Changiz M. Varzi

Changiz M. Varzi is a Beirut-based journalist and photographer covering the direct and indirect impact of conflicts around the world.

The Hidden Headquarters of the Cuban Revolution

Oct 12, 2016

What’s there to see in Cuba? [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] Western tourists have flocked to Cuba since the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in 2015. The main interest for tourists is to explore the country that saw one...

The Writing is On the Wall in Beirut

Jan 31, 2016

Last year’s demonstrations in Beirut have not solved the garbage crisis in the Lebanese capital. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] Downtown Beirut is known for its fancy shops, luxury restaurants and expensive apartments that no one can afford. This district, which is secured by...

Cuba is Frozen in Time, But That’s About to Change

Oct 14, 2015

With the political opening between the US and Cuba, the appearance of this mysterious island will certainly change. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] On August 14, after five decades of animosity, the US flag was raised in Havana and the US Embassy reopened...

Our Imagination Has Been Colonized

Sep 16, 2015

In this guest edition of The Interview, Changiz M. Varzi talks to Tariq Mehmood, an award-winning writer and filmmaker. In his latest novel, award-winning writer and filmmaker Tariq Mehmood focuses on problems faced by young, second-generation immigrants in Britain. You’re Not Proper, Mehmood’s first book for young adults, was published...

Those Who Never Came Home From Lebanon's Civil War

Feb 24, 2015

Twenty-five years after the Lebanese Civil War, families of 17,000 missing people still have no information about the fate of their loved ones. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] It was four months after the disappearance of Alexander Salloum in Beirut in August 1985. The telephone rang in the...

Beirut’s Walls Showcase Lebanon’s Dilemmas

Dec 01, 2014

Graffiti artists in Beirut use the city’s walls to highlight Lebanon’s social and political issues. [Click on the gallery on the right to view the photo feature.] Lebanon has undergone drastic changes in the last decades, including a bloody 15-year-long civil war and massive reconstruction efforts in its aftermath. The...

What Is Behind the Continuous Violence in Tripoli?

Nov 19, 2014

The latest clashes in Tripoli in north Lebanon are not just a result of Islamic extremism or a spillover effect from the Syrian war. [Please scroll down for the mini gallery.] A group of men sat on the sidewalk, drinking Arabic coffee in Tripoli’s old souks. The wall behind them...

The Myth of the Islamic State And Social Media

Oct 27, 2014

Is there anything sophisticated in the way that IS deploys social media or are they using simple propaganda means? With current media attention centered on the military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, another key focus point over recent months has been the group’s social media...

The Syrian Civil War and Lebanon’s Hostage Crisis

Oct 07, 2014

The armed conflict between the Lebanese Army and Islamist militants has revealed Lebanon’s political instability. The term “hostage crisis” is generally associated with the 444-day hostage detention in the US Embassy in Iran between 1979-80. But today, the media in Lebanon uses the same term to refer to an entirely different...

Russian Roulette: Covering the War in Syria

Sep 18, 2014

The beheading of Foley and Sotloff by the Islamic State has renewed attention to the situation of journalists in Syria. In light of James Foley and Steven Sotloff’s deaths, it is crucial to understand the dangers journalists face in Syria. Since 2011, Syria has been the most dangerous place for journalists....

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