The (Up)rising of Political Freedom

  As I was walking down the streets in the middle of the crowd on October 17, 2019, I felt extremely proud to be Lebanese. Hearing the protesters’ chants, I experienced a sense of freedom that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. It was as if I was finally part of a real […]

August 4th Investigation: Challenging a Regime Rife with Impunity

“This time, it’s different” has become a rallying cry amongst the families of victims of the Beirut port blast, mobilized in their pursuit of truth and justice for the August 4th massacre1. 16 months and 2 judges later, the investigation into the devastating port explosion is at risk after suspected senior officials refused to appear […]

A Window to the Alternatives

Foreword Al Rawiya is delighted to have the voices of the alternative Lebanese political parties featured. These parties have been asked to participate in this new recurring feature of Al Rawiya’s Politics section because it recognizes in them the leadership the country needs to accomplish the fair, sovereign, prosperous, and progressive Lebanon that we all […]

The Roadmap to an Independent Judiciary

The October 17 revolution sparked an awakening in the judicial landscape. After an initial indifference towards the judiciary, there was a common perception during the revolution’s early days of the priority of judiciary’s independence, given its central role in combating the corruption that has plagued the state and in recovering plundered funds. All anti-corruption laws […]

Tripoli: The Forgotten Bride of the Mediterranean

Tripoli, a city located in the north of Lebanon and home to over 700,000 citizens, is Lebanon’s poorest city. It has suffered years of neglect and has been stained with violence and extremism for years. Political dealings, the legacy of the Lebanese Civil War, and regional power dynamics have changed the face of a once-prosperous […]

Judge’s Dismissal Casts Further Doubt on Port Investigation Legitimacy

Six months have passed since one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in the modern era ravaged our beloved Beirut. As today’s Lebanon continues to combat health, economic and social crises, receiving closure where we can would be more welcome than ever. Six months have passed, and we would like nothing better than to recover, get […]