Nehme says the context in which Coffee & Politics happens is key. Coffee shops are ideal venues – informal open spaces that attract diverse crowds.(Photo courtesy of Tracy Nehme)
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On a warm evening on the patio of B.Hive, a cafe in Beirut's Hamra area, people aren't just sitting in small groups or sipping coffee with their earphones in.event is part of an initiative called Coffee & Politics, launched by 29-year-old Tracy Nehme.She started structuring them into scheduled events, organizing monthly talks on a particular topic, and began advertising them online in September.As more people began attending, she decided to invite speakers to lead the discussions and hold Q&As.Nehme says the context in which Coffee & Politics happened was key.As for the future of Coffee & Politics, Nehme says she's in it for the long term.Soon, the idea to create Let's Talk Politics in Tripoli was born.Though 10 years apart in age, Nehme and Ayoub share the conviction that politics should be discussed away from partisan spaces.Let's Talk Politics held its first event in early May. At Warche 13, a cafe in Tripoli, 40 people gathered for a discussion on the topic of secularism, led by Joumana Haddad, an activist who ran unsuccessfully in the 2018 parliamentary elections with the Tahalof Watani coalition of civil society groups.
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