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Florence Massena


Florence Massena is a freelance journalist based in Norway after six years spent in Lebanon. She reports on the environment, women's issues, human rights and refugees in the Middle East, Africa and Europe

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An embrace of queer identity and intimacy, the newly installed exhibition 'Habibi, the revolutions of love' showcases and questions the ideas surrounding queer love in the Arab world and beyond, countering orthodox perceptions through creativity.

08 February, 2023

Analysis: Marine Le Pen has taken the far-right to within touching distance of the French presidency.

21 April, 2022

In-depth: As France's presidential elections enter the first round, one issue has dominated political discourse: the war in Ukraine.

21 March, 2022

In-depth: Ahead of France's April presidential election, a far-right racist conspiracy theory has edged its way into mainstream political discourse.

01 March, 2022

A Beirut institution, Bardo, has closed its door after being in operation for 15 years. A safe space for the city's queer community, Bardo's closure leaves a vacuum unlikely to be filled and poses questions about the community's long-term future.

18 November, 2021

In-depth: Surging in opinion polls, the controversial anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim provocateur is shaking up France's presidential race.

14 October, 2021

Amid further societal capitulation, Lebanon now faces the resurfacing of a water crisis that has placed families under renewed stress. The New Arab speaks with activists about their attempts to shed light on the issue.

16 September, 2021

With the first anniversary of the Beirut Port tragedy and Lebanon's myriad of problems continuing to deteriorate, the reopening of art galleries in Beirut's Mark Mikhael district offers a flickering hope of normality in Lebanon.

03 August, 2021

One group uniquely burdening the toll of Lebanon's issues are animals. Often left behind by their owners as they seek safe refuge, the once sheltered pets are roaming the streets unaccounted for. Now, concerned NGOs fear the results.

11 June, 2021

As a draconic Muslim-targeted legislation is passed in France on the eve of Ramadan, Florence Massena finds out the sentiments of French Muslims and what may lie ahead.

30 April, 2021