Podcast episode: Lebanon, Our Painfully Ordinary Country

Joey speaks with Dr Andrew Arsan, author of the book ‘Lebanon: A Country in Fragments’. They spoke about reclaiming space, political time, sectarianism, the politics of naming & all the fun bits in between. They also spoke of the ongoing revolution.

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Tripoli, Light of the Revolution

Remember and don’t forget its new name, as its light envelops the Lebanese uprising, and it illuminates the whole coast.

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Lebanon’s militarized masculinity

“It is ‘normal’ to expect outbursts of violence in Lebanon, often coupled with grand displays of toxic masculinity and, often still, with sectarian/conservative pronouncements”

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An idea called Daraya

This is the story of an idea called Daraya. It is the story of a sick world.

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“But what about Yemen?”

“It’s rather despicable to use some corpses to bury others. And quite daring to oppose the martyrdom of Yemeni children to the plight of Syria’s.”

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The New Battles of Lebanese Cinema

“Clichés have thick skin. During a projection of my short film last year in Brussels, a woman came to me to tell me that she likes my film but that there wasn’t ‘enough war'”.

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