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Ten Pictures About the Civil War in Syria, Bleeding Into Lebanon


The civil war in Syria could soon turn to favor the Assad regime’s unyielding hold on power. The minority Shia-Alawite regime has recaptured the strategically important city of Qusair, until now held by the rebel Free Syrian Army. It did so in part by employing overwhelming military force and in part by welcoming and recruiting militia from its Lebanon based ally, Hezbollah.

Lebanon could be set to become the new front in the sectarian Civil War that has unmade Syria.  The fundaments of the conflict in Syria have already ravaged much of thriving Tripoli, and the burning troubles there might flame across Lebanon and then blaze uncontrollably throughout the region.

These picture show that it will be become increasingly difficult to tease out Lebanon’s short-run fortunes from the chaos in Syria. These pictures show only a blindered view of the story of Lebanon and Syria, but they promise that for good and, yes, even for the bad and the terrible, the sort of carnage on which hangs a million lives, there’s more to see.



Faheem Haider
Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

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