Luke McManus
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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.

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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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