Lebanon

From Lebanon and Egypt to Israel and Palestine

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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...

A Fatal Tweet Has Killed Another Critic of Bashar al Assad

Nehad Ismail | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

A blast in Beirut Friday 27 December killed at least five people including Mohamad Chatah a former minister and advisor to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Lebanese News Agency reported.

Beirut Bombing 'Selfie' Teen Dies (WARNING GRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A teenager seen posing for a group "selfie" in front of a car moments before it exploded in the capital Beirut has died of his injuries. Following ...

Beirut Bomb In Pictures

Posted 27.12.2013 | UK

A large explosion targeted the convoy of a leading Lebanese political figure Friday morning, killing him and several others, and threatening to bring ...

From Zero to Zero: Syria's Double Refugees in Lebanon

Dr Mairead Collins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Dr Mairead Collins

All any of these families want is to go home, to return to what they knew, to resume normal lives. The only way this will happen is for the conflict to end, for peace talks to begin to allow a safe return to pick back up the lives left behind. No one is suggesting that is likely to be any time soon.

IN PICTURES: Snow Hits The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK

The snow that has blanketed much of the Middle East turned Cairo white on Friday - with local news reports claiming it was Egypt's capital's first sno...

There's No Place Like Home - Bringing Syrian Children in From the Cold

Anita Tiessen | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Temperatures can fall to as low as minus six. In previous winters families have been known to burn their possessions just to stay warm. For little children, struggling against the cold and the wet, the brutality of winter could prove deadly.

Sectarian Violence in Syria: What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

Luke McManus | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Sectarian violence in Syria is now threatening more than just the Middle East. Syria's civil war, whose direction at first seemed synonymous with other countries of the Arab Spring, quickly became a full-blown battle of Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

Women in the Middle East - Beyond Education

Cherie Blair | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

The Middle East is a key region of interest because although increasing numbers of women are receiving a good standard of education, the region still lags behind on the core issue of economic equality. On a global scale, the latest figures from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report show that although the gender gap in education is 93% closed, the gap in economic equality has closed by only 60%.

Beirut Bomb Blast Rips Through Iran Embassy (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

A deadly blast that tore through a Beirut street housing the Iranian embassy has killed more than 20 people, with the cultural attaché to Lebanon rep...

Cat In Microwave Video Sparks Renewed Calls For Lebanese Animal Cruelty Laws

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

Footage of a man shoving his pet cat into a microwave in Lebanon has prompted renewed calls for the government to toughen its animal welfare laws and ...

Syria's Women, Raped And Abused In Refugee Centres, Long To Return Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

Many Syrian women would rather return to their war-torn homeland than endure the violence, rape and other sexual assaults they are experiencing as ref...

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into Action

Cat Carter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

A year ago, almost to the day, I visited a refugee settlement on the Syria border, and it changed everything for me... Nothing prepared me for what I found a year ago. Instead of a population in need of aid, I found families outraged by the international silence surrounding the brutality of the conflict they had fled.