Month: November 2016

Total 14 Posts

The rains are here and Lebanon’s needy require our help  

The season’s first storms have arrived after an exceptionally long and dry summer that saw countless forest fires scorching swathes of green woodlands. Though these storms are long overdue and come as a welcome relief to many farmers and environmentalists, it’s the start of a season of hardship for Lebanon’s

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A new low: When domestic violence is normalized on television

The internet is furious – this after a Moroccan state television channel aired a segment recently showing women how to cover bruises caused by domestic violence using make-up. In the segment broadcast on Morocco’s Channel 2M’s “Sabahiyat” on November 23rd, just two days ahead of the International Day for the Elimination

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Why Black Friday is not so good for Lebanon and the world

We’ve all seen the Black Friday advertisements calling on us to buy and consume at cheaper rates. Given our country’s minimum wage and struggling economy, the slash in prices can come as a welcome surprise to any individual or family unit as yesterday’s traffic and rush to the stores confirmed.

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Coastal privatization threatens Tripoli’s Mina seaside

After al-Dalieh, Aadloun, Ramlet al-Baida, and Kfarabida comes Tripoli’s turn with activists gearing up to protest excavation works currently razing a section of the northern city’s coastline. In videos and photos posted on social media platforms, excavation works on Tripoli’s seaside can clearly be seen on an area long identified as

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Remember their names: The kidnapped soldiers who have yet to celebrate their Independence Day

Mohammad Youssef, Hussein Amar, Ali al-Hajj Hassan, Seif Thebian, Ibrahim Mgheit, Ali al-Masri, Mustapha Wehbe, Abdel Rahim Diab, Khaled Hassan. These are the names of the 9 Lebanese servicemen who were kidnapped by Daesh in 2014, and whose fate till date remains unknown. The men were taken hostage during the battles

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Outrage over “racist” TV prank reveals industry weakness, media illiteracy

A prank television series that airs on OTV titled “Haddi Albak” has become the subject of social media outrage after an article criticizing the program was published Friday on al-Akhbar newspaper. In the article, penned by journalist Firas Hatoum, the channel and the program are accused of abuse towards a Syrian

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Alone in the dark: Activists fight for Beirut’s last public beach

The Ramlet al-Baida beach, widely seen as one of Beirut’s last public coastlines, is once again at the center of renewed controversy after recent photos showing the destruction and excavation of the seashore emerged on social media platforms. The images, which were posted by the Legal Agenda’s Joelle Boutros on Saturday,

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Lebanon’s relentless activist Ghazi Aad dies, but his legacy lives on

Ghazi Aad used a wheelchair, but this never stopped him, nor did it slow him down. In fact, up until recently, he had remained as active as ever, calling on successive governments to concentrate their efforts on securing the release of the surviving victims of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention.

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Misinformation in the age of virality, the supermoon, and the US presidential election  

Misinformation is the new information; so blatant that the media is currently now being blamed for changing the course of the entire American presidential election mainly due to over-coverage, extreme bias, and the run of false stories – so false that Facebook has expressed its readiness to form a “task

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