Unleashing (Queer) Economic Liberation in Lebanon

In 2018, the annual International Women’s March in Lebanon brought together a diverse group of individuals who passionately advocated for gender equality. March 2018, Beirut, Lebanon. Photo Courtesy of Matthieu Karam Lebanon, a country marked by its complex social fabric and rich cultural diversity, has seen the interplay of neoliberalism, marketization, and queer identities and […]

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 […]

Rasha Hamade: Two Years With Grief

“Since August 4th, 2020, 6:07 pm, no survivor of the Beirut blastperceives life the same way they did before. I find it therapeutic to create and live this continuous grief next to others who share similar yet contrasting experiences. I gathered the experiences of survivors living in Lebanon or part of the diaspora and channeled […]

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 movement […]

August 4th Investigation: Challenging a Regime Rife with Impunity

Feature Photo credits: A protester carries a placard that reads “August 4, A Justice Day for Lebanon”, during the first  commemoration of the Beirut Port Explosion on August 4, 2021. Photo by Selim Bitar on shutterstock.com “This time, it’s different” has become a rallying cry amongst the families of victims of the Beirut port blast, […]

A Window to the Alternatives

Question Regarding the Tripoli Clashes  Events in Tripoli have been, are, and will remain heated if no action is taken. In 2021, at least one Lebanese person died, 400 Lebanese were injured, 39 Lebanese were illegally and unlawfully arrested, and four of them are still missing because of protesting for their own basic rights. To […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lebanon’s Parliament During a Year of Collapses and Crises: Lack of Vision, Populism, Inertia, and Buying Time for a Crumbling House of Cards

Legislative Lethargy and Low Productivity The Parliament held 8 sessions during the period between October 17th, 2019 and the end of 2020. The four legislative sessions included 172 different topics1. Urgent and repeated proposed laws represented 86% of the proposals on the Parliament’s agenda, i.e. the proposals that directly reach the General Assembly, without being […]