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42 years on: We commemorate the start of the war, but not its end

42 years ago, the Lebanese civil war started. 27 years ago, we were told it ended. For 27 years we’ve been commemorating the start of the civil war on April 13th, but not its end. Strange, no? Some say it’s because it never really ended. Others say it’s because the main players

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Traditional Lebanese parties must adapt or face extinction

The Lebanese political topography is changing. Independents, long marginalized, are being provided with a meaningful organization to support. The first instance of this phenomenon, Beirut Madinati, was quickly dismissed as an unsustainable occurrence by major parties and supporters alike. But there can be no denying that the mere existence of

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No women, No vote: Lebanese women, your body is a battleground

It is no secret that in the Lebanese legal system, the interests of women are not being represented. Whenever an issue involving women is approached, it is being deliberated on through a quintessentially male filter, and through the paradigm of using it as a platform to negotiate the interests of

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The circle of life: Lebanon under feudal rule

Lebanon is not a state governed by a democratically elected government. It is a composition of competing feudalities with a thin veil of democracy and legitimacy thrown carelessly on top of them. The latest flagrant display of this happened on Sunday when PSP leader Walid Jumblatt officially introduced his son

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Women march in Beirut despite rain, poor mediatization

Undeterred by unexpected heavy rain, hundreds of protesters marched from Sassine square, traversing the Bechara Khoury highway to Kaskas before finally gathering in Horsh Beirut, the capital city’s last remaining green space, for the scheduled speeches before the lens of several mainstream news outlets. Lebanon’s multiple women’s rights organizations united to

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Rayan Iaali, Lebanon’s first domestic violence homicide of 2017

Just a few days after Lebanon marked International Women’s Day with the lighting up of Beirut’s Grand Serail in pink, a woman in Tripoli succumbed to her wounds a month after her husband had hit her on the head with a rock. According to media reports, the attack took place

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Traditional craftsmanship revived through recycling in south Lebanon

A renewable resource is being wasted. The landfills of Lebanon have become the final destination for glass products after they had served their purpose. Glazing and mirrors from buildings as well as all kinds of glass liquid containers are indiscriminately thrown away even though glass is one of the very

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It’s International Women’s Day and I’m not celebrating 

Excuse me for being less than enthusiastic about that one day during the year when politicians decide to “celebrate” women. Excuse me for not being impressed. I am tired, and bitter, and fearful of the day when I might be raising children in Lebanon. Will my daughter be able to

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