Activists jailed, innocents bombed, protesters sued, and UK Ambassador making Fattoush.. just another week in the Middle East

UK Ambassador in Lebanon Swaps Job with Maid

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Have you ever read "The Help"? This book is a soft core version of how foreign maids are treated in Lebanon. Tom Fletcher, the UK Ambassador to the country, had a creative idea to shed light on the subject: swapping jobs for a day with an Ethiopian maid. Tom was busy “improving my Fattoush-making skills,” while the maid went to a meeting with Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis, support for the Lebanese Army, and the terrorist threats facing the country.

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US to Supply Lebanon Army with Combat Weapons

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FREEDOM, M'urica style. Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi returned from Washington this week assured that the US will support Lebanon in its fight against terrorism by supplying the country with weapons.

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Two Lebanese Sued For Saying What Everyone Is Thinking

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The sign reads "128 Thieves," which just so happens to be the exact number of MPs in parliament. You can read between the lines.

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Small But Sweet Victory Against Censorship in Lebanon

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"After a long battle with the censorship authorities, we are excited to announce that the sequel of the censored play “Bto2ta3 aw ma Bto2ta3″, “La 3younak Sidna” produced by MARCH and directed by Lucien Bourjeily was approved by General Security.

Here’s to hoping this is the first of many victories in the anti-censorship struggle in Lebanon, and that the General Security’s Censorship Bureau continues with this open-minded approach to the issue of freedom of expression."

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Bomb Wounds 11 at Muslim Festival in Egypt

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Bombs went off behind a mosque in Tanta on Thursday evening, as people were celebrating the Festival of Sheikh el-Sayyed el-Baddawi, which draws massive crowds every year.

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Bahrain Activist Faces Charges For Tearing Up Photo

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Human Rights Watch said Zainab al-Khawaja appeared before a Bahraini court to face charges related to two previous incidents in which she had torn up photographs of the king. Once in the courtroom on Wednesday, she pulled out and ripped up another photograph of the monarch.

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Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 43 in Shia Neighborhoods

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At least 43 people were killed and more than 40 injured in three car-bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraqi medical sources said Saturday. The three attacks took place in Shia neighborhoods.

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