Category Archives: View over Beirut

Saudi Arabia and its women’s rights spree

I couldn’t figure it out until saw this press release from the UN saying how the “United Nations Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, torture and migrants expressed outrage at the beheading on 9 January of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker … Continue reading

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Gerard Depardieu and the Russian democracy

Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who says he is quitting his homeland to avoid higher taxes for the rich, has received a Russian passport and met with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has said. Depardieu met Putin, who earlier granted … Continue reading

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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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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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Palestine has got a rugby national team

…But has not fields for the players to practice on. I spent two hours on the AUB field tonight to watch the university’s rugby team playing with the Palestinian national team. Fine lads, fine equipment. But take a look at … Continue reading

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