Note: This is the second of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first post can be found here.
There always seems to be a certain buzz around Dubai. Whether it’s the next Guinness record it plans to break, the occasional regional political overture to supplement its financial clout or its most recent success in being chosen to host the 2020 World Expo trade convention. But little is said about what’s behind the buzz, if there is anything left to say at all. When I found myself in Dubai after all these years, I felt compelled to find out for myself whether there was something left to say at all. Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Dubai, Gulf, Gulf States, United Arab Emirates
Tagged Arabian desert, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Dubai Creek, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Expo2020, Gulf, Gulf States, Persian Gulf, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Zayed, United Arab Emirates
It is an image I will never forget. A teenage girl, her gently rounded head dangling out of the car window; her long black hair swinging to the beat of the wind, caressing her young features, lifeless; her eyes slightly visible, as she gazed far ahead, at a future she could no longer dream of living. The girl and her family had been killed by Israeli shelling in South Lebanon during Operation Grapes of Wrath in 1996. I revisited this image in a previous post but was unable to add the picture to the post, it hurt too much. Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Israel, Lebanon, Tripoli
Tagged Bab al Tabaneh, Children, Israel, Jabal Muhsen, Lebanon, Lost Generation, Operation Grapes of Wrath, Tripoli, TripoliLB
Here’s what happened in Beirut yesterday, constituting yet another sad day for Lebanon’s freedom of the press, another badge of shame on the government and another example of the public sector’s impunity when it comes to dealing with its own citizens. Continue reading
Posted in Activism, Arab World, Beirut, Corruption, Lebanese Customs, Lebanon
Tagged Activism, Al Jadeed, Beirut, Corruption, Lebanese Customs, Lebanon, Media
Note: This is the first of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
So I finally went back to Dubai. I didn’t expect anything to feel familiar, given that so much had changed in the eight years since my first visit. Part of me knew what to expect, and part of me hoped for something new.
Posted in Arab World, Dubai, Gulf States, United Arab Emirates
Tagged Arabian desert, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Dubai Creek, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai Mall, Gulf States, Jumeirah, Persian Gulf, Sheikh Zayed, United Arab Emirates
It is difficult to stay away from writing and lamenting about bombs, death and destruction for too long when in Lebanon. And it’s all too easy to write and lament about the same old things when this happens: on how we’ve had enough of this perpetual vicious cycle of violence and how our politicians are an indestructible curse; Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Beirut, Iran, Lebanon
Tagged Al Qaeda, Bab al Tabaneh, Beirut, Beirut Bombing, Hezballah, Iran, Jabal Muhsen, Lebanese Society, Lebanon, Resilience, Saudi Arabia, sectarianism, Shia, Suicide bomb, Sunni, Syria, Tripoli, United States
There is never a good or right time to talk about Palestine. A cause, a dream, a responsibility, a defeat, a crime and a badge of shame on the world, which has affected, been used and abused, and shaped a considerable part of the Middle East’s contemporary history. As the situation in the occupied territories continues to evolve, or rather deteriorate, and with it the chances of a viable peace, keeping Palestine in the public discourse almost seems like a constant necessity to keep the cause alive. Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Beirut, Belfast, History, Human Rights, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Northern Ireland, Palestine
Tagged Arab world, Beirut, Belfast, Israel, Israeli Palestinian conflict, Lebanese Civil War, Lebanon, Middle East, Norther Ireland, Palestine, Peace Walls, West Bank, West Bank Wall, Yasser Arafat
Note: This is the second of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Northern Ireland. The first post can be found here.
Where does one begin to talk about the bloodshed? Where does one begin to describe the hatred? How does one begin to believe in hope? Continue reading
Posted in Activism, Beirut, Belfast, Ireland, Lebanon, Middle East, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Tagged Beirut, Belfast, Catholic, confessionalism, Dublin, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Peace Walls, Protestant, Queens' University, Religion, Republican, sectarianism, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Troubles, u2, Unionist, United Kingdom, West Bank