Kim along the corniche in Beirut. Photo by Dina Debbas.

Kim along the corniche in Beirut. Photo by Dina Debbas.

LEBANON ARCHIVE

Foreign Policy: "Lebanon's Shining Island of Example Is Shrinking"
September 12, 2017
In Lebanon, a country that had a population of 4.5 million in 2011, before the refugee crisis, and that strives to maintain a delicate balance among its Sunni, Shiite, and Christian minorities, many worry about the long-term impact of the influx in recent years of around a million mostly Sunni, mostly conservative Syrian refugees on the fabric of society.

WUFC (PBS): Global Perspectives
May 15, 2017
Host John Bersia asks about what it was like living in Lebanon during a time of civil war. 

Foreign Policy: "Beirut's Lovable Losers" 
May 26, 2016
A group of 24 citizens who had just run in the city’s municipal elections — many of them young professionals, most of them secular, half of them women — had actually lost. So what were they celebrating?

Project Syndicate"Lebanon's Model of Moderation"
September 25, 2014
Despite the shortcomings of its political system, Lebanon can provide a template for managing cultural diversity and rejecting radicalism in an unstable and fragmented setting.

The Daily Beast"Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire"
September 22, 2014
Lebanon may be small and a mess politically, but it brandishes weapons against ISIS that no other Arab country can.

BBC article and radio documentary (at right): "Lebanon Dances Into The Abyss as Syria Conflict Crosses Border"
February 19, 2014
Lebanon is hosting around a million refugees from the conflict in Syria, which means that one in four people in the country are Syrian. But the impact on Syria's neighbor goes well beyond a humanitarian crisis.

Financial Times: "Syria Withdraws Last Troops from Lebanon"
April 25, 2005
The day I went to meet Rustom Ghazaleh, the man who ran Syria’s feared security apparatus in Lebanon. After almost 30 years of occupation, Syria was about to withdraw its troop from Lebanon, in the wake of international pressure on Damascus because its alleged role in the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Ghazaleh is reported to have died or been killed recently in Syria’s conflict.

de Volkskrant: "Het Is Lente in Libanon" [It's Spring in Lebanon]
March 2005
Personal reflections on what was termed Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution: its uprising against Syrian occupation. An Arab spring before the 2011 Arab Spring. (In Dutch)

Philadelphia Inquirer"Tentative Dance With A History Many Would Rather Forget"
April 20, 2000
Twenty-five years after the start of the war  a brutal 15-year conflict involving several religious factions and many military interventions — Lebanon has hardly begun to face its past.


2006 Israel-hezbollah war

BBC News: "Lebanon War Image Causes Controversy"
March 8, 2007
A photo taken after the war in Lebanon in 2006 caused a controversy for seemingly depicting careless kids indulging in war tourism. I tracked them down and found out the real story.  

BBC Radio: "Stirrings of Dissent Against Hezbollah After 2006 War" 
2006
In the wake of the war between Hezbollah and Israel in the summer of 2006, this report explores how the Shia community feels about the Lebanese militant group and political party Hezbollah. 


LEBANESE CULTURE

BBC Radio: "Silicon Beach - The Plastic Surgery Craze in Lebanon" 
Summer 2007
Lebanon is often in the headlines because of conflict and chaos, but it’s also a very diverse country with large amounts of joie de vivre, a keen sense style and in typical Mediterranean fashion a slight obsession with appearances. One bank provides loans for plastic surgery operations. One of my favorite reports for BBC radio.

The Daily Star (Lebanon): "Local Fashion Houses Are Making It on Europe’s Catwalks"
July 7, 1999
In my first job for a local Lebanese newspaper, I wrote about Lebanon’s fashion designers, including Elie Saab (before he became an international sensation).