Category Archives: Beirut

Amin Maalouf brought me to Lebanon

Amin Maalouf brought me to Lebanon. I first read Samarkand. I couldn’t leave the book until I was done with the last page. Then I let myself conquered by the nostalgia and the regrets in “Les Echelles du Levant”. Then … Continue reading

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Hezbollah operative flown home from Iraq

Al Mayadeen TV channel in Lebanon announces that Ali Mussa Daqdouq al Mousawi, a Hezbollah operative who was detained in Iraq in 2007 after an attack on the Provisional Joint Coordination Center in Karbala is on his way to Lebanon … Continue reading

Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Beirut, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Uncategorized

Sunni-Shia conflict in Lebanon: deterrence, stalemate and escalation

The Sunnis of Tariq el Jdideh did not go out last night to shoot randomly at Amal Movement and Hezbollah offices because they were angry about Wissam al Hassan’s assassination. It’s pure theory: There is deterrence. An armed force so … Continue reading

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“Haram Lebanon, it was beautiful once”

I didn’t go to Martyrs Square till later in the afternoon. I decided to go to Ashrafieh to see what happened to the people who were affected by the explosion. I did not expect to find them in Martyrs Square … Continue reading

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Terror attack in Beirut

We heard a big boom yesterday coming from Ashrafieh, a neighborhood where most of us live. It took 5 minutes to figure out it had been in Sassine or close by and my editor had tears in her eyes. Her … Continue reading

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GMA looking for a speech writer

I’m serious, he badly needs one. This is tonight’s speech. It just doesn’t make sense. I’ve got nothing against the man, he might have done something great in his life. But as a political journalist, who’s seen some political marketing … Continue reading

Posted in Beirut, Michel Aoun, Special Tribunal for lebanon

A mother’s solidarity

I feel sometimes that nobody cares anymore. That the reports on victims of assassinations – you know, the people who just happened to be there when the bomb went off, the people who were never martyrs, just collateral damage – … Continue reading

Posted in Beirut, Hariri, Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon, Special Tribunal for lebanon, Syria