Martin Armstrong

News

Meeting the Syrian Refugees Leaving Lebanon for Europe

Lebanon has taken in 1 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
Music

Records and Revolution: We Went Crate Digging for Rare 'Ethio-jazz' in Addis Ababa

Ethio-jazz blended Ethiopian musical traditions with American jazz and soul, but the military coup in 1974 put an end to the scene, and records from back then are now as rare as they come.
Martin Armstrong
4.30.15
Stuff

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

The Lebanese author spoke to us about 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

Meaning, if you're a crate digger, you've got to fight for what's left.
Martin Armstrong
10.24.14
News

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

Two dominant political coalitions are bitterly divided as to who should become Lebanon's new president.
Martin Armstrong
5.8.14
News

Why Was a Former Lebanese 'Spymaster' Trying to Become a UNESCO Delegate?

The assassination of the country's former Prime Minister has cast a shadow over Lebanon.
Martin Armstrong
3.17.14
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
2.11.14
Stuff

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
News

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

After a brief truce, Tripoli's two warring neighbourhoods might start killing each other again.
Martin Armstrong
11.13.13
News

The Syrian Refugees Living in an Abandoned Lebanese Shopping Mall

It's like <i>Dawn of the Dead</i>, only with poverty and skin infections instead of zombies and death.
Martin Armstrong
10.21.13
News

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

He was reportedly injured while fighting for the Syrian opposition.
Martin Armstrong
9.20.13
News

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

Harrowing video footage of gassed civilians suggests it is.
Martin Armstrong
8.22.13
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