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We call it (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE).

BOURDAIN: Hopefully, what would Beirut be like in 10 years?

BOURDAIN: This Bourjdalmahaj (ph) neighborhood has long been the home to principally Palestinian refugees but more recently it has become an area for Syrians fleeing the arms of President Assad on one hand and the predations of ISIS on the other.

[02:21:40] KENO, SYRIAN-FILIPINO RAPPER: I’m back here. SHORT: Cheers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here is to Tony, man.

BOURDAIN: And I was like, what?

BOURDAIN: These are beard related issues.

(voice-over): During my first trip here in 2006, Hezbollah guerillas killed three Israeli soldiers and captured two others in a cross- border raid.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: This is Lebanon. She is Joumana Haddad, culture editor of Lebanon’s biggest newspaper, “An Nahar.”

PATON WALSH: The threat is spiraling. It has been put in front of us. The first time in the history a Palestinian leads Americans.

(MUSIC)

(LAUGHTER)

BOURDAIN: Am I wrong to love this place?

BOURDAIN (voice-over): And in the words of Vladimir Lenin, “Let’s get the party started.” Or was that Rick James?

(CROSSTALK)

I don’t need to tell you about Islamic State.

SHORT: Yeah, yeah. It’s happening all the time. They kill hundreds and thousands of Shiites. It is kind of mind blowing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I told him there is a guy called Tony, CNN.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Beirut, seemingly the world in miniature. embassy bombing. It’s a good way to see Beirut.

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BOURDAIN (on camera): How you doing? I’m Tony.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): In 2003, by now, a music producer, entrepreneur, politician, artist, author and film maker, he founded the Beirut music hall, in a bullet-popped theater empty since the civil war.

DOUBLE A: I see it like this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

BOURDAIN: Thank you so much for having me in your home. Trapped, unable to work, they exist invisibly on the margins of society.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: We have only one good neighbor that don’t affect us. One night, 3:00 a.m., the army entered our house and I found them in our bedroom looking for the Free Syrian Army. The party is more powerful, more effective on the ground than the Lebanese Army. This is the only reason.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah.

BOURDAIN (on camera): Nice ride.

BOURDAIN: How different is Damascus from Beirut?

[21:05:06] But along its borders, the country has what you might call serious neighbor issues.

BOURDAIN: Being stopped at any of the city’s ubiquitous military check points could mean a one-way ticket back to Syria. This is a fully functioning, more or less, by world standards. We have seen widespread anger and widespread finger pointing.

PATON WALSH: Yeah. But also nightclubs, discos, beaches, bikinis, where much of the Arab world comes to let their hair down. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am Riwanda (ph).

HADDAD: Yes, definitely. In the 34-day war that followed, much of Beirut was heavily pounded by bombs and artilleries.

all.

BOURDAIN: Yeah, this is a –

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: He is there, by the way, and he has three kids.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): The roasted chicken was this man’s idea, my British-Lebanese friend, born to be wild, Ramsey Short, who I met in the bad old days of 2006.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because the people of this area, 99 percent, they support Hezbollah.

BOURDAIN (on camera): Here we go.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. Actually now, I have four months left, and I really have no idea what I am going to do. But it made no difference to me.

SHORT: ISIS, in many ways, is something we have never really seen before, a really large well-organized, well-equipped terrorist army.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: Of course.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don’t think that there’s anything worthy in the world for human blood.

SHORT: Yes.

BOURDAIN: So good.

BOURDAIN: Are we picking up a gun or not?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And spices. Some come because they like to discover new things. When I was 14 years old, for example, I became a Communist in a region that was under control of the extreme right wing militia.

The refugees in Syria, most of them are well educated, doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers. You have this really extraordinary mix of religions and people.

(LAUGHTER)

LEFTIARUS (ph): Some people come because it’s trendy. When is it permissible to use a car bomb or using civilian targets?

Syrian food.

BOURDAIN: It’s sort of awesome.

BOURDAIN: Whoa. Nowhere. Hello.

BOURDAIN: Will things be better?

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two types.

BOURDAIN: Why this neighborhood?

– but we don’t make fun of them. It’s in our core to be poetic. Not today.

BOURDAIN: Do they the arrest you? Do they take you to the border and kick you over to the other side? How does that -

(on camera): All right, here you go, big boy.

BOURDAIN: Is that — why, yes. Against killing anybody, even Israel.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ISIS.

(SINGING)

(on camera): What is this?

PATON WALSH: It is stunning to be walking down the street behind short skirts and red wine flowing and drive straight into an extraordinarily conservative Shiite district.

(LAUGHTER)

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SHORT: This is a famous neighborhood of the city.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, no, we have to have it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A victory for jihad.

BOURDAIN: I had somebody who lives here tell me, oh, this place is very good, and stay the here longer.

[21:10:12] UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: We have many, many problems.

I have something for you.

BOURDAIN: I was watching the news last night in the hotel and it is genuinely terrifying. I think we would have to all to be united to fight the monster, ISIS.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I hope so.

BOURDAIN (on camera): In the early days Hezbollah used tactics that just about anyone would call terrorism. People are friendly.

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: OK. Needless to say, he had at one time a better life back there. The camp saw heavy fighting, shelling and outright massacres during the religious conflict known as the Lebanese Civil War.

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: To cross the sea.

Beirut, there is no place like it.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): And then as though descended from the ceiling, Bootsy Collins came on over the intercom system, and the rest dissolved into a fog.

UNIDENTIFIED DAUGHTER OF MO: Optimistic. There is nothing more important than human being. Like, he’s Christian, I’m Shiite, he’s Syrian Sunni. Sometimes I dress like an emperor.

BOURDAIN: Were you here at that time?

BOURDAIN: ISIS is number one?

KENO: We’re trying to find our own identity.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I’m against killing. Complicating matters and uncomfortably enough, they are probably the best- organized, best-equipped, most serious obstacle to ISIS and al Qaeda in the area. But you know, we don’t see them any more. Some people died because they cursed the president. Once the monster is defeated, you can start arguing again about other things. He was an atheist member of the Lebanese Communist Party.

HADDAD: Yesterday, I had my first TV show about sexual freedom and you cannot imagine how many doors have opened just because I dared say that girls are allowed sexuality like boys. They should come. You have been arrested in your life?

(on camera): So when you roll into some religiously conservative villages on the bikes and leather jackets, what is the reaction?

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Recently Hezbollah has become heavily involved in the war in Syria, in defense of the Assad regime.

BOURDAIN: Fried. I really love this place with all of my heart. Yes, I think it is.

(SINGING)

SHORT: I will take it up in arms, and I will fight. Grape leaves are my favorite.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): I seem to remember mom at some point pulling out some kind of automatic weapon. His family bought this to protect from the rats. Who is this man?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My mom, she made some here. And we don’t want to add more problems for those people.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Most probably die, on the way or, for some people get arrested or be taken to the army.

UNIDENTIFIED NEWS CORRESPONDENT: A quarter of Lebanon’s population is now Syrian. The Jews would be there. It is an incongruous mix. Stuffed grape, please. Everywhere, you see posters representing a full menu of political factions and affiliations from Assad loyalists to the PLO to every flavor of extremist. Now what do they say? Now we say, Israel, ha, ha.

BOURDAIN: Do your friends feel the same way?

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: Oh.

BOURDAIN: He is trying to hurt us. You get used to it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Most of the villages in eastern Lebanon, they are Christian and they are Sunni.

SHORT: I think so, too.

DOUBLE A: That’s the glue that binds us. ISIS in Syria threatening to expand its so- called caliphate into Lebanon. This is (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE), minced meat, baked, green and red pepper and chick peas and tomato and tomato paste. You know? We don’t even mention that when we’re on stage.

(MUSIC)

They were concerned about us filming here and wanted us to understand clearly that the cafe has no political affiliation and that the opinions of this young lady, Lawan (ph), are not that of the cafe or even that of the clientele. I really did.

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: This is military area.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Radio Beirut, live and direct.

(LAUGHTER)

This is gusta (ph).

We come here a lot. She is regularly threatened with rape, stoning and murder. In Damascus, I was always afraid of the government.

HADDAD: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This area was central during the civil war.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: And he never get upset from us.

(SINGING)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.

I was in Beirut in 2006. It is amazing that it persists.

BOURDAIN: They are dangerous.

(LAUGHTER)

SHORT: Vodka. Three hours later, we decided to leave, so we came to Beirut.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was alive.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Later after joining and then leaving the Lebanese army, Michel Leftiarus (ph) formed the NRU, an armed revolutionary group. They are against everything — like everything on the earth they are against.

(LAUGHTER)

BOURDAIN: By all means, yes, please.

BOURDAIN: Yeah. Aired 9-10p ET

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: Of course, somebody on Friday go to pray, somebody on Sunday go to pray. Here everybody support Hezbollah, even the people who are not religious for one reason, for one reason, because they feel protected by them. And I screamed in the streets, cursing all of the politicians and everything.

LEFTIARUS (ph): In Arabic we say (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE).

BOURDAIN: So what’s it look like now?

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(LAUGHTER)

HADDAD: You’re not wrong to love it. He works construction. He said, I don’t watch CNN.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So far, I don’t think so.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, hey.

BOURDAIN: That you’re aware of. And as you said, the real fear is that violence crosses the border now spilling into an already fragile area. And this, the Marine barracks at Beirut’s airport.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: Yes. It’s good to be back.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

Please help yourself.

(LAUGHTER)

SHORT: Let’s have cheers.

BOURDAIN: They have the worst neighbor problems in the world.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: Oh.

BOURDAIN: Vodka. I like this. How is that? Why? What’s so special about it? Why?

BOURDAIN: Over and over and over again. We can feel it every day. We are very happy.

RAMSEY SHORT, BRITISH-LEBANESE RESIDENT & MEMBER, LEBANESE CHAPTER, HARLEY DAVIDSON GROUP: This is very similar to that place we went to years ago.

BOURDAIN: You get used to it.

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BOURDAIN: Close to two million people from Syria alone?

SHORT: I don’t know what, I’m not sure.

KENO: Geographically, Beirut is so tiny.

SHORT: Yeah.

BOURDAIN: I know.

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HADDAD: yes, with yogurt sauce and cranberries. Although we do judge –

LEFTIARUS (ph): Yes.

KENO (ph): Yeah, this is radio Beirut.

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED NEWS CORRESPONDENT: The aftermath of Beirut and some of the flashes that took place. They wait for nothing. We belong to nowhere. I love living on the tip of a volcano, but there has to be some point where I can breathe and relax.

BOURDAIN: I wouldn’t throw stones at people on Harleys. Are you concerned or optimistic?

BOURDAIN: Who needs culture?

[21:25:26] BOURDAIN (voice-over): Afternoon in Beirut and the Hafaz (ph) family, like many others across the city, prepares dinner. They are well funded. I wouldn’t advise them to stay more than a month, though.

BOURDAIN: Hezbollah means the party of God.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, we will fight these people.

BOURDAIN: What’s the most important thing happening in the world right now that needs to be resolved for things to be better?

(MUSIC)

[21:40:21] BOURDAIN: Should people come here?

LEFTIARUS (ph): Hopefully. We don’t care.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED DAUGHTER OF MO: There is no place better than Lebanon. We have a Jewish neighborhood here. But, unfortunately, we cannot generalize this and say that Beirut is a place where sexual expression is encouraged.

[21:16:24] BOURDAIN (voice-over): Once known as the “Paris of the Middle East,” Beirut still clings to its glamorous 1960s image, a chic tourist destination where you could famously ski and go to the beach all in the same day.

BOURDAIN: I’m not.

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PATON WALSH: Most of the groups are more terrified of those crazy Islamist radicals across the border in Syria than they ever have been of each other. This is someone that I know in Beirut.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): What better way for capitalists, imperial pig dogs like Ramsey and myself to spend the last evening in Beirut, then Abu Elli (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: Tension is a little bit high but the people, we are very happy. That’s part bad infrastructure and but also just the sheer demand on resources. Not all.

DOUBLE A: They are.

KENO (ph): Monday is hip hop at radio Beirut.

Back to Beirut. Nashan (ph) was an English teacher. BOURDAIN: The fact that Lebanon and Beirut, in particular, works at

BOURDAIN: Oh, wow, that’s not good. That’s not the first time it happened. This feels very formal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So many have been in the same place over and over.

UNIDENTIFIED NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Beirut struggles to put a lid on the simmering sectarian tensions. He wants to make the best food for you.

So I go there and I dress like an emperor. This person who I’m going to kill, a car bomb or whatever, does he have family?

JOUMANA HADDAD, POET & CULTURE EDITOR, AN NAHAR: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is a Cuban cigar. I ended up in a torture room.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): And after a more than a few indigenous beverages –

BOURDAIN: A Communist-themed bar located in a housing block.

BOURDAIN (on camera): Gusta (ph)?

It is all right, nobody is going to come to arrest you. That’s nothing. I don’t like this.

BOURDAIN: Yeah, yeah.

PATON WALSH: It’s just loads of people, people with nowhere to go. The country simply can’t take any more.

BOURDAIN (on camera): Yeah. They wait for the hand of God.

LEFTIARUS (ph): I think that I was made to be a musician but when war happened, I took a gun. We don’t want to be like our ancestors fighting each other. They expand outside of their houses.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We always eat here.

BOURDAIN: We came here and we had two perfect days and then the war broke out. Back in Beirut, after all these year years.

(LAUGHTER)

(MUSIC)

[21:55:55: PATON WALSH: Shocking bombing in Lebanon. Just pass by them. And now, by some estimates, as many as two million Syrians, all living and somehow getting along, kind of, in a country the size of Connecticut.

(SINGING)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am relaxed. We talk about our visa issues most of the time.

I don’t want to seem like I’m only criticizing because I really also, as much as I hate this place, I love it as well.

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.

BOURDAIN: Right, for whom Beirut is a relatively liberal wonderland, compared to Riyad, for instance.

MICHEL LEFTIARUS (ph), FOUNDER, NRU REVOLUTIONARY GROUP & FOUNDER, BEIRUT MUSIC HALL & SINGER, MUSICIAN: I often go to Benari (ph) events and I asked them there to call me “Your Highness.” I love it. This is the only reason, just to protect my children and my wife. We are back in the Hiz House (ph). We pretend to be a democracy.

(SINGING)

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED DAUGHTER OF MO: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

that area. All of these religious groups have different interests. And this is one of their traditions.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lots of people were alive, too. You have everything. It means the third one succeeds.

BOURDAIN: It’s delicious.

(SINGING)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Before Hezbollah, Lebanese were always scared Israel. They are a Shia military political organization lavishly supported by Iran.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have two sisters I lost.

(on camera): A little oil in the middle, as I recall, yes?

BOURDAIN: A young militant, an activist, a labor organizer.

BOURDAIN: My host’s support for Hezbollah, typical of Diahad (ph) neighborhood in south Beirut, is staunch.

CNN changed their slogan from this is CNN to at least it’s not FOX News.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED NEWS CORRESPONDENT: All of it, the peoples’ fears, the violence since the beginning.

BOURDAIN: The sheer volume of fire that was poured into some of these buildings is absolutely unbelievable. We bring the fish and we have fish. Imagine the situation here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All this food, you see, my son wants to go Burger King.

PATON WALSH: It’s one of the mixed refugee areas that Beirut has. Oh, look at that. You don’t want to get involved in any problem.

BOURDAIN: It is a democracy here. We don’t know how to go, where to go, to go back to Syria. I mean, the worst possible situation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.

BOURDAIN: You were alive?

(CHEERING)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE).

SHORT: Cheers. It’s raining today.

HADDAD: We don’t have a president.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This country has been absorbing refugees for nearly two year snow. And I know that it’s also very precious to have such a kind of freedom in a place in the Arab world like Beirut.

(LAUGHTER)

(MUSIC)

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Straining under the weight of all of these unasked-for guests, the Lebanese government has begun making it very difficult for them. Sectarian problems. And this is (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE), which is raw meat, lamb, fresh mint, green onion, mixed it all together.

(SHOUTING)

SHORT: Ernest is the son of the owner of this bar.

BOURDAIN: This is my third time. Beirut. The rhetoric on both sides is a fevered pitch right now.

BOURDAIN: But it’s not, so please relax. BOURDAIN: Mo is a local security specialist on assignment to keep, well, me and my crew safe from harm.

SHORT: Now we are talking. UNIDENTIFIED NEWS CORRESPONDENT: This blast has set off a tide of

BOURDAIN: Here, block by block, you see the scars from the 15-year civil war that only ended in the ’90s.

(MUSIC)

BOURDAIN: 20 years, 30 years?

BOURDAIN (voice-over): This cafe is a typical Beirut establishment with a clientele from Lebanon, from Syria and any number of other countries. But what can we do? We live here in this town.

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: You have been here before?

[21:37:48] BOURDAIN (on camera): The last two times I’ve been here, there is just this never-ending building boom. You have choice to sit down.

BOURDAIN: How is it possible that this mix of religions and cultures?

[21:50:13] BOURDAIN: What do you think? Will they renew your visa?

BOURDAIN (on camera): No, can do?

BOURDAIN: Really?

And I told him, but he is a cool guy. They go to the same restaurant and have the same food.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let me tell you about it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is sweet potato.

BOURDAIN: The Mediterranean Sea itself trembles. It is unbelievable.

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: I came from Syria after the civil war started. I mean, a lot of people are aware, in which it’s a traditional riming scheme where they speak about their problems. When you grew up, there was order?

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Syrian-Filipino rapper, Keno.

UNIDENTIFIED CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is the deadliest Hezbollah attack against Israeli forces since the two sides went to war in 2006.

You are trying to kill us, man. They come with sexy ladies. Very good fish. The first time I was here did not end well.

BOURDAIN: No freedom, but order. Otherwise, he will be homeless.

PATON WALSH: Here now it’s the opposite, right?

(CROSSTALK)

BOURDAIN: We’ll follow you. They are devils. The ground shakes beneath the wheels of our heavy metal thunder.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah, it is.

(on camera): I fell in love with this city. I go with my family. That is the equivalent of the U.S.

(SINGING)

[21:48:31] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello.

BOURDAIN (on camera): Do you know of any other place in the region where all of these groups are co-existing within a confined space?

They have the same traditions. It’s been almost — going to be a year now that we are without one. Look at this. They are mostly musicians and artsy people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I notice this every time someone visiting the city, they just point at that. Everything great and all the world’s ills all in one glorious, messed up, magical, maddening, magnificent city. Everybody should see how complicated and deeply troubled and, yet, at the same time, beautiful and awesome the world can be. My dad knew he couldn’t protect us because he was old. This is the way I live all my life. Would you go back to that?

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For me?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All the people. This neighborhood was hit very hard. The United States officially designates them a terrorist organization. It is expensive. It consists of many kinds of vegetables, seven kinds of fruit.

(CROSSTALK)

(MUSIC)

BOURDAIN: You have never been able to yell out loud, and you have never been able to do the things that you could do right now, you would go back?

(SINGING)

(on camera): You were arrested?

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UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: We looked like we are two months before 2006.

LEFTIARUS (ph): I think that culture can save the world. Lots of jamming here and it’s like we’re a family hanging out. This is your traditional chicken sandwich.

[21:30:00] WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: As Israel buries its dead from a surprise Hezbollah missile strike, the radical Shiite group celebrates a victory. This is Syria. It is the kind of rotten cheese. taking in 83 million Syrians. Even though they are not inside Beirut yet, we can feel the threat. I hate war.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Extraordinary spread of food.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.

BOURDAIN: Correct.

HADDAD: Compared to Riyad, yes. Someone who had looks, someone to listen to beautiful music cannot become an animal again.

BOURDAIN: What happens if you go back to Syria?

BOURDAIN: Your friends are less optimistic?

DOUBLE A, THE PREACHERMAN, RAPPER: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Once we were pelted with rice, like they thought we were with a wedding or something really nice, and the other extreme was stones like at the wheels, like just get out of here. Hezbollah take care of them.

(MUSIC)

LEFTIARUS (ph): Yes, many times. We have no place in this universe. He lives with his daughter, Bushra (ph), and family in Rost (ph), Beirut, a mixed neighborhood of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

The owners are both Lebanese and Syrian and acutely aware of the tricky political realities with which they must live. (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE) is the cheese. I left Syria, and I found hope here.

BOURDAIN: My first time was 2006. They help us all the time. If there’s an exPLOsion, oh, the big dude with the beard, who is bald. It is a deep fried potato with red pepper, chili, coriander, garlic and lemon juice.

You see it in how cell phones don’t sometimes work the way they should, how people have to shift water to their own homes. SHORT: Let’s dig in. Tomorrow is sunny. He wants some chicken burger from Burger King.

unrest and civil unrest in Lebanon.

(CROSSTALK)

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Beirut — everybody should come here.

KENO: It is CNN and everything.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I have been a number of places, and this the place, it is the world’s finest. It appears the Brooklyn strain has spread even to Beirut.

(SINGING))

HADDAD: Two kinds of people, Lebanese, who are living abroad, or Arabs, especially from the gulf region. Same way a broken clock is trusted to be right twice a day. 18 religious sects recognized, more than two million Christians, over a million and a half Shiites, a million and a half Sunni, nearly 500,000 Palestinians. That many years, now, next year, I hope things are better. .

(SINGING)

BOURDAIN: Oh, man, that is good.

We created a platform for emcees to try their skills in front of people without judgment. This is his kingdom.

(LAUGHTER)

BOURDAIN: Cheers. Everyone should experience, even as the clouds gather, what’s at stake, what could be lost, what’s still here, and never let that hope go. Ironic glasses, vintage clothing and neck beards.

BOURDAIN: Is it lamb?

BOURDAIN (voice-over): Her books are banned in many countries in the region.

BOURDAIN: Hip hop?

SHORT: (INAUDIBLE).

Can I get my beer?

DOUBLE A: Basically, I was profiled. Apparently, he’s in with the Lebanese chapter of the Harley Davidson Group, or HOG for short.

BOURDAIN (voice-over): What do we call this neighborhood? What is it?

UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST: All the people who live here feel safe.

(on camera): And yet, who you are, your life now is music and culture?

BOURDAIN: Who is buying these apartments? Who are they four?

HADDAD: Fully functioning.

(voice-over): In Syria, Mr.

BOURDAIN: Well, we should drink it and not try to figure it out. I understood that I could not face someone who was attacking my house with a guitar. 299 United States and French servicemen were killed.

(LAUGHTER)

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, it is really, really different. We talk about Syria. Nobody seems to be moving in but the buildings are going up.

BOURDAIN: If you were the emperor of the world, hypothetically. Walking the Cornich (ph), it’s easy to forget, for a moment anyway, what’s going on not far from here.

BOURDAIN: There have been two attempts on your life, yes?

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I called my dad.

KENO: I’m from a background where you have governments that are dictators and we can’t really voice anything.

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BOURDAIN: What is it about hip hop?

(SINGING)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

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BOURDAIN (voice-over): I am not a geo political expert, and as much time as I have spent in this part of the world, I spent nowhere near the amount of time this guy has, Nick Paton Walsh, CNN senior international correspondent. It is called the seven countries.

We have every night up to 15 acts, each act coming from a different culture. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

(on camera): You are born and bred in Syria?

BOURDAIN: Lebanese free-style legend, Hussein, aka, Double A, the Preacherman.

BOURDAIN: Oh, thank you.

BOURDAIN: I saw you went for that first.

BOURDAIN: That’s a hell of a lot to be absorbed by a tiny little nation of, what, 4.5 million.

HADDAD: Don’t you think that the main reason behind you seeing this as a thrilling, exciting place to live in is that you’re a visitor and not someone who actually lives here?

BOURDAIN: — enter Ernesto. I was born and brought up in Syria, Damascus. I love it here. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If Hezbollah wasn’t there, it was Christian in

(SINGING)

LEFTIARUS (ph): Best-case scenario it goes back to before the creation of Israel, when all communities were living together well. In 1983, they did this, the U.S.

BOURDAIN: The name is (INAUDIBLE).

UNIDENTIFIED DAUGHTER OF MO: Not really. Beautiful, fantastic.

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[21:00:00] ANTHONY BOURDAIN, CNN HOST (voice-over): There’s no place else even remotely like it. And whatever else they may be, they are not stupid.

BOURDAIN: Clearly. In spite of everything, I love it here.

PATON WALSH: The exchange for Shia for two Palestinian brothers who were shot.

BOURDAIN: Is all of the chaos and the violence worth it for change? Is it worth dying for? I mean, things were, there was order. You have got mountains, the sea, and we’re surrounded, and there are so many factions that you have to deal with everybody.

BOURDAIN: For you?

CNN has become the most trusted name in news. So I don’t know when the third one will be.

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: Suppose that there is authority to collect us to throw us away to Syria, what will we do? We have no area in the world. These children need medical operation but this family can’t pay for those operations.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They’ve come to deliver us.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lots of people come here.

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: Here in Lebanon, even if you were a doctor or a lawyer or a teacher, you can’t work, only in the camp.

BOURDAIN: Yeah?

UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER: He doesn’t work because he doesn’t have an official resident so he can’t leave the camp.

BOURDAIN: That’ll work.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And over.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They send you back to Syria. Please put it down now.

BOURDAIN: What?

BOURDAIN: Thank you.

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I missed this country.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Number one.

BOURDAIN: Hi. Radio Beirut is like a really awesome place where there is live bands playing all week long. They will enjoy it as much as you have

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