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Benjamin MacShane

French-British journalist based between Rome and Bogota

Benjamin MacShane is a French-British journalist based between Rome and Bogotá. He writes on issues affecting politics and culture.

After graduating from Edinburgh University and SOAS, he started working in Beirut. This coincided with the 2019 Thawra, a mass social protest movement which provided the spark to want to write stories.

After Lebanon, Benjamin worked as editor and project director for The Business Year. Over the last three years, he has worked in the Gulf, Italy and Colombia with experience covering issues around political economy and business.

Benjamin’s other interests include food, dancing, foreign policy and migration, and he is currently writing a series of stories about Colombia.

More of his work can be found here.

Articles by Benjamin MacShane

The Colombian Love Affair With Uniforms

The disillusionment in Colombia with the state's security sector which fails to adequately protect its citizens creates a national tendency to believe in the safety of uniforms.

December 28, 2023

Italy’s Culture Wars: A General Weighs In

A right-wing book captures popular dissatisfaction – and indirectly hits at Giorgia Meloni’s pragmatic course.

September 17, 2023

Italy’s Populist Racists Badly Bruised

Salvini, Meloni and the hard right have to contend with a resurgence of the center left in Italy’s most important urban centers.

October 12, 2021

Lebanon: The Return of Hariri — Tragedy, Farce or the Only Hope?

With Hariri’s return to power in Lebanon, the old guard’s political maneuvering intended to outflank the public has worked.

October 25, 2020

Can Macron Save Lebanon From Its Political Class?

Lebanon needs a new state, not new visits from the President of France.

September 5, 2020

Lebanon, COVID 19 and the Arrival of the IMF

Protesters in Lebanon have plenty of reason to bemoan the autocratic response of the government -- and its inability to deal with the economic crisis.

May 6, 2020

What’s at Stake in Lebanon

Lebanon’s peaceful revolution faces being crushed by Iran-backed Hezbollah terrified of a new Middle East politics.

October 31, 2019