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Palestinian Refugees: Employment Is the Solution

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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.

Loss and Mourning in Aida Zilelian's The Legacy of Lost Things

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.26.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

What ensues is a tragic and powerful tale of love and hate, tragedy and rebirth. Zilelian's prose is lyrical at times, but for the most part she crafts a purposely flat realism that perfectly complements her subject matter.

Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

During a recent visit to Lebanon, walking along Hamra Street, I was taken back to my childhood. My father and I meandered down this road en route to my favorite spot. Constantly stopped by friends, eager to talk, it seemed to take forever to reach the Modca Cafe, and the ice cream I so eagerly anticipated.

Adam Bakri's 'Portrait Chinois': Discovering the Next Superstar, with Omar's Help...

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I asked Bakri to disclose a few things about himself, in the first person. Hidden within his answers is the key to his present and future success.

First Lady of Arab Cinema, Faten Hamama, RIP

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Magda Abu-Fadil

They don't make them like that anymore. The First Lady of Arab cinema and its Golden Age, legend Faten Hamama, is gone, leaving a rich heritage that helped turn her country, Egypt, into a Hollywood on the Nile.

Following in the Footsteps of Malcolm X

Emily O'Dell | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

Following in the footsteps of Malcolm this year in Africa and the Middle East, I've learned that knowledge, humility, and humor make for great weapons in the fight for freedom.

Meet Khaled Abol Naga, Egypt's International Treasure

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I need a hero. It's the reason I watch films, looking for what politicians, warmongers, our so-called diplomats and those giant corporations haven't given the world yet. And probably never will.

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

The New World Encyclopedia offers interesting background information on Byblos. Other publications and websites also cover its rich history. But visiting Byblos is a sure way of appreciating its heritage.

A Baer Look Inside the CIA--and Torture

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

The Senate torture report shows that detainee abuse was used not as a last, but sometimes as a first, resort after 9/11. Torture was executed not in a painstaking, precise manner, but by interrogators who lumbered casually and carelessly into it.

Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The seminar that included participants from Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Turkey ended with an eight-point statement to combat hate speech and promote actions to further ethics, good governance and self-regulation.

4 Travel Memoirs You've Probably Never Heard of

Dominique Kane | Posted 01.10.2015 | Travel
Dominique Kane

Picking up an amazing travel memoir about someone else's experience in a foreign country is one of the most effective ways for would-be travelers to escape, on a more regular basis than their annual holiday.

Images and Media Ethics: How Much, How Far?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about pictures that prompts journalists, activists, and social media users to take liberties with people's privacy, lives and destinies, and be sloppy in what they publish?

BlackbirdFX: Lebanon's Rising Animation Star

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What do you get when you mix twenty-something Lebanese talent, animation, and a market hungry for high-end 3-D fun?

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

The International Rescue Committee in Beirut

Piper Perabo | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Piper Perabo

Driving through the center of Beirut, striped curtains luff over apartment balconies. Churches and mosques are backlit by a gauzy sea. The carcass of a bombed building sits beside a beach club with bathers and music playing. The Lebanese have an exuberant spirit, endless courses of food at the restaurants, and at night, fireworks and gunshots in the air.

Top 10 Art and Design Bookstores Around the World

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

For lovers of art and design, a travel itinerary should always include a good bookstore among its listings of local museums and art galleries. After all, a great bookstore is often a destination unto itself. Here are of ten of the most sensational bookstores for art and design around the world.

Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits? Take 2

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.10.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rumors are Lebanon's daily bread with legacy media and citizen journalists accused of fanning the flames amid domestic political unrest, economic uncertainty, and regional upheaval whose sparks are burning Lebanese fingers.

Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.05.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

News of a mini civil war in Lebanon between the Lebanese army and fighters thought to belong to the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) triggered a wave of rumors this week that were blamed in part on traditional media.

'Washington Post' Fails in Gaza

James Zogby | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Israel relies on their ability to dominate and shape media messages and images to the same extent that they depend on their military to win battles. And because the Israelis have cultivated all too compliant partners in the press and in politics, their narrative of events often trumps reality.

On Being a Foreign Correspondent

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rachele Kanigel's "10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents" immediately drew my attention but her headline didn't quite mat...

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

Reading Maimonides in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

Reading Maimonides in Beirut reminded me that beyond right and wrong, reason and faith, belief and unbelief, we are perhaps most alive and wise when we strive to become conscious of the "self."

Baalbeck: Marriage of History and Performing Arts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

The briefly displaced Baalbeck International Festival is going home. The world-renowned annual event that was moved last year for security reasons f...