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Joey Ayoub

Joey Ayoub is the MENA Editor at Global Voices as well as a Lebanese researcher from Beirut currently living in London. He is the founder of Hummus For Thought and mostly writes on Syria, Israel-Palestine, and Lebanon.

At the time of writing, his research is focused on two separate topics: “The Syrian Revolution and Civil War (2011- ) with a focus on civil society and self-organization efforts in liberated areas” and “the Politics of Language: the Intersection between Politics and Linguistics”. You can find out more at

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Latest posts by Joey Ayoub

25 October 2016

Farewell to Renen Raz, Beloved Anti-Colonial, Queer Israeli Activist

Renen Raz, an Israeli anti-colonial and queer activist, died this week. He's now being remembered for his passion for social justice in Israel-Palestine.

15 October 2016

Upcoming Book Celebrates Citizen Journalism in the Deserted Syrian City of Daraya

A small publishing house in Spain wants to launch a free book about one of Syria's best-known citizen journalist groups: “Enab Baladi.”

9 October 2016

Airstrikes by Saudi-Led Coalition Kill At Least 140 in Yemen, Injuring Hundreds More

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting a funeral left at least 140 people dead, making this the single largest massacre since the start of Yemen's civil war in 2015.

7 October 2016

“With a Nobel, but Without Peace”

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Colombia's President Santos for his efforts to end a five decades-long civil war, with Syria's widely celebrated White Helmets missing out.

5 October 2016

#FreeBassel: Missing for More Than a Year, Syrian Web Developer is Not Forgotten

Global Voices Advocacy

October 3, 2016 marked the one-year anniversary since Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, disappeared from his prison cell in Syria.

21 September 2016

Expelled by Assad's Forces, Daraya Residents Receive a Hero's Welcome in Rebel-Held Syria

"You’re from Daraya, sir. You have everything. You’re our teachers."

11 September 2016

One Syrian Photographer's Last Letter to the World

Shamel Al-Ahmad was a photographer from Aleppo who chose to stay behind to tell his city's story to the world. This was his last letter.

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."

20 August 2016

‘I Want to Appeal to the Doctor Within Assad': One Syrian Medic's Message After Visiting Aleppo

Dr. Sahloul tries to appeal to his former medical school classmate, Bashar Al Assad, to stop the massacres.

19 August 2016

‘When They Took Me Inside’ Syria's Saydnaya Prison, ‘I Could Smell the Torture’

A new report reveals the depth of the horrors happening inside Syria's most notorious torture prison, which one well-known Syrian dissident called "the most horrible place on earth".

16 August 2016

Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ Have Saved Thousands of Lives. Now, They’re Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

"In a conflict where too many have chosen violence, the White Helmets wake up everyday to save the lives others are trying so hard to take."

16 February 2016

How Syrian Activists in Raqqa Are Resisting ISIS

A group of citizen journalists are documenting life under ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Find out how Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently is resisting the militant group

26 January 2016

The Lebanese ‘Christian Marriage’ Between Aoun and Geagea Leaves Many Skeptical

When one former warlord endorsed another former warlord, ordinary Lebanese started sharing stories of their suffering during the civil war. Abir Ghattas and Joey Ayoub share some of those stories.

14 November 2015

The Streets of Paris Are as Familiar to Me as the Streets of Beirut

The Bridge

"We do not get a "safe" button on Facebook. We do not get late night statements from the most powerful men and women alive and millions of online users..."

11 October 2015

Execution of Palestinian Fadi Alloun, 19, in Occupied East Jerusalem Causes Nationwide Outrage

The horrifying video, showing how Alloun was killed, is being widely shared online, prompting Mondoweiss to call it the video that 'shocked global audience'.

7 October 2015

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Infiltrate Palestinian Protesters Before Turning Their Guns at Them

Footage showing Israeli soldiers dressed as Palestinians in a protest has surfaced online. First, the infiltrators throw rocks at the Israeli soldiers. Then, they turn their guns at the Palestinians.

10 August 2015

232 Turkish Scholars Call for International Help Facilitating Kurdish Peace Process

'The truth does not develop under conditions of war and today Turkey needs the truth before anything else.'

6 August 2015

Can Talking About Trash Drive Political Change in Lebanon?

The Bridge

A political movement is coalescing around Lebanese citizens' indignation at their government's cavalier attitude towards garbage disposal.

31 July 2015

Palestinian Baby Burned to Death in West Bank Settler Attack

Israeli settlers have torched two homes in Douma, in the Occupied West Bank, leaving one baby dead and three civilians, including one child, severely injured.

4 July 2015

Steven Salaita Lands Job at American University of Beirut, Talks Black Politics and Palestine Solidarity

After being denied tenure at the University of Illinois for pro-Palestine tweets, Salaita will be the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.

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