He didn’t rape me: A story of self-doubt, anger, and surviving assault

These violations happen way too often for us not to talk about.

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COVID-19: A blank cheque for authoritarian Arab regimes

For Arab countries, the fight against COVID-19 threatens to become an excuse for the crackdown on dissent, the clampdown on freedoms and the abuse of power.

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.

Wissam Saad sits at his desk in his persona at Al Jadeed
When will Lebanese television comedians learn to respect women?

Al Jadeed’s Wissam Saad is the latest Lebanese media personality to make rape the punchline of a joke.

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?