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Sawssan Abou-Zahr

Sawssan Abou-Zahr is a Lebanese journalist, editor and consultant. She covers issues related to the Arab Spring, women, Syrian and Palestinian refugees, radical Islamist movements, and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. Since 2014 she is local peacebuilding expert for Peace Direct in Lebanon. Peace Direct's website Insight on Conflict highlights peacebuilding efforts all over the world and is a leading source in the field.

Terror princesses and mourning mothers

‘Women and Terrorism: A gendered study’ review What makes a woman jeopardise her life and the lives of her children through engaging in violent extremism? The most common answers claim she is weak, manipulated or brain-washed, but these are superficial,…

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Refugees and the media in Lebanon

A poisonous attitude has emerged among the media reporting on the refugee crisis in Lebanon, says Sawssan Abou-Zahr. Bias and racism are being used to blame domestic problems on those fleeing war – and distracting from the real issues. “They…

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