I got interviewed last summer by a reporter working on an article for Newsweek and the article just came out. I’m not ok with everything in the article (and I did not say anything ominously) but it’s nice to be considered a valuable source of information on living in the Middle East.
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While I was in Lebanon, I had dinner in Saida with two impressive women. Over snacks and crepes, we talked about a whole wide range of topics, but I finally brought up a question I’d been struggling with in nearly a week of speaking Arabic every day.
How can I be polite in Arabic?
I spent a not insignificant amount of my time in the Middle East petting cats. Cats are often present in the Arab countries I’ve visited: 2/3 the size of well-fed American housecoats, some stable balance between feral and tame, with the same amount of normal cat sociopathy I get a lot out of them.
On my trip to Lebanon I was privileged to hear the Ambassador from the Vatican–who my excellent book on the American Foreign Service calls the “nuncio of the Holy See”–speak to a group of high school students from schools run by the Al-Mukasad foundation.
The Pope was encouraging people to live in peace; nowhere [...]
One of our short trips in Lebanon was to Saida, known historically as Sidon. It is by the Mediterranean and had great snacks.
It also has a souq, which has become a refugee camp for Palestinians and, more recently, for Syrians fleeing the engulfing violence of their homelands. It was a beautiful and disturbing place [...]