"Party of God"
FRONTLINE/World's segment on Lebanon, broadcast
in June 2003, examines the evolution of Hezbollah from
an outlawed terrorist organization into an accepted political
Role in the Middle East
Syria has been on the U.S. State Department's list of
state sponsors of terrorism since 1979. This compilation
of features on PBS's Online NewsHour delves into Syria's
ties to terrorism, its history and its relationship with
the United States. The Web site includes recent news stories
and an interactive regional map.
World Factbook: Lebanon
Approximately 60 percent Muslim and 39 percent Christian,
the 3.8 million people of Lebanon live in a country about
two-thirds the size of Connecticut. Learn this and more
about the people, geography and economy of Lebanon from
the CIA World Factbook.
World Factbook: Syria
More than 410,000 Palestinian refugees live within the
borders of Syria. Find this and other information about
Syria, its people and its economy in the CIA World Factbook.
Library of Congress's Country Study on Lebanon
This country study is a comprehensive resource for understanding
Lebanon's history. Though the information has not been
updated since 1987, this link to the Library of Congress
Web site provides insight into Lebanon's civil war, which
began in 1975.
Library of Congress's Country Study on Syria
When President Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad,
ruled Syria, his decision to put troops in Lebanon was
unpopular -- both domestically and with other Arab nations
-- because in effect, the move aided Lebanon's Christian
faction against the Muslim side in the conflict, described
here. The Library of Congress research provides detailed
information about Syria, from the area's first mention
by the ancient Egyptians until 1987.
Electionworld.org, an online resource for global elections,
provides comprehensive information about elections in
Lebanon, including historical background on its political
parties and an analysis of recent elections.
These timelines on the BBC Web site chronicle the intersecting
histories of Syria and Lebanon since both countries' rise
from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in the first half
of the 20th century. The timelines also include the rush
of events at the beginning of 2005.
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