In legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and the world) forgets that it selectively grieves all the time. We must acknowledge our ineptitude at dealing with human suffering and show solidarity with all. عربي
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.