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.
In her second piece covering the ’The American Dream vs The American Reality’, the author explores the continued fight the US LGBTQ+ community face for basic rights and equal treatment. In spite of the progress made under the Obama administration, in her words ‘Trump’s transphobic, homophobic and sexist views manifest through legally binding actions to disadvantage LGBTQ+ individuals, contradicting the sense of equality declared through the American Dream ethos’.
As the author puts it, ‘the arrival of COVID-19 in the world’s largest refugee camp is a calamity in the making’. With refugees lacking citizenship and governments inadequately protecting their human rights, are they the hardest hit socioeconomic group in this pandemic?