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Lebanon's Elections: It's the Moderates Over Hezbollah

Monday, June 08, 2009

In Lebanon, hotly-contested parliamentary elections have ended with a win for a U.S.-backed political alliance. The Lebanese opposition, headed by militant Hezbollah, is backed by Syria and Iran; American diplomats did not want to see Hezbollah in charge of a pivotal Mideast nation.The Takeaway is joined by Natalia Antelava, a BBC correspondent in Beirut.

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The Takeaway

Did Obama Break New Ground in the Mideast Debate?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

We've been discussing President Obama's address to the Muslim world from Cairo University. The president touched on a wide range of issues. To hear more global perspectives on his efforts to improve U.S. relations in the Middle East, we are joined by Marcus Mabry, New York Times international business editor, Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Daily Star in Beirut, and Muna Shikaki, a correspondent for Al Arabiya.

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Biden in Beirut: America's Stake in the Lebanese Election

Friday, May 22, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden travels to Lebanon today to meet with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut. The meeting is a show of U.S. support for a leader facing tough elections in two weeks. Lebanon's militant Shiite group Hezbollah is expected to make electoral gains. This is the second visit to Lebanon by an American official. (Secretary of State Clinton was there a few weeks ago.) Why is Washington so concerned about this Lebanese vote? The Takeaway turns to Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He is also the editor-at-large for The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut.

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Protests in Lebanon mark anniversary of assassination

Monday, February 16, 2009

This weekend hundreds of thousands of people in Lebanon took to the streets of Beirut for the fourth anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It comes just two weeks before the UN tribunal into the killing is to begin. For more we are joined by Natalia Antelava, the BBC's Beirut correspondent.

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The Takeaway

Lebanese officials deny rocket fire into Israel

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lebanese officials deny they are firing rockets into Israel, but someone is and Israel responded to the attacks with shell fire. This is the second cross-border exchange with Lebanon since Israel launched their Gaza offensive. Continued struggles may ignite a second front for Israel's military. For more on this situation, we turn to Mike Sargent, who is in Jerusalem covering the story for our partner the BBC.

Israel moves into Gaza City. Watch courtesy of AP/Youtube.

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Lebanon aims not to start another war with Israel

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lebanon's prime minister is condemning rocket attacks on Israel and has called for investigations by both the army and the United Nations. This has not stopped Lebanese guerrillas from firing a second barrage of rockets into northern Israel, striking a nursing home and injuring two people. Israel responded with artillery fire. The attacks threaten to open a northern front in Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Jim Muir is covering this story from Beirut for our partner, the BBC, and he joins us now live.

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Studio 360

Caramel

Friday, June 27, 2008

The movie "Caramel" tells the story of five very different women living in Beirut. Writer, director, and star Nadine Labaki set the film in a beauty parlor, and paints a bittersweet portrait of everyday life in the Middle East. Produced by Studio 360’s

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