Lebanon boasts the highest human development indices in the Arab world beyond the oil-rich Gulf states. But battered by serial wars, the country is now trying to shake off influential neighbors that see it as a playground for their proxy battles. Once known as the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut, its capital, is today a regional hub for advertising, finance and law.

Breaking the Comic Ceiling: Female Arab Graphic Novelists Make a Mark

A growing band of Arab women is shaping the future of the region's comic book industry, defying odds like their characters do.

The Unlikely Virus Fighters: Islamic Militias

The pandemic has given them a chance to build credibility — as public health warriors.

Is Venezuela Harboring Hezbollah Extremists?

Concerns that Nicolás Maduro’s regime might be sheltering Hezbollah militants are complicating an already strained relationship.

LOOK CLOSER: The Worst Rave Ever?

Lasers disrupt drones and cop cameras.


Real Talk, Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

The Forgotten Pioneer of Lebanese Feminism

Anbara Salam Khalidi's brave gesture to remove her veil in public paved the way for feminists across the Levant and wider Arab world.

Protesters in Lebanon Take a Dim View of Hezbollah

Hezbollah has long enjoyed a hero's reputation in large parts of the Arab world.

Refugees Deserve a Place in Lebanon's Uprising

A quarter of the Lebanese population is made up of Palestinian and Syrian refugees.

Pissing Off a Lebanese Politician

Sethrida Geagea's political story has enough plot points for a Hollywood hit.

Protesters Link Up Around the Globe

From Hong Kong to Spain, protesters with different goals are joining virtual hands in solidarity.

There Are 80,000 Stateless People in Lebanon. She Aims to Change That

Lina Abou Habib wants equal nationality rights, so she’s taking on the entire political class.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

The Bar Where Lebanon's Revolutionaries Drink

For decades, Abou Elie provided a haven for Lebanese communists.

He's Bringing the Horrors of Syrian Prisons to the Stage

Ali Abou Dehn advocates for victims of a previous war, while generating sympathy for new ones.

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