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Massive fight between Syrians and Lebanese in Beirut

February 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Incidents, Lebanon

Around 200 Syrian and Lebanese students have been caught up in a fight in Beirut. It happened earlier this week at the Lebanese University after Syria’s Consul in Beirut, Ghassan Anjarini, visited the campus to talk about – ironically – tension between Syrian and Lebanese students. Some of the Syrians are pointing the finger at Amal-supporting […]

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Fadlallah blog wars nearly claim a second victim

July 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

Israel’s campaign against everything continues. This time, fans of the apartheid state have piled the pressure on Britain’s ambassador to Beirut after she made a controversial blog post. Two days ago CNN’s Middle East editor Octavia Nasr was sacked after she tweeted “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah… One of […]

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Beirut books

February 21st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Culture, Lebanon

I’ve been on a Beirut-reading binge: I’ve just finished three new books set in Beirut over the past few years, and all three have astonishingly similar endings. Sabra Zoo If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’ve been raving about Sabra Zoo since I got my hands on an advance copy last month. […]

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Shhhh in Gemmayze

February 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Lebanon

After last year’s little upset when there were street battles (well almost) between angry residents and happy party-goers, Gemmayze’s gone quiet. That’s the hope. Posters have started appearing along Gemmayze, telling the crazy kids to shutup. And yes, I am aware that the posters have been up for ages. Thank you and goodnight.

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Nasrallah speech

August 15th, 2009 · 9 Comments · Lebanon

Hizbollah’s leader Hasan Nasrallah has given an impassioned speech to huge crowds. It marks the third anniversary of the end of Israel’s 2006 massacre on Lebanon. The big message was this: if Israel tries something like that again, the response will be even more tough. Attack Beirut and we will attack Tel Aviv, he said. […]

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A government for all the people

August 2nd, 2009 · 6 Comments · Commentary, Lebanon

As Lebanon moves closer to announcing its unity cabinet, a lot of people are complaining about the length of time it has taken to get this far. It is now eight weeks since the most hotly fought elections in Lebanon’s history. The ruling March 14 coalition held on to power – winning by 55% to 45%. It was […]

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The new Lebanese cabinet

August 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

According to Sami Moubayed, this is how the 30 posts will be divided up: 15 for Saad Al-Hariri’s ruling March 14 coalition. 10 for the Hizbollah-led March 8 opposition. 5 assigned by the (neutral) President Michel Sleiman. That means the opposition seems to lose its power to veto important decisions, because it will have less […]

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Nasrallah speech – analysis

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Lebanon

The big message was this – we accept the result of yesterday’s election. Nasrallah was magnanimous in defeat, although he did bring up accusations that March 14 have been paying for votes, and carrying out sectarian incitement. He said March 14 accused Hizbollah of being incapable of accepting defeat – Nasrallah said he’d now proven that to […]

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The price of victory for Hariri?

June 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

19,000 Lebanese expatriates from around the world have returned home to cast their votes. Many of them have been given free tickets by the Future Movement (most likely paid with the Saudi money that was promised). Is this how desperate Hariri is to cling on to power? Some have called for those who no longer […]

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Hariri buys votes

June 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

I don’t ever want to hear the tired old story that Syria/Hizbollah/(*insert bad guy here) brings bus loads of supporters to cheer at demonstrations. Because Hariri’s thugs are PAYING for people to fly half way across the world in a desperate attempt at winning this election. Who said you couldn’t buy votes in Lebanon! “Corporate […]

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