Author Archives: Lana Asfour

Sporting chance for Palestinian Olympians

Sporting chance for Palestinian Olympians By [Msc student] Lana Asfour and Randa Swift Amman and Ramallah 2 June 2012 After struggling to pursue sport for years because of the impact of the conflict with Israel, Palestinians now have a rare chance to celebrate success. Maher Abu Rmelleh, a judoist, is the first ever Palestinian sportsman…

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Lana Asfour talks to Syrian refugees in Lebanon near the Syrian border. In the windswept hills of the northern Bekaa valley, the normally quiet town of Aarsal is experiencing an unusual amount of activity. It is one of the remote border villages in the Jabal Younine mountain range that are seeing an influx of Syrians…

A Collective Undertaking

The current ‘Hajj’ exhibition at the British Museum has been praised by Brian Sewell as ‘an exhibition of profound cultural importance’ and criticised by Mehdi Hasan as a ‘whitewash’. It is both, as it happens, though the former finally outweighs the latter. The whitewash accusation refers to the fact that there is no mention of…