The Smurfs dissociating from their ongoing battles, over cigarettes and talks. Photo taken by George Azar
Civil War photographer tells the stories your history books don’t acknowledge

History blackout: A quick look around George Azar’s office unravels years of untold humanist stories from the war and a history living through the lens of the photographer.

Private education in Lebanon, for those who can afford it

There’s no in-between: Private education tuition fees continue to increase, while Lebanon’s only public university remains neglected by the government.

Political parties shame rape victims but still preach women empowerment in Lebanon

A recent post from the Free Patriotic Movement shamed women for being victims of rape, reflecting a wider issue of female empowerment in political parties.

Protesters gathered in Downtown Beirut following interrogations by the cybercrime bureau of at least six activists for comments they made via social media in July.
Suzan is gone, but the bureau’s violations persist

The violations against the freedom of expression aren’t coincidental. They warn of a political decision to contain any critical voice—even if its platform is social media—using intimidation tactics.

Turkish powerships would provide a quick and less costly solution to the Lebanese electricity crisis. (Wisdom Events)
Buying electricity from Turkish ships would quickly solve Lebanon’s crisis

Purchasing electricity from Turkish ships would solve Lebanon’s crisis by quickly generating more energy, saving billions of dollars, and leading to significant economic growth.

Illustration by Christina Atik showing three women holding megaphones. The first woman, with medium-length black hair and a crop top is saying "All the catastrophes are patriarchal." The second woman, with short hair and a loose white shirt continues "And feminism." The third woman, with a white hijab, adds "Is the solution."
On they march: Hundreds protest for women’s rights in Lebanon

Women in Lebanon are angry, and rightfully so. Nationality, criminal, personal status, and labour laws.

The newly-formed Lebanese Cabinet pose with President Michel Aoun.
The new Lebanese Cabinet and the economic reforms we should worry about

Lebanon’s new Cabinet was recently formed, but does that mean enough reform to bring sensible economic policy and quality services?

Hands of a man counting a stack of 50,000 Lebanese liras in an exchange shop in Beirut
This isn’t Greece: On Lebanon’s fiscal deficit, debt cuts, and reform

The president of the Lebanese Economic Association discusses the fiscal deficit, why the Greek analogy is flawed, media claims of debt restructuring in Lebanon, and the need for reform.

Waste incinerators are not the solution to the Lebanese trash crisis

The lack of a proper waste management framework and monitoring process leaves room for the illegitimate private gain of authorities in charge of costly waste incinerator projects.

Is Lebanon’s Economy On The Brink Of Collapse?

The anxiety created around a Greek-style national bankruptcy has allowed the ruling politicians and their allies to steer (again) the public debate towards a “crisis management” rhetoric, away from a real discussion on accountability and responsibility for what got us into this.