The dilapidated buildings which dot downtown Beirut are constant reminders of what existed before, what was destroyed during, and what has occurred since the civil war which violently divided the city.
With the growing Syrian refugee crisis, media entrepreneurs seem to care more about protecting the
orthodox morality of humanitarianism, with the excuse of preserving social
order - as conceived by them - rather than educating the public.
The only Arab country where
protests started from rural areas might find itself facing an internationally
funded reconstruction which will award money to urban centres, thus abandoning the
very roots of the current crisis. The only solution is to build economic
awareness. Starting from now.
The Syrian social movement has
to be conscious of the necessity of establishing a just economy. Strong checks need
to be built against the post-war government so that all Syrians understand the
conditions of aid and consequences of reconstruction plans on their lives and
the lives of their children.
Lebanon's plans to harnass the vast oil and gas reserves off its shores already reveal familiar echoes of past internal divisions and external conflicts. But is this finally a chance for Lebanon to remake its future?
Fawaz Gerges and Rosemary Hollis with Robin Yassin-Kassab at the openDemocracy conference Syria's peace: what, how, when?, discussing the regional proxy war, class dynamics in Syria, intervention and the costs of not negotiating with Assad.
Rather than fly to nearby Cyprus to tie the knot, Nidal Darwiche and Khouloud Sukkarieh, supported by lawyer Talal Husseini, have attempted to force through the first civil marriage carried out on Lebanese soil.
Resistance is normally understood as military activism: armed actors using the
same ideology and undertaking distinct political aims sometimes using force.
But in Dahiyye, 'Resistance' can also be conceived of as a social ethic, one
that engages multiple and diverse ethnic and religious identities.
To really make schools safe, we’d have to turn them into fortified enclaves, with perimeters of concrete, sandbags at the entrance, and a well trained team of alert, heavily-armed, and strongly-defended infantry.
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