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Noam Chomsky on the current (and enduring) crisis in the Middle East

Richard Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Hall

BEIRUT: Look back at Noam Chomsky's lectures over the years and you will notice a recurring title: "The current crisis in the Middle East." The reaso...

Israeli Writer Petitions Government Against Ban On Traveling To 'Enemy States'

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The writer Ala Hlehel has launched a petition to the supreme court in Israel to issue a ruling on the travel ban which prevents Israeli citizens from ...

Hariri Back To Washington: A Changed Leader in Challenging Times

Joe Macaron | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Macaron

There is a new rule, probably the only visible Lebanon policy under President Barack Obama's administration: every US official visiting Damascus must pass by Beirut.

Is America a World Monster?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

When it comes to foreign policy, America has two choices: Either do what is in its owns interests or do what is ethical. Only on rare occasions that these two roadmaps intersect.

Gaza, Aid and the New Arab Convoy

Josie Ensor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josie Ensor

British MP George Galloway remembers telling a friend back in 1977 that Israel was a liability, a leech on the blood supply of the US and all countries that support it, and that one day the world would see.

The Fight For Lebanon's Milk and Honey

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

The news that UNESCO is considering removing Lebanon's Qadisha Valley from its World Heritage list ought to jolt many governments into immediate and decisive action. In Beirut, the threat has been met with little more than political platitudes.

Iran Terrorism Lawsuits: Families Of Victims Sue Over 9/11, Beirut Attacks

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and a 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon are seeking to hold Iran acco...

My Book Tour Ends: An Overview

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

The final stop of my book tour for Gay Travels in the Muslim World was to visit Aleppo's souq, the largest covered market in the Middle East.

Lebanese Press Freedom Takes Hits: IPI Report

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Press freedom is suffering in Lebanon, despite a modicum of maneuverability allowed by the law and the government's non-interference with journalists,...

Is Lebanon Forgetting its Cedar Revolution?

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

As thousands gathered Sunday in downtown Beirut to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Lebanon's five-time Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, rally o...

Flight ET409 Exposes Lebanon's Racist Underbelly

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

Even though there were nine nationalities aboard the Boeing 737 jet which burst into flames and crashed into the sea minutes after taking off in a vio...

Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Didn't Follow Tower's Advice Before Crash

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — The pilot of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight made a "fast and strange turn" minutes after takeoff from Beirut in a thunderstorm, Leb...

South Beirut Bomb Blast Targets Hamas Official

Josie Ensor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josie Ensor

Three bombs planted under a car belonging to a Hamas member exploded in the Hizbullah-stronghold of south Beirut Saturday night, killing two.

Beer Pong Swine Flu Victim: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Warns Against Beirut To Prevent H1N1 Spread

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Swine flu has claimed its latest victim: beer pong. Officials at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are warning students that the drinking game (and ...

Beirut Book Fair for Gay Travels in the Muslim World: Day One

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

I have to admit that at first I was afraid to enter, but it was what I spent two years working on - the debut of the Arabic version of my book, Gay Travels in the Muslim World, here in the Muslim world itself.

The Beirut Book Fair Signing for Gay Travels in the Muslim World: Small but Successful

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

I view the Beirut Book Fair for the Arabic Version of Gay Travels in the Muslim World as a success. Needless to say, in a country where to be gay is still technically illegal, this kept people away.

Arabic Novels In Translation Give Readers A Close Look Into Arab Lives

The New Yorker | Claudia Roth Pierpont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The ways that people think and work and suffer and fall in love and make enemies and sometimes make revolutions is the stuff of novels, and Arabic nov...

UNVEILING: Best 39 Arab Writers Under 40

Hay Festival | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

PRESS RELEASE: As part of Beirut 'World Capital of the Book' festivities, Hay Festival announces the complete list of the 'Beirut39' Project at the 20...

How Anne Frank Was Sent Back Into Hiding

Josie Ensor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josie Ensor

Hezbollah say its war is not against Jews but on the "Zionist entity," yet it broadcasted a diatribe against the teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank on its TV station.

Farouk El-Baz: From Egypt's Deserts to the Moon and Back

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

El-Baz plans to highlight the issues of sustainable development and self-preservation at the Arab Environment 2009 conference in Beirut, Lebanon this November

With Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Beirut Regains Title As Party Capital Of Middle East

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- "The bombs are dropping on Beirut with Snoop Doggy Dogg!" said rap music fan Nick Haddad as he walked out of the show in the Lebanese capita...

Fears of War Grow in Lebanon

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

There is talk of "war shopping", of people storing up supplies in case growing Israeli rhetoric towards Lebanon becomes a reality.

The End of March 14?

Nicholas Noe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas Noe

The Sunni, Druze and Christian coalition that first took the reins of power in July 2005 was dealt what may end up being a lethal blow this past week when the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt formerly left the March 14 Secretariat.

Magen Abraham: Lebanon's Oldest Synagogue Rebuilding Begins

AP | HUSSEIN DAKROUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Laborers have torn down the disintegrating roof, cleared the debris and erected scaffolding, showing Wednesday that the long delayed re...

Ex-AP Hostage Terry Anderson Back in Beirut to Teach U.S. J-Students How to Report Accurately on Middle East

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Unfortunately, I wasn't scared enough, and I wasn't cautious," Anderson admitted. "I got caught because I refused to take the precautions that I probably should have."