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Stories about Lebanon

Arab content creators use social media to talk about sex, sexuality and reproductive health

'If we continue to avoid these conversations and to treat sexual education like a taboo, we are, in fact, only harming those that we are trying to protect.'

Lebanon protests: Authorities prey on digital spaces to silence criticism

While social media and WhatsApp have been extensively leveraged by demonstrators to organize, document, and sprawl the protest, Lebanese authorities have resorted to identifying and persecuting dissidents.

Surveillance in Lebanon: A crisis of privacy

Intrusions on citizens’ privacy in Lebanon are pervasive and often conducted without proper judicial oversight.

Abused and infected with COVID-19, Nigerian domestic workers are stranded in Beirut

African governments must press on their Lebanese counterpart to grant amnesty to all migrant domestic workers to be repatriated to their home countries and abolish the slave-like Kafala labour laws. 

Protest art in the streets of Tripoli: An interview with Lebanese artist Batool Jacob

Batool Jacob paints on topics related to the Lebanese protests through a feminist and libertarian lens.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

Migrant workers face racism and rampant human rights violations across the Gulf

Migrant workers in the Gulf region are being subjected to a fierce campaign calling for their deportation that is riddled with racist speeches and hatred.

Impoverished youth in the Middle East turn to cheap — sometimes deadly — alcohol

When large-scale alcohol poisoning outbreaks occur, they make the news in the Middle East, but where is the political will to tackle this sensitive and controversial issue?

Information warfare: COVID-19’s other battleground in the Middle East

As leaders vie to frame narratives and control public opinion on COVID-19, social media is a battlefield where influencers, trolls, bots, and commenter armies fight for influence and power.

Fighting COVID-19 goes hand-in-hand with shuttering newspapers across the Middle East

As part of their measures to counter COVID-19, Jordan, Oman, Morocco, the UAE and Yemen, have all banned print newspapers until further notice.

In Lebanon, journalists and activists who cover protests face threats

Media professionals have raised their voices against the use of excessive force against them while they are trying to cover the mass protests.

Carlos Ghosn's great escape embarrasses Japanese government

The Japanese government has been embarrassed as details of Ghosn's escape expose systemic shortcomings in the country's police and prosecution services, the judicial system, passport security and more.

Beirut demonstrations honored in a map showing protest as a process of live ‘city-making’

“Maps are important additions to the visual "magma" we're being exposed to because they allow us to summarize, reflect and put things in perspective."

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

Talking trash: Lebanese citizens continue to mobilize to solve the garbage crisis

A solution for Lebanon’s garbage problem is yet to be made after the government held off on a decision to build incinerators during talks that took place within Beirut.

Inside the Lebanese campaign to stop a World Bank-funded dam project

An anti-dam project campaign is trying to "contest the World Bank's ill-advised and destructive water policies in Lebanon."

In landmark decision, Lebanese military court rules that homosexuality is not a crime

The good news was soon tempered by the fact that the army is seeking to appeal the court so that the four individuals are charged with crimes.

Facing targeted attacks, Yemen's Christian minority struggles to survive

"Galileo" is a Yemeni who converted to Christianity three years ago. He's been arrested and tortured, and is now living in fear for his life.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face brutal snow storms and inhumane conditions at camps

"People are sick. Everywhere there is water. We cannot sleep at night. All night we sit and watch the kids and we cannot do anything for them."

Lebanese journalist goes on trial for covering migrant worker abuse allegations

Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.

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