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.

Lebanese youth network demands student contract to safeguard rights

The final objective, and in the context of the upcoming elections, is to reach out to the Ministry of Education and demand that the state regulates and monitors the performance of private and public institutions of higher education.

Gender and the Lebanese Theatre: “The Strange Adventures of Victoria”

The employment of satire in shedding light on adversity is both intense and effective in conveying this struggle in a creative manner.

#StopThem in Riad al-Solh Square

A group of experts were spread out in the Square, to guide attendees on the dangers of incineration and the expansion of landfills, and by answering any questions they might have about the crisis and available alternatives.