Terrorism and the Question of Humanity

On November 17, 2015, in Articles, by admin

Terrorism and the Question of Humanity By Brenda Heard On 15 November, The New York Times published an article entitled “Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten.”  It highlights the disparity between the global solidarity expressed for Paris following the deadly 13 November attacks and the lack thereof expressed for Beirut after it […]

Empowering Syrian Refugees and Hosting Communities

On October 14, 2015, in blog posts, by admin

Empowering Syrian Refugees and Hosting Communities Whether in the media or on the streets, you have probably had a glimpse of the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Thousands and thousands of families left their homes and their livelihoods because they feared for their lives. They may have escaped the violence, but they now struggle […]

New Book: “Hezbollah: An Outsider’s Inside View”

On April 16, 2015, in blog posts, by admin

I am pleased to announce the recent publication of my book “Hezbollah: An Outsider’s Inside View.”  Whether you like or dislike Hezbollah, this book offers a unique and rewarding insight delivered from a Western viewpoint.  It encourages an understanding that is the fundamental step toward peaceful co-existence. In researching Hezbollah over the past eight years, […]

Resisting Israeli politics

On March 25, 2015, in Articles, by admin

Resisting Israeli Politics by Brenda Heard Six months prior to the upcoming UK general election, the Board of Deputies of British Jews published its “2015 General Election Jewish Manifesto.” This forty-page document urges both existing and prospective members of the UK Parliament to support various “policy asks” and to “champion these causes.”  The Manifesto was […]

Reuters Dodges Rocket Reality

On July 13, 2014, in blog posts, by admin

Reuters Dodges Rocket Reality The Lebanese National News Agency reported that on Friday 11th July, “an unknown party fired three rockets from the area of Marjayoun – Hasbaya towards the occupied Palestinian territory.”  Israel immediately launched 25 artillery shells into Lebanon.  On Saturday 12th July, Reuters published its report “Israel fires into Lebanon after rockets […]

Palestine, Syria, Lebanon: The Plight of Refugee Students

On June 10, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Palestine, Syria, Lebanon: The Plight of Refugee Students by Franklin Lamb   Predictions about the likely course of events in this region, including occasional ones by this observer, have a way of not panning out as expected. But one prediction I offered recently to Palestinian friends in Syria—namely that Lebanon’s “media” would fail to inform […]

Shoe Shiners of Beirut

On June 5, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Shoe Shiners of Beirut The humanitarian issues of Lebanon’s Syrian refugees   By Eva Bartlett Today I seem destined to write about the poverty of many Syrian refugees here in Lebanon. I’ve of course been noticing it from the start, but today all my encounters were with refugees trying to earn a living or simply […]

Historic Syrian Election Brings Multitudes of Voters

On May 29, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Historic Syrian Election Brings Multitudes of Voters By Brenda Heard   On the 28th May 2014, expatriated Syrian nationals in numerous countries flocked to Syrian embassies to begin the voting process in a presidential election.  With all its potential flaws, perhaps even inherent flaws, this quintessential element of democracy is still the most effective means […]

The Injustice of Zionism: the Case of Amer Jubran

On May 12, 2014, in Articles, by admin

The Injustice of Zionism: the Case of Amer Jubran By Richard Hugus Zionism is a system that chafes against the world. With its idea of a chosen people and its privileged control of states and institutions, where one whisper behind the scenes can outweigh the voice of millions, it offends us as an injustice. That injustice […]

Beirut Bombs Bring Empty Condolences

On February 20, 2014, in blog posts, by admin

  Beirut Bombs Bring Empty Condolences By Brenda Heard We have now watched six terrorist attacks on Lebanon in 2014.  They were not domestic crimes—they were international terrorism.  Those responsible promise more to come.  Yet the organisations of the international community that are designed to address this sort of problem continue to do as they […]