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Stifled in Middle East, Lebanese Band Finds Audience in West

By Sarah Dadouch BEIRUT, Aug 20 – Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila’s blend of indie rock and lyrics about social and political injustice has won a passionate following among fans seeking an alternative to Arab pop with its romantic themes. But securing a firm footing in the Middle East has been difficult for the band. Jordanian

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This Elderly Lebanese Gentleman Has Some Serious Dance Moves

The traditional Levantine folk dance, known as ‘dabke,’ has been doing its rounds on the internet thanks to the #WallDanceChallenge that has been dominating social media trends lately. The challenge spread to U.S., France, UAE, Mexico and even Argentina after a video went viral of a group of Lebanese-Australian men doing the dabke – literally

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Lebanon: Army Blames Terrorists for Killing Child

Five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers patrolling two Syrian refugee camps in the Lebanese town of Arsal, close to the border with Syria on Friday, June 30, and a sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol, according to an army statement. The Lebanese Army further said seven soldiers were wounded and a refugee girl

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Lebanon’s Restaurant Ad Features Same-Sex Couple

A Crepaway ad has caught people’s attention on social media. Titled “Come As You Are,” it takes the phrase to a whole other level with some taboo-breaking as Crepaway features a same-sex couple for the first time ever in an ad made for a Lebanese company. The ad was shared on the restaurant’s social media platforms early

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Lebanon on the Brink of a Crisis Again

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, May 11 – Lebanon is on the brink of crisis again with its politicians at odds over an election law at the heart of the nation’s sectarian system, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time. Parliament’s term expires on June 20 and without

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Forming New Lebanese Government Will Draw Foreign Aid, Central Bank Says

BEIRUT, Nov 3  – Lebanon’s election of a new president and the coming formation of a government will increase confidence in the economy and attract foreign aid, the head of the country’s central bank said on Thursday. The Lebanese parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum.

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Lebanon’s Angel of Mercy

The man who shelters strays By Mostapha Raad Stray dogs approach you as you walk by the Zahrani Bridge’s underpass, in south Lebanon. They sniff the air from a distance, trying to make sure you are not there to harm them. Most of these dogs suffer from physical disabilities, namely blindness and missing limbs, but they

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Teaching You To Never Give Up On Your Dreams

“When life throws you a curveball, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to knock it out of the park.” This is the story of two men who decided never to give up. By Mostapha Raad http://newsweekme.com/in-pursuit-of-a-normal-life/ Social Streams

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Lebanese Alt-Rock Band Confronts Post-Orlando Divisions During U.S. Tour

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 14 – Accustomed to generating controversy in their native Middle East with lyrics tackling love, sex and political apathy, members of Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou’ Leila thought a summer U.S. tour would bring them a welcome respite. Instead, as news spread on Sunday that an American man claiming allegiance to

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