a small independent theatre project that starts this week with Syrian and
Palestinian children, seeks to foster an alternative political proposal in a
situation where politics has emphatically failed.
Lebanese nationalism has historically been exclusionary - as are all nationalisms - and isolationist, in that it accentuates differences between the Lebanese and other Levantines or other Arabs while downplaying shared attributes and characteristics.
Why is the Syrian Army, against all
predictions, winning the war in Syria? One has to delve into the history of the
Syrian state since independence to understand how the military shaped the state and learned
to divide its opponents.
The plight of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon is not just a legal issue that can be solved by reforming the exploitative kafala or sponsorshiplaw. It reflects deeper race and gender prejucides and must be addressed as a social and moral problem.
The issue of what sovereignty means, and how it can be enforced, should not be confined to the defensive sphere alone. Increasing resentment against Syrians in the domestic sphere, and offhand statements about the army versus the law, do not augur well.
An op-ed from six youth activists in countries where official truth seeking initiatives are underway or being demanded reveals commonalities in the search for dignity, truth and acknowledgment of crimes.
A video of a talk show recently went viral in Lebanon in defence of freedom of expression. This should send a warning signal to media outlets across the country about what is taking place behind the scenes.
wasn’t as if Lebanon didn’t have troubles enough, with a shaky government
finally formed last month. But the Syrian refugee crisis is taking a huge toll
on a country which desperately needs international support.
The environment in Lebanon continues to be highly fractured, with geographical enclaves hosting increasingly entrenched conflicts which are spewing out more private groups threatening to create greater national disunity.
For the citizens of Lebanon and Beirut, the human cost of the attacks is tragic. The complex web of trans-regional motivations and alliances which provides the backdrop to this latest attack also reveals a number of disturbing truths about the region today.