Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Rubbish piling up in France's illegal landfills

Read more

ENCORE!

Join our summer solstice music celebration

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Allez les Bleus! Exploring France's love of football

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Burger King pulls ad offering burgers for women impregnated by World Cup stars

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Outcry over migrant family separations in US

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Turkey's crackdown: 'This is unprecedented on many levels'

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Clocking out: South Korea prepares for shorter working week

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Boeing sales chief: 'We depend on China'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Eritrea to send delegation to Ethiopia for peace talks

Read more

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 : 2017-08-30

Lebanon's parliament abolishes controversial rape law

In Lebanon, lawmakers voted earlier this month to abolish a law that had allowed rapists to evade punishment by marrying their accusers. The move comes after other nations in the region - namely Jordan and Tunisia - passed similar legislation. But rights groups say it doesn't go far enough. Lina Abirafeh, director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, gives us her point of view.

But first, in Saudi Arabia, some two million Muslims converge on Mecca for the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. It comes at a time when the region is embroiled in its worst ever political crisis.

And in Syria, as the food crisis deepens, one NGO may have found the answer to alternative nutrition in the war-torn country, which is facing food shortages.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL

Archives

2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

Read more

2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

Read more

2018-06-06 Jeanne LAVENANT

Israel's targeted assassinations: Revealing the Mossad's methods

This week our special guest is Ronen Bergman. He joins us from Tel Aviv to talk about his book, "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations". The...

Read more

2018-05-30 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian female kickboxer Farinaz Lari on conquering the ring

Boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are among the world's most famous athletes. But can you name a female boxer off the top of your head? Joining us from Vancouver is Farinaz...

Read more

2018-05-23 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iraq: Children of Fallujah try to rebuild their lives

In Iraq, the Islamic State group has been run out of Fallujah, a city which it ruled with an iron fist for two-and-a-half years. Fallujah was the scene of some of the fiercest...

Read more