Lebanon

Banned Anal Exam Still Being Used To 'Test' If Men Are Gay In Lebanon

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

An invasive and banned “test” for homosexuality is reportedly still being used in Lebanon. The examination, which involves the insertion of a ...

Galloway Doubles Pay Packet With Appearances On Russia, Arab Channels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

George Galloway has earned £65,000 in just six months as a presenter and guest for dubious state-run broadcasters. The Bradford MP is the highest ...

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

Clooney's New Takedown Of The Daily Mail Is His Most Brutal Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

Apologies from the Daily Mail are as rare as a nun on the Sidebar of Shame. But a furious George Clooney isn't having any of it. The Hollywood star...

Amnesty International Slams Lebanese Authorities Over Treatment of Palestinian Refugees

Luke McManus | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Luke McManus

Amnesty claims that authorities are arbitrarily denying entry to the country for Palestinian men, women and children. This unpredictable border policy is leading to some family members being let in, while others are left behind inside Syria.

The Head Of ISIS Has Just Given A Terrifying Warning To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Terror group ISIS will march on Rome in its quest to establish an Islamic state from the Middle East across Europe, its self-proclaimed 'caliph' has a...

The End Of Iraq As We Know It? 4 Maps That Show Just How Messed Up The Region Is

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Pick up any map of the Middle East over in the past 100 years and it's unlikely to really tell you the story of its people or its geography. It tells ...

Omar Bakri Muhammad Is Seeking Asylum In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

Extremist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammad will not be allowed back into Britain, the Government has insisted amid reports he intends to claim asylum in t...

Jihadist Recruitment Videos Raise Important Questions About Counter-Extremist Policy

Dave Rich | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Dave Rich

Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan from Cardiff, and Abdul Rakib Amin from Aberdeen, are just another example of British Muslims who have left behind their conventional British lives to seek martyrdom and jihad in a foreign land.

After Iraq, ISIS Now Threatens Lebanon and Jordan

Luke McManus | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Luke McManus

Much like the Iraqi sectarianism of past and present, the powerful Lebanese Shia group, Hezbollah, may soon be drawn into a conflict that is already reaching beyond the conventions of international borders. All eyes are on ISIS now, and this is probably just what they had hoped for.

Will There Be a Shi'a-Sunni War in the Middle East? Not Likely

William O. Beeman | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
William O. Beeman

If it is possible for the government of Iraq to repel and contain ISIS with Iran's help, the United States should definitely support such an action. There need be no real fear at this time that either the Shi'a or Sunni forces will evolve into a kind of World War III in the Middle East...

Syria Is the Biggest Refugee Crisis in the World... And It's Not Going Away

David Morrissey | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
David Morrissey

The Syria crisis may have fallen off the news agenda, but it hasn't gone away. Every month around 100,000 Syrians become refugees. Again and again I was told the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile and critically underfunded, but there was enormous praise for Jordan - not a rich country by Middle Eastern standards, yet it is showing great generosity towards the Syrian people. This is an international crisis on an epic scale. It's a matter of global responsibility - Jordan and the other countries neighbouring Syria should not be bearing the brunt of this alone.

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.

From Lebanon and Egypt to Israel and Palestine

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

My title itself is an immediate challenge, if not also a contradiction of sorts, since each country echoes its different issues in a MENA jigsaw puzzle that is raddled with unholy alliances, rights' abuses, raw fears or bloody retributions!

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Neighbour Carrying a Huge Burden

Penny Sims | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Penny Sims

Yesterday the number of Syrian refugees registered by the UN in Lebanon passed one million. Most Lebanese people will tell you the real number is much higher.

An Inspiring Orphan From Syria, Stepping Into Her Mother's Shoes

Dana Sleiman | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Dana Sleiman

I first met Hala at a tented settlement in central Bekaa, East Lebanon. She had been here for a year, one in a million refugees who have fled Syria. They call her 'the orphan'; her tomboy walk and winter hat make her easy to spot. She speaks with a disturbing nonchalance; a hardness, common amongst many refugees I have met. Her hair is falling out.

Life in Lebanon Is Worse Than During the Darkest Days of Civil War

Najla Chahda | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Najla Chahda

In the days leading up to 15th March, the third anniversary of the start of the conflict, people all over the world will be holding vigils to remind their governments that giving up on Syria is not an option.

Lebanon: Being Gay Is Not a Crime Nor Against Nature

Dan Littauer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

A court in Lebanon has made a historic ruling stating same-sex relations are not "contradicting the laws of nature" and cannot therefore be considered a crime, said a statement only revealed today.

Lebanon Has Two Kinds of Booby Traps

Lucy Knight | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Lucy Knight

Yesterday in the centre of Beirut the army blocked off roads after a suspicious vehicle was found. It apparently contained some explosives and was thought to be a booby trap. At around the same time, Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun, currently in Sochi competing in Alpine skiing, was the talk of social media when images and video footage of her posing without much on, emerged.

Dr Halla Diyab, Syrian Journalist, Receives Death Threats After BBC Appearance

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Police are investigating death threats sent to a Syrian journalist who appeared on BBC TV show, after she questioned whether Britain should allow Syri...

Geneva 2: It's Not Just Peace That's a Priority for Syrians, It's Survival

Sara Firth | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Sara Firth

Far from the conference corridors at the Geneva 2 talks - the corridors of the UNHCR's Beirut office are bustling. Outside in the morning sun hundreds of Syrian refugees have already gathered in long queues. They're waiting.

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

Successful Commons Debate on UK Relations With the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons, for the second time in a year, returned last week to debating the Kurdistan Region and, specifically, British relations with it. This is very unusual given that Kurdistan is a faraway place of which most British people are unaware. Such debates can change that.

Ariel Sharon, Israel's Former Prime Minister, Dead At 85

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel, has died aged 85 after many years in a coma, local reports say. Prime Minister from 2001 until 2...

78,000 Library Books Torched By Islamists

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Ancient books in a historic library in the Lebanese city of Tripoli have been torched by Islamist, after a pamphlet purportedly insulting religion was...