'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

World Dec 20, 2020

'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

Lebanese comedians are bringing relief and defying taboos with jokes about dating, partying during the pandemic — and how even drug dealers are considering leaving the crisis-hit country. Laughter erupts in a venue wedged between two districts devastated by a deadly Aug. 4 explosion that ...

In rudderless Lebanon, revolutionaries drift apart

World Oct 15, 2020

In rudderless Lebanon, revolutionaries drift apart

When Lebanon's protest movement erupted in October 2019, Jennyfer, Teymour and Dayna marched in the same euphoric crowd, united in their determination to bring down their corrupt leaders. A nightmarish year — which saw Lebanon's economy go into tailspin and a cataclysmic explosion destroy swaths ...

Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blast

World / Politics Aug 11, 2020

Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blast

Lebanon's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that devastated Beirut and triggered public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. The Aug. 4 detonation at a port warehouse of what authorities said was more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium ...