Social Media as a Primary Tool in Electoral Propaganda

The 2022 Lebanese Parliamentary elections were seen as a chance for change. However, the reality is much more complex, with results being marred by manipulation and fabrication of both friends and foes, leading back to results not that different from previous election cycles. Thanks to Twitter’s open-source data, researchers can monitor and analyze conversations around […]

Zeid Hamdan: the Power of Music in Love & Politics

Credits: Zeid Hamdan playing his guitar – Photo Courtesy of Sachyn Mital   Foreword: I met Zeid Hamdan by pure coincidence as I was volunteering at a French music festival in Paris. Looking at the line-up, I noticed a Middle Eastern duo called Bedouin Burger and  after researching them, discovered that the musician Zeid Hamdan, was […]

The Three Stooges – Escapism, Hedonism, and the Lebanese Nightlife

Credits: Light shining on  rock formations during Resonate by The  Ballroom Blitz, The first 2 day solo outdoor festival. Feytroun, Lebanon, 2022. Photo Courtesy of Stephani Moukhaiber.   Feytroun, Lebanon, Summer 2022. Somewhere in between the region’s most amazing rock formations with mere hours separating us from sunrise, an arm extended itself over the crowd […]

Mental Health & Economic Performance in a Crisis-marred Lebanon

I turn on my laptop to write, blank head, I turn it off. Turn it on again, I forget what I want to write about, I turn it off. Third time’s a charm, right? Not in Lebanon. Third time, there’s no electricity, no Wi-Fi, no patience anymore. Deadline is approaching, anxiety kicks in.   While […]

Escapism in Lebanon: Placing a Band-aid on a Bullet Wound

“It’s only in the loudest moments that we hear the silenced screams of our soul.” Perhaps the best way to silence an intense psychological pain is to surround ourselves with a much louder noise, an external noise. A noise so loud and capable of silencing the bitter reality of what it means to be Lebanese […]