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Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that is reshaping our world.

Comment: Lebanon's inept government officials and violent security forces should be seen as the real virus of our times, writes Carmen Geha.

Coronavirus: Lebanon's LGBT+ community is locked down and unprotected

Emily Lewis

Coronavirus: Lebanon's LGBT+ community is locked down and unprotected

LGBT+ people in Lebanon, whose mere existence is already criminalised, often depend on community centres, tight social networks and dedicated NGOs for emotional and financial support.

Unsung heroes: Syria's female White Helmets in the spotlight

Anna Fleischer

Unsung heroes: Syria's female White Helmets in the spotlight

Comment: The women working for Syria's White Helmets are among the most courageous in the world. It's time they received credit where it's due, ...

Juliana Yazbeck modernises traditional sounds with conscious lyrics

Elias Jahshan

Juliana Yazbeck modernises traditional sounds with conscious lyrics

The New Arab Meets: Singer, songwriter and composer Juliana Yazbeck whose use of Western and Arabian string arrangements and beats tackles ...

Nur Turkmani

'The fourth pyramid': Remembering Umm Kulthum 45 years on

This February marks the 45th death anniversary of renowned Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress Umm Kulthum, known as the star of the east.

The New Arab & agencies

Ghosn flees Japan, accused Tokyo of holding him 'hostage'

Disgraced former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn returned to Lebanon and accused Tokyo of holding him 'hostage' over financial misconduct ...

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon protesters celebrate 'real' independence day

Tens of thousands had massed across the country for outdoor festivities - the upbeat mood in stark contrast to the sober state ceremonies held ...

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon students skip class to join protest movement

Students in Lebanon are rising up against the elite for a better opportunities, an end to unemployment and a brighter future.

Weddings, DJs and Baby Shark: Protesting the Lebanese way

Sarah Khalil

Weddings, DJs and Baby Shark: Protesting the Lebanese way

As thousands rallied across the country's major cities, videos emerged showing crowds protesting in a typical Lebanese fashion, with fireworks, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Clerics force cancellation of 'immoral' Beirut gay pride opening

Members of the LGBT community enjoy comparatively more freedom in Lebanon than in most other Middle East countries but still have no rights and ...

Cautious calm at Lebanon-Israel border after intense clashes

The New Arab

Cautious calm at Lebanon-Israel border after intense clashes

An escalation between Israel and Hezbollah has ended after a brief exchange of fire, but tensions remained high along the Lebanese border.

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Nicholas Frakes

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Although its gig was cancelled under pressure from Christian groups, Mashrou' Leila have become a symbol in a country where activists say ...

#GrindrLebBan: Lebanon restricts online gay dating app

Karim Traboulsi

#GrindrLebBan: Lebanon restricts online gay dating app

Lebanon appears to be imposing a partial ban on gay dating app Grindr, one of the few safe spaces for the country's LTBT+ community, activists ...

Despite <em>Beirut</em> <em>Pride</em> cancellation, the show must go on

Florence Massena

Despite Beirut Pride cancellation, the show must go on

In-depth: Lebanon's gay pride may have been cancelled, but activists vow to continue their fight to have their rights heard in front of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon's gay pride organiser detained, week's events cancelled

The Arab country's only Pride week was shut down just days after it began following organiser Hadi Damien's detention at the hands of authorities.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq hosts first international tie since FIFA ban lifted

The first international club tie hosted in Iraq in over two decades ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in the city of Karbala.

The New Arab

Lebanese 'safe space' salon opens doors to LGBT community

Kim Mouawad, the owner of Out Beauty Boutique, said she launched the salon to ease the lives of those facing discrimination and judgement across ...

The New Arab

Former Lebanese security official arrested for allegedly framing actor

A former Lebanese security official allegedly took revenge on the man who got her sacked, by alleging the actor and writer was passing on ...

This Lebanese hotel is representing LGBTQ+ in Valentine's ad

The New Arab

This Lebanese hotel is representing LGBTQ+ in Valentine's ad

Phoenicia Hotel Beirut's 'Define Love' advertisement campaign included two LGBTQ+ women exchanging glances and it was met largely with ...

Jordan Elgrably

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

It's refreshing to remember that the terrorists depicted in western media and entertainment as modern-day bogeymen represent but an ...

These Middle Eastern countries still criminalise homosexuality

Shams Al-Shakarchi

These Middle Eastern countries still criminalise homosexuality

As Londoners on Saturday marked 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, same-sex relationships in some countries in the Middle ...

Middle East looks to Nudge Theory amid economic strain

Scott Preston

Middle East looks to Nudge Theory amid economic strain

Comment: Several monarchies in the region are embarking on national transformation agendas that could prove to be opportune conduits for the ...

<em>Beirut</em> Madinati to <em>Beirut</em> <em>Pride</em>: What's Nasrallah afraid of?

Joey Ayoub

Beirut Madinati to Beirut Pride: What's Nasrallah afraid of?

Comment: Without sectarian and patriarchal oppression, none of the warlords-turned-politicians, their business associates or their (exclusively ...

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