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A Spot at the Kotel Won’t Save Us: A Crisis in American Judaism

“What terrifies our elders, anxious to maintain their grip on the only Jewish identity they know, is precisely that, in saying ‘no!’ to Zionism, we are saying ‘yes!’ to Jewishness.”

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#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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What the #WomenOfGhouta Have Achieved in 7.5 Years

“I am talking about the suffering of women inside Ghouta.”

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The Story of Hind Majaly, A Revolutionary Woman from Daraa

“I was one of the first women to organise peaceful demonstrations in Daraa and one of the first women to be detained.”

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The Multipolar Spin: How Fascists Operationalize Left-wing Resentment

This article was originally published by Alexander Reid Ross, author of the book ‘Against The Fascist Creep’. Republished here for education purposes.

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I Interviewed Adel Karam, and Nothing He Said was Funny

Badar Salem on meeting Adel Karam. Translated by Elias Abou Jaoudeh.

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feminism & masculinity

رسالة من صديقك المثلي

“انا شاب لبناني في منتصف العشرينات من العمر، ونعم، انا مثلي، وماذا يعني هذا الكلام؟”

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On Beirut Pride: 5 Reflections.

Presenting reflections on Beirut Pride by 5+ authors

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Miream Salameh’s Speech at #BringThemHere Rally in Melbourne

“I am from a Christian family. I say this today because I need to explain that my family and I escaped from the Syrian regime violence before ISIS even existed in my country.”

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Omar Sabbour: Regarding statements by Syrian opposition and Western solidarity groups

What we should focus on.

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Alex Shams: On Munich and Whiteness

Why aren’t we having a conversation about violence in the West, about masculinity and gun culture?

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feminism & masculinity

Halim Shebaya: When Sally met Lebanon’s Personal Status laws

“What provoked Sally to initiate such an action that landed her, and the people who assisted her, in the custody of the Lebanese authorities?”

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Elia El Khazen: A Message to Pseudo-Leftists on Syria

“To anyone who has continuously and consistently, over the years, denied the existence of an uprising in Syria, this message is for you.”

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Dr. Rima Tarabay: Regarding the government’s waste management plan

Dr Rima Tarabay tries to shed light on the Lebanese government’s waste management plan.

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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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My friend Abdul Rahman Kassig was kidnapped by ISIS. Here’s his story.

Kidnapped by ISIS in October 2013, American Aid worker Abdul Rahman Kassig is a ‘soul who walked the walk’, writes Erin Cory.

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Harry Chun: Fadi’s Story

The following piece tells the story of how Fadi, a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, was able to send his engagement ring to his fiancee living in Germany. It is a story of hope, perseverance and above all, love. Who would’ve thought that I would come back to Europe following my coverage of the Syrian […]

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Mario Macaron: Open Letter to Mrs. Sleiman, First Lady of Lebanon + Her Response

Dear Mrs. Sleiman, I am a Lebanese student studying in Paris. I had the honor of being part of the delegation that you lead in Tunis in November 2010 at the Conference on the Rights of the Arab Woman, and like many I feverishly applauded your speech advocating and defending the rights of women in […]

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Rita Nehme: A Reflexion on Yesterday’s Explosion

The following post was posted by Rita Nehme as a status a few moments after yesterday’s explosion and re-posted here with her permission.  Is it tomorrow yet? Have we gotten over it? Over the shock, the fumes, the debris? Have we buried the bodies? Have we called them martyrs yet, a title stuck onto the […]

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Mario Macaron: Tributum ad Cedrum Libani – A Tribute to the Lebanese Cedars

A friend of mine shared this article originally entitled “Tributum ad Cedrum Libani – Hommage aux Cèdres du Liban” written by  Mario Macaron and posted on L’Explicite. I was touched by its straightforwardness and persistent realism mixed with a healthy dose of optimism. And so, with Mario’s permission, I’ve translated it into English. While not a […]