Author: Karim Saffiedine

mothers fight back
Shi’a mothers fight back: A bargain for power in a man’s world

Their struggle is the result of a system where personal and family status codes are determined by 15 different sects, all of which discriminate against women.

Hezbollah's article: The protests in solidarity with the Syrian revolution in Beirut in 2015. (Facebook / @SRC.Lebanon)
Has solidarity with Syrians become taboo in Hezbollah’s Lebanon?

More often than not, vocal critics within Hezbollah’s local community are harassed and pressured into issuing formal and public apologies.

February 11, 2020 | Security forces fire tear gas and water cannon to break up protesters near Parliament (France 24 / AFP) | pax-Syriana policy article
Lebanon’s new political formula takes the country back to pax-Syriana

The new ministerial make-up and policy statement formula take the country not only back to October 16, but even prior to 2005.

Protesters gather near Central Bank on December 30, 2019. (Farah Baba) Banks
Collapse on Who: Unjust bank procedures face resistance

Protesters are fighting back against the collusion of Central Bank and the Lebanese authorities with bankers at the expense of the majority of the population.

Hezbollah and Lebanon’s 2019 Revolution

“We don’t accept the fall of the mandate, nor do we support the resignation of the Cabinet and early parliamentary elections in these circumstances.”

Austerity Budget 2020: What Were Lebanon’s Political Forces Pushing for?

“The people want the fall of the regime” has been echoing between hundreds of thousands.

Alternative Media in Lebanon: In Constant Conversation Between the Old and New

What does it take to be alternative?

Students protest the tuition dollarization in front of the Ministry of Education in Lebanon. (Facebook | @madanetwork)
How University Student Activists are Protesting Tuition Dollarization in Lebanon

“Our voices are as high as our tuition.”

Lebanese musician and singer Marcel Khalife opening the 2019 Baalbeck International Festival. (EPA)
The Politics Behind Marcel Khalife Skipping The National Anthem And The Public’s Reaction

In response to his critics, Marcel Khalife released a statement protesting the situation the country is in because of the current political leadership.

Lebanese University student protests the government's austerity measures. (Facebook / تكتّل طلاّب الجامعة اللبنانية)
Here’s How (And Why) Sectarian Politics Suppressed the Lebanese University Strike

The LU strike saw independent movements finding a space of resistance & members of sectarian parties putting their needs ahead of party loyalty.