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Patrick Galey
Patrick Galey is a reporter based in Beirut, Lebanon, writing on security, environment and social development issues.

Entries by Patrick Galey

Who Is Behind the UK's Probe Into the Muslim Brotherhood?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:51 AM

The Times of London this week reported that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood. The paper said he has asked British intelligence services to examine claims the Brotherhood was responsible for a bomb attack in Sinai...

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Bassem Youssef and the Lie That Is Freedom in Post-coup Egypt

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 7:07 PM

After the tumult of a military coup this summer that saw hundreds of protesters gunned down in the streets of Cairo, the arrest of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the rescinding of his constitution, a sense of normalcy returned this week to...

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After Beirut Bomb, What Is Lebanon's Fate?

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Last Friday at 2:45 p.m., Georgette Sarkissian left the bank in east Beirut where she worked serving coffee to employees and headed back to her apartment to make a meal for her three children, who had just returned from school.

She never made it home.

Sarkissian, 42, was on a...

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Beirut Burns as Lebanon's Violent Habits Die Hard

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 11:35 AM

The context in which the recent deadly clashes in Beirut and Tripoli has been presented is that of the inevitable result of Syria's ongoing crisis infecting neighboring Lebanon.

In many ways, this makes sense, given the two countries' shared history and given the large influence Damascus still exerts...

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Lebanon's Disaster Waiting to Happen

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 10:32 AM

It was a scene Beirut residents hoped they would never have to see again. A mound of twisted metal and concrete, ambulance sirens masking the desperate cries for help coming from beneath the rubble.

The deadly collapse of a five-story apartment block in the east Beirut neighborhood...

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The Middle East's Latest Police State

(5) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 5:25 PM

It was a dispute that left scores dead. When in May 2008 the Lebanese government attempted to dismantle what it alleged was a Hezbollah espionage network at Beirut's international airport, rival militias took to the streets of West Beirut and other parts of the country and reenacted a...

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Israel, Lebanon and the Fight for Fossil Fuels

(118) Comments | Posted August 28, 2011 | 6:27 PM

The prolonged and increasingly menacing dispute over eastern Mediterranean oil and gas reserves is not going to start a war between Israel and Lebanon. The stakes are far higher than that.

Many have somewhat predictably come to the opposite conclusion; that the two long-time enemies, each of whom...

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Skirmishes in Syria's Information War

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 4:47 PM

If you are a journalist trying to cover or a citizen trying to keep up with ongoing civil unrest in Syria, the chances are you'll have come across the Local Coordination Committee, or LCC.

This loose-knit group of cyber activists have, since the first protests demanding greater freedom...

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Judge Lebanon by Entering Its Prisons

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 7:10 PM

Ali Akil Khalil sounds like a man in need of sleep. His sentences are pained, largely monosyllabic, and he repeats himself often. As a representative of inmates in Lebanon's most fearsome prison, he has just spent all night appealing for clemency from security forces eager to smother the...

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Why Sex Shouldn't Sell for Lebanon's Tourists

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 2:55 PM


Anyone who has ever taken a Middle East Airlines flight to Beirut will have seen it. Shortly after takeoff, before the churn of Hollywood B-movies whirs up, passengers are treated to a short promotional film extolling the beauty of Lebanon. Soon enough, themes...

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Why Lebanese Greivances Won't Lead to Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:19 AM

Thousands gathered in the capital's central square, waving the national flag, wielding banners and demanding their right to freedom. They said millions came to voice decades of grievances, buried for years under mountains of bureaucracy and repression.

This scene, splashed across newspapers the world over and one which became...

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Lebanon's Weariness Not Awoken by WikiLeaks

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 8:26 AM

This week, a cartoon published in pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat best summed up (as drawings often do) the effect revelations made by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks had had on the Middle East and North Africa.

Depicted under the caption: 'The Arab World before WikiLeaks', a man was pictured dozing...

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History Provides Comfort for Beleaguered UN Court

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 7:16 AM

One of the more bizarre reports to emerge from the attack on United Nations investigators at a Beirut gynecology clinic this week was the suggestion that some of the assailants who stole documents from those probing the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri were

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Ahmadinejad Offers Salvation for Lebanon's Downtrodden

(58) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 7:30 AM

Among the mug shots of revered politicians, dead and alive, which clutter Lebanon's buildings and highways, one smiling face loomed large last week over all.

Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad's visit to Beirut was promoted as the arrival of an international superstar. But for the country's large Shiite contingent, the...

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Note to MDWs: Don't Come to Lebanon

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 7:17 AM

Migrant domestic workers continue to die at the rate of one a week in Lebanon. Let's take that in for a moment. One a week. Sure, they aren't murdered, or beaten to death, or driven to despair by brutally repressive 'Madames' and 'Misters'; they all kill themselves. It's...

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Is Hezbollah Really Bullying the Special Tribunal?

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 12:33 PM

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's announcement last night was big, if not entirely unexpected: The United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon will indict Hezbollah members in the trial established to find the murderers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The ramifications of this, it has since...

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The Fight For Lebanon's Milk and Honey

(7) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 6:04 AM

"The glory of Lebanon" has been trumpeted for millennia, from the Bible to Gibran, via the gawping mouths of scores of explorers, artists and poets.

It's natural beauty, at once forbidding and beguiling, has served as temptation for conquering armies, fuel for meandering fleets and refuge...

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After 35 years, Lebanese MPs Can Only Muster A Soccer Match

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 6:26 AM


This week Lebanon commemorated the 35th anniversary of its 1975-1990 Civil War, a conflict that claimed the lives of almost 200,000 people.

While youth groups marked the occasion with alacrity, planting trees, praying together and exhibiting photos of the hundreds of individuals still...

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Why Believe Kapuscinski's Biographer?

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 8:50 AM

Towards the end of The Other, Ryszard Kapuściński credits Bronislaw Malinowski, a Polish social anthropologist, with the contestable maxim: "To judge something, you have to be there."

The sentiment may have been noble, but the journalist who witnessed 27 revolutions and survived 40 jailings (as well...

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Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad's Banquet of Defiance

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2010 | 8:28 AM

The image is like all the others. Two smartly dressed, middle-aged politicians, languidly seated, apparently discussing something of vague significance. It's like all the other images, except for one thing: the two men seated in Damascus on Thursday night were the most influential Shiite politicians on the planet.

Hezbollah Leader...

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