Christopher Allbritton

Lebanon’s war: One Year Later

Will Lebanon’s already fragile political arrangement collapse into a Shi’ites vs. everyone else arrangement, with Iran, Syria and Hezbollah on one side and Christians, Druze and Sunnis on the other backed up by …… That hasn’t happened after eight months of standoffs and street demonstrations, and Lebanon today is split in two, divided between the Hezbollah-led opposition and the American-backed government coalition of Druze, Sunni and about half the Christians.

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Busy Signal in Beirut

Disappointed, Lebanon’s Internet users howled — especially on the forum boards of Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, an anti-government, middle-class group of people who stood up to Syria through much of the 1990s and first half of this decade…. Without the infrastructure, remaining businesses that depend on communication will flee, meaning there’s less revenue for the state, perpetuating its weakness and making it unable to find or impose a political solution on its non-state and foreign rivals.

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Beirut: Faith No More?

I wanted to write about my home, Beirut, and invite y’all in for a bit. It’s a messy place and frankly more than a bit depressing. But it’s also important and exciting, full of folks who (mostly) deserve better than they’ve received.

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