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The International Rescue Committee in Beirut

Piper Perabo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Piper Perabo

Driving through the center of Beirut, striped curtains luff over apartment balconies. Churches and mosques are backlit by a gauzy sea. The carcass of a bombed building sits beside a beach club with bathers and music playing. The Lebanese have an exuberant spirit, endless courses of food at the restaurants, and at night, fireworks and gunshots in the air.

Top 10 Art and Design Bookstores Around the World

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 08.22.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

For lovers of art and design, a travel itinerary should always include a good bookstore among its listings of local museums and art galleries. After all, a great bookstore is often a destination unto itself. Here are of ten of the most sensational bookstores for art and design around the world.

Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits? Take 2

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.10.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rumors are Lebanon's daily bread with legacy media and citizen journalists accused of fanning the flames amid domestic political unrest, economic uncertainty, and regional upheaval whose sparks are burning Lebanese fingers.

Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

News of a mini civil war in Lebanon between the Lebanese army and fighters thought to belong to the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) triggered a wave of rumors this week that were blamed in part on traditional media.

'Washington Post' Fails in Gaza

James Zogby | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Israel relies on their ability to dominate and shape media messages and images to the same extent that they depend on their military to win battles. And because the Israelis have cultivated all too compliant partners in the press and in politics, their narrative of events often trumps reality.

On Being a Foreign Correspondent

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rachele Kanigel's "10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents" immediately drew my attention but her headline didn't quite mat...

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

Reading Maimonides in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

Reading Maimonides in Beirut reminded me that beyond right and wrong, reason and faith, belief and unbelief, we are perhaps most alive and wise when we strive to become conscious of the "self."

Baalbeck: Marriage of History and Performing Arts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

The briefly displaced Baalbeck International Festival is going home. The world-renowned annual event that was moved last year for security reasons f...

Dog Ears Music: Volume 324

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Oliver Nelson, Beirut, Yellow Ostrich, Slade, and more.

The Soul of a Book Lover

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The task of writing a review of An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine is daunting. Why? Because I don't want to write anything that might keep someone from reading this book.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

Of Telexes, Typewriters and Old-Fashioned Journalism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

While I thoroughly enjoy blogging, tweeting and using all manner of light digital mobile devices, there was something endearing about the bulky equipment we had for turning out hard-hitting, solid journalism.

Suicide Bomber Detonates Aboard Lebanese Passenger Van

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | World

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a passenger van in a southern suburb of Lebanon's capita...

Militants On The Rise In Mideast

The New York Times | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The images of recent days have an eerie familiarity, as if the horrors of the past decade were being played back: masked gunmen re...

Al Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility For Beirut Bombing

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida linked group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shiite-dominated south Beirut neighborhoo...

Explosion Rocks Lebanese Capital

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion tore through a crowded commercial street Thursday in a south Beirut neighborhood that is bastion of support for the Shiit...

In A Selfie, A Slain Lebanese Teen's Last Moments (WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGE)

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — It's a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends i...

Joshua Hersh

Tensions Erupt At Beirut Bomb Victims' Funerals

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- The funerals for three of the victims killed in a central Beirut bombing spilled over into grievance and sectarian tension on Sunday, raisin...

Beirut Bomb Throws Lebanon Into Further Turmoil

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

By Samia Nakhoul and Stephen Kalin BEIRUT, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah, who opposed Syrian President Ba...

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie. Shemlan: A De...

DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...

Calling All Lebanese

Janis Powers | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Janis Powers

Lebanon's ex-pat community has the skills and resources to work in conjunction with the Lebanese government in an apolitical fashion to drive positive change for Lebanon at a time when the country and all its inhabitants need it the most.

Max J. Rosenthal

Beirut Bombings Pull Lebanon Further Into Syrian War

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.19.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- The bombs that killed at least 23 people at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Tuesday provide the latest evidence that Syria’s civil war ...

Zaytoun: A Film Review

Thomas Singer, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Singer, M.D.

Zaytoun is a film about a most improbable and remarkable friendship between Fahed, a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee, and Yoni, a 30-year-old Israeli combat pilot. The film explores a liminal space between make-believe and reality, between a boy and a man, between Arab and Israeli.