Author: Thalia Arawi

Founding Director, Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program- American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center

The Happy Rose

A thank you to sanitation workers, the invisible heroes keeping another public health crisis at bay in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

The courage to live amidst the unbearable heaviness of being

She was ten years of age when, leaving the Italian School in Beirut on a.

Medusa of Modern Times, COVID-19
How COVID-19 is the Medusa of modern times

Like Medusa, COVID-19 has two faces.

Detail of Colossal Krater from Altamura, about 350 B.C., Greek, made in Apulia, South Italy. (Photo: The Iris) Sisyphus article
Sisyphus was condemned to roll his rock: “We must imagine Sisyphus happy”

As I sit, work & dream from home because of COVID-19, the words of Karl Marx strike me as more realistic than ever: Capitalists are their own grave-diggers.

Syrian refugees in a building under construction they have been using as a shelter in the city of Saida, March 2020. There are rising fears that refugee communities are at an increased risk of getting COVID-19. (AP / Al Arabiya)
Forgetting “refugees” during COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought to the surface social inequalities for which “refugees” and the less advantaged are not morally responsible.

When the elderly become disposable: COVID-19 and discrimination

“Do not be afraid, the virus kills only the elderly and the seriously ill” is not a reassurance, or at least it ought not be.

Selfishness in times of COVID-19

What human being is that who decides to increase the prices of masks, detergents, or alcohol just to make more money during the coronavirus outbreak?

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How I turned from a mother of 8 to an anti-natalist

Bringing children to this world means that you will have to accept that they grow up in a Draconian universe of deceit, lies and greed.

Photo of the Broken Chair, a giant wooden sculpture of a three-legged chair. In the background, the entrance to the UN building can be seen. (The Culture Trip | Sean Mowbray)
No one can maim their spirit: On Palestine and the UN’s broken conscience

The Broken Chair in Geneva is a constant reminder of the carelessness of the international community towards those they label “fellow humans.”

Save a life for the Price of a Coffee

Many of us have the habit of going over newspapers in the morning, which are.