How far can suspending Beirut’s “pride” go?

With so many campaigns,initiatives, and movements supporting LGBTQ+ rights gaining strong ground recently, the question about whether the government is going to take sound measures to protect such a community (among other marginalised ones) resonates beyond the International Day Against Homophobia,Transphobia, and Biphobia.

AUB Secular Club Hosts an Event on the Lebanese Economy: Different Points of View

The discussion revealed a general consensus on the state’s dysfunction and the persistent issue of a regime struggling since the Civil War.

Elections 2018 Public Opinion: Manara

Beirut Today went to the Manara and asked people about their opinions on the upcoming parliamentary #elections2018

Why we need to broaden the debate about social protection in the MENA region

One of the key challenges facing MENA nations is establishing more coherent public policies on social protection, argues Rana Jawad, Ph.D., of the University of Bath.

Election monitoring organizations ensure democratic voting in Lebanon

Organizations are playing a major role in overseeing the electoral process, each ensuring a democratic and just election period through their own tactics.

Theatre in Lebanon thrives silently, despite lack of support

Despite the legal and financial constraints that they are faced with, through the adaption of local scriptwriters and directors, theatre in Lebanon perseveres.

Lebanese drug laws mimic American policies on light drugs

According to Skoun, the metric used by law enforcement’s failure to control drugs is illustrated by the fact that 78% of the total number of arrest constitute drug users, and not dealer and traffickers.

Between Religion and State: Civil marriage remains an elusive goal

Ever since the Ottoman era, civil marriage has been banned due to sectarian and political reasons. This has forced several couples to wed abroad, and then return to Lebanon to register their marriages as “foreign.”

Megaphone, the new media kid playing with the big guns

Megaphone provides “an alternative way of commenting, and analyzing news through fact-checking and in-depth analysis”, especially of topics avoided in the mainstream media, such as LGBTQ+ issues.

What is Beirut to you?

We don’t live in a utopia, but we are at least entitled to decide what Beirut is, and what Beirut isn’t.