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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-04-26

Lebanon: Activists ramp up pressure over rape law

In Lebanon, an archaic law currently allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim. But a motion was proposed last year to get rid of the measure. Now, ahead of a May 15 vote in parliament, activists are ramping up the pressure. As part of the mobilisation, eerie wedding dresses have been hung from nooses along Beirut's famous seafront.

Also, we discover how the region's press has been covering France's closely-watched presidential election, which will pit far-right candidate Marine Le Pen against independent centrist Emmanuel Macron in a run-off.

Finally, on the Lebanese border with Israel, Hezbollah recently offered a rare tour of Israel's defensive measures, in preparation for any future conflict. Our correspondent was there.

By Sanam SHANTYAEI , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Joanna COCKERELL

Archives

2018-01-11 Yemen

An eye on war-torn Yemen through the lens of Thana Faroq

Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq escaped the conflict in her country two years ago. Now living in the Netherlands, she is working on "The Passport", a project that documents the...

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2017-12-22 Syria

The rise and fall of IS group in the Middle East

The year of 2017 was marked by the demise of the Islamic State (IS) group after US-led coalition forces ousted the group from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Iraq has...

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2017-12-22 Syria

A look back at the best of Middle East Matters in 2017

In this special edition, we take a look back at some of the best Middle East Matters stories of 2017. Among them are the collapse of the Islamic State group in Syria, a...

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2017-12-19 Syria

Post-war Syria: Rebuilding Jarablus with Turkish help

In northern Syria, locals in the city of Jarablus have been rebuilding their lives after their community was freed from the grip of the Islamic State group. That liberation was...

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2017-12-12 culture

'Looking for Oum Kulthum': Breaking the glass ceiling in the art world

If you're familiar with Iranian artists, you'll know the name Shirin Neshat. Her "Women of Allah" photographs catapulted the New Yorker to international acclaim in the 1990s. She...

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