In Tripoli, Citizens are to Blame Too

A poster has been making the rounds in Tripoli’s social media (click image above for full poster), blaming the citizens of Tripoli for electing worthless representatives. “You voted for them”, the pointed finger admonishes the reader over a dramatic background of splattered blood and portraits of sinister-looking Tripoli MPs “…You’re the one to blame”. That’s […]

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Is it Because They're Poor?

There’s this theory making the rounds in certain circles in Lebanon and in the foreign media, which sees the events in Tripoli as simply the outcome of stark poverty and wretchedness in that miserable part of Lebanon. Many statistics are produced, about Tripoli having some of the poorest people in the country and the highest […]

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Najib Miqati's Plan to Win Over Tripoli's Sunnis

Quietly and behind the scenes, the Lebanese Prime Minister is working hard for a big electoral upset in 2013 Thinking long-term (Photo credit: Bryan Denton for the New York Times) Somewhere along the highway coming from Beirut to Tripoli, there’s a pedestrian bridge near a sleepy northern town that I used to call the “Hariri […]

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Tripoli's Image Problem

More Lebanese are associating Tripoli with salafists and Islamists. This is having an effect on national politics. A picture spreading on twitter comparing Tripoli to Beirut It must be very difficult to be a member of the Lebanese Forces nowadays. With all the bearded men and the black flags gaining visibility in Tripoli, it is […]

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A Backlash in Tripoli

Civil campaigners will be staging a peaceful demonstration today against the presence of weapons in Tripoli. But this is just one part of the story. Posters from the “Tripoli Arms free” Facebook page If I were in Lebanon I would surely join the demonstration for a Tripoli free of arms. If you are in Lebanon, […]

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