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A bizarre looking Christmas tree at Beirut's airport was removed on Tuesday after its strange appearance sparked outrage on social media.

HRW said the Lebanese government's failure to bring under control the country's garbage crisis has led to open burning of waste which threatens to seriously damage residents' health.

Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to <em>garbage</em> <em>crisis</em>

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Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis

Lebanese divers carry out a clean-up below the waves, one of many initiatives emerging from Lebanon's civil society in response to the government's failure to address a long-running garbage crisis.

Lebanon's biospheres of sorrow

Myra Al-Rahim

Lebanon's biospheres of sorrow

Comment: The health of Lebanon's environment is inextricably linked to that of its people. The government is destroying them both, writes Myra ...

Yemeni boy hangs himself over 'lack of Eid clothes'

The New Arab

Yemeni boy hangs himself over 'lack of Eid clothes'

A 12-year-old Yemeni boy has become the latest victim in a wave of suicides in the poverty-stricken country, where a war has killed thousands ...

The New Arab

Politics and garbage: Lebanese troubles trend on Twitter

The Lebanese twitterati took to the social networking site to share their problems with the trending hashtag #WhatAreLebaneseProblems.

Karim Traboulsi

Greenpeace, Mashrou' Leila team-up to detox Beirut's plastic binge

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 ...

Tajana Tadić

Mistreatment of refugees has a long history in Europe

Society: As World Refugee Day passes yet again with no change in the condition of most refugees, it's time to remind ourselves of the horrors ...

The New Arab & agencies

Cholera leaves Yemeni hospitals in constant 'code black'

At least one patient is admitted to hospital in Yemen every minute with cholera.

Video: Lebanon admits to dumping <em>garbage</em> 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 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 ...

Israel axes plans to clean Jerusalem beyond barrier

The New Arab

Israel axes plans to clean Jerusalem beyond barrier

Ever since the Israeli cabinet approved to build the separation barrier in 2002, Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality began to lessen its services to ...

Cholera 'epidemic' looms over Sana'a amid waste-collection <em>crisis</em>

The New Arab

Cholera 'epidemic' looms over Sana'a amid waste-collection crisis

According to local reports, the number of cholera cases in Sana’a has risen to 218 across various districts and four deaths have been recorded.

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

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.

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

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.

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, reports Clare Maxwell.

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 ...

The New Arab

Civil society movement to launch anti-corruption observatory in Lebanon

We Want Accountability civil society group held a demonstration in Beirut on Saturday, where they called for a people's anti-corruption ...

Bassel Salloukh

How neoliberalism defeated itself in Lebanon

Comment: Stagnant living standards, evaporating purchasing power and the intensification of the economy's rentier structures - Lebanon's failed ...

Unpaid hospital staff defy Saudi authorities with strike action

The New Arab

Unpaid hospital staff defy Saudi authorities with strike action

Hundreds of hospital staff in Saudi Arabia's al-Khobar, have launched a strike due to unpaid wages, in the kingdom's latest case of corporate ...

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 ...

Beirut Madinati wins third of votes, but no seats

The New Arab

Beirut Madinati wins third of votes, but no seats

Beirut Madinati, a new grassroots' campaign that has taken on entrenched party politics, has won a third of votes at Beirut's municipal ...

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 ...

Lebanese minister advises against 'swallowing mosquitoes' swarming coastal areas

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 ...

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