(AFP) — Hezbollah was poised to seal its dominance of Lebanon Monday with results for the decade’s first general election expected to confirm the Iran-backed party as the main winner. The polls were also marked by a low turnout of 49.2 percent and the emergence of a civil society movement challenging Lebanon’s oligarchs that could clinch a pair of seats in parliament. … [Read more...] about Hezbollah Eyes Gains After Lebanon Vote
Currently, the fact is that given Hezbollah’s control over the LAF, U.S. forces operating with the LAF in Lebanon are effectively at Hezbollah’s mercy. Moreover, Russia just signed a deal with the Hariri government to sell Lebanon $1 billion in advanced arms. In other words, the Russians are already operating in Lebanon in support of the LAF, which is controlled by Iran and the IRGC’s Lebanese division (Hezbollah). Both Iran and Hezbollah are allied with Russia. In other words, Russia already holds far more sway over the LAF than the U.S. due to its alliance with Iran, which controls the LAF through Hezbollah. … [Read more...] about Caroline Glick: With Hezbollah Calling Shots, Will U.S. Stop Arming Lebanon?
BEIRUT (AFP) – United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon said Friday they were keeping a close eye on the southern border with Israel, but the area was “quiet” after strikes on suspected Iranian positions in Syria. The Israeli raids in the early hours of Thursday had prompted concern that Iran’s powerful ally Hezbollah could retaliate from its positions in southern Lebanon. … [Read more...] about UN Says Lebanon-Israel Border ‘Quiet’ After Syria Flare-Up
While this may take the form of vote buying and short-term transactions, a recent survey finds that the more effective and significant form of clientelism in Lebanon involves long-term relationships, in which voting for patrons becomes a social obligation. The survey also suggests that Lebanese voters have undeniable sectarian affinities, over and above material considerations. Moving forward, these findings predict an uphill battle for nonsectarian civil society groups. Despite these concerns, civil society candidates are making their mark. They have built national alliances, shifted the public discourse and forced traditional elites to take programmatic positions. … [Read more...] about What can we learn from Lebanon’s elections?
UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on Hezbollah not to engage in military activity inside Lebanon and elsewhere in the region, in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. “The maintenance by Hezbollah of sizeable and sophisticated military capabilities outside the control of the government of Lebanon remains a matter of grave concern,” Guterres said in a report sent to the Security Council on Friday. … [Read more...] about UN Chief Urges Lebanon’s Hezbollah to Halt Military Activity