Lebanon


U.S. Tightens Syrian Sanctions Through The Caesar Act

In a sweeping move earlier this week, the United States officially imposed a new round of sanctions on the Syrian government—effectively cutting off the already war-torn country from the world economy. The legislation that made this possible, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, was named in honour of a Syrian […]


Lebanese Protests Begin Again Amid COVID-19 Social Distancing Regulations

Many people in Lebanon have made the difficult decision that they would rather die from COVID-19, than starvation and homelessness. Not immune to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lebanon put a brief pause on their protests as social distancing regulations were announced in March. However, protesters have recently disobeyed the new rules, […]


Lebanon In Crisis: Economics, Politics, And Violence

Fires raged as the sun rose over Lebanon. As the nation’s currency spirals downwards, protestors targeted Lebanese banks with Molotov’s, gasoline, and petrol bombs. According to Al Jazeera, on the night of 28 April 2020, at least a dozen major banks were set ablaze. These protests are the manifestations of widespread […]


United Nations Envoys In The Middle East Push For Immediate Ceasefire

The United Nations envoys for the Middle East are calling for an immediate ceasefire in the region. This appeal aims to redirect focus to addressing and responding to the growing threat of COVID-19. The region has been ravaged by various ongoing conflicts, which have resulted in serious damage to health […]


How The Coronavirus Will Affect The Middle East

The new pandemic known as COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has infected over 300,000 people globally, is especially detrimental to the social, political and economic fabric of the Middle East. The spread of the virus has already isolated free trade and transnational movement and will have a very substantial effect […]


Adrift And Isolated – Turmoil Deepens For Syrian Refugees Who Have Fled To Lebanon

Lebanon is in the middle of a spiralling socio-economic crisis, as it continues to struggle with a political deadlock after years of corruption and a recently failing economy. Such internal issues have been compounded by the presence of over 1.5 million Syrian refugees, recorded by the United Nations High Commission […]


The Rising Threat Of Protest Fatigue

As evidenced by the growing number of protests, riots, and outright revolutions, we live in a tumultuous time. The New York Times reports that since World War II, mass protests have become more common year after year. The current frequency of protests is unprecedented. The point of this article is […]


Lebanon’s Problems Need An International Solution

Violence between anti-government protestors and Lebanon’s riot police has erupted across the country this past week. The cause of protests is rooted in an issue being covered broadly in the news elsewhere: wildfires. The government of Lebanon implemented reforms to tax WhatsApp users in order to fund disaster relief for […]


Lebanese Protesters Continue Call For Government Resignation

Everyone means everyone. This has become the chant of the Lebanese protesters who demand the end of the current Lebanese government. Their mantra has come about following Friday’s televised address by Hassan Nasrallah, Lebanon’s leader of the Iranian-backed group of Hezbollah. He is close friends with Lebanon’s president, and one […]


Lebanese Protests Enter Tenth Day

Protests in Lebanon have continued into their tenth day, despite calls from the government for the people to desist. Riot police have been called in to try to defuse the situation in Beirut, as demonstrators have clashed with pro-Hezbollah supporters in the capital. Over one million people have taken to […]