Supporting refugee livelihoods or host stability? The two sides of the coin
For many refugees, the humanitarian programmes focusing on "livelihoods" end up having merely an "accessory" role rather than generating sustainable labour.
The intimacy of tyranny: Syria's de facto state legitimacy
The state has remained resilient in conflict-ridden Syria. A look into the intricacies of the abusive citizen-state relationship, and the state's Hobbesian passion for self-preservation.
Syria: when representational violence is as ruthless as political violence
Our representations of what happens in Syria contribute to the ongoing violence. The rhetoric allows the self-nominated international community to rationalise an ongoing structure of suffering, done with the best of intentions.
Published in: openSecurityThe alliance of media and humanitarianism in Lebanon
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.
Published in: openSecurityIslamic 'Resistance' in the southern suburbs of Beirut
Islamic 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.
Published in: HomeConfessionalization fundamentalism: commodifying religious identities in the Middle East
Middle Eastern revolutionaries and spectators alike, deprived in the media of any representation of their own agency and denied the chance of producing their own new life chances, end up commodifying the identities they are exposed to within their social pattern