How the Lebanese Citizen Bill of Rights Can Deliver an Independent Judiciary

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Many in Lebanon have started demanding an independent judiciary. And yet few describe what this really means. After all, in its very definition, the judiciary is there to simply interpret what the law is and to pass judgment for the authorities to apply. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the people in Lebanon have lost […]

Lebanese Bill of Rights (Version 6d)

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WE, the people of Lebanon, having endured hardship and humiliation from a divided, unjust, and dysfunctional system, have united to reconcile and overcome our sad past, eliminate deficiencies and abuses, strengthen our state, and renovate our nation. In doing so, we strive towards a brighter and more prosperous future for all. WE hereby demand the […]

A Tale of Two Lebanons

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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 […]

Caritas General Director Rita Rhayem, Phantom Female No More

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief Brilliance combined with humility, ambition with tactfulness, and charisma with sincerity make for a gifted leader. HOME had the pleasure of sitting down with Rita Rhayem, who embodies these very qualities. Rhayem’s appointment as the first female director of Caritas Lebanon marks a milestone for the organization’s 47-year history. At age 34, she will […]

ARIJ: Watchdog Journalism that Holds the Powerful to Account

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Photos by Ala’a Sukhni, ARIJ “Against the odds, investigative journalism persists in the Middle East,” beams a headline in the Columbia Journalism Review, the leading publication for media industry professionals and academics. And one organization of watchdogs—Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism—is largely responsible. ARIJ Executive Director Rana Sabbagh, a key figure in the Amman-based organization’s history, says, “We won’t remain silent bystanders. […]

Art Therapy: Healing Through Creative Expression

The growth of art therapy in Lebanon will bring benefits as long as it is done right, says therapist Myra Saad. Article by: Vivecca Chatila Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of art therapy? If you’re thinking coloring books, you’re certainly not alone. Although coloring can relieve stress […]