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Lebanon: Before and after the assassination of Rafiq Hariri
Lebanon Politics

Lebanon Before and after the assassination of Rafiq Hariri

Nine years on, the question remains: Why was Rafiq Hariri assassinated?

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MENA youth refuse to step down despite setbacks

MENA youth refuse to step down despite setbacks

The glow of the Arab Spring wore off in the media a while ago. Violence, internal division and widespread frustration have replaced the hopeful scenes of youth standing up to demand change.

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UK: Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the British role
Syria Politics

Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the British role

As British politicians debated the relative merits of taking in Syrian refugees, I was accompanying two members of Parliament around Syrian refugee communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

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Lebanon, Syria, Yemen - The Arab region has reached the point of no return

Yemen the Shiite Houthis

It is becoming clear that it is pointless to keep dealing with crises of coexistence in the Mashreq as though they were individual cases. There is only one big picture, albeit with many smaller details.

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Can MENA Break the Vicious Cycle of Low Growth and Political Instability?

Can MENA Break the Vicious Cycle of Low Growth and Political Instability

Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail announced last week that spending on petroleum subsidies is expected to increase by 10 percent in the current fiscal year ending June 2014.

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Lebanon is a booby-trapped mailbox

lebanon Beirut car bomb

Lebanon’s Hezbollah did not wait long to accuse “Israeli spies” of responsibility for the twin explosions outside the Iranian embassy in the Bir Hassan neighborhood of southern Beirut. Al-Qaeda affiliated groups did not wait long to claim responsibility for the attack.

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Lebanon pays the price of national fanaticism
The Lebanese have been known since ancient times for their love of adventure, sailing to and living in faraway countries in search of success.
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Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability in the Arab States

Syria The World Programme of Action Concerning Persons with Disabilities

The World Programme of Action Concerning Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1982, promoted the rights-based approach to disability.

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Lina - Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights - by Shaza Zafer Al Jundi


This stimulating book - the first of its kind in Arabic language – promotes a new conceptualization of disability and fresh research agenda. It is an invaluable resource for researchers, parents of persons with disabilities and students in disability studies and sociology, as well as professionals, policymakers and activists.

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Syria | What does Obama know about ‘Takfirists’?


With everybody preoccupied with attempts to understand the dimensions of the Syrian conflict, it might be useful for those monitoring the situation there to view it from the Lebanese perspective.

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STEP-ping up to the knowledge economy in the Arab world


Daunting challenges lie before the Arab-speaking workforce today. Forty million jobs must be created in the next decade to employ the region, home to the highest rate of youth unemployment – not to mention that many countries are still undergoing a period of political transition.

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Lebanon: Call for proposals launched to promote freedom of expression and of media


The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon has issued a press release announcing the launch of its call for proposals aimed at increasing freedom of expression and freedom of media in Lebanon.

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Rising from the ashes with a little help from volunteers

Erma Bombeck, the famed American columnist, once said: “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”

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