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Thaer Ghandour is a senior reporter at al-Araby al-Jadeed, and a media consultant. He has worked with al-Jazeera as a producer and al-Akhbar newspaper in Lebanon as a journalist.

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Lebanon and Nusra Front prisoner swap 'may be imminent'

27 November, 2015

Reports are emerging from Lebanon that more than a dozen Lebanese army soldiers held hostage by al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front could be swapped with jihadist detainees held by the Lebanese authorities.

Lebanon's impoverished Tripoli a launching pad for Europe-bound migrants

03 November, 2015

Feature: A ferry line between Tripoli and Turkey has become part of the route to Europe used by Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as Lebanese youths and families.

Lebanon: The return of the police state

08 October, 2015

Analysis: The security state in Lebanon did not end with the withdrawal of the Syrian army; some agencies have weakened to the advantage of others, writes Thaer Ghandour.

Can Beirut's month-old protest movement sustain its momentum?

24 September, 2015

Activists are confident Lebanon's fledgling protest movement, which coalesced around demands concerning basic services, government corruption, and the suspension of democratic life, can overcome challenges and sustain itself.

Sabra and Shatila: Impunity and the things to come

17 September, 2015

Analysis: An investigation of the Sabra and Shatila massacre is urgently needed to establish a modicum of justice in the region and stop violence based on impunity, writes Thaer Ghandour.

Israel expanding 'borders' into south Lebanon

28 June, 2015

With Hezbollah fighting a war in Syria, and political splits paralysing the Beirut government, Israel looks set to use this to its advantage in south Lebanon, says Thaer Ghandour.

Assad's adviser in Lebanon accused of securing plea deal

11 May, 2015

Analysis: Michel Samaha has been given three years in jail, after what some believe was a deal to implicate Damascus' spy chief, says Thaer Ghandour.

A Gulf-Iran détente in the making?

26 April, 2015

Comment: The situation in Yemen has people worried that war between Iran and its Arab neighbours is imminent. In secret, Iran knows its influence is shrinking, says Thaer Ghandour.

Michel Samaha: Assad's right-hand man

23 April, 2015

Comment: Michel Samaha's close relationship with the Baath regime highlights the lasting problem of Syrian hegemony over Lebanon, argues Thaer Ghandour.

Nasrallah, Hariri, and their roles in the regional crisis

19 April, 2015

Analysis: Though they are on opposite sides of the regional crisis, Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri and Hassan Nasrallah are keen to avoid an escalation of political tension in Lebanon.

Growing prospects for Meshaal visit to Riyadh

10 March, 2015

Analysis: There is optimism in Hamas that thawing relations could see the leader of the group's political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, soon visit Saudi Arabia.

Nusra and FSA join forces against IS in Qalamoun

19 February, 2015

The region is likely to see further fighting as rebel groups take on the IS group. Meanwhile just over the border Lebanese forces are being reinforced, and Tripoli is on alert for possible IS group assassination squads.

Thaer Ghandour
Thaer Ghandour

Thaer Ghandour is a senior reporter at al-Araby al-Jadeed, and a media consultant. He has worked with al-Jazeera as a producer and al-Akhbar newspaper in Lebanon as a journalist.

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