LEBANON: The Avengers Await

In the grey, brooding Lebanese mountains of Akkar, the ancient Abboud family owns the good land. The Abbouds say who shall represent Akkar in the Chamber of Deputies in Beirut, and their men are duly elected. The power of the Abbouds is such, say the peasants in the villages, that their henchmen have been known to test new rifles with peasants for targets. But four years ago, Mohammed el Abboud, the chieftain's only son, dared to challenge a Lebanese as powerful as himself: Hussein el Oweini, one of the new republic's richest...

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