Lebanon

Migrant smuggling is one of Lebanon’s last businesses

3 May 2021 4:00 pm

Ibrahim Lachine sold his mother’s furniture to pay for a place on a smuggler’s boat from Lebanon to Cyprus and…

The beauty and tragedy of Lebanon

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I was thinking about tragedy. Could one use the term ‘chronically tragic’? My first instinct is against. Tragedy is the…

mike pompeo

Pompeo is right on Iran sanctions

20 August 2020 9:06 am

The halls of the UN are a habitual stage for empty gestures and vaporous rhetoric, but last Friday’s Security Council…

Portrait of the week: Employment falls, exam failures and a roundabout rigmarole

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Home In fine weather with calm seas, 565 migrants in four days crossed the Channel in small craft. French officials…

The mood in Lebanon is for revolution

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The mood in Lebanon is for revolution

Lebanon’s existential crisis

11 August 2020 5:28 am

It had to happen. On Monday evening, just under a week after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a…

Portrait of the week: Local lockdowns, busy beaches and an explosion in Beirut

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Home Some 2.7 million people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, where many Muslims live, were…

Is it too late to save Lebanon?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The country is collapsing

Lebanon: the world’s best failed state

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Look down from the mountains outside Beirut and, on most days, you’ll see a grey blanket of smog choking the…

Levison Wood. Credit Simon Buxton

Boys’ Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Ask most people whether they fancy a four-month, 5,000-mile trek across the Middle East and they might conclude you need…

The next immigration crisis

13 February 2016 9:00 am

There has been an influx of 2.5 million Syrian refugees, and almost as many again are expected. At this rate, Turkey’s migrant problem is set to become Europe’s

Even great wine can’t quite give me hope for Lebanon

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Housman had a point. If men could be drunk for ever, the human condition would be tolerable. But thought always…

How Lebanon is coping with more than a million Syrian refugees

14 November 2015 9:00 am

How tiny Lebanon copes with an unstoppable flow of Syrian refugees

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Jenny McCartney talks to the celebrated photojournalist about war, guilt and Aylan

Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths

Freedom of information killed ambassadors’ valedictory dispatches. Could blogging bring them back?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘All I ever tried to do was hold a mirror up and show you how beautiful you really are. Shine…

Why I still have a deep attachment to the BBC

16 May 2015 9:00 am

After I failed my O-levels and decided to leave school, my father suggested I go to Israel to work on…

Black flags and Christmas lights: a letter from Beirut

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Blue and white Christmas lights twinkle over the shops near my apartment in Beirut’s Christian quarter; pricy boutiques display elaborate…

Patriotism isn’t uncivilised - it’s what makes civilisation possible

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers…

Why I’ve joined Lebanon’s exodus

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The long shadow of the Islamic State means that many Christians are packing up and leaving Lebanon