First Impressions Do Not Count – Beirut, Lebanon

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Marco De Oliveira visited Lebanon recently and found charm to be in short supply, until he left the modern city center of Beirut.

Surprise – Beirut, Lebanon

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After five trips to Lebanon, Mark Lopez’ infatuation with the country hasn’t faded.

Two Months in the Middle East #2

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Sabra Refugee Camp, Beirut – June 8th, 2000 An utterly depressing place. The Palestinian refugees here live in absolute squalor. Forced out of Palestine by the Zionist ‘pioneers’ in 1948, most fled to Jordan. Misrepresented by the PLO, they again were forced to leave Jordan after the ‘Black September’ massacres of 1970. The refugees soon […]

Two Months in the Middle East #1

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Beirut – June 7th, 2000 Two weeks after Israel have withdrawn from the south The procession of cars noisily speeds down the alleyway outside my hostel two or three times a night. Hizbullah flags and banners dangle precariously from the windows as passers-by cheer and clap. The scene is made even more surreal by the […]