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Lebanon Was Already in Turmoil. Then Came the Blast.

The massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Monday evening has left dozens dead, hundreds injured, and more than 300,000 displaced from their homes. Millions around the world watched in horror as the detonation of 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate laid waste to the Mediterranean port and surrounding neighborhoods. The equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake […]

16 Beirut Ministries Respond to Lebanon Explosion

One hour later at work, and Sarah Chetti might have been one of thousands in a Beirut hospital. Director of the INSAAF migrant worker ministry in Lebanon, Chetti’s colleagues described shards of broken glass flying through the air, and the metal frames of doors ripped from their hinges. It was a similar experience for the […]

Lebanon Prayer: Jocelyne Khoueiry

God, May she rest in peace. May her nation simply rest. Compelled by civil war, the young woman took up arms to defend her people. She later laid them down, as religion moved from identity to faith. God, does Lebanon need the same? Can faith demand arms? Is identity for sect or nation? Which do […]

Lebanon Prayer: Rising Tensions

God, Lebanon feels on the precipice. Perhaps it has already fallen. Is there a cushion? What impact awaits? And who will be there to pick up the pieces? The Maronite patriarch continued his call for neutrality. The president shelved it for other priorities, while a Shiite sheikh said resistance is necessary. The French welcomed his […]

Hagia Sophia’s Muslim Prayers Evoke Ottoman Treatment of Armenians

Declared a mosque in principle, Hagia Sophia is now a mosque in practice. Following his decree earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan’s joined a coronavirus-limited 500 worshipers to perform Friday prayers in the sixth-century Byzantine basilica, underneath the covered frescoes of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Hundreds more gathered outside. International condemnation resounded after […]

Lebanon Prayer: Patriarch’s Plea

God, Lebanon is a small state. Yet it is full of many peoples. Sects—to be fair. They are one people. Or are they? Since its inception Lebanon has struggled to craft an identity. Is it European? Is it Arab? Is it Syrian? Is it Phoenician?   Is it free? So to be free they struck […]

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