The celebration of Easter is one of hope, a proof of God’s greatness on Earth: like the springtime flowers blooming after a long winter, Easter celebrates rebirth. I personally have always felt uncomfortable and uneasy with the Easter holiday, given that Good Friday marks the death of Jesus; even if he rose three days later, … More Easter 2015 in the Middle East
I always like to do a visual post every year to show how Christmas is celebrated in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the region’s Christians have suffered a terrible year, with Syria’s Christians and Iraq’s Christian population forced to flee their respective countries due to the Syrian Civil War and the emergence of the Islamic State. Fun … More The Christmas Season in the Middle East
When the bombs stop, what will be left of Syria? Will there be any salvageable homes, businesses, roads, farms and trees? It’s been more than three years since the Syrian Civil War took shape, yet nothing has been gained by either side. In fact, the longer they fight, the more everyone stands to lose, whether … More Syria: What, and Who, Will Be Left to Rule?
In light of the holidays I have put together a post celebrating Christmas in the Middle East. Islam is always associated as the de facto religion of the Middle East, a way of unifying the countries which is useful but I ultimately find this dissatisfying, because it negates the presence of Christians (and Jews!) in … More Christmas in the Middle East