Posts tagged "lebanon"
From Antelias to Bzoummar

From Antelias to Bzoummar

Irina Papkova takes us on a tour of the religious centers that lie at the heart of Lebanon's Armenian Christian communities.
Secular Lebanon

Secular Lebanon

From Beirut, Irina Papkova reports on an anti-sectarian movement for a more secular Lebanon, and a marriage that's making Lebanese history.
Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism, Part 2

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism, Part 2

From Beirut, Irina Papkova describes in the second of two posts how former political opponents are maintaining Lebanon's fragile peace through a pluralistic, democratic system.
Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

"The relationship between Lebanon and Syria is intricate and complicated, and the chaos in Syria presents serious challenges for its tiny neighbor to the west," writes Irina Papkova in the first of two posts from Beirut in the aftermath of the October 19 bomb blast.

Punk Protest, Bad Video Art, and “Religious Insult”

by Irina Papkova there's an eerie similarity between the reaction of some Orthodox believers to Pussy Riot and the worldwide protests against “Innocence of Muslims.”

Balancing Act: Sectarian Leaders in Lebanon

by Irina Papkova Last week marked twenty-two years since the signing of the Taif Accords put an end to the last civil war...but external pressures are at work once more.

In the Shadows of Syria: Defusing Sectarian Tensions in Lebanon

by Irina Papkova For two weeks, Lebanon lived on the knife edge of a sectarian civil war. And here the truly interesting part of this story begins to emerge.

Taking Gaga Off the Lebanese Shelves

Ashley Baxstrom: Not even a celebrity shout-out is enough to satisfy some. The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Lady Gaga’s latest album Born This Way has been unofficially banned in Lebanon on the grounds that it may be “offensive to religion” in general and Christians in particular. The office of censorship said it had collected CDs...

Death Comes for the Ayatollah

The New York Times reports that Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a Shiite Islam holy figure with a world following, has died.  He's been called Hezbollah's mentor.  He was 75. For more on the Grand Ayatollah read here, here and here or read his facebook page here.