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  • 22nd August 2007
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last weekend I found myself at a theatre in southern Beirut attending a discussion forum hosted by the Leftist Assembly For Change. Given their name, it’s probably not hard to work out who they are – a left wing organisation, seeking to promote dialogue about a number of social and political issues...
  • 31st March 2007
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    31 March 2007: Yacoubian Building The popular Egyptian film, The Yacoubian Building, was shown at Bafta last night as part of the Arab cinema weekend in London. I arrived to find that tickets for all 230 seats had sold out three days earlier but got in at the last minute when a few people...
  • 7th April 2006
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    7 April 2006: 'Did I see your photo?' Articles about Unspeakable Love in the Daily Star and an-Nahar today. The Star gives it the best part of the back page, while an-Nahar has about two-thirds of a page inside. Back to Starbucks (yet again) for a long interview with Time Out Beirut, which...
  • 25th November 2000
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A series of failed prosecutions for qat possession has cast doubt on whether Yemen’s favourite pastime is illegal throughout the United States. Although qat (or "khat") is not specifically mentioned in federal drugs law, and in only a few state laws, it is regarded by police as an illicit drug....

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