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Nicholas Frakes


Nicholas Frakes is a freelance journalist that reports from London, the Middle East and North Africa

As Lebanon's economy continues to spiral out of control, Lebanese shoppers have turned to thrift stores, or baleh in Arabic, as a way to keep costs down. The New Arab speaks with thrift shop owners about their operations, and the challenges faced.

26 May, 2021

Lebanon's economic crisis has seen salaries slashed, the value of the lira plummet and the price of goods drastically inflate.

09 June, 2020

Syrian refugees are struggling to survive under Lebanon's lockdown as an economic crisis deepens poverty in the country.

05 May, 2020

Muslims in Lebanon are preparing for muted Ramadan celebrations amid a nationwide lockdown, but many are viewing it as an opportunity to get closer to their faith.

21 April, 2020

Hundreds of civilians have joined the Lebanon Response Team to produce ventilators, face masks and other medical supplies to help the cash-strapped health sector fight the coronavirus.

27 March, 2020

Medical students are taking part in the effort to care for patients tested positive for COVID-19 at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital.

12 March, 2020

Lebanon's worsening economy has caused the price of most goods to increase.

05 March, 2020

Since the start of Lebanon's massive country-wide protests, youngsters have been constantly on the front lines of the protests calling for economic and political reforms following decades of alleged corruption.

20 February, 2020

Alternative media, such as Facebook, Twitter and other new outlets have been used and created during Lebanon's protests to help broadcast the revolution's message to the world.

05 February, 2020

As Lebanon marks 90 days since widespread calls for an end to corruption rang across the country, businesses are struggling to stay open as their operating costs increase.

17 January, 2020