Conflict Update: January 22 2017

So our guests left a short time ago, whereas I thought they were staying another day for some reason. Leaving on Sunday makes a lot more sense, now that I think about it, but anyway that leaves me free to do a little Bad News Digest tonight. Iraq OK, the news isn’t all bad. Eastern… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 22 2017

ISIS hits Beirut

This is still very much a developing story, but ISIS has claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing (which may actually have been intended as a triple suicide bombing, based on the latest evidence) today in the Beirut neighborhood of Burj al-Barajneh, which has killed at least 37 people and injured over 180 more: The… Continue reading ISIS hits Beirut

Lebanon’s garbage crisis turns violent

People in Beirut have finally had enough with their government’s inability to clear the trash from the streets of their city, and so last week and over the weekend thousands of them took to those same streets in protest. The protests, part of a new movement that’s aptly called “You Stink,” prompted a violent response… Continue reading Lebanon’s garbage crisis turns violent

Ah, Beirut, breathe it in

Friends, I have a very soft spot for Lebanon, and it’s based on a single 4 day trip I took there one time. I just loved the place. The people I met were lovely, the food is amazing, there are enough old ruins to keep an old ruins aficionado like me busy for a long… Continue reading Ah, Beirut, breathe it in