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Do Lebanon's "Future" Media Have a Future?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a rough ride for one of Lebanon's media firms whose employees threatened strike action this week to protest 6-8 months of back pay, no viable alternative, and no light at the end of the tunnel.

Lebanese National Dialogue Must Include The Popular Movement

Halim Shebaya | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

The importance of the popular protests lies precisely in exposing the dire state of affairs in Lebanon, namely as being corrupt to the bone, lacking legitimacy, and completely outside the control of the Lebanese citizen.

#SandstormLebanon: Gritty Social Media Sarcasm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's all Lebanon needed, a deadly sandstorm to accompany the government's paralysis, crumbling infrastructure, rolling demonstrations, and pervasive frustration.

Meet 'Beirut’s Banksy,' The Artist Who’s Transforming The City One Wall At A Time

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

Artist Yazan Halwani peels political banners and posters off Beirut’s walls to make room for his murals. Born in the Lebanese capital, Halwani, ...

Lebanon's Uprising Could Shake The Country's Sectarian Foundations

Kareem Chehayeb | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Kareem Chehayeb

This isn't just about garbage; it's about everything. For many years, people complained about the country. But aimlessly and without hope for any meaningful change. I believe they've come to the realization that democracy isn't a spectator sport.

Why Lebanon May Be ISIS's Next Target

Janis Powers | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Janis Powers

If ISIS seeks to expand its would-be caliphate, it will move further into the Levant. Given the military might of Israel and Jordan, it seems unlikely that ISIS would target those countries, as well as Palestine. That leaves Lebanon as the Levantine nation most likely to be challenged by ISIS.

Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq Defy Sectarian Differences, Unite Against Government Policies

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

The current protests in both Lebanon and Iraq indicate that the era of sectarian conflict is potentially taking a backseat for more unified nationalistic demonstrations.

Thousands Join Largest Protest Yet In Lebanon's Garbage Revolt

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.01.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands rallied in downtown Beirut Saturday in the largest anti-government protest yet over a summer garbage crisis, chanti...

Trash-Filled Streets Show Why Lebanon Is Telling Its Politicians 'You Stink'

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.28.2015 | World

Beirut stinks, and the city's residents are not happy about it. Trash has been piling up in the streets of the Lebanese capital and surrounding areas...

Not Pitying the Nation

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Yara Zgheib

On the 17th of July 1791, at the height of the French Revolution, the country's National Assembly decreed that Louis XVI would remain king of France under a constitutional monarchy.

Saudi Arrested In 1996 Bombing That Killed 19 Americans

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.27.2015 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Sa...

Lebanon's Procrastination Problems May Soon Be Insurmountable

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mocking the absurdity of Lebanon's politicians and complaining about corruption has become a national past time. The political elite, while still seemingly somewhat in control, have proved themselves to be completely incompetent. Not once, not twice, but relentlessly.

Lebanon's PM Threatens To Resign As Protesters Rally In Beirut

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Sal...

Thousands Of Lebanese Protestors Met With Tear Gas And Gunfire In Beirut

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.22.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons battled thousands of Lebanese protesters Saturday demonstrating against ...

Gulf Canvases: May The Brushstrokes We Take, Light the Way

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Sarah Elzeini

For decades in the Middle East, art has been frequently divorced from the public scene. But for the first time in a long while, the arts seem to be getting more eclectic and freer.

Rotting Trash Overwhelms Beirut As Summer Heat Rises

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

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Review: Good Evening: Télé Liban's 100 History-Making Moments

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Series were a staple of Lebanese TV, which aired its first programs in 1959, and became a money making export to Arab countries.

It's All About Zeina Nabulsi, Beirut's Hidden Glamour Gem

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.23.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I wanted to meet Zeina Nabulsi while she was in Cannes, not only because her Zeynah collections are dreamy and gorgeously made but also because of something beloved Elie Saab wrote about this talented designer, based in Beirut.

Was Intra Bank's Fall A Prelude to Lebanon's Downfall?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Forget local history books that don't fully account for a civil war and other setbacks that ruined the country and follow the money in Lebanon's tortuous slide from "Switzerland of the Middle East" to dysfunctional entity par excellence.

'Boom Boom' Baz: A1 Photojournalist

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.07.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's his nickname, acquired being first on the scene to shoot the effects of booby-trapped cars during his native Lebanon's civil war.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

On Your Lebanon and Mine

Yara Zgheib | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

When author, poet, and painter Gibran Khalil Gibran wrote about his Lebanon at the age of thirty-seven, he had been in exile for twelve years. The country he knew was probably long gone, though of coure, he would never find that out; he only returned to his native village, Becharre, to be buried there in 1931.

Unmasking Mental Illness in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.

Palestinian Refugees: Employment Is the Solution

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Palestinian refugees need employment more than handouts. Calling for support, not only through donations, but through livelihood, is crucial. Only a sustainable aid model will empower those with no rights.

Vital Collaboration in Lebanon, Part One: An Interview With Farah Salka of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)

Kumera Genet | Posted 05.17.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The news that reaches the Diaspora is normally about the tragedies. This is an unsustainable way of engaging in the issue and in the interim between public abuses, there must be more real relationship building with potential allies.