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Jordan Backtracks On Decision To Ban Lebanese Rock Band Amid Outrage

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 04.28.2016 | World

Jordanian officials have backtracked on a decision they made last week to ban popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou Leila from performing in Amman's Roma...

Beirut’s ‘Little Armenia’: A Haven Of Diversity 101 Years After The Genocide

Refugees Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.28.2016 | World

As Armenians across the world commemorated the 101st anniversary of the 1915 Genocide, we visited Bourj Hammoud in Beirut, where Armenians fleeing the...

Kamal Mouzawak: True Renaissance Man and a Food Lover's Dream Come True

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.13.2016 | Taste
E. Nina Rothe

Kamal Mouzawak, photographed in Florence by Antonella Cardillo A beautiful Lebanese saying can be translated loosely as "dress according to others' t...

Free Speech Can Be Offensive. Lebanon Should Get Over It.

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

A recent cartoon in a Saudi Arabian newspaper suggested that the Lebanese state is a joke. The cartoon showed a picture of the Lebanese flag captioned by the words "April Fool's."

"Al Arabiya" Chops Beirut Bureau

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.01.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It wasn't an April Fools' joke. The ax fell hard today on the Beirut bureau of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and Al Hadath satellite news channels: total clo...

Terror in the Sky -- Hezbollah Seizes TWA Flight 847

ADST | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
ADST

On the morning of June 14, 1985, Hezbollah terrorists were able to seize Trans World Airlines flight 847 en route to Rome from Athens and divert it to Beirut. Onboard were 139 passengers, eight crew members, and several Shiite Hezbollah terrorists.

Should Israel Flatten Beirut -- Again?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Flattening Beirut has been done before. Flattening Gaza has been done before. And both may be done again if Israel's license to kill with impunity is left unchecked.

Band Industries on Running a Global Startup out of Beirut

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 02.18.2016 | Technology
Sarah Illingworth

Bassam Jalgha and Hassane Slaibi are co-founders at Band Industries, a music tech startup out of Beirut, Lebanon. The company's flagship is Roadie, an award-winning digital tuner that allows users to tune stringed instruments automatically, and with precision.

Journo Safety College Course Advances in Beirut

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.18.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Academics, media professionals and experts met this week to push for a course on safety for journalists as a coalition of concerned stakeholders urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to uphold a pledge he made last year to defend their security.

February 14 and the Legacy of Violence in Lebanon

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Eleven years later, as Hariri's Future Movement holds its annual commemoration of the assassination, we should remember that the violence in Lebanon did not start or end on the 14th of February.

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

Hissah Al Sabah: An Enterprising Kuwaiti Princess

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Magda Abu-Fadil

She's not your stereotypical Arab princess out of some Hollywood producer's imagination, but a hard working entrepreneur fiercely supporting women's e...

Syria's Youth Are the Solution, Not the Problem

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

For America and other nations that champion freedom of religion and expression, the sustainability of ideologies -- the victory of ideologies -- is determined in the resilience and pluralism of our values... values we must dare to live by in the face of darkness and insecurity.

Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism. He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

By Cutting Ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia Executed the 48th Terrorist

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It was as if Saudi Arabia executed yet another terrorist when Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir announced the severing of ties with Iran.

'A Decent Bomber' -- Alexander McNabb's Irish Thriller

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Alexander McNabb's hot adventure "A Decent Bomber" for a change wasn't set in the Arab world, but managed, in its Irish venue, to tie back to the region he's used as a backdrop for earlier novels.

Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

Acts of Terror Point to Failed Global System

John Perkins | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
John Perkins

The world's crises, whether they involve climate change, hundreds of thousands of wandering homeless refugees, or acts of terror are symptoms of a failed global system. It is a system that is based on killing people and destroying the very resources that drive the economy.

Our Thoughts Are With Paris, But Let Us Not Forget Lebanon

Zeena Saifi | Posted 12.04.2015 | Media
Zeena Saifi

As heartbreaking as the Paris massacre was, I wish Europeans knew that the night of November 13th has been every single night for the lives of Syrian refugees. But I guess it only matters when your country's flag colors can manage to get plastered on everyone's Facebook page.

Why I Will Stop Calling Myself a Bad Muslim

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

I have jokingly called myself a "bad Muslim" in the past on account of all of this, but that stops today. If only to check the true infidels -- that is, the enemies of peace, truth, love, and therefore, the enemies of the Islam I know and hold so dear -- I cannot continue to make this joke.

Dear World: Ignorance Will Destroy Us

Mona Shadia | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Mona Shadia

We preach about our ideals, our honorable American standards and abilities to respect the dignity of humans' lives and spirits and yet we act exactly like those whom we criticize. We discriminate against those who are different from us just like our enemies do. Yes, we do.

Prisoner Swap Frees Lebanese Soldiers And IS Leader's Ex-Wife

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.01.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syrian wing freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen on Tuesday in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists i...

ISIS Has Little To Do With Islam, and Everything To Do With War

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

If there's anything we should have learned since 9/11 and the "War on Terror," it is that violence against the Muslim world cannot defeat terrorism or anti-Western anger; only respect for human rights and sovereignty will work.

A Ritual for Light

Heather A. Paul | Posted 11.29.2015 | Religion
Heather A. Paul

This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.

Thanksgiving for the Moments That We Share

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

So on Thanksgiving Day, I remember and I am grateful. I am grateful for what I have learned about myself since the day I heard the diagnosis. Grateful for the surgeons and the nurses and my best friend from high school who insisted four years ago that I get my blood checked, just in case something was wrong.