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Occasional Crimes: Violent Episodes Hidden in Lebanon

Occasional Crimes: Violent Episodes Hidden in Lebanon

This report explore a number of episodes connecting Lebanon’s "occasional crimes" and going deeper beneath the "ridiculous" rationalizations to find the real causes...

"Robust Regimes, Fragile States": the Arab World in the Eyes of Hassan Aourid

"Robust Regimes, Fragile States": the Arab World in the Eyes of Hassan Aourid

"Elections do not create democracy. We will neither have modernity nor citizenship in the absence of a civil state. Our Arab societies cannot be torn…

The Falashas: the Ongoing Suffering of the Lost Jews

The Falashas: the Ongoing Suffering of the Lost Jews

They carried as much luggage as they can in the year 1862 to relive the ordeal of Moses and his people. Thousands of those who…

On Holiday in Iran

On Holiday in Iran

There was a swirl of fabric, and all that was left of the women I’d been sitting between on the flight to Tehran were pairs…

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

Despite Iraq’s longstanding history, being part of the U.S. plan to manufacture a Western-style democracy by military force has brought this country’s identity and territorial…

Loopholes and Clerics Endorse Child Brides in Egypt

Loopholes and Clerics Endorse Child Brides in Egypt

Nada agreed to be engaged by the age of 15, taking her mother's advice that "a good girl gets engaged and married early on". But…

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

It is not a feasible task to try and estimate the number of Jews in Lebanon today- some say there are 200 of them.

Lebanon's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections Candidates: Hope or Illusion?

Lebanon's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections Candidates: Hope or Illusion?

The proportional representation system which Lebanon is applying for the first time has spurred a host of young candidates to run for parliamentary elections, scheduled…

Confessions of an Ex-Muslim

Confessions of an Ex-Muslim

It was never my intention to become a professional writer when I started writing. Nor was my early passion for reading my actual incentive to…