In Lebanon, the pandemic was used by sectarian political groups as a pretext to reassert their dominance over the country – says prof. Mona Harb (AUB)
- A recent parliamentary election opened a way for civil society to get into Lebanon’s institutions. But that seems too little to allow for the country to be shaked and saved.
- Palestinian and Syrian refugees, but also other migrant workers, are suffering the dire consequences of Lebanon’s social and economic free fall. Poverty, racism and harassment are the daily menu. Here’s what a few NGOs are doing to try and help them.
- Saving a country from its collapse. An interview with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Raï after his visit to the Vatican
- Lebanese people seem condemned to the same destiny as the mythical Sisyphus: rebuild their lives all over again. The response: exile, rebellion or lethargy?
- As most Syrians stil grapple with a full-scale humanitarian crisis afer ten years of destruction, regional powers are competing to secure influence on the country’s reconstruction, and future balance.
- Over two months after the explosion that devastated the port of Beirut, the country is at a crossroads: a drastic change in the institutional paradigm seems to be the only alternative to implosion.
- The last 40 years of the history of the Middle Eastern country from the point of view of a special witness
- The Syrian war seems to slowly be reaching its end and Assad’s regime may no longer require a strong military presence of foreign fighters on its soil. But what about the welfare system those foreign fighters have helped establish? Would it also disappear with the retreat of Shiites militias? If so, then the government will remain interested in having Hezbollah on its territory to support its very delicate attempts to mend the deep fractures that the war created inside the Syrian society.
- The political rift between Christians is an element of powerful destabilisation for the entire region.