Author: Natali Farran

Natali Farran is a neuropsychologist working as a senior research assistant at the American University of Beirut primarily. She is the recipient of the Rajaa Salam Scholarship Award (from the British Lebanese Association), as well as the Rosa Burden North Bristol NHS Trust Prize, and the Cheyne McCallum North Bristol NHS Trust Prize.

The Psychology of Corruption: Into the minds of Lebanon’s leaders

What are the psychological theories that explain how Lebanon’s corrupt politicians sleep comfortably at night while everyone else starves?

Protester holding up a sign that reads "In Lebanon, corruption is the basis of rule," outside the Justice Palace in Beirut on 6 November (Middle East Eye via AFP)
How corruption is felt in Lebanon: SDGs, poverty, and human rights

Corruption, a standard that is being revolted against in Lebanon, manifests in different ways that harm the country and its people.

The Taif Agreement was named after the Saudi city it was negotiated in to end the civil war.
The road to Lebanese hell: Taif and other antecedents of corruption

The Taif Agreement is a temporary, transitory power-sharing arrangement that was wrongly interpreted and never completely implemented.

A man wears a protective mask as he walks past the coronavirus emergency department at the Rafic Hariri government hospital in Beirut, March 10, 2020. (Mohamed Azakir / Reuters / L'Orient Le Jour)
How to protect your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

And a list of reliable resources for all kinds of support and information on coronavirus.

Mental health article visual, outline of a face facing the insides of the face against a blue, watery background
What can be done to lessen mental health difficulties during Lebanon’s economic crisis?

The full impact of the current economic crisis on mental health in Lebanon remains to be seen, but reports of negative effects have already emerged.

Global Corruption Barometer from Transparency International
A look at the Global Corruption Barometer results on Lebanon

Corruption, bribery, dissatisfaction, and some hope amidst the chaos.

Healthcare provider checks in on patient in Lebanon. (Al-Fanar Media)
Without political ties, healthcare access in Lebanon is more difficult

When access to social services is used as a deliberate strategy by politicians to gain support, healthcare inequalities are exacerbated. 

Political Violence - (PHOTO: Patrick Baz)
How the political violence in Lebanon is building community resilience

Understanding how communities endure political violence helps us understand the dynamic possibilities for growth within and post adverse times.