Politics

December 19, 2019

Confronted by Hope… A Revolutionary Lesson in Resisting Cynicism and Despair

By Martin Accad I arrive to a road block on my way to work in the Greater Beirut area. Young men are manning it, feeding the black smoke emerging from burning tires. Other iron and wood materials are strewn around randomly across the road. Cars and scooters dot the site […]
December 12, 2019

The Power of Having Nothing to Lose

by Walid Zailaa It is no secret that the outbreak of revolutions in the various areas of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, and lately in Lebanon, has revealed an ugly truth of the systematic impoverishment of the people over decades. Instead of seeking the welfare of their […]
November 18, 2019

Sudan Brief – November 2019

Of the People, by the People, for the People Sudan’s New Government Heralds an Epoch of Change by Teresa Sfeir News The people of Sudan refused to back down this time. Months of unrelenting demonstrations led to the fall of decades-long President Omar al-Bashir from power this April. A transitional […]
November 13, 2019

The Road from Damascus: How a Syrian Christian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement

by Jayson Casper Following Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria and establishment of a “safe zone” in coordination with Russia, the beleaguered nation faces another refugee crisis. According to the United Nations, 6.7 million Syrians have registered with their High Commission for Refugees. Turkey hosts the largest share, with 3.4 million, followed by Lebanon with 1 […]
November 11, 2019

Iraq Brief – November 2019

During these Times of Revolution, the Church Needs to Offer an Alternative to the Dominant Model by Martin Accad News In the month of October 2019, the global media reported the arrival of new disturbances, protests, and violent government reprisals and deaths in Iraq. As of early November, the death […]
November 7, 2019

Why Do the Nations Rage? The World’s Plea for Leadership with Integrity

by Mike Kuhn Media outlets are noticing an unprecedented proliferation of uprisings around the globe—Hong Kong, Chile, Addis Ababa, Baghdad, and of course, our own beloved Beirut. While some debate the legitimacy of Christians’ participation in these demonstrations, there is a more fundamental issue that is at stake as we […]
November 5, 2019

Lebanon Brief – November 2019

A Church Aware of its Role at All Times by Chaden Hani News Lebanon is currently witnessing unprecedented mass protest movements against the political ruling class for the failures contributing to a dire national economic and social crisis that has undermined the dignified existence of its citizens. Protest events included […]
October 31, 2019

Jesus Followers in the Public Domain: Pray or Protest?

by Nabil Habiby Day 13. Demonstrators close the main roads in almost every major city in Lebanon. This is the biggest protest (the people on the street call it a revolution) since the formation of the modern state of Lebanon (1920). It has reached across party lines and religious sects. […]