Richard Hall

Richard Hall


Middle East correspondent for @Independent, based in Beirut. Sometimes on @BBCFooC. One-time fox hunt saboteur. richard.hall@independent.co.uk

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A Lebanese city once blighted by extremism has become the unlikely focus of nationwide protests

Lebanese protesters: "All of them means all of them." Party loyalists: "All of them means everyone except our guy!"

After a few days of something resembling normality in Lebanon, protesters are blocking roads again tonight. Read about why this strategy is crucial to these demonstrations:

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Revolutionary roads: How Lebanese protesters are taking their fight to the highways

This front page is drunk and it needs to go home.

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Pots and pans banging across Beirut in solidarity with protesters. Here is the view in Geitawi. #LebanonProtests 

In Lebanon, a woman’s place is leading the revolution

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was album of the decade. End of discussion.

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Just back from Deir ez-Zor, where thousands are fleeing the last remnants of the Isis caliphate. Over two days, we saw nearly 2,000 people leaving. They were in an awful condition, many had not eaten for days.

"Tell journalist nothing" — email from an MP, mistakenly sent to me, in response to questions I had sent.

Awful images of dead and severely injured children from Turkish shelling in Qamishli. No amount of Orwellian language ("Operation Peace Spring" / "safe zone") can sanitise what this offensive actually is.

I wonder if Trump will frame this one.

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Here is a full list of countries to freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi: Germany

In the future, only the rich will be able to escape the unbearable heat from climate change. In Iraq, it’s already happening.

You can't always get what you want.

Thoughts on Afrin coverage: 1. Most stories in int. press are being written by Turkey-based reporters 2. Turkey is top jailer of journos, Kurdish issue particularly sensitive. Difficult for journos to write freely 3. This will impact coverage. News orgs should be open about it

Twitter person: That 60-page UN report written by a team of expert investigators is total garbage! Same Twitter person: This screen grab of a video with red circles and arrows on it finally reveals the truth!

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