Peace Takes Center Stage with Lea Baroudi

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Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan Disadvantaged, marginalized, impoverished. How does one begin to help people chained to this end of the societal spectrum? MARCH Lebanon is a local non-profit NGO whose mission is to promote social cohesion and personal freedoms through arts and culture. Lights MARCH was created in 2011 by a group of […]

Gino Raidy: From Journalism to Blogging to Activism

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Popular Lebanese blogger Gino Raidy talks civil society, liberal ideals and initiating change, walking us through his journey from blogging and journalism into impactful activism. Between Gino’s Blog and MARCH Gino Raidy started a blog in 2010 as an extra-credit project while studying biology at the American University of Beirut. Little did he know he would one […]

The PEN is Mightiest of All

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PEN Lebanon brings acclaimed international writers to promote freedom of expression to public school students. When four foreign novelists — one Dutch, one Polish, one Liberian and one Indian — pile back into a tour bus after visiting a public school in Aley, all they can talk about is how special the experience was. Indeed, out […]

Finding Their Voice: Lebanese Youth Create Vibrant Spoken Word Poetry Scene

  Spoken word poetry has taken a foothold in Lebanon, where a growing number of young people are embracing its soul-baring, truth-telling qualities. Photo  by: Nadim Kamel Under the stars, on Rafik Hariri University’s green, in front of friends and strangers, Dana Seif stepped onto the stage. She felt a tightness in her throat and […]