Sometimes, the most necessary decisions are the most difficult ones.
This is one of them: I have stepped down from Beirut Syndrome.
Despite Beirut Syndrome soaring since its inception a little over a year ago, I found it necessary to leave. Beirut Syndrome isn't just doing well; in fact, it's only getting better. But given the circumstances I'm in, it was a decision I had to make for the greater good.
My experience with Beirut Syndrome has been nothing short of incredible since day one. From brainstorming and planning sessions at coffee shops and bars, to meeting principled and resilient people around Lebanon and speaking locally and internationally, whether at Beirut's Dammeh Feminist Cooperative or universities in Turkey and the United States.
I look forward to seeing Beirut Syndrome continue to be the nuisance it has been to the Lebanese establishment's media and the general political culture...but this time as a reader.
Beirut Syndrome is only going to get better.