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Lebanon Revolt Closes Last Window of Respite for Syrians

Lebanon Revolt Closes Last Window of Respite for Syrians

Abou Mohammed was deprived of celebrating his son’s return from Europe to Syria after a 15-year absence due to the eruption of massive anti-government protests in neighboring Lebanon. Mohammed had booked a ticket to Beirut and his father was set to welcome him at Rafik Hairiri International Airpo

WhatsApp in the Arab World: An Essential but Controversial Tool

WhatsApp in the Arab World: An Essential but Controversial Tool

From organizing mass protests in Baghdad and Beirut to coordinating rescue missions amid grinding conflict in Syria, WhatsApp has become an indispensable connector for millions across the Arab world. In Lebanon, where telecommunications are highly regulated and expensive, citizens have increasing

Displaced Syrian Kurds See No Way Home

Since fleeing a Turkish assault in northeastern Syria, Anwar has been living in constant anxiety -- unable to return home or to tolerate life in a room with 20 others. The 35-year-old is one of hundreds of thousands displaced by a Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria launch

High Stakes for Putin, Erdogan Summit on Northeast Syria

High Stakes for Putin, Erdogan Summit on Northeast Syria

Turkey's president is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in talks crucial to the outcome of Turkey's latest incursion into northern Syria, and to the broader Syrian war. The stakes couldn't be higher.

'All of Them Means All of Them': Lebanon Protest Slogans

'All of Them Means All of Them': Lebanon Protest Slogans

From the popular refrain of the 2011 Arab uprisings to ingenious street slogans denouncing a "corrupt" ruling elite, the chants of Lebanon's protests have been a mix of defiance and humor. Since mass demonstrations started on Thursday, the chortles of tens of thousands have rung out across the co

Lebanon’s Protests: Cleaning in the Morning and Partying at Night

Lebanon’s Protests: Cleaning in the Morning and Partying at Night

Medical student Lynn Abi Khalil, 17, says she could not take part in Lebanon's massive spontaneous protests against the government so instead she picked up gloves and a trash bag. "I haven't been participating in the demonstrations because my family doesn't want me to," she says, as she collects

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