I can’t say I’m a Beiruti, but I’ve lived here for almost 8 years. I’m soon to be Lebanese and told all sorts of stories cross country. I’ve seen Arsal before I saw Harissa. I wrote about pretty much everything, from local elections to rock music, from US foreign policy to tit-for-tat kidnappings in Arsal and Hermel, from the resignation of a Maronite patriarch to Salafist sheikhs and political Islam, from soldiers who died in Afghanistan to the lack of Lebanese soldiers on the country’s borders and political assassinations in Beirut.
I’m a writer and Middle East analyst, I just finished a book on Sunni Islamic radicalization in Lebanon; I have an MA in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University in Byblos (Yes, I willingly chose Byblos because of the town, its people and the serious atmosphere in the campus.)
But most of all, I love to tell people’s stories, to capture their core, their essence and put it on paper. Once a storyteller, always a storyteller. I have a BA in Journalism from the University of Bucharest, I had a scholarship for the English-track Journalism program, developed by the University fo Bucharest, Columbia University and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and I graduated the first edition in 2003. I’m part of that generation of enthusiastic journalism students who conceived and published the first editions of The Bullet, the first English language newspaper of our Journalism department. That generation who wanted to explore the world and discover its stories.
I arrived in Lebanon in 2008, I’ve covered the Middle East and its politics for NOW English from 2009 until 2015. Previously, I covered foreign affairs for Antena3 news television channel in Bucharest until 2008, and reported for a couple of publications till 2005. Freelanced around, won a couple of awards.
I enjoy walks and long talks over coffee. I sometimes am a creep. I follow people and take pictures of them. I’m aml1609 on Instagram, if you’re curious. I’m also @aml1609 on Twitter.
Mom – oh, boy that’s an adventure.
Metalhead. \m/ Always.