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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Beirut Center of Photography: A new haven for visual story tellers in Lebanon

It is a widely accepted notion that photography as a medium is undergoing a steady decline due to the widespread accessibility and the ever simplification of the photographic instrument. Nothing could be further than the truth in the eyes of veteran photojournalist Patrick Baz who has recently taken on the

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Shura Council temporarily halts construction of Ramlet al-Baida luxury beach resort

Lebanon’s Shura Council, the country’s highest administrative judicial authority, issued a decision Wednesday to temporarily halt the implementation of the permit pertaining to the controversial construction of a luxury resort on the Ramlet al-Baida beach. The ruling –based on several violations related to public health and safety– refers to parcel 3689/Mseitbeh

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Endangered Syrian bear cubs used as props in south Beirut school

When we think of promoting animal welfare and wildlife awareness at schools, documentaries and textbooks come to mind. Field trips to local reserves even. What we don’t expect to see is live animals, endangered Syrian brown bear cubs to be specific, grabbed by children on campus. This is what went

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The night Al Jadeed became Lebanon’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’

For a brief moment in time, al-Jadeed became Lebanon’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’. This, after hundreds of angry protesters, holding Amal party flags attempted to storm the station building in protest of a comedy skit titled “Douma Cracy” on Tuesday evening. The crowd of angry men, hurled rocks at the building and chanted

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Fox deliberately trapped, tortured and killed in West Bekaa

Disturbing footage has emerged of a fox being released from its pen only to be mauled to death by two hounds inside what appears to be a fenced kennel yard in the West Bekaa village of Sehmor. The footage, which was published Monday by Greenarea, a local environmental website, was filmed

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