BEIRUT - As Lebanon approaches its first parliamentary elections since 2009, independent candidates and movements fuelled by years of political deadlock are eager to take part. While challenging Lebanon’s political establishment appears to be a daunting task, independent candidates are hoping to breathe new political life into a country overwhelmed by difficult socio-economic conditions and political instability.
There are over 900 dumps where open air garbage burning takes place; over 150 of them burn garbage at least once a week. Most of them are socioeconomically vulnerable areas. This fact alone indicates that there is a human rights and class element to the crisis; it is beyond the issue of science and technology. Lebanon's garbage crisis goes back decades, and the issue of open burning has never been properly addressed. There's also the new Burj Hammoud and Costa Brava landfills.
Of course, like the vast majority of people, I'm annoyed at another obnoxious Hollywood film, which I sense will be a big hit, that will follow similar tropes towards Arabs (or in this case Phoenicians...ha...ha), the Middle East, and everything else under that giant umbrella. Vilifying Palestinians via a made up armed group called the Militia of Islamic Liberation? Check. Names that do not actually exist, such as Rafid Abu Rajal? Check.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".