Luke McManus
Currently living in Amman, Jordan, Luke McManus writes for Sabotage Times and on his weekly blog, One Thousand and One Plights Having studied half his BA in Arabic and Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, he is now on a fascinating and, at times perilous, year abroad at the University of Jordan. Follow the adventure as he discovers the challenges, culture shocks and everyday issues faced as an expat in the Middle East.

Entries by Luke McManus

What Does 2016 Hold for the European Refugee Crisis?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 January 2016 | (07:21)

Unless you were living under a rock last year, you will have probably heard about the European refugee crisis. More than a million people attempted to flee the Middle East and North Africa to Europe by sea in 2015, according to latest estimates by the UN Refugee Agency....

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To Beat Radicalization, Cameron Must Rebuild Syria, Not Bomb it

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2015 | (08:56)

Pro-Islamic State Graffiti, Ma'an, Jordan. Author's own.

Since the Islamic State (IS) claimed the terror attacks in Paris, which took the lives of 130 people, the British government has voted to begin dropping bombs on key areas of Syria, where the...

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Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

(2) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (10:24)

Since its success in the West, crowdfunding is beginning to make an impact in the Middle East.

The internet-based concept of fundraising owes its fast growing popularity to the virility of social media and the attractiveness in providing equal opportunities for entrepreneurs in a post-recession age, where capital investments...

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Amnesty International Slams Lebanese Authorities Over Treatment of Palestinian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (14:20)

In a new report published this week, Amnesty International slams Lebanese authorities for discriminating against Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria.

Amnesty claims that authorities are arbitrarily denying entry to the country for Palestinian men, women and children. This unpredictable border policy is leading to some family members being...

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After Iraq, ISIS Now Threatens Lebanon and Jordan

(1) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (12:48)

Last night, Beirut saw its first major car bomb since the Iranian embassy attack back in February. Residents had been enjoying this timely passage of quiet; the weather was good, the people high-spirited and all eyes were on the World Cup. In a country surrounded by collapsing nations, and whose...

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Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

(0) Comments | Posted 3 May 2014 | (12:03)

This spring, I met with a number of Syrian refugees and their families who are currently living in the Jordanian capital, Amman. An increasing number are choosing urban life over that of the camps in the north of the country, but things are far from easy. Inner-city life is a...

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Why the Coronation of Egypt's General Sisi Will Spell Failure for the Arab Spring

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (07:47)

2014 looks set to be a year for landmark elections. India's having a really long one, Ukraine's looking at a fairly awkward one and Syria's going to have a predictable one. But come next month, all eyes will be on Egypt, as the country seeks closure to the Arab Spring...

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Under Siege in Damascus: An Activist Speaks Out

(4) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (08:06)

Zara Hakim is a Syrian currently living under siege in a southern suburb of Damascus. One of the many activists still inside Syria, she and her team have, for the past two weeks, been working to raise international attention for their 'Break the Siege' campaign. It attempts to...

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Sectarian Violence in Syria: What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (06:51)

Sectarian violence in Syria is now threatening more than just the Middle East. Syria's civil war, whose direction at first seemed synonymous with other countries of the Arab Spring, quickly became a full-blown battle of Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

After the Iranian embassy in Beirut was bombed this week, it's clear...

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The Perks and Pitfalls of Studying Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (00:00)

When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a...

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