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Antoun Issa

I'm a Lebanese-Australian journalist and current News and Opinion Editor at Lebanon's Al-Akhbar English. My personal website is antounissa.com and I can be followed on Twitter.

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17 September 2011

Lebanon: Sabra and Chatila Massacre Remembered 29 Years On

September 16, 2011, marked the 29th anniversary of the most grueling moment in the six-decade long Arab-Israeli conflict - the massacre at Sabra and Chatila. The blogosphere was swarming with...

5 August 2011

Lebanon: Protest Against Syrian Regime Attacked by Loyalists

A small protest in the front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon ended in violence on Tuesday, 2 August 2011, when pro-regime loyalists stormed the gathering. Syria has always...

28 July 2011

Lebanon: Musician Arrested for Mocking President in Song

Lebanese musician Zeid Hamdan was detained briefly this week for allegedly defaming President Michel Suleiman in a song he released in 2010. Lebanese newspaper Assafir has since reported the Hamdan...

Lebanon: Maritime Dispute with Israel Escalates

Hezballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has exclaimed that God had given Lebanon an opportunity to rid itself of a crippling debt, and become a "rich country" by providing it lucrative offshore...

28 June 2011

Lebanon: Bloggers Fight Negative ‘Looks Like Beirut’ Jibe

We've all heard it before. Perhaps at the glance of an untidy bedroom, or even on a television sitcom, the ‘looks like Beirut' jibe has widely become a common phrase...

14 June 2011

Lebanon: New All-Male Government Formed Amidst Continued Wrangling

After almost five months of protracted negotiations and political bickering, Lebanon's Hezballah-led March 8 alliance finally announced a new exclusively male, 30-minister government to be headed by Sunni billionaire Najib...

23 April 2011

Syria: Blog Interview with Opposition Activist Ammar Abdulhamid

American blogger and Syria expert, Joshua Landis, conducted a video interview with exiled leading Opposition activist Ammar Abdulhamid on the Syrian unrest. Speaking on Landis' blog, Syria Comment, Abdulhamid was...

29 March 2011

Syria: Complexity Behind the Protests

Unrest in Syria enters its second week, as anti-government protests continue in their bid to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Whilst it may seem that the unrest in Syria is a...

18 March 2011

Lebanon: Is Politics a Social Media Taboo?

Are Lebanese bloggers politically apathetic? Bloggers react to a Global Voices article that claimed a rally organised by former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Sunday 13 March was "snubbed" by...

16 March 2011

Lebanon: Bloggers Snub Hariri Rally

Inspired by uprisings across the Arab world, former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri held a rally in Beirut on Sunday calling for the disarming of the powerful Shi'ite Hezballah movement. Despite...

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