Lebanon


The New Liquid Gold – Water Insecurity In The Middle East

The Middle East is a region characterized by contrasts. Oil-rich Qatar maintains a GDP-per-capita of more than 100 times destitute Yemen. Beirut’s celebrated cosmopolitanism lies less than 300 miles from Raqqa, the capital of the now defunct caliphate of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Jordan acts a beacon […]


U.S Ends Funding To UN’s Palestinian Refugee Agency

The State Department announced Friday that the United States will no longer provide funding to the United Nations’ Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees in the near East – an approximate $0.4 billion annual contribution they’ve made for decades. In their statement, the U.S. called the UNRWA “irredeemably […]


Civilians And Local Militia Resist ISIS Attacks In Southwestern Syria

Islamic State (ISIS) militants coordinated suicide bombings along with multiple shootings in Sweida and other villages and towns in south-western Syria. The attack occurred on July 25, and both civilians and local militia took up arms to defend the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 252 deaths, 135 […]


EU’s 2018 Migration Summit: An Influx Of Migrants Or An Influx Of Populist Power?

There has been a dramatic change in the political landscape for migrants in Europe over the weekend as a new EU wide summit was reached regarding how the Union would deal with migration issues in the future. They key aspects of the summit include:  domestic control centres within the EU, […]


Evacuation Deal Struck Limiting Syrian Government Assaults On Yarmouk Refugee Camp

On Wednesday, May 2nd, the Syrian government announced that it had reached an evacuation deal with rebel fighters in the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. The deal, as reported by the official Syrian government news outlet, allows the fighters and their families, who number about 5,000, to be transported […]


What To Make Of Netanyahu’s Threat To “Act Against Dangerous Iran”

On Sunday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Israel will act directly against Iran, a country that he believes is the world’s greatest threat. In what was his first address at the annual Munich Security Conference, which brings together security, defense officials, and diplomats from across Europe and the […]


Battle At The Borders: Why More Responsibility Needs To Be Taken For Syrian Refugees

This week news about two different borders caught my attention; one about the Syrian border with Lebanon and the other with Turkey. Individually they alarmed me, but together they significantly call for a change in how the UN, governments and NGOs manage the Syrian conflict. The conflict which began in […]


Getting Ready For The Egyptian Presidential Elections

Controversy and speculation began last week when former Prime Minister of Egypt, Ahmed Shafik, announced on Wednesday, his intention to run in the next presidential elections around March or April of 2018. Hours after declaring his intent to run, Shafik announced in a video message given to Al Jazeera that he […]