Anas Adam tackles the Kafala system in Lebanon, the country’s sponsorship system for migrant domestic workers. He breaks down the system and its practices, arguing that it amounts to modern day slavery, enabling abuse and gross human rights violations. He concludes by considering change, addressing the responsibility of home countries, and examining the realities of reform at a time when Lebanon is on its last legs.
As the US presidential race draws to a close, the author examines the global fascination with the conclusion of the election. With virtually all countries having a great deal of practical interest resting on the outcome of the election, some governments have heaped praise on the victor, Joe Biden, while from others the result has prompted mockery. Nevertheless, he highlights that the high level of interest in the outcome of the race demonstrates the US’s continued importance on the world stage.