In the wake of an election victory for Lebanon's anti-Syrian alliance and the asassination of another anti-Syrian politician, I spoke to two Beirut-based bloggers who author the popular blog, Lebanese Political Journal.
My first interview was with blogger and journalist Gustave Cordahi, who blogs under the name “Cedar Guardian.” (Technical note: I called him from my computer using Skypeout to his cell phone, recorded the conversation live with Hotrecorder, then transfered to Audacity to trim and fix the sound levels before uploading onto our server.)
Cordahi talks about his reasons for blogging, the simplicity of the international media's coverage of Lebanon, and the murkiness of Lebanese politics. My main take-away: Nothing is ever as it seems, everybody has an agenda, and don't take any information you're getting from Lebanon – from a blog, MSM, a politician, or whoever – at face value until you sort out what the source's agendas and biases are.
Download Cordahi's interview here (14 MB, 29min)
Coming next: Another insightful and fascinating interview with Cordahi's co-blogger, “Lebanon Profile.” Listen to them both. They have different perspectives and different points to make.