A few days ago I returned from Lebanon to the UK. On previous visits to Beirut I have enjoyed the hospitality, diversity and complexity of the city. Now I marvel at one of the few places in the world where you can find a Starbucks, refugee camp, fancy outdoor restaurants and bullet-ridden buildings all within walking distance of each other.
In Lebanon, the despair of refugees forced by conflict to flee their homes in neighbouring Syria is all-consuming. They have found shelter wherever they can – in makeshift camps beside rubbish dumps or bedding down in disused factories – but yearn for the lives they have been forced to abandon.
It may have taken until the third episode of the series, but the big news from this week’s installment of Homeland is that the jazz is back.
Last month’s Safar film festival was undoubtedly an eye-opener for the people who attended. Focusing on some of the most popular films to come out of Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan in the past half a century, the festival showed that the region has plenty of talent both in front of and behind the camera, but is lacking the resources to get wider recognition in the West.
The allegation that a former information minister was plotting a string of bomb attacks across the country at the behest of the Syrian regime has sent shockwaves across Lebanon – but not for the reasons one may think.
Skirmishes between Palestinian refugees from Syria and Lebanon and Israeli security forces ended with at least a dozen deaths and scores more injured on Sunday. Thousands of protesters boarded buses and descended on borders at the Golan Heights, Gaza strip and West Bank to reject Israel’s ongoing incursion on the anniversary of the Nakba. They [...]
With Tony Blair – the Middle East envoy for the Quartet (UN, EU, USA and Russia) – visiting Gaza and the Sderot today, it’s a good moment to explore the core issues on which any long-term Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement depends.
The image above shows the top-level issues that Independent readers and the Debategraph community have identified so far, namely:
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