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Igniting The Potential of The Lebanese Diaspora

Why Al Rawiya?

Al Rawiya is the first magazine of its kind, a digital publication for the Lebanese diaspora, and a cornerstone of a global community of reformists.

The magazine brings together a talented pool of experts, academics, and activists offering bold ideas and analysis to tie together a diverse global community. Our regular releases host thoughtfully produced long-form content to encourage active discussion about a Lebanon we strive to build.

Estimated to be anywhere between 4 and 14 million living abroad, expatriates have often struggled to find their place within Lebanon’s unique community.

The diaspora’s remittances have been a lifeline to an increasingly feeble economy, yet we remain under-represented in Lebanese politics. Our romanticized caricature of the homeland has established an addictive reputation of pristine snow-capped mountains, sunswept beaches, and world-class clubs all of which can be visited in a single day. Our choices, however, tell a different story.

After decades of conflict, cruel negligence, and continuous disappointments from political and social leadership, our visits to Lebanon have become shorter and less frequent. In reality, we come back to vacation, not to live, nor to invest in our environment.

October 17 was a turning point for anyone living in the diaspora that was looking to participate in directing Lebanon;s future political state.

And thats how Al Rawiya came to be. We set a goal for ourselves to build a platform that engages the diaspora in the conversations happening around Lebanon’s future,

In Arabic, Al Rawiya is both a storyteller and a thirst-quencher. To us, they are one and the same. For decades we have sought new ways to tell the story of Lebanon’s progressive renaissance, an ongoing struggle to establish governmental accountability once and for all. We created this platform to articulate our desire for sustainable change. The diaspora has a role to play in the next chapter of Lebanon’s future, and it starts with giving our fellow expatriates a medium to discuss what that future should look like.

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