Tripoli residents: ‘It’s poverty, stupid’

Local channel LBC ran this brilliant five minute interview with an unidentified man on the street in Tripoli. His language and delivery is powerful in Arabic, but I thought I would do a rush translation into English, particularly for a lot of the foreign press …

Lebanon’s failure to fund a crisis

This piece was originally published in the December issue of Bold Magazine. Aid: Lebanon’s Mission Impossible IT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE WORST REFUGEE CRISIS TO BEFALL ANY NATION IN HISTORY, BUT SO FAR LEBANON HAS RECEIVED A MINISCULE AMOUNT OF AID TO COPE WITH THE …

Al Jadeed journalists freed

That’s Riad Kobessi, an investigative journalist and one of three Al Jadeed TV crew members who were savagely beaten by Lebanese Customs security today. A large crowd had gathered outside the Justice Palace this afternoon where all four were held and interrogated until being released …

We once made trains

Did you know Lebanon has over 100 years of locomotive history? Neither did I and that’s why I’m so glad I attended today’s lecture at the “Train, Train” exhibit currently being held at the Souks of Beirut. Though the tracks were halted in the early …

Whose telecom is it?

Telecom minister Nicolas Sehnaoui is in the news every day it seems, either launching new initiatives or defending past ones. Today he was responding to allegations by MP Ghazi Youssef–of the rival Future Movement–who had accused him of “stealing” millions during the deployment of 3G …