Lebanon

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…

‘Family Scene’, by Kahlil Gibran, c. 1914

Kahlil Gibran: from penniless refugee to universal Prophet

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Kahlil Gibran was 40 years old, a short — he was just 5’3” — dapper man with doleful eyes and…

How different is the digital diplomat?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Tom Fletcher, a young star of the Foreign Office, made his reputation last year when he blogged his ‘valedictory despatch’…

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

First Syria, then Lebanon

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Syria’s civil war is tearing Lebanon apart

If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed

4 May 2013 9:00 am

A western intervention might never have worked. But it certainly won’t now