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On Saturday, activists led a high-profile clean-up along one of Beirut's last non-privatised beaches, enlisting the help of Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou Leila.

Comment: There was nothing inevitable about the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Instead, it was a product of the regime's 'divide and rule' strategy, writes David Powell.

Video: Lebanon admits to dumping garbage into the sea

The New Arab

Video: Lebanon admits to dumping garbage into the sea

A Lebanese minister has acknowledged that his government's main solution to a long-standing rubbish crisis is to dump it straight into the sea.

This 81-year-old Lebanese woman solved her village's trash crisis

The New Arab

This 81-year-old Lebanese woman solved her village's trash crisis

Amid corruption and nepotism, one villager in south Lebanon took it upon herself to deal with her village's trash crisis, spreading a grassroots ...

Beirut Madinati to Beirut Pride: What's Nasrallah afraid of?

Joey Ayoub

Beirut Madinati to Beirut Pride: What's Nasrallah afraid of?

Comment: Without sectarian and patriarchal oppression, none of the warlords-turned-politicians, their business associates or their (exclusively ...

Joey Ayoub

Lebanese politicians are scapegoating Syrian refugees

Comment: The Lebanese government is using Syrian refugees as scapegoats in order to divert attention away from its own unpopularity and extensive failures, writes Joey Ayoub.

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's underground hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

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Lebanon has sent hundreds of children to military court

Lebanon tried hundreds of civilians in military courts last year, including children, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, urging an end to a ...

Recycling in Beirut falls to activists and refugees

Clare Maxwell

Recycling in Beirut falls to activists and refugees

Social enterprises and those who have no other options are stepping in to help sort out Lebanon's recycling in the wake of the garbage crisis, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Birds circling rubbish threaten Beirut flights

Flights in and out of Lebanon's Beirut airport are at risk because of the large number of birds flying over a nearby garbage dump, the country's ...

Corruption on the coast: Lebanon for sale

Robert Cusack

Corruption on the coast: Lebanon for sale

Exclusive investigation: Leaked documents show how businesses are profiting from sun-drenched beachfronts and shadowy deals, reports Rob Cusack.

'Talking rubbish': Lebanon's environment minister glosses over trash crisis

The New Arab

'Talking rubbish': Lebanon's environment minister glosses over trash crisis

Lebanon's Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk is facing a wave of criticism after writing a self-congratulatory article on the country's ...

One year after Lebanon's #YouStink movement: popular uprising imminent?

Kareem Chehayeb

One year after Lebanon's #YouStink movement: popular uprising imminent?

Comment: The momentum that brought thousands onto the streets of Beirut may have slowed, but it dealt a blow to the sectarian system that rules ...

Lebanon's local elections: 'Coffee, shawarma and democracy'

Pierre Akiki

Lebanon's local elections: 'Coffee, shawarma and democracy'

The Lebanese have an opportunity to bring about real change after six years without elections, but the corruption entrenched in the sectarian ...

The New Arab

Lebanese minister advises against 'swallowing mosquitoes' swarming coastal areas

Lebanon’s environment minister Mohamad Machnouk went on a blocking frenzy after advice he tweeted was met with much cynicism by the Lebanese twitterati.

Karim Traboulsi

A joke gone too far? Meet Lebanon's fascist clown

Pierre Hachach has been causing controversy since the 1990s, but the vigilante comedian's jokes face a tough crowd following his self-serving ...

Joseph Willits

Silence over Israel’s demolition frenzy

Comment: The staggering increase in the demolitions of Palestinian homes is paralleled by international silence, despite the systematic nature ...

The New Arab & agencies

Refuse collectors begin to clear up Lebanon's political mess

Workers have started to remove huge piles of rubbish in northern Beirut as part of a plan to end Lebanon's eight month garbage crisis.

Lebanon announces 'fix' to trash crisis amid protests

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon announces 'fix' to trash crisis amid protests

Lebanese Information Minister Ramzi Jreij has said authorities will reopen the Naameh landfill as part of a 'four-year' plan to resolve the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Activists release garbage footage to mock Lebanon tourism video

You Stink campaigners mocked a recent video commissioned by Lebanon's tourism ministry to promote the country's nature by ...

Lebanon hit by swine flu deaths over winter

The New Arab

Lebanon hit by swine flu deaths over winter

Lebanon's health ministry confirms four H1N1 deaths this winter season, but urges the country not to worry about the virus saying there is no ...

Isn't it funny? Beirut's clown activists tackle serious issues

Karim Traboulsi

Isn't it funny? Beirut's clown activists tackle serious issues

A group of Lebanese performers are using farce to highlight the country's chronic crises - but also to cheer up vulnerable people affected by ...

Uncertainty is Lebanon's worst enemy

James Denselow

Uncertainty is Lebanon's worst enemy

Comment: It wasn't Syria, but a waste crisis that hit Lebanon's political scene hardest last year. This year, everyone expects unpredictability, ...

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