Month: May 2016

Total 26 Posts

LGBT community in Lebanon, persecuted by law and by culture

In the first protest in almost 4 years, some 50 activists staged a sit-in on Sunday in support of Lebanon’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to demand the abolition of a law that criminalizes relations “against nature”. The protest, which took place outside Beirut’s infamous Hbeish gendarmerie, called

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Lebanese photographer’s exhibit to showcase Northern Lights splendor

Nature photographers in Lebanon are a rarity. They are seldom funded or given the attention needed to propel them into popularity. Schools don’t really encourage the profession, leading many to cultivate their own talent, patiently. Karim Bou Karim is a photographer of such kind. He has been photographing landscape in Lebanon for

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Brazil’s “Lebanese” President is all about money over environment. Sound familiar?

While many in Brasília, and (oddly enough) Beirut celebrate the suspension of Dilma Roussef, Brazil’s first female president, and the appointment of Vice President Michel Temer, who is of Lebanese descent, it is extremely important to highlight the complex dynamics that have lead to this highly suspicious decision on the

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Indiscriminate slaughter of migrating birds in Lebanon continues amid governmental failure

The indiscriminate killing of migratory birds in Lebanon is once again making the rounds on social media platforms, with the latest photos depicting what appears to be several storks laying dead, and a proud hunter posing behind. The photo, which was posted by veteran environmental activist Paul Abi Rached on

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Claims of electoral bribery in Lebanon continue; Recent videos an embarrassment to politicians

In the wake of the Beirut Municipal elections and the victory of the Byerte list, backed by former Prime Minister and leader of the Future Movement Saad Hariri, several delegates and associates gathered before the Future Movement office in Beirut’s Tareeq Jdeede district on Thursday to demand payment for their

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Arsal turns new page; Elects female environmental activist to council

The northeastern border town of Arsal, long portrayed in the news as the hub of Syrian rebel fighters and the death pit of Lebanese Army soldiers, has brought about refreshing election results. With a relatively high turnout (54%), locals peacefully voted for “Arsal Tajma3ouna” list headed by Bassel al-Hujeiri, defeating

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10 major municipal election violations as documented by activists in Beirut, East Lebanon

Shortly after polls closed for Beirut and east Lebanon’s municipal and mukhtar elections, the [preliminary] results came in with the Byerte list winning Beirut, and Hezbollah securing a victory in Baalbeck. According to LADE (the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections), 647 electoral violations were reported between Sunday and Monday in

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Special needs persons gravely marginalized in Lebanon municipal elections

I am an able bodied person. Perhaps I don’t appreciate this fact as much as I should. I don’t pause to consider how lucky I am when I climb a flight of stairs in an instant, or step up a curb with no considerable effort. Yet I am conscious of

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