Months before I was born, my father was kidnapped at gunpoint in Beirut.
Photographer Jade Cantwell travelled through Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt in the months before the Arab Spring. Several years later, her photos are reminders of the lives behind the news reports.
VICE News traveled to Lebanon to explore the battle being waged by one of the world's fiercest militant groups against one of the Middle East's smallest and most fragile nations.
Meaning, if you're a crate digger, you've got to fight for what's left.
First it was an art, then it was a business, and quickly it spiralled out of control.
Two dominant political coalitions are bitterly divided as to who should become Lebanon's new president.
We caught up with the Middle Eastern band at SXSW.
They call themselves Khebez Dawle, or 'My Country’s Bread'.
By anonymously shipping lube and condoms in brown paper envelopes.
The assassination of the country's former Prime Minister has cast a shadow over Lebanon.
Lebanon's feuding militias still use drugs as a source of income.
Business is booming.