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The Hybrid War On Lebanon Is All About Weakening Hezbollah

BreakThrough News

November 18th 2021

Lebanon has endured constant attacks and pressure from Israel, America and their allies for decades, sometimes in the form of direct military confrontation and more recently through a hybrid war involving sanctions, propaganda, violent provocations, social media, western NGOs and embassies -- all to weaken Hezbollah. To discuss all of this Rania Khalek is joined by researcher and journalist Julia Kassem, who has a masters degree from the American University of Beirut and is a contributor to the Al Akhbar, a widely circulated Lebanese leftist newspaper. Listen to every episode of Rania Khalek Dispatches anywhere you get podcasts. Apple: Spotify: TIME CODES 0:00 Intro 1:27 Hezbollah’s origins 5:41 The difference between Hezbollah and Amal 10:05 Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon 14:54 Hezbollah’s relationship with the left 22:09 The year 2000: Hezbollah expels Israel 25:32 2005: Hezbollah enters government, March 14 vs March 8 29:55 2006: Hezbollah defeats Israel, again! 37:20 US & Saudi Arabia embark on an anti-Shia crusade to weaken Hezbollah & Iran 41:16 Hezbollah enters the war in Syria 41:17 Hezbollah becomes a regional actor, in Syria, Iraq & Yemen 50:27 Saudi Arabia becomes the bigger threat 52:35 Maximum pressure and the October 2019 uprising 55:22 Why does Hezbollah ally with corrupt parties? 1:00:07 Why is Lebanon’s economy collapsing? 1:02:16 “Corruption” is the new “terrorism” 1:05:45 Western-funded NGOs, civil society & media 1:11:13 Politicizing the Beirut port blast investigation against Hezbollah 1:18:16 Does Hezbollah have an economic ideology? 1:27:32 Why is there a hybrid war on Lebanon? » Become a patron: -------------------------------- » Like us on Facebook: » Tweet us on Twitter: » Follow us on Instagram: At Breakthrough News we believe in the power of independent media. Five mega-corporations dominate the media landscape — controlling 90% of what we read, watch and listen to. They control the news cycle, to which social media and even most “alternative” media is forced to respond. We are breaking through that cycle. We tell the untold stories of resistance from poor and working-class communities — because out of these stories we will construct a different narrative of the world, as it is and in real time. People’s movements in every corner of the globe are changing history and shifting consciousness. But these movements barely receive any coverage from the corporate media. They need visibility. They need amplification. They need a media arm to break through. We can be that media arm, but only with your help. Become a Patron and join us on the front lines in the battle of ideas. Subscribe and follow us! @BTNewsroom #Lebanon #Hezbollah #MiddleEast #BreakThroughNews #BTnews #socialistnews #socialism #raniakhalek #eugenepuryear

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