Omar’s Blog #6: Occupied with corruption — Palestine, an exceptional case

Last time I wrote on how only accountability will save the Middle East Peace Process. I pointed out that both sides need to take responsibility for their actions. Also, I am sure that pressuring both sides to negotiate would bring…

Lebanon’s Centennial: Freewheeling Downhill

One month before the centennial of the founding of the country, the Beirut explosion serves as a grim reminder of the dark state of Lebanon. The country seems to relive similar scenarios from the past, where sectarianism and warlord politicians…

Moyisi’s Blog: #2 Identity, HERITAGE, Diversity

Each year around this time, South Africans across the country gather for events, school calendars accommodate cultural civies day and use this time as time for fundraising and cultural fashion parades. But is this all that is Heritage Day? Do…

Interview with Lina Nasereddin from Free Thought Forum in Jordan

Lina has been elected as a new board member of Free Thought Forum in February. They are a Jordanian NGO dedicated to promoting citizen participation in political life and enhance the values of a democratic society by spreading culture and…

Fleeing from Chaos to Another Chaos

Lebanon became the center of international attention when a warehouse full of fertiliser exploded in Beirut and killed 200 people. We at Libel have written about the accident itself and the political upheaval that has taken place in Lebanon before,…

How to Promote Digital Education as a Tool for Greater Access to Learning, for Covid-19 and Beyond

Education is a fundamental human right, and an important lever for achieving the global development targets set out in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Goals (UN SDGs). It therefore becomes imperative for government responses to socioeconomic issues, such as a…

Pandemic and People’s Liberties

There has been a wide range of government responses during the Covid-19 pandemic, some were very harsh, like the ones in China and India where movement of people was severely restricted, other responses, such as the ones in Taiwan and…

Protests in Belarus: is Change Possible?

On August 9 Belarus held its Presidential elections. The first and only President of Belarus, Aliaksandr Lukashenka, claims to have won these elections with an 80% vote share against 10% for opposition candidate Tsikhanouskaya. Due to an (even for Belarus!)…

The Road to Beijing

The world is watching on agog as China removes Hong Kong’s special status bit by bit, quashing any dissent as it does so. China is a superpower. It is one of the world’s foremost economic and military powers. It is also an expansionist power, with its influence being felt ever more keenly the world over. But how did Hong Kong get here? Why is Beijing behaving as it is? What, if anything, can the world do to help Hong Kong? The answers to these questions lie, not in Hong Kong, but in Beijing.