Fatal disease threatens Lebanon’s historic parasol pines

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This story has been updated with a follow-up post titled, “If Lebanon’s pine trees die, so will we“. Whether it’s deep in the open woodlands of Lebanon, in Beirut’s only remaining Horsh, or in between residential areas, the once plentiful parasol pine, also known as the stone pine, is under

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Traditional Lebanese parties must adapt or face extinction

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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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Lebanon’s Jews are often forgotten, this documentary sheds light on the community

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This article was published at StepFeed on March 22, 2017.  We really don’t know much about Lebanon’s Jewish community.For many, “Lebanese Jewish” is too remote a concept. But, the truth is, Jews in Lebanon once lived side by side with the country’s Christian and Muslim populations. They even share a minorities’

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The circle of life: Lebanon under feudal rule

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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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Remembering the work of Lebanese cartoonist Stavro Jabra

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Veteran Lebanese caricaturist and photographer Stavro Jabra passed away Sunday after a battle with illness, local media reported. He was 70. Born in Beirut in 1947, the renowned editorial cartoonists (also known simply as Stavro), began his long career in the 1960s. His cartoons have been featured in several publications that

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Women march in Beirut despite rain, poor mediatization

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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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