“A century of war and peace in Lebanon”: Eye on the East for Lacuna Magazine

“…resilience might have kept the country from falling apart, but has not helped in truly bringing it together. Resilience is surviving but not coming to terms with the past.” 

As part of their World War I centennial issue, University of Warwick’s Lacuna Magazine invited Eye on the East to contribute a piece on Lebanon and we accepted with pleasure. This was the end result: 

A century of war and peace in Lebanon

As you may already know, Eye on the East regularly contributes to a variety of online and print publications, listed in the Featured page here. I thought I’d highlight this latest contribution, especially since it isn’t usually something covered on the blog and especially in such length! I hope you enjoy it…

Posted in Arab World, Beirut, Lebanese Civil War, Lebanon, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“The West will never understand Iraq’s complex landscape”

It is heartbreaking to watch a country fall apart and become accustomed to its cities becoming synonymous with war itself. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, this has been the fate of Iraq. Sadly, recurrent violence in Iraq and the eruption of wars elsewhere, such as Syria, have also pushed the Iraqi story away from the front pages of the world’s news.

Continue reading

Posted in Arab Revolution, Arab World, Baghdad, Iraq, ISIS, Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, Middle East | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Is Anybody Listening, I Still Wonder?

Earlier this year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published a map plotting the distribution of Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon (Eye on the East commented about it here: http://eyeontheeast.org/2014/05/13/syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-is-anybody-listening/). I can only imagine how that map has evolved since, but at the time:  Continue reading

Posted in Arab World, Environment, Lebanon, Syria, Syrian Refugees, UNDP, UNHCR | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To a Lebanon that is slowly drifting away…

SabahIn less than a week, two giants of Lebanese and Arabic music and literature are no more. Sabah will no longer charm us with her eternal smile and enchanting voice nor warm our hearts with her simplicity and modesty. Said Akl will no longer speak to us in his characteristically intense and lyrically robust voice nor provoke us with his radicalism and idealism. Continue reading

Posted in Beirut, Lebanese Cultural, Lebanon, Sabah, Said Akl | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A walk beyond the Berlin Wall

Note: This is the second of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Berlin. The first post can be found here.

“You were just there, I was there, and now you say you may move there. Why is it that everybody’s in Berlin these days?”

“Someone told me that Berlin has the same energy and vibe today that Beirut had five years ago. I guess that may explain it…”

So I finally made it to Berlin, one of those cities high on my travel list for many reasons and no reason whatsoever. Coming from Beirut and after having visited Belfast last year (see Eye on the East’s account of Belfast here and here), I’m starting to believe my travel priorities are mandated by alphabetical preference or by a hidden fascination to explore cities that are quite like my own…

Continue reading

Posted in Berlin, Berlin Wall, Germany | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A walk along the Berlin Wall

Note: This is the first of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Berlin. Part two can be found here.

I hate to admit it, but until very recently, I still associated Berlin almost exclusively with the Berlin Wall.  Even after 25 years since the wall crumbled to pieces, stories of successful and failed escapes from East to West Berlin, neighborhoods divided by a simple concrete structure and tales of how a Cold War of worldwide proportions was also played out in the alleys of a single city, have never failed to intrigue me. It is mostly due to this socio-political curiosity – and not my love of sausages – that finally led me to visit Berlin. The fact that the visit coincided with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, made the sightseeing a bit more crowded, but surely not less emotive. Continue reading

Posted in Berlin, Berlin Wall, Berliner Mauer, Europe, Germany | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This is Tripoli

Last week, Tripoli was a war zone. Today, it is a city like any other.

Last week, Tripoli seemed a world apart from the rest of Lebanon. Today, some decided to bring it a bit closer to where it belongs, back to rest of Lebanon…

Continue reading

Posted in Arab World, Lebanese Politics, Lebanon, Tripoli | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment