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Coalition formed to defend free speech in Lebanon

Coalition formed to defend free speech in Lebanon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fourteen local and international organizations announced a coalition to defend freedom of speech in Lebanon on July 13. Along with most signatories, I share doubts about the viability of this collective action, but also a certitude about its necessity. In the 20 years I have been a journalist, rarely have I been more scared about

RAMCO strike a key moment for labor rights in Lebanon

Reading Time: 3 minutes In early April, about 400 foreign employees of RAMCO, a Lebanese construction, facility, and waste management company, went on strike to demand payment in US dollars and better working conditions. The strike, believed to be the first of its kind among foreign laborers in Lebanon, could set an example for other groups of workers demanding

Life for Lebanon’s migrant domestic workers worsens amid crisis

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hardly anyone in Lebanon has been left unscathed by the economic crisis, the worst since the end of the civil war in 1990. Its impact has been most devastating on communities already marginalized prior to the crisis. The situation for the estimated 250,000 migrant domestic workers, for instance, who are excluded from labor law protections,

Those responsible for attacks on the press must be held accountable

Reading Time: 3 minutes Journalists were among the most active in documenting the Lebanese protests, according to our Lebanon Protests open-data platform. This role has put members of the press at risk, with attacks on media spiking in mid-January—the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom identified over 20 violations against media between January 14 – 20, raising the

The dangers of e-waste disposal in Lebanon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Electronics are becoming more disposable. Indeed, built-in obsolescence, high cost of repair, as well as leaps in technology have shortened their lifespan. The Global E-waste Monitor 2017, a study on electronic waste (e-waste) undertaken through a collaboration of the United Nations University, the International Telecommunication Union, and the International Solid Waste Association, found that in

Sustaining mobility in Lebanon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lebanon’s transport sector is one of the most unsustainable in the Middle East region. This is mostly due to the continuing absence of any public transportation by bus or rail for over 40 years, and the lack of infrastructure for alternative transport means, such as bicycles and walking. The result is an exclusive reliance on