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 […]

The Secret of Eternal Youth: Nora Sabbagh

Old woman smiling on a chair

For many of us, old age appears like a blip on the horizon, an inevitable part of the human condition that always seems further than it actually is. Yet when we are reminded of its eventual toll, a constellation of anxieties cluster together. Fears about how age will take a toll on our well-being, autonomy […]

Letter to my Daughter

Two women in a salon setting

Like countless who came before me and others yet to come, I am a Lebanese parent who sends her children away as gifts to the world. More than parents of any other nation, we find ourselves hugging our almost-grown children in airports, wishing them well as they leave us to pursue higher education or career […]

Faith in Unforeseen Place: Melkite Church

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Photo by Meredith Cavaleri It’s 10:30 a.m. The Divine Liturgy. The Sunday service at Melkite Church seems like that of any other place of worship in the world until I leaned in more closely. The four dozen or so attendees — young families, elders, millennials — every age demographic thoroughly represented — stood in unison, […]

Bitcoin is the New Gold Standard


A quick introduction into Bitcoin, blockchain and the future of money. So, I first heard of Bitcoin (BTC) in 2011 during a casual conversation with a guy living in the United States at the time. He told me about this new digital money, which is only available in cyberspace and which, in order to get, […]

Building Momentum for Lebanese Innovation


Recent achievements have demonstrated again that Lebanese startups can compete and win on the global stage. Can we unleash the positive tidal wave of Lebanese entrepreneurs? Lebanon is a small country with an estimated population of 4.4 million people, plus approximately 1.5 million refugees, both Syrian and Palestinian. India currently has approximately 1.3 billion people and is one […]