Man in face mask walks past a mural that reads "We Are Tired" in Tripoli, Lebanon. (Photo: AFP)
Counter-hegemony in Tripoli: Dispelling years of militarism & demonization

The neoliberal economic planning and militaristic hegemony Tripoli is resisting today is deeply rooted in perceptions of Tripoli since the 1990s.

The Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut (Photo: Johann Soufi)
COVID-19 illustrates how discriminatory refugee policies impact Lebanon

Not integrating a quarter of Lebanon’s inhabitants, solely because they are refugees, has a wide range impact on Lebanese socio-economic life.

Parliament convenes for second day in a row on April 22, 2020. (Photo: NNA) Early elections / Nabih Berri article
Who came before Nabih Berri and will someone ever come after?

Along with many of the other demands of protesters, Lebanon’s Parliament shot down the prospect of early elections in their latest meeting.

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.

Online activism, activism leaves the streets / illustration by Joseph Abi Saab
Protests halt, but activism persists despite pandemic

Protestors have had to forgo their streets, but have substituted this for art, illustration, writing, Instagram lives and many more.

Migrant workers article main header, green background (Original photo taken from The Daily Star / Mohammad Azakir)
Migrant workers trapped with Lebanese abusers in COVID-19 outbreak

Their rights, already denied by the country’s Kafala system, are further threatened by COVID-19 movement restrictions.

Lebanese soldiers standing guard in the Beirut's downtown district on March 15.(Arab News via AFP) Medical emergency article
Social distancing is a luxury many cannot afford in Lebanon

Without government support, this state of medical emergency may prove hellish for many.

Marijuana article: Syrian refugees work in cannabis field in Bekaa. (Patrick Baz / AFP / The Guardian)
Legalizing marijuana will not save the Lebanese economy

Who will benefit from legalizing marijuana? Similar to the tobacco industry, it most certainly is not the cannabis farmers.

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.

Moments after Melhem Khalaf was elected as the independent head of the Beirut Bar Association for lawyers in November. (Ahmad Azakir/Annahar)
Elected during the uprising, Khalaf pledges to work for all

“I am the head of this association for the entire country, all lawyers and all people.”