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The Uncomfortable Embrace of a Return Visit to Lebanon

A Tale of Two Lebanons

Despite rising inequality and three years of economic collapse, Lebanon still holds a singular allure amid the chaos. Returning is like a warm but slightly uncomfortable hug from a favorite relative you didn’t know you missed — smelly, cozy, warm and slightly suffocating unless you give in to the embrace.

Lessons in Diplomacy from Wartime Lebanon

A Diplomat in Wartime Lebanon

When our car was reassembled, we were ordered (at gunpoint) back into the front seats and directed by two Syrian soldiers — seated behind us — to drive to the unit’s headquarters. As Tony drove, I ingested, as inconspicuously as possible, notes I had written on rice paper.

1950s U.S. Foreign Policy Looms Large in Lebanon

1950s U.S. Foreign Policy Looms Large in Lebanon

When a violent coup overthrew the British-backed Hashemite monarchy in Iraq on July 14, 1958, Lebanon’s President Camille Chamoun intensified his pleas for U.S. support against “international communism.” The U.S. was left with an unpalatable decision: prop up an unpopular ruler or undermine the Eisenhower Doctrine.

Beirut’s Pigeon Fanciers: a Mix of Thugs and Theorists

Beirut’s Pigeon Fanciers: a Mix of Thugs and Theorists

Pigeon fancying has always made sense in densely populated Beirut. On rooftops, enthusiasts can unleash their passion in the greatest public space available — the sky.

New Film Shows Lebanese Civil War From a Classroom

New Film Shows Lebanese Civil War From a Classroom

In moments like Majd’s farewell, Mouaness reminds us that trauma comes later, that the students’ bewilderment at the events unfolding around them may someday be replaced by the pain of unresolved memories.

Unaccountable in Lebanon: How a PM’s Killers Got Away With It

Unaccountable in Lebanon: How a PM’s Killers Got Away With It

The investigation into the killing of “Mr Lebanon” was meant to take three months. It took 17 years and cost a billion dollars. Now as the UN-led effort finally comes to an end, what justice has been achieved?

Coffee Trumps Tradition in Lebanese City

Coffee Trumps Tradition in Lebanese City

Located in the unassuming commercial area of Dam w Farez, within throwing distance of Sahet al-Nour, Tripoli’s central square, Ahwak and its community constitute an overlooked part of the city — a place where liberals, conservatives, Muslims, Christians, atheists, artists, intellectuals, LGBTQ people, the young and the old, can talk and drink together.