Martin Armstrong

News

Meeting the Syrian Refugees Leaving Lebanon for Europe

Lebanon has taken in one million Syrians displaced by the war raging in their home country. Now, thousands are leaving every day on ferries for Europe.
Martin Armstrong
9.18.15
Travel

Meeting Charles Chahwan, the Arab World's Answer to Bukowski

The Lebanese author talks American literature, the Islamic State, and how conservatism has shrunk the Arabic language.
Martin Armstrong
3.5.15
Music

Civil War Killed Lebanon's Vinyl Culture

While it's still possible to stumble across a gem, the majority of valuable Lebanese-pressed vinyl has been eaten up by connoisseurs.
Martin Armstrong
10.24.14
News

A Choice Between Warlords: Lebanon Can’t Elect a New President

The political wheels in Beirut may be beginning to fall off as the country's two dominant political coalitions are bitterly divided as to who should become Lebanon's new president. The situation is becoming a political proxy war of the neighboring...
Martin Armstrong
5.7.14
Features

Meet the Lebanese Rapper Who Was Mistaken for a Terrorist

Double A the Preacherman was sent to the Anti-Terrorist Unit for dressing "like a cholo."
Martin Armstrong
2.10.14
Stuff

The Lebanese Rapper Who Was Mistaken for a Terrorist

In 34 days, there were five suicide bomb attacks by al Qaeda affiliates active in Lebanon. Checkpoints have sprung up on the roads, unfamiliar cars arouse suspicion, and public buses have started to display signs kindly asking passengers to remove...
Martin Armstrong
2.10.14
News

I Was Abducted by Hezbollah at Beirut's Bombed Iranian Embassy

Lebanese army tanks flanked the road ahead of me and ambulance sirens pierced through the noise. Meanwhile, plain-clothed Hezbollah operatives, many holding AK-47s, and representatives of the Shi'a political party Amal looked busy as they barked into...
Martin Armstrong
11.20.13
News

"Tripoli Is Crying": Lebanon's Second City Is On the Brink of Battle

Conflicts between those who support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and those who back the rebels in Syria are always on the verge of breaking out, and tensions are particularly high in the aftermath of an August terrorist attack.
Martin Armstrong
11.13.13
News

The Syrian Refugees Living in an Abandoned Lebanese Mall

Around 1,000 refugees have built improvised homes in a derelict mall after fleeing their war-torn hometowns. They have to endure poverty and cramped living conditions as well as prejudice from the locals.
Martin Armstrong
10.21.13
News

The Search for Deso Dogg, the German Rapper Turned Jihadi Poster Boy

On September 9, rumors began to circulate on social media that Deso Dogg, a German rapper operating under the nom de guerre “Abu Talha Al-Almani” (Abu Talha the German) had been injured fighting with the Syrian opposition.
Martin Armstrong
9.20.13
News

Is the Syrian Regime Responsible for the Worst Chemical Attack in Decades?

Yesterday harrowing videos began to spread across social media showing that chemical agents had been used in a number of towns in East Ghouta, a district on the outskirts of Damascus.
Martin Armstrong
8.22.13
News

Hezbollah Stronghold in Beirut Bombed

Thursday’s explosion in the Dahiyeh—an almost autonomous state-within-a-state in Beirut that is controlled by the Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah—was the second of such attacks to hit the area in the last couple of months and signaled that Hezbollah's...
Martin Armstrong
8.16.13
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