Category: Lebanon

We humans hang on to our symbols

Meditation on My Home in Lebanon By Frances Fuller, 21st February 2016   I made a mistake in my book. Let’s just say that I was wrong. In the epilogue of In Borrowed Houses I said that the little stone house around which my whole story revolves would outlive all of us. My actual words were: …

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Once upon a time

    The name “Mission: Meeting” is sort of an inside joke for missionaries and MKs (children of missionaries are called “missionary kids” or “mishkids”) who endured endless¹ “mission meetings” (planning and business meetings). It also conveys the idea that this project’s mission is to allow web site visitors to “meet” real people of the …

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Historians and other nincompoops

Whoa there, David Cameron! Haste and rhetoric is no recipe for peace By Robert Fisk, Sunday 22 November 2015 19:28 BST   Eisenhower famously sent some brusque advice to Anthony Eden in 1956 when he decided that Britain’s deceitful war in Egypt should come to an end. “Whoa, boy!” were his words. And they should …

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Zara’u fa akalna, nazra’u fa ya’kulun

Stories My Father Told Me By Helen Zughaib with Elia Kamal Zughaib, November/December 2015     Charity and Compassion When Jiddu told my father this story, he prefaced it by saying his father had told it to him and he must never forget it, and that is how he told it to me. Once there …

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Correct reading, it used to work wonders

  Kamal Salibi: Scholar and teacher regarded as one of the foremost historians of the Middle East By Robert Fisk, Wednesday 07 September 2011   Almost two decades ago, recording a BBC radio programme on Islam, I dropped by the American University of Beirut to interview an old Christian Protestant friend, Kamal Salibi. I asked …

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Apoplexy of fear and hatred

Brigitte Gabriel is a vicious and probably deranged Islamophobe By Hussein Ibish, October 1, 2009   A lot of readers seemed to benefit from and enjoy my evaluation of Irshad Manji from yesterday’s Ibishblog posting, and I have been asked to give my views on another charmer, called Brigitte Gabriel. I argued that Manji is …

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Overhaul of governments and institutions

How ISIS Should Shape Our View of the Church and Its Mission Globally By Martin Accad, December 4, 2014   I’ve been blogging and speaking much about ISIS in recent months. Last July, as we were beginning to get to grips with the savagery of the group, I tried to call us all, as people who …

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