Tag: Beirut (Lebanon)

Lebanon Dispatch: Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting’ in Sectarian Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Frankly speaking, their team was never going to win. But that did not stop the die-hard fans in the stands from hurling abuse at their rivals. Some taunts were of the “your mother” variety, others from a genre that the Lebanese, perhaps uniquely among world basketball fans, have come to perfect: the […]

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Pompeo Denounces Hezbollah in Lebanon, With an Israeli Audience in Mind

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In tense meetings on Friday, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed leaders of Lebanon to curb the growing power of Hezbollah, the political and military group supported by Iran that holds government posts and runs the health ministry. “Lebanon and the Lebanese people face a choice: bravely move forward as […]

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An Oscar for the Arabs

Since Rami Malek’s eloquent acceptance speech for the best actor award at the Oscars last Sunday, in which he talked about his Egyptian roots, social media has been abuzz with Arab pride. “No waaaaaaay!!! FREAKIN’ RAMI MALEK WON!!!! Arab Pride right here! We are so, so proud!” read one tweet. Its sentiment was widespread. But […]

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Don McCullin Is a War Photographer. Just Don’t Call Him an Artist.

LONDON — “I’m not an artist,” the photographer Don McCullin insisted recently. It was an awkward statement, not least because Mr. McCullin was standing in the Tate Britain gallery in London, in the middle of a major retrospective of his work, which opens Tuesday and runs through May 6. “I’ve been struggling against that word […]

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A League of Their Own, as Only 3 Arab Leaders Attend Summit

BEIRUT — The eyes of the world were nowhere near Beirut, where the kings and presidents of the Arab world had been ceremoniously summoned to a summit of the Arab League over the weekend and had, in all but two cases, ceremoniously declined. Government jets disgorged only underlings and minor ministers onto the red carpet […]

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The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn was tired. At 64 years old, the chairman of an auto empire that spanned several continents and included Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi wasn’t bouncing back from jet lag the way he used to. Melatonin wasn’t working anymore, and he had bouts of insomnia, phoning his children in the middle of the night or […]

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He Wanted to Be an Informant. The F.B.I. Arrested Him Instead.

Mr. Kourani said he believed the “plan” may have been for him to become a suicide bomber, and his handler once asked if he had “filmed a will,” according to the summary. Mr. Kourani said he “always felt somewhat disposable” to the group. Courted by the F.B.I. As early as 2012, Mr. Kourani testified, New […]

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Lebanon Dispatch: For Lebanese Women, a Beach of One’s Own

Several ladies’ beaches fringe the coastline south of Beirut, their names redolent of sandy glamour around the world (the Laguna; the Bondi). The Bellevue Beach Club began offering women-only days in the mid-1990s after veiled women began asking for privacy. Business was good — better than on mixed days, even. It soon went all women, […]

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