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archives 2018 kafala and racism

#AbolishKafala in Lebanon: 20-year-old Lensa’s Story

“They tortured me and I couldn’t do anything to save myself.”

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

Lebanese Man beats an Ethiopian Woman, Raises Questions over Kafala System – Video

“What we need is to abolish the racist Kafala System condemned by the International Labor Organization”

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kafala and racism

What it means to be black and African in Lebanon

Raw stories from 21 black African students at the American University of Beirut

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archives 2019 cinema

Rana Eid’s Panoptic: Acoustic Echoes and Resonant Soundscapes 

“Eid’s personal plight, composed as an epistolary address to her deceased father, is entangled with more general symptoms of public paralysis,” writes Saadi Nikro

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archives 2019 feminism & masculinity

Lebanon’s militarized masculinity

“It is ‘normal’ to expect outbursts of violence in Lebanon, often coupled with grand displays of toxic masculinity and, often still, with sectarian/conservative pronouncements”

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archives 2018 kafala and racism

“We are not racists, but”

“Children of color, and especially poor children of color, learn one thing very well in Lebanese schools and that is to hate themselves.”

Hummus For Thought, the Podcast

A Podcast on memory, gender, identity and exile – and everything else.

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archives archives 2018

Shadow of a Man? Understanding Masculinities in the MENA (Audio)

Audio and partial transcript of the LSE Panel I took part in with Dr. Shereen El-Faki and Dr. Courtney Freer.

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archives 2017 kafala and racism

Lebanon’s Migrant Domestic Workers March on Labour Day

For the eighth year in a row, migrant domestic workers from many nations marched to demand their labor rights in Beirut.

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archives 2014 kafala and racism

New Exhibit Highlights Struggle of Lebanese of African and Asian heritage

The ‘Mixed Feelings’ exhibit highlights stories of Lebanese of African and Asian heritage and their daily struggles.

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archives 2014 kafala and racism

Witness: Ivorian Woman Pushed Off 6th Floor for Demanding Salary

“A young Ivorian woman was found dead after having been reportedly pushed off the 6th floor of an apartment in Beirut”

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archives 2014 kafala and racism

Workers’ Day Parade and Festival for Migrant Workers

“The Anti-Racism Movement and Fi Chi Ghalat are organizing the 4th annual Workers’ Day Parade in celebration of Labor Day, demanding better legal protection for Domestic Workers in Lebanon suffering from the Kafala System.”

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archives archives 2014

Human Rights Watch’s 2014 Report on Lebanon

Human Rights Watch’s 2014 Global Report was just released. As usual, I’m re-copying the Lebanon section below.

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archives 2013 kafala and racism

What an investigation of Racism in Lebanon revealed

France24 lead an investigation in Lebanon to try and find out whether domestic workers suffer abuse in Lebanon. I’m sure you already know the answer.

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archives archives 2013

Human Rights Watch’s 2013 report on Lebanon

The following is the full report of Human Rights Watch’s 2013 Report on Lebanon. 

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archives 2013 kafala and racism

Start Listening

A year ago, a woman named Alem Dechasa committed suicide by hanging herself in her room at Der El-Salib mental hospital.

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archives 2012 cinema

4th Annual Cabriolet Film Festival: Lebanese and International Short Films

Today at 8pm. Gemmayze St Nicholas Stairs  For more info, check out their page. The Program: Joey‘s Pick for Day 1: Na wewe – Ivan Goldschmit – Belgium – 18:52 min Nice short story about the complexity of identity. A minivan transporting citizens of Burundi is stopped by a band of Hutu rebels who force […]

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

Do Not Forget Alem Dechasa

“What makes it harder is when this girl is killed and then claimed that she had committed suicide in order to protect the Lebanese employer from legal prosecution.”