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News reports and articles

Latest news from Lebanon

Blog posts about Lebanon by Brian Whitaker

Other articles about Lebanon by Brian Whitaker

Online news sources for Lebanon

Basic information

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Lebanon: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Lebanon

BBC country profile - Lebanon

Maps of Lebanon

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Lebanese pound (LBP)

National flag of Lebanon

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

Languages of Lebanon
Ethnologue Database

Historical and political texts relating to Lebanon

Lebanese proverbs


Constitutional background

Text of constitution

List of government ministers (CIA)

International Crisis Group 
Recent reports on Lebanon

The war of 2006 
Special page

Hariri assassination, 2005 
Special page

Human rights reports  


Lebanon timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

History of Lebanon (Wikipedia)


US State Department
travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice 

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Lebanon

Electricity, plugs and sockets 

Middle East Airlines
The national airline


World Bank: Lebanon 
Comprehensive economic data

Central Bank of Lebanon
(Banque du Liban)

Beirut Stock Exchange

Lebanon equities market  
Latest share prices (zawya.com)

Investment Development Authority

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Beirut

Association of Lebanese Industrialists

Green gold
Economics of cannabis growing in the Bekaa valley. The Guardian, 11 June, 2001


In the Lebanon section


Books from Amazon

Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon 
by Robert Fisk.
Purchase from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon
by Terry Carter, et al.
Purchase from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

A House of Many Mansions: The History of Lebanon Reconsidered
by Kamal Salibi.
Purchase from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Bliss Street
a novel by Kris Kenway.
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Hizbullah: The Story from Within
by Naim Qassem.
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Hizbu'llah: Politics and Religion
by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.
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Last revised on 04 August, 2015