We’d do well to remember that at the end of the day, the law doesn’t defend us; we defend the law. And when it becomes contrary to our morals, we have both the right and the responsibility to re-balance it toward just ends.” – Edward Snowden.
A woman takes a selfie during a dinosaur-themed exhibition in Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS) Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (C) poses with girls at a school for Syrian refugee girls, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Malala, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon on Sunday by opening the school and called on world leaders to invest in “books not bullets”. The Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation that supports local education projects, paid for the school in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border. It can welcome up to 200 girls aged 14 to 18. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS) John Legend performs during a concert at the Byblos International Festival in the ancient city of Byblos, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS) Lebanese protesters are requesting the release of the prisoner Georges Abdullah in front of the French ambassador house in Beirut. Abdullah has been in prison in France for 31 years, serving a life sentence for complicity in the deaths of a US military soldiers at the Israeli embassy in Paris and also the attempted assassination of American consul in Strasbourg Robert O. His original case was controversial and has been eligible for parole since 1999. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA) Members of Hezbollah carry the coffin of comrade Abbas Hayek, who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region, during his funeral procession in the southern suburb of Beirut. (AFP / STR) Lebanese army soldiers pull out an Israeli surveillance drone, which crashed into the sea, from the waters near the port of Tripoli, it’s the second time an Israeli drone has come down in recent weeks. (Lebanese Army) Muslim men wearing traditional clothes, pray and perform as they take part in a religious festivity during the holy month of Ramadan on a tiny island in Tripoli. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS) A Lebanese boy holds a Hezbollah flag during a rally to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) day, in the southern suburb of Beirut. Leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his group will continue to fight in Syria along with President Bashar Assad’s forces saying “the road to Jerusalem passes through Syria.” Nasrallah harshly attacked Saudi Arabia for its military campaign in Yemen saying that after 107 days since the airstrikes began Saudi authorities achieved “failure.” (Bilal Hussein / AP) A Muslim kisses the glass container housing a relic of Prophet Mohammad in the Great Mansouri Mosque, in Tripoli. Lebanese Muslims visit the mosque on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan every year to be blessed, as it houses what is believed to be a relic from the beard of Prophet Mohammed. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS) Muslim men pray inside a mosque during the last Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan inside a mosque in Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS) Lebanese parliament member Hikmat Deeb during a scuffle with the Lebanese army along with members of the Free Patriotic Movement, who have been blocked by the army, as they protest towards the government palace in Beirut. Hundreds of supporters of a Lebanese Christian politician protested in Beirut on Thursday against the Sunni prime minister they claim is marginalizing Christian influence, stirring tensions in a country in crisis over war in neighboring Syria. Michel Aoun accuses Prime Minister Tammam Salam of taking decisions without cross-party consensus and usurping powers reserved for the president – a post set aside for a Christian but vacant since last year due to the wider political crisis. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS) A protester helps fix up a soldier whose hand got cut during a scuffle with protesters from the Free Patriotic Movement in Beirut. (Sam Tarling) Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement carry flags during a protest in Beirut. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)