Sabah, a trailblazing Lebanese singer and actress, died at her home in Beirut this week at the age of 87. The Arabs aroung the world are mourning her loss, including Arab Americans whose families treasured Sabah as a reminder of home.
Violence in sports is nothing new, but Lebanon takes it in a whole different direction. On-court violence is fueled by politics, religion and a patronage system that has made sectarianism endemic to almost all Lebanese sports, from basketball to ping pong.
Ahmad, like many Lebanese kids, wants to be a basketball star when he grows up. For now, he's getting to train towards his unlikely goal thanks to a Lebanese NGO that believes such dreams are important for disadvantaged children.
Lebanon has said enough. After decades of open borders with Syria and years of accepting refugees from its civil war, new border regulations mean that most Syrians can no longer find safe haven in the relative calm of Lebanon.