Joe Dyke
Journalist based in the Middle East. First moved to Beirut, Lebanon in 2011 and have been in the region ever since.

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Entries by Joe Dyke

The Case for Ignoring Isis' Killings

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (09:43)

The central square of a major Syrian city. Two dozen bodies are piled high, limbs distorted, faces contorted and mutilated. The remaining local residents swarm by, encouraged by the murderers to view the price of resistance.

One witness records the scene, describing it as a "Dantesque horror: the corpses'...

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Lebanon is Not Just a Sectarian Conflict

(3) Comments | Posted 22 May 2012 | (11:50)

So it finally happens, nearly a year after the doomsayers said it was inevitable, that the violence in Syria slips over the border into Lebanon. While there have been occasional skirmishes in the north for months, the developments in the past fortnight suggest an increase in the dangers...

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In Lebanon, Rape Doesn't Quite Mean Rape

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2011 | (09:27)

Yasmin's husband had been away working and she was excited to have him back. Knowing he would be back late, she stayed up to wait for him.

"He had been away for two weeks and came back at 3am. I wanted to hug him but he pushed me away. He...

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British Knight wins Education 'Nobel'

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2011 | (20:27)

British philanthropist Sir Fazle Abed has won the largest ever prize for education, dubbed the "Nobel prize for education." British-Bangladeshi Abed was awarded $500,000 and a gold medal by the World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar on Tuesday as recognition for 40 years dedication to his poverty relief, but...

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Was it Illegal to Kill Gaddafi?

(142) Comments | Posted 21 October 2011 | (00:00)

Colonel Gaddafi has been killed in Libya after 42 years of a brutal dictatorship. The Libyan people will be celebrating tonight but if, as appears likely, he was killed after suffering wounds from a Nato aircraft it raises questions about the legality of the bombing campaign in Libya.

When the...

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The Ghost of Revolution Past Haunts the Arab Spring

(1) Comments | Posted 26 September 2011 | (00:00)

A protest begins in January in a small country over domestic conditions and democratic rights. Within months large neighbouring states are also in revolt, challenging the oppressive forces that dominate them. A spring of promise fades into a summer of conflict, which drags on into an autumn of defeat. The...

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Libya's new Leaders Liberal? They Don't Even Support Self-Determination

(3) Comments | Posted 5 September 2011 | (00:00)

There's one Arab Spring protest you have probably never heard of. No, it's not Egypt, Tunisia, Libya or Syria - all of which have received thousands of reels of coverage on your TV. It's not even the 'silent protests' in Bahrain, Algeria, Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia - where forces...

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Abbas' Last Throw of the Dice

(6) Comments | Posted 16 August 2011 | (22:22)

Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Beirut yesterday to secure the backing of Lebanon ahead of next month's bid to have Palestine recognised by the UN. The act is not merely symbolic; it is a last attempt by Abbas to create a bargaining position for the Palestinian Authority after a series of...

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How Syria's Strife is Fuelling Sectarianism in Lebanon

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2011 | (00:00)

"Everybody is preparing for a war. We reach a point where we need guns to protect ourselves. Everyone is getting armed."

So says Adel, a mid-20s Lebanese man, speaking in the centre of Beirut where a few hundred people have gathered to condemn the regime of President Assad, the...

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