Artist Wissam Melhem free the lines, free the colors.

a paint with white hands and houses above

Article by: Maie El-Hage In the quiet elegance of his Belle Vue apartment, Wissam Melhem opens up about his artistic journey. Recounting his early illustrations, this designer-turned-artist discusses how his work has always been about social and cultural commentary. Now at his artistic peak, Melhem is enjoying the expressiveness and artistic freedoms of his action-painting […]

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 […]

Arab World’s First Female Interior Minister: Raya El Hassan

Woman in suit sitting in front of standing flags

Trailblazing Raya Haffar El Hassan became the first female Minister of Interior in the Arab World this year and served as the first female Minister of Finance in Lebanon (2009 to 2011). With extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, public finance and social development make up her areas of expertise. While women […]

A Tale of Two Lebanons

a tale of two lebanons with a tree one in a bad condition and the other part in a greenery and sunny condition

A century ago, famed Lebanese poet Gebran Khalil Gebran wrote, “You have your Lebanon and I have my Lebanon.” His words still ring true, as seemingly two Lebanons have emerged. One is the old Lebanon—still living in its shadowy past, where the nation is split among populations, geographies, sects and classes. With senseless wars and […]

23 Years of Touching Hearts and Minds: Najla Hamati of Collège Louise Wegmann

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief Holding children by the hand Collège Louise Wegmann teacher Najla Nasser Hamati is Lebanon’s answer to Robin Williams’ much celebrated character in Dead Poets Society: inspiring, unconventional, and lovable. She approaches teaching with love and her students with the type of respect that leaves an indelible mark for life. […]

The Dream of Coming HOME

a book with a picture of people and the word America

Marta Haddad’s dream of coming HOME remained unfulfilled. With only a bag full of courage, hope and love Marta Haddad boarded a boat in Beirut , making a long and perilous voyage to France and then onwards to her final destination, New York. The trip to America was a complicated aspiration for a young woman […]