Uprising in Lebanon – what’s happening and why is it important?

Protests erupted in Lebanon last Thursday in response to a government announcement of austerity measures, including a tax on WhatsApp calls. While the WhatsApp tax has made headlines worldwide and is being widely reported as the cause of the uprising, public anger actually runs much deeper, and the current demonstrations are in fact the eruption of years of frustration with a corrupt and ineffective political elite. These protests – which have brought people together across class, regional and sectarian divides – could mark a new era in Lebanese, and perhaps regional politics.

12 essential ingredients for cooking Middle Eastern food

Rooted in local cultures, Middle Eastern food is one of the world's most delicious and intriguing cuisines. But really, it's all about sharing food and precious moments with friends and family. To help you start your own Middle Eastern cooking adventure, we’ve put together this list of 12 essential ingredients that are used in many recipes from the region.

Villa Paradiso – Lebanon’s best kept secret

Nestled in the old souq at the heart of the Lebanese seaside town of Batroun, an old house has been transformed into a beautiful guesthouse. With its minimalist and very “boho beautiful” interiors, which clash stylishly with the grand historical building, Villa Paradiso is the quintessential millennial getaway destination. (image: Lebanon Untravelled) Batroun is a … Continue reading Villa Paradiso – Lebanon’s best kept secret

Lebanese women push back against the law that allows rapists to escape prison by marrying their victims

An eerie sight met the eyes of those walking along Beirut’s picturesque corniche last week. 31 wedding dresses billowed in the breeze, hung from trees on the seafront by activists protesting a controversial loophole in the country’s law on rape. The wedding dresses represent the latest in a string of protests in Lebanon and the … Continue reading Lebanese women push back against the law that allows rapists to escape prison by marrying their victims

Pulling out the pin: Drawing Hezbollah out of Syria

January, 2014. Assad's fall from power is inevitable. His army is haemorrhaging combat power through defections, demoralisation and tactical defeats. The coalition of nationalists and Islamists are cutting a path to Damascus like a scimitar through flesh. Six months later and Assad is not only still in power, but he is regaining territory from the rebels. Something … Continue reading Pulling out the pin: Drawing Hezbollah out of Syria