Rebecca Collard is a freelance journalist based in Beirut.
Former military general Benny Gantz seems eager to make it clear that he can be Israel’s next Mr. Security, distinguishing himself from Benjamin Netanyahu with a strong anti-corruption message while the prime minister faces corruption charges and a looming indictment.
Raed Fares, a Syrian activist and journalist, was killed along with a colleague late last week. Fares was the founder of Radio Fresh, a news source for Syrians as well as a critic of the Assad government, as well as of the militants in the opposition. Friends and colleagues fear that that is what led to his shooting.
The Lebanese government is milling a controversial idea: Taking over the illicit cannabis trade and developing a medicinal marijuana industry to help the country’s struggling economy.
Men between 18 and 42 are forced to serve in Syria’s army. After years of living in exile, some are willing to return to be home again.
In the Shatila camp in Beirut, there's a tiny museum crammed with hundreds of items that Palestinians brought with them when they fled what is now Israel.