From the Globe and Mail:
The racism foreign workers experience is so deeply engrained in Lebanese society the term hardly seems sufficient. It’s like a Middle Eastern caste system: these women are considered lowly by birth. Horrific stories circulate about the beatings and sexual abuse they suffer at the hands of their employers, and how almost a third of them live under house arrest. In 2008, Human Rights Watch reported that on average, one foreign worker was committing suicide in Lebanon every week. Many die after falling from a balcony while trying to escape.
I’m not sure how one measures this but I have always had the impression that Lebanon, especially Beirut, was the most cosmopolitan area in the middle-east. Many libertarians will tell you that such cosmopolitanism denotes openness to trade in ideas, labor and capital–thus constituting a pathway to becoming a civilized society. Dubai and Beirut stand as stark reminders that certain ideas don’t make it through the cultural filter. Here, in the US, we fall for a different Tawana Brawley every week it seems. How different would we be if, instead of running the latest insult against cultural liberal sensibilities, our gossip rags ran this instead: