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Stories about Lebanon

12 November 2018

Lebanese Health Practitioners Condemn anti-LGBTQ+ “Conversion Therapy”

The group's HINAD campaign follows multiple reports of gay people being subjected to various forms of conversion therapy, and a urologist's 2017 call for electroshock therapy to be used.

10 September 2018

Three years on, Lebanon's ‘You Stink’ movement finds fresh reasons to protest

In 2015, "You Stink" mobilized thousands of people against in what turned out to be Lebanon's largest non-partisan street demonstrations since the end of Lebanese civil war in 1991.

13 August 2018

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

Advox

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

3 August 2018

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

Advox

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

25 July 2018

Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria

Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear reprisals by the Assad regime in the form of homelessness, forced conscription, torture, or worse.

24 May 2018

Lebanon's historic Anfeh salt marshes threatened by yet another resort

"This is the last clean place where we can take our kids to swim"

16 May 2018

Following pressure by security forces, Beirut Pride 2018 is “suspended for the time being”

"Lebanon has always been known for respecting diversity and claims to be an inclusive country for ALL its citizens, despite their differences."

14 May 2018

Riddled with violations, Lebanon's first election in nine years yields underwhelming results for independents

Thousands of election violations recorded and a Ministry late at publishing the results. These were the first Lebanese elections in nine years.

12 April 2018

Forced Onto Live TV With Her Employer, a Migrant Domestic Worker in Lebanon Recants Claims of Abuse

One group for migrant domestic workers demanded after the episode that Lensa be removed from her employer’s house "to a place where she is no longer in fear of retribution."

31 March 2018

‘They Beat Me Everyday With an Electric Cable…They Smashed My Head Into the Walls’

Lensa, who is from Ethiopia, is one of many migrant domestic workers in Lebanon forced to work and live in difficult conditions under Lebanon's notorious "kafala" (meaning sponsorship) system.

3 March 2018

The 2018 Lebanese Elections: What Led to Them?

Many are now wondering whether independent parties have a chance in the upcoming Lebanese elections, but nothing can be certain when it comes to politics in Lebanon.

1 February 2018

Lebanon's Scapegoating of Refugees Did Not Start With Syrians, but With Palestinians

"The deplorable living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon after 1990 are a direct consequence of their use as scapegoats for the country's civil war."

19 December 2017

In Lebanon, Civil Society Groups Are Launching a New Waste Management Coalition

"The government should listen to what this coalition and the Lebanese people are saying"

14 December 2017

Graphic Journalists and Illustrators Draw Alternative Narratives in Syria

"Contrary to a common prejudice, comics can help address serious, difficult issues. This form allows, if not requires, the reporter to be part of the story he tells."

Refugees in Lebanon Are Still Being Scapegoated in the Media and in Academia

"How can one claim that these people are here to receive aid from international organizations, when many are, in fact, not receiving any?"

11 December 2017

Audrey Azoulay, the Second Woman at the Head of the UNESCO

She won the title after five voting rounds, with 30 votes in her favor against 28 votes for her opponent Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, from Qatar

9 December 2017

Syrian and Lebanese: On the Conflict of Identities

The Bridge

"Being half-Lebanese, half-Syrian is like being a child whose parents are separated and both hate you because each half of you reminds them of the other...."

5 December 2017

Animal Carcasses, Tires, and Medical Waste: A New Report Highlights Health Risks of Lebanon's Trash Crisis

"When they burn we can’t breathe […] We’ve had to go to the hospital because of this."

21 July 2017

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Advox

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

7 July 2017

Violence in Arsal Is a Reminder of How Vulnerable Syrian Refugees Are in Lebanon

"Whatever happened, we have to recognize that the response towards these attacks where refugees/Syrians are all assumed guilty is inhumane"

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