Tag Archives: Lebanon

Why the EU gave Lebanon access to 20 member-only programs

The European Union decided last week to grant Lebanon access to 20 programs for member countries. A new protocol was signed last Monday in Brussels by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and … Continue reading

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Don’t turn Hezbollah into a victim

Bulgaria is getting ready to finalize the investigation in last year’s Burgas bombing which killed Israeli tourists in the Burgas resort on the Black Sea shore. The matter will be discussed in the meeting of the Bulgarian National Security Council … 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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