Note: This is the first of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Northern Ireland.
I’m not quite sure when I first set my eyes on Ireland, but I know it has been for longer than I care to remember. And when the trip finally took place, it isn’t by surprise that I also found myself in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Posted in Activism, Beirut, Belfast, Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Tagged Beirut, Belfast, Catholic, Dublin, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Peace Walls, Protestant, Republican, Sunday Bloody Sunday, u2, Unionist, United Kingdom
When I used to look at Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, Brazil’s infamous shanty towns, dotting the city’s lush mountains overlooking its glorious shores, it was difficult to imagine the existence of such dire poverty. I had never seen anything like that anywhere I had been, nor had I seen anything like it in Lebanon. It seemed like an irreversible curse that a country, blessed with such beauty and with a people so happy and content with the simple pleasures in life, had to endure such injustice and inequality. Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Human Rights, Lebanon, Middle East, Poverty
Tagged Akkar, Australia, Beirut, Bekaa Valley, Brazil, Emigration, Favela, Fez, Human Rights, Indonesia, Lebanese Society, Lebanon, Morocco, North Lebanon, Poverty, Qabeet, Rio de Janeiro, Tripoli
We live in a world where violence has become common place, suffering a regular feeling we have learned to cope with and the dead just one more number. Or maybe this is the world that the Middle East and Arab World has taken to be its ‘daily bread,’ leaving little left to move us so deeply that it will impact us for the rest of our lives. Continue reading
Posted in Arab Revolution, Arab World, Bahrain, Gulf, Human Rights Watch
Tagged Arab world, Bahrain, Children, Gulf States, Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Iraq, Middle East, Syria
Saying that this past week was a long week is an understatement. Syria and the Levant awaited the “imminent” but “limited” strike, barely able to imagine the immediate consequences on Syria and the wider repercussions on the region this attack would have had. The attack seems to have been averted, for the time being, with many feeling utterly disappointed and others terribly relieved. Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Middle East, Syria, United States
Tagged Al Qaeda, Bashar Al Assad, Chemical Weapons, France, Gulf States, Islamic fundamentalism, Jabhat Al Nusra, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United States
If they are not yet, today more than ever, all eyes are on Syria. Well, not exactly today, but they soon will be…
Many of us have been following the Syrian uprising from day one: praying for the fate of the innocent children of Daraa who sparked the revolution, fervently denying the revolt was a conspiracy as the Syrian regime wanted the world to believe, disheartened by what parts of the Syrian opposition had become, and grieving for Syrian suffering and the horrors of Ghouta. Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Ghouta, Iraq, Middle East, Syria, United States
Tagged Arab Revolution, Arab world, Barack Obama, Bashar Al Assad, Chemical Weapons, Ghouta, Hezballah, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea, Syria, United Kingdom, United States
It will take a very long time for us to forget the horribly indescribable images from the Ghouta massacre. The fact that it was a chemical weapons’ attack is beyond question, but there are still questions on whether it was the regime or opposition forces who are responsible for it.
They say that Beirut is a city that will never surrender, but what if everything that keeps life together in it is slowly disappearing, gradually being torn apart? Continue reading
Posted in Arab World, Hezballah, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria
Tagged Arab world, Beirut, Failed State, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezballah, Lebanese Economy, Lebanese Parliament, Lebanese Society, Lebanon, Syria