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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 […]