Monthly Archives: November 2013

Lebanon: Another battle in the long fight against corruption

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 … Continue reading

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Dubai: The desert, the skyscrapers and everything in between…

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 … Continue reading

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On Resilience and Perpetual Violence

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 … Continue reading

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Thinking about Palestine

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 … Continue reading

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“How long must we sing this song”: From Belfast to Beirut

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 … Continue reading

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