Last modified: 07 August 2016.

My Nationality Is My Right

Created on 10 June 2016
Written by Tala & Natacha
While equal pay may be the big issue for women in the States now, in Lebanon, we have not reached that level of the gender debate yet; women here are still fighting to pass on their nationality to their husband and children.
To this day, Lebanese women do not have the same legal entitlements to citizenship as men. If a Lebanese woman marries a foreign man, she cannot pass on her nationality to her spouse and, later on, to her children. This is not the case, though, for Lebanese men, who are fully entitled by the Lebanese law to naturalize both their wife and children.

This gender inequality is not only discriminatory, but it also denies women a basic human right.
There have been a lot of protests around this issue; a campaign called "My Nationality Is A Right For Me and My Family" was even launched to help women reach equality. Eqbal Doghan, head of the Working Women’s League, asked lawmakers to justify extending their own mandates while ignoring calls made by activists for more than 30 years for the equal citizenship law. Activist Maryam Ghazal also lashed out at politcians: “You’ve used sectarianism as an excuse to neglect children... Where is the justice in this?” she asked. “Who has more of a right to the Lebanese nationality: a child who was born and raised in Lebanon, or a child who was born and raised outside Lebanon and has barely any connection to the country?”
Officials argue that Lebanese women who are married to non-Lebanese men and who reside in the country should not be allowed to pass on the Lebanese nationality to their children because this could change the country's sectarian demography.

The Plight of a Nation's Children

Created on 21 April 2016
Written by Sahar

The civil war in Syria that started in 2011 has already killed 32,000 million people, including around 12,000 million children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The children are the ones that are most affected by the war. They are suffering from malnutrition and diseases brought on by the lack of hygiene in war-torn Syria and in refugee camps. Cholera and diarrheal diseases are especially common, while the cold weather increases the risk of the refugees catching respiratory infections. Moreover, Syrian children have to work to support their families, which is most of the time very dangerous since these children are vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. What's more, according to the UN children's agency, around 2-3 million Syrian children are illiterate. The agency claims that the war reversed 10 years of progress in their education. These are only some of the issues Syrian children are facing, so how can one dare to hope in the Syrian nation's chance for a better future?


A Pope Who Walks the Talk

Created on 21 April 2016
Written by Karen

Pope Francis has often preached, Help one another.” And he has indeed proved to be a man of his word.

It is no secret that Syrians have experienced and are still experiencing horrid circumstances that make them a people in dire need of help. Upon visiting the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday 16 April 2016, Pope Francis invited 3 Syrian families to go back with him to the Vatican aboard the papal plane, with the promise that the Vatican would take full responsibility for them. You might think that their being in Greece would have made them safe from the atrocities going on in Syria, but that’s not really the case. These people were already in refugee camps in Lesbos well before the European Union-Turkey agreement, which states that anyone coming illegally from Turkey will be returned to Turkey.


Alexander McGreen

Created on 02 June 2016
Written by Christina Zeidan

After receiving his long awaited and well deserved Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage at the Academy Awards and gave a speech about climate change. Now that was a wake-up call for the people who had spent the past two hours ogling all the Alexander McQueen and Valentino dresses as well as the Tom Ford and Calvin Klein tuxes. But of course, that call lasted for a couple of seconds before the lusting after fancy couture resumed. I mean, come on… priorities, right? Most people walk around this planet so consumed by appearances and superficial things that they forget all about what really matters, this planet. We are on the brink of a climatic crisis – ice caps are melting and polar bears are slowly dying out. The world is a victim of environmental catastrophes mainly caused by human carelessness, by the rise in corporatism and capitalism. It is time to look up from that Twitter feed and notice what is happening. The effects of human carelessness are drastic on the environment and human health, but there is still hope for salvation by raising awareness and confronting corporatism.


A New Stardom Platform

Created on 10 April 2016
Written by Elizabeth

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Ever since the beginning of life, mankind has been trying to make everyday life easier. Technology has played a big part in that quest, and it has also become the main factor in the process of evolution. Among the major life-altering technological advances, the Internet with its iconic Youtube definitely takes center stage. Founded on the 14th of February in California, Youtube is a website where individuals share “vlogs” and entertaining or educational videos. Becoming a Youtuber has become quite common these days since everyone is able to own a channel and upload videos online. Still, to be a successful youtuber requires commitment, the necessary equipment, a distinctive personality, and good content. After all, keeping fans happy is not such an easy feat, and not everyone can manage to do it. Nowadays, being a worldwide known Youtuber like PewDiePie, KSI, Smosh, and Zoella has become as prized as being a famous singer or actor. In short, Youtube has definitely provided people with a new stardom platform.


We Make History

Created on 19 February 2016
Written by Yara

The Times Higher Education has recently published the new top 15 university ranking of the Arab world universities. The American University of Beirut (AUB) ranked second, preceded only by the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. Not only was AUB the only Lebanese university that made the list, but it also ranked 501 in the World University Rankings of 2015-2016.

The criteria used to determine these rankings were based on the 13 performance indicators used to create the World University Rankings, which are largely based on academic and employer reputational data, institutional data such as the student faculty ratio, and bibliometric data. It is important to note that AUB's ranking is even more significant when examined amidst the other lavishly funded Arab universities which made the ranking. Phil Baty, editor


No More Distracted Walking?

Created on 02 April 2016
Written by yara

ABC News announced a new measure proposed by an assembly woman in New Jersey which aims to put an end to the “distracted walking” problem that has been plaguing every country and city. This measure has been suggested in an attempt to discourage people from texting while walking and therefore avoid the consequences that result from this behavior. 

in terms of penalty, this problem has been linked to jaywalking (crossing the street unlawfully or without regard for approaching traffic). Lampitt, a democrat, stated that, “Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road. An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking, and should be held, at minimum, to the same penalty.”

Should this measure become applicable, any person caught texting while walking would face a $50 fine, 15-day jail time, or even both.

This law has not been voted on yet, but what is certain is that if and when passed, it  is definitely bound to be a game changer.


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