Reading some of Michael Young’s pieces in the Daily Star while I was in Beirut a few weeks ago sometimes made me sick to my stomach. However, his piece in the NY Times Magazine this week is definitely worth a read.
He goes into the dense jungle that is Lebanese politics, explaining the constantly changing alliances and feuds that are often difficult to follow for outsiders. He speaks of the gains that the Shia, who had been historically left out of Lebanese poltical life, have made through Hizbollah, and the tensions felt between the pro-Syrian parties and the March 14 group.
It’s a long article, but very much worth a read.