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Hezbollah plays its sway in Lebanon

A smart new highway whisks travelers from downtown Beirut to the Shiite-dominated southern suburbs, now just a few minutes away but still a world apart from the glitzy city center where Lebanon’s middle-class revolutionaries are sustaining their anti-government protests. The contrast is immediately apparent. Here the streets are more crowded, the cars older and shabbier; many women are modestly veiled or cloaked in long black chadors and the stern portraits of turbaned Shiite clerics gaze down from huge billboards. This is the other face of Lebanon: poor, socially conservative and loyal, for the most part, to Hezbollah, a group funded by Iran and branded by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. Full Story

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