Since October, anti-government protesters have been in the streets demanding the fall of Lebanon’s sectarian-based government system. That hasn’t happened, but protesters say they’ve succeeded in creating and reclaiming public space.
Former military general Benny Gantz seems eager to make it clear that he can be Israel’s next Mr. Security, distinguishing himself from Benjamin Netanyahu with a strong anti-corruption message while the prime minister faces corruption charges and a looming indictment.
Raed Fares, a Syrian activist and journalist, was killed along with a colleague late last week. Fares was the founder of Radio Fresh, a news source for Syrians as well as a critic of the Assad government, as well as of the militants in the opposition. Friends and colleagues fear that that is what led to his shooting.
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