Listening and talking to Syria
Syria's press laws and the Kurds « Kurdistan Commentary
Debka Abbas will find Obama puts Syrian peace track ahead of the Palestinians
Syrian, Iranian and Turkish Energy Ministers arrive to Baghdad today
Syrian President Holds Talks With Visiting US Lawmakers
Analysis: Lebanon's elections crucial (UPI) -- The Lebanese will go to the polls next month to vote in a crucial parliamentary election, the outcome of which will decide not only the country's immediate political future, but how much economic and military aid Lebanon will receive – if any -- from the United States and from the European
Lebanon's election Will the shaky equilibrium hold? Despite its history of turbulence and the continuing rise of the Shias, Lebanon’s fragile peace may persist—at least for a while
Financial Times Obama must respect the choice of Lebanon’s votersAt a time when Obama is on a mission to improve America’s battered image in the Muslim world it would be a mistake to punish voters for their choice. Indeed, if Hizbollah wins it will be forced to confront its own contradictions, writes Roula Khalaf
Lebanon Elections a Mideast Barometer - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review
Lebanese leaders quiet on Spiegel's bombshell report Two weeks before crucial June elections, rival camps have refused to react to allegations that Hezbollah was behind the polarizing Hariri assassination in 2005.
'Spiegel report won't tip elections'
Experts: Allegations of Hizbullah link to Hariri killing unlikely to majorly affect Lebanese elections.
Saad Hariri, the leader of Lebanon's Western-backed "March 14" political coalition, told al-Jazeera that he would refuse to join any Hezbollah-led coalition government in the wake of Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections. The Hezbollah party, which the United States and some other countries deem a terrorist organization, seems likely to gain seats in the vote.
Hizbollah in power Giving Hizbollah shared responsibility instead of a spoiler’s role is more likely to make them choose whether to become part of the solution in Lebanon or continue to be part of the region’s problem
How would the US see a Lebanon opposition poll win?
Hezbollah…and the Lebanese Earthquake : Tariq Alhomayed
Finger-pointing riles Hezbollah A recent report that claims Hezbollah is to blame for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri is filled with unlikely claims - and no evidence to back them up. That Hezbollah was linked to the case two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections sets off alarm bells. - Sami Moubayed
Lebanon bloc warns of economic stakes A senior figure in the ruling pro-western bloc suggests support from key financial allies could dry up if the opposition, dominated by Hizbollah, wins parliamentary elections
Hariri: We are not against Iran or Syria
Only election deadlock can save Lebanon from itself Michael Young: With Lebanon just over a week away from parliamentary elections, making predictions about the outcome is a fool’s errand
MESH Who will command Lebanon’s arms?
"The Swastika and the Cedar," Vanity Fair. In his own words, Christopher Hitchens details his experience in Lebanon
NYT In Lebanon’s Patchwork, a Focus on Armenians’ Political Might
Did Hezbollah kill Lebanon's prime minister?
Israel fears Hezbollah anti-aircraft missiles could spark war Israel has made it clear that deployment of advanced missiles might necessitate preventative steps
'Hezbollah has more rockets than before Lebanon war'