CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

An American in Lebanon Encounters Trump Supporters Far From Home

Why Some Lebanese Consider the U.S. President-Elect a “Real Man”

Supporters of Lebanon's newly elected president, Michel Aoun, gather as they hold Lebanese flags at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 to celebrate Aoun's election. Aoun has vowed to uproot corruption and strive for nation-building in the deeply divided country. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

A few weeks after I arrived in Lebanon to volunteer with Syrian refugees, I learned that my plan to offer an English class for both Lebanese and Syrian youth in the small town of Bqarzla was so sensitive as to require an audience with the village priest.

After Sunday mass in the village church, a fellow volunteer, Samer—Syrian, Orthodox Christian—and I were escorted to the high-ceilinged sitting room of the priest’s spacious quarters next door. A group of men wearing suits and smoking cigarettes—village notables and friends of the priest—had been …

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