Rebecca Collard is a freelance journalist based in Beirut.
As the Taliban take control of Afghanistan, Kurdish allies in northern Iraq — where the US is also planning to draw down its combat forces — are watching with concern.
Critics say that the government has gone too far — and is undermining democracy in the region.
As Mosul rebuilds, historian Omar Mohammed is trying to preserve the city’s Jewish heritage.
Some say the Christian identity of the Iraqi town of Bartella is at stake, while others say they embrace the diversity.
Conflict & Justice
A year after a blast in Beirut killed more than 200 people and destroyed swathes of the city, no one has been held accountable as the country sinks deeper into crisis.
A Lebanese general recently warned that the crisis could "lead to the collapse of all state institutions," including the army.
Business, Economics and Jobs
Amid the pandemic and economic meltdown, doctors in Lebanon are lured away by the hope of better salaries — and a future. An estimated 1,000 medical professionals have left since the August blast.
A decade after protesters took to the streets to oppose the Assad family’s rule, President Bashar al-Assad has retaken control of most of the country. But that doesn’t make it any easier to return.
Until recently, it was mostly Syrian and Palestinian refugees making the trip across the Mediterranean Sea. But increasingly, Lebanese citizens are filling the boats.
Of the many buildings destroyed by the blast at Beirut’s port, thousands are heritage structures now at risk of extreme disrepair. The city could lose its unique architectural richness.