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Stories about Lebanon

16 April 2017

Lebanon's King of Comedy Is on a Global Mission to Make Everyone Laugh at the Same Joke. It's Working.

When Nemr About Nassar told his Arab dad he was going to become a comedian, his response was, "You want to become a clown?"

5 April 2017

Two Years After Violent Raid, A Lebanese Town is Still Without Mobile Internet

Global Voices Advocacy

Since August 2014, residents of the Leabnese northeastern border town of Arsal have been without access to mobile internet.

23 March 2017

Activists Cry Foul as Lebanon Imposes a Tax Hike Right Before Postponing Elections, Again

As the Lebanese protest proposed increase in taxes, Global Voices asks a number of activists to explain what's at stake.

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

23 February 2017

Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed

Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.

2 February 2017

Lebanon Forces Syrian Families to Decide Between Homelessness and Child Labor

Despite all the risks, many Syrian families see no choice, other than to flee their homeland for Lebanon and subject their children to labor abroad.

28 January 2017

Passenger Says Anti-Arab Racism, Not ‘Fake Bomb Threat’ Led to Madrid-Berlin Flight's Cancellation

The eyewitness told Global Voices that a German-speaking passenger on the Iberia flight called a fellow Lebanese passenger, who was sending text messages in Arabic, a "terrorist."

13 January 2017

Reviving Beirut: How an Artist Collective Is Coloring Lebanon's Capital

With so much paint and goodwill, it's safe to say these artists have made their mark on Lebanon.

11 January 2017

Users Boycott Lebanon’s Mobile Phone Operators, Alfa and touch

Global Voices Advocacy

In addition to the exorbitant mobile rates highlighted by this campaign, cell phone operators in Lebanon also engage in unethical practices.

16 December 2016

Lebanon Deports Prominent Unionist, Testing Migrant Workers’ Resolve

Law enforcement officers in Lebanon are cracking down on unionists committed to organizing the country's migrant workers, and labor activists find themselves squeezed and left with few options.

23 November 2016

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Global Voices Advocacy

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

13 November 2016

Beirut Begins Destroying the City’s Last Public Beach

The people of Beirut were shocked this Saturday, when images of the city's last public beach, began circulating on social media, showing the site being destroyed by heavy construction equipment.

4 November 2016

It Took 2.5 Years, But Lebanon Finally Has a President Again

After a 2.5-year power vacuum, Lebanon finally has a president again. But what does it mean?

10 October 2016

Reality, Conspiracy and the US ‘Internet Freedom’ Agenda: Deconstructing Iran's Case Against Nizar Zakka

Global Voices Advocacy

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by Iranian for leading U.S. funded projects in Iran. We deconstruct this situation.

7 October 2016

For Lebanon’s Elderly, the Ongoing Garbage Crisis Is a Tight Noose

Lebanon's most vulnerable are paying the ultimate price for the country's waste crisis.

6 October 2016

Will Lebanon Meet Its Renewable Energy Pledge by 2020?

Lebanon is no stranger to environmental and energy crises, but many are trying to tackle them.

2 September 2016

26 Years After the End of the Lebanese Civil War, Families of the Disappeared Still Demand Justice

"We have been calling on the Lebanese state... to dig up mass graves and reveal the fate of my brother and many others, but our state has done absolutely nothing."

1 September 2016

Lebanon’s Many Environmental Issues Are Back in the Spotlight With Greenpeace Visit

It's no coincidence that Greenpeace chose Lebanon for the launch of its Mediterranean tour promoting the use of solar energy.

19 March 2016

For These Syrian Women, Their 20s Have Been Defined by War

Lebanon was a relatively welcoming place to Syrian refugees when the war started five years ago. Not so much anymore. Three Syrian women tell their stories.

12 March 2016

Lebanese ‘You Stink’ Protesters Are Back on the Streets

Eight months after taking to the streets to protest against Lebanon's mounting rubbish problem, the issue is not solved. Protesters are back on the streets today.

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