Rainey’s parents came to Lebanon from Sri Lanka 20 years ago to get away from their country’s civil war. In fact, Lebanon has become something of a haven for a quarter million migrant workers from Asia and Africa, who tend to be employed as maids, trash collectors, and gas station attendants. They come to escape economic and political hardship back home.
Violence in sports is nothing new, but Lebanon takes it in a whole different direction. On-court violence is fueled by politics, religion and a patronage system that has made sectarianism endemic to almost all Lebanese sports, from basketball to ping pong.
Hezbollah blames Israel for the car bombing that killed one of its senior members in Syria yesterday, while Israel says it had nothing to do with the death of Imad Mughniya, but as The World's Quil Lawrence reports, many in Israel aren't so sure.
This week Lebanese military courts began trying members of what's known as the "Net of 13,ï¿½ the group is suspected of involvement in the February 2005 blast that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
Ben Gilbert reports that authorities in Lebanon are trying to improve on the enforcement of traffic laws in the country. Many Lebanese have traditionally ignored traffic laws, and corrupt officials have looked the other way.
In the Geo Quiz, we were looking for the name and author of a book set ï¿½in the naked desert, under the indifferent heavens.' The book is The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, the author is T.E. Lawrence.
Israel has taken the upper hand in a different Mideast conflict: cooks in a town near Jerusalem have made more than four metric tons of hummus. Doubling the previous record for hummus, set by cooks in Lebanon. Aaron Schachter reports.