of LAF Commander Gen. Michel SULAYMAN in May 2008 and the formation of a new unity government in July 2008. Legislative elections in June 2009 again produced victory for the bloc led by Sa'ad HARIRI, but a period of prolonged negotiation over the composition of the cabinet ensued. A national unity government was finally formed in November 2009 and approved by the National Assembly the following month. In January 2010, Lebanon assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2010-11 term.

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Local party official shot dead by soldier in Lebanon protests - The Guardian
  1. Local party official shot dead by soldier in Lebanon protests  The Guardian
  2. Man killed as tensions flare in Lebanon after Aoun interview  Al Jazeera English
  3. Protester killed as Lebanon’s Aoun defends allies, sparking new demonstrations  FRANCE 24
  4. Soldier Kills Man at Lebanon Protest, 1st Fatality in Nation’s Turmoil  The New York Times
  5. Lebanon banks remain closed  Al Jazeera America
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Inside Hezbollah: How Lebanon protests are breaking ‘fear barrier’ - The Christian Science MonitorInside Hezbollah: How Lebanon protests are breaking ‘fear barrier’  The Christian Science Monitor

Protesters block Lebanon roads after Aoun urges them to go home - ReutersProtesters block Lebanon roads after Aoun urges them to go home  Reuters

With Lebanon Making Fragile Progress, Now Is the Wrong Time to Pull U.S. Assistance - LawfareWith Lebanon Making Fragile Progress, Now Is the Wrong Time to Pull U.S. Assistance  Lawfare

First Death Reported in Nationwide Protests Wracking Lebanon - VOA NewsFirst Death Reported in Nationwide Protests Wracking Lebanon  VOA News

Lebanon's Aoun says economic conditions deteriorating - ReutersLebanon's Aoun says economic conditions deteriorating  Reuters

Lebanon a ‘Beautiful Idea' in Need of a Remake, Say Protestors - VOA Learning EnglishLebanon a ‘Beautiful Idea' in Need of a Remake, Say Protestors  VOA Learning English

Lebanon's central bank chief tries to calm fears over bank system - Aljazeera.comLebanon's central bank chief tries to calm fears over bank system  Aljazeera.com

Lebanon protests explained - Amnesty InternationalLebanon protests explained  Amnesty International

Dollar shortage shakes confidence in Lebanon’s banks - Financial TimesDollar shortage shakes confidence in Lebanon’s banks  Financial Times

As Lebanon's unrest continues, fears grow for its currency - Los Angeles TimesAs Lebanon's unrest continues, fears grow for its currency  Los Angeles Times

Unrest in Lebanon and Iraq is a chance for the US to turn the tables on Iran | TheHill - The HillUnrest in Lebanon and Iraq is a chance for the US to turn the tables on Iran | TheHill  The Hill

Lebanon Still Far From 'Doomsday Scenario,' Arqaam Capital's Rizk Says - BloombergLebanon Still Far From 'Doomsday Scenario,' Arqaam Capital's Rizk Says  Bloomberg

U.N. urges Lebanon to build government of 'competence', banks close - Reuters.comU.N. urges Lebanon to build government of 'competence', banks close  Reuters.com

Lebanon Crisis Has Templeton Uttering R-Word as Debt Woes Deepen - BloombergLebanon Crisis Has Templeton Uttering R-Word as Debt Woes Deepen  Bloomberg

Paralyzed Lebanon Will Have to Restructure Debt, Franklin Templeton's Kronfol Says - BloombergParalyzed Lebanon Will Have to Restructure Debt, Franklin Templeton's Kronfol Says  Bloomberg

Lebanon's grand mufti calls for protesters' demands to be met - ReutersLebanon's grand mufti calls for protesters' demands to be met  Reuters

In Lebanon, a woman's place is leading the revolution - The IndependentIn Lebanon, a woman's place is leading the revolution  The Independent

Lebanon: Man killed during protests after Auon's speech - Anadolu AgencyLebanon: Man killed during protests after Auon's speech  Anadolu Agency

Lebanon's intifada: Can the people overturn their corrupt, sectarian leaders? - HaaretzLebanon's intifada: Can the people overturn their corrupt, sectarian leaders?  Haaretz

‘We won’t back down’: Anger mounts in Lebanon after protester shot dead and president tells anyone unhappy to leave country - The Independent‘We won’t back down’: Anger mounts in Lebanon after protester shot dead and president tells anyone unhappy to leave country  The Independent

Lebanon's "October revolution" : An end to the civil war? - Open DemocracyLebanon's "October revolution" : An end to the civil war?  Open Democracy

Man shot dead as Lebanon protests intensify - New Straits Times OnlineMan shot dead as Lebanon protests intensify  New Straits Times Online

First Death In Lebanon's Uprising as Aoun Comments Spark Fury - BloombergFirst Death In Lebanon's Uprising as Aoun Comments Spark Fury  Bloomberg

Lebanon a 'beautiful idea' in need of a reboot, say protesters - ReutersLebanon a 'beautiful idea' in need of a reboot, say protesters  Reuters

Lebanon's Aoun calls on protesters to go home, warns of catastrophe - ReutersLebanon's Aoun calls on protesters to go home, warns of catastrophe  Reuters

A leaderless social movement is key to protest success in Lebanon - RFIA leaderless social movement is key to protest success in Lebanon  RFI

Explainer: Why is Lebanon in an economic and political mess? - ReutersExplainer: Why is Lebanon in an economic and political mess?  Reuters

Empowering children with type 1 diabetes in Lebanon | MSF - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) InternationalEmpowering children with type 1 diabetes in Lebanon | MSF  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Lebanon: soldier arrested after killing protester in nationwide demonstrations - The NationalLebanon: soldier arrested after killing protester in nationwide demonstrations  The National

The Latest: World Bank Official Raises Alarm on Lebanon - The New York TimesThe Latest: World Bank Official Raises Alarm on Lebanon  The New York Times

Competing Protests in Lebanon Bring Thousands to the Streets - TIMECompeting Protests in Lebanon Bring Thousands to the Streets  TIME

Lebanon's Speaker Berri postpones parliament session - ReutersLebanon's Speaker Berri postpones parliament session  Reuters

For Israelis along the border, violence is a constant threat - PBS NewsHourFor Israelis along the border, violence is a constant threat  PBS NewsHour

Man killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interview 17 hours ago - Yeni Safak EnglishMan killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interview 17 hours ago  Yeni Safak English

Breakdown of trust in financial system deepens crisis in Lebanon - The TelegramBreakdown of trust in financial system deepens crisis in Lebanon  The Telegram

Lebanon Protests Unite Sects in Demanding New Government - The New York TimesLebanon Protests Unite Sects in Demanding New Government  The New York Times

Lebanon slides deeper into chaos, no sign of new government - NasdaqLebanon slides deeper into chaos, no sign of new government  Nasdaq

Lebanon protests: Crisis affecting fuel and medicine imports - Al Jazeera AmericaLebanon protests: Crisis affecting fuel and medicine imports  Al Jazeera America

Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, Steps Down in Face of Protests - The New York TimesLebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, Steps Down in Face of Protests  The New York Times

Lebanon’s ‘Arab Spring’ shakes Iran, region - Albuquerque JournalLebanon’s ‘Arab Spring’ shakes Iran, region  Albuquerque Journal

Burning tires, brides and 'Baby Shark.' What you need to know about protests engulfing Lebanon - CNNBurning tires, brides and 'Baby Shark.' What you need to know about protests engulfing Lebanon  CNN

Banks in Lebanon stay closed as employees go on strike - Daily Inter LakeBanks in Lebanon stay closed as employees go on strike  Daily Inter Lake

Why Iran Is Threatened by Protests in Lebanon and Iraq - TIMEWhy Iran Is Threatened by Protests in Lebanon and Iraq  TIME

Lebanon protests: Confronting the 'sexualisation' of women demonstrators - BBC NewsLebanon protests: Confronting the 'sexualisation' of women demonstrators  BBC News

Lebanon Doesn’t Need Heroes - The AtlanticLebanon Doesn’t Need Heroes  The Atlantic

Lebanon Battles to Be Born at Last - The New York TimesLebanon Battles to Be Born at Last  The New York Times

Protesters in Lebanon formed a human chain across the entire country - CNNProtesters in Lebanon formed a human chain across the entire country  CNN

Lebanon crisis: President asks Hariri to stay on as caretaker PM - BBC NewsLebanon crisis: President asks Hariri to stay on as caretaker PM  BBC News

Lebanon’s Richest Need To Take a Haircut - BloombergLebanon’s Richest Need To Take a Haircut  Bloomberg

Washington Should Back, Not Punish, the Lebanese Military - Foreign PolicyWashington Should Back, Not Punish, the Lebanese Military  Foreign Policy

Lebanon: Protect Protesters from Attacks - Human Rights WatchLebanon: Protect Protesters from Attacks  Human Rights Watch

Lebanon's Protests Are a Revolt Against Sectarianism - Foreign PolicyLebanon's Protests Are a Revolt Against Sectarianism  Foreign Policy

Why thousands continue to protest in Lebanon's Tripoli - Al Jazeera EnglishWhy thousands continue to protest in Lebanon's Tripoli  Al Jazeera English

Lebanon taxi driver sentenced to death over murder of UK embassy worker Rebecca Dykes - CNNLebanon taxi driver sentenced to death over murder of UK embassy worker Rebecca Dykes  CNN

Wikipedia the latest battleground in Lebanon's protests - Arab NewsWikipedia the latest battleground in Lebanon's protests  Arab News

Protests break out in Lebanon roads after president tells them to go home | Watch News Videos Online - Globalnews.caProtests break out in Lebanon roads after president tells them to go home | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

U.N. urges Lebanon to form government of 'competence', banks close - The GuardianU.N. urges Lebanon to form government of 'competence', banks close  The Guardian

UPDATE 1-Lebanon slips deeper into turmoil, no sign of new government - Yahoo NewsUPDATE 1-Lebanon slips deeper into turmoil, no sign of new government  Yahoo News

Advocates Try To Raise Environmental Awareness In Lebanon - NPRAdvocates Try To Raise Environmental Awareness In Lebanon  NPR

Lebanon is at a crossroads between a new start or a return to unrest - CNNLebanon is at a crossroads between a new start or a return to unrest  CNN

Can Lebanon’s young uprising withstand embrace of the ‘machine’? - The Christian Science MonitorCan Lebanon’s young uprising withstand embrace of the ‘machine’?  The Christian Science Monitor

Lebanon protests: 'Difficult, delicate' situation for Hezbollah - Al Jazeera EnglishLebanon protests: 'Difficult, delicate' situation for Hezbollah  Al Jazeera English

The Guardian view on Lebanon and Chile: too little, too late for protesters - The GuardianThe Guardian view on Lebanon and Chile: too little, too late for protesters  The Guardian

Three arrested Sunday following traffic stop in Lebanon - Press HeraldThree arrested Sunday following traffic stop in Lebanon  Press Herald

Violence flares in Lebanon as protesters tell their leaders to go - The GuardianViolence flares in Lebanon as protesters tell their leaders to go  The Guardian

For an Emergency Economic Rescue Plan for Lebanon - ?????? ??????? ??????For an Emergency Economic Rescue Plan for Lebanon  ?????? ??????? ??????

Protests in Iraq and Lebanon threaten an Iran-backed status quo - Financial TimesProtests in Iraq and Lebanon threaten an Iran-backed status quo  Financial Times

How Can Lebanon Benefit from China's Economic Offers? - Al-Manar TVHow Can Lebanon Benefit from China's Economic Offers?  Al-Manar TV

Lebanon Is on Fire - The New York TimesLebanon Is on Fire  The New York Times

Lebanon Warned on Default and Recession as Its Reserves Decline - BloombergLebanon Warned on Default and Recession as Its Reserves Decline  Bloomberg

As energy problems fuel protests, Lebanon eyes gas revolution - Aljazeera.comAs energy problems fuel protests, Lebanon eyes gas revolution  Aljazeera.com

Lebanon Parliament Speaker and wife lift secrecy off bank accounts - Middle East MonitorLebanon Parliament Speaker and wife lift secrecy off bank accounts  Middle East Monitor

Fear and Sport Imperil Lebanon’s Striped Hyenas - The New York TimesFear and Sport Imperil Lebanon’s Striped Hyenas  The New York Times

In Lebanon's Tripoli, crushing poverty fuels protests - FRANCE 24In Lebanon's Tripoli, crushing poverty fuels protests  FRANCE 24

Lebanon not sick with fever but ill with cancer - Arab NewsLebanon not sick with fever but ill with cancer  Arab News

Three facing drug charges after Lebanon traffic stop - WGMEThree facing drug charges after Lebanon traffic stop  WGME

Exclusive: U.S. withholding $105 million in security aid for Lebanon - sources - ReutersExclusive: U.S. withholding $105 million in security aid for Lebanon - sources  Reuters

Iran’s Leaders See Threats in Iraq and Lebanon Protests - The New York TimesIran’s Leaders See Threats in Iraq and Lebanon Protests  The New York Times

Shots fired in Lebanon's Tripoli as army clashes with protesters - Al Jazeera EnglishShots fired in Lebanon's Tripoli as army clashes with protesters  Al Jazeera English

‘Baby Shark’ and the Sounds of Protest in Lebanon - The New York Times‘Baby Shark’ and the Sounds of Protest in Lebanon  The New York Times

Lebanon 'days' away from economic collapse if no political solution to protests found, says central bank governor - CNNLebanon 'days' away from economic collapse if no political solution to protests found, says central bank governor  CNN

Rage as Aoun urges protesters to go home - The Daily StarRage as Aoun urges protesters to go home  The Daily Star

How did Lebanon become the third most indebted nation? - BBC NewsHow did Lebanon become the third most indebted nation?  BBC News

Lebanon wildfires: Hellish scenes in mountains south of Beirut - Al Jazeera EnglishLebanon wildfires: Hellish scenes in mountains south of Beirut  Al Jazeera English

Beirut's The Egg: Lebanon's abandoned cinema building comes back to life amid protests - The NationalBeirut's The Egg: Lebanon's abandoned cinema building comes back to life amid protests  The National

Veterans Day event held in Lebanon | Wilson County - WSMV NashvilleVeterans Day event held in Lebanon | Wilson County  WSMV Nashville

Lebanon's Berri wants formation of new government accelerated - ReutersLebanon's Berri wants formation of new government accelerated  Reuters

Capital Controls Seen on the Cards for Lebanon as Crisis Deepens - BloombergCapital Controls Seen on the Cards for Lebanon as Crisis Deepens  Bloomberg

Lebanon's banks see no 'extraordinary movement' of money on reopening - ReutersLebanon's banks see no 'extraordinary movement' of money on reopening  Reuters

Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show - Foreign PolicyIran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show  Foreign Policy

Lebanon's uprising: the era of impunity and blind obedience is over - The NationalLebanon's uprising: the era of impunity and blind obedience is over  The National

Lebanon protests: The voices and faces of the demonstrations - BBC NewsLebanon protests: The voices and faces of the demonstrations  BBC News

Lebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides - The Conversation UKLebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides  The Conversation UK

Wildfires are raging in Lebanon. Experts say they saw this coming. - Vox.comWildfires are raging in Lebanon. Experts say they saw this coming.  Vox.com

Split the Cedars of Lebanon: Evangelicals Balance Prayer, Protest, and Politics - ChristianityToday.comSplit the Cedars of Lebanon: Evangelicals Balance Prayer, Protest, and Politics  ChristianityToday.com

Lebanon Is Crippled By Massive Anti-Government Protests - NPRLebanon Is Crippled By Massive Anti-Government Protests  NPR

Helicopter carrying 3 crashes near Lebanon business; no serious injuries reported - IndyStarHelicopter carrying 3 crashes near Lebanon business; no serious injuries reported  IndyStar

Lebanon and Iraq Want to Overthrow Sectarianism - Foreign PolicyLebanon and Iraq Want to Overthrow Sectarianism  Foreign Policy

An open mic revolution in Lebanon - Al Jazeera EnglishAn open mic revolution in Lebanon  Al Jazeera English