Newly released WikiLeaks cables show that the US had been funneling money to Syria's opposition for several years, even as it tried to reengage with President Assad's government.
Syria is a gateway for Iran's influence in the Middle East, but it has also been a relatively predictable neighbor for Israel. If Assad's regime comes unhinged, that could all change.
Syria protests are gathering steam, fueled by a cycle of violence, misinformation, and small concessions on the part of the government.
Toppling a regime – something Lebanese achieved with a spontaneous rally of more than 1 million people six years ago today – is just the first step. Today, the March 14 coalition is struggling.
On the sixth anniversary of Rafik Hariri's assassination, his son Saad formally announced his opposition to the new government now being formed, which could tilt Lebanon toward Iran and Syria.
Lebanon's Scout groups do many of the same things that US Scouts do, but they also learn loyalty to political leaders and movements to someday join their ranks.
A Hezbollah-backed billionaire is poised to become prime minister, edging out Saad Hariri, whose government collapsed after Hezbollah ministers withdrew in protest two weeks ago.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the militant Shiite group, Hezbollah, called on Sunday for the creation of a national unity government to usher Lebanon out of a political crisis.
Hezbollah denies any role in Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's killing and forced the collapse of the government last week when Prime Minister Saad Hariri — the son of the slain leader — refused to renounce the tribunal and pull Lebanon's funding for the court.
Rafik Hariri assassination investigation and pending indictment by UN, prompts Hezbollah demonstration. The UN tribunal, looking into the death of former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, attempted to diffuse tension in Beirut Tuesday.