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The Interviews

Starting over the next few months I will be conducting a number of bilingual interviews on Lebanon with people that I admire who live in Lebanon or who have left Lebanon. Since 1990 Lebanon has been experiencing what is misleadingly called a postwar period. The warlords that built their status and their capital (financial, symbolic, […]

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kafala and racism

What it means to be black and African in Lebanon

Raw stories from 21 black African students at the American University of Beirut

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archives

The People Without Cinema, by Abounaddara

“They can only testify to the events they experience by exhibiting the indignity inflicted upon them”

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archives 2019 protests

Open letter to protesters in Hong Kong’s prisons

We heard of efforts to send you Christmas cards and decided to take this opportunity to send you this short letter of support and solidarity.

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archives archives 2019

Launch of new book of Syrian citizen journalism

“Enab Baladi is a unique record of the Syrian people speaking without fear”

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archives 2019 protests

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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archives 2019 protests

Elias Khoury: Letter to Samir Kassir

From the heart of the October Revolution I write to you my little brother.

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archives 2019 cinema

Rana Eid’s Panoptic: Acoustic Echoes and Resonant Soundscapes 

“Eid’s personal plight, composed as an epistolary address to her deceased father, is entangled with more general symptoms of public paralysis,” writes Saadi Nikro

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archives archives 2019

Russiagate, Syria, and the Left

By Terry Burke, as part of a decentralized effort to challenge the anglophone institutional left.

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archives archives 2019

Enab Baladi: Citizen Chronicles of the Syrian Uprising (Free PDF)

Hummus For Thought is pleased to announce the release of “Enab Baladi: Citizen Chronicles of the Syrian Uprising”, available as a free PDF.

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archives 2019 feminism & masculinity

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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archives archives 2018

From ISIS to the Abortion Wars: America We Need to Talk

“I came of age at the height and heart of the “Abortion Wars”—an all-American terrorism campaign waged in the name Christianity”

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archives archives 2018

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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archives archives 2018

Listening: The Aural Resonance of a Formless Line

Norman Saadi Nikro on John Berger’s encounter with a Yasmine Hamdan performance

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archives 2018 cinema

Sleepless Nights: Confessing Without The Confession

“We hear many of these stories in the documentary, stories that exemplify Lebanon’s extraordinary tendency to defy whatever would seem to be in its own self-interest”

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archives archives 2018

Sarah Al-Otaibi: How Jamal Khasshogi’s murder has set new precedents

Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and murder at the hands of the Saudi regime has set precedents in several ways.

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archives archives 2018 Syria and the Left

Wretched of the Earth: solidarity letters between Syria and Gaza

“From Gaza’s border on the Friday of Breaking the Siege, greetings to the rebellious throats in Idlib who went out and shouted”

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archives archives 2018 Syria and the Left

“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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archives archives 2018

How one book lover from besieged Daraya found solace in writers from Sarajevo and Palestine

“Reading about Sarajevo is to feel less alone. It’s to tell oneself that others before us went through the same challenges. In another country. Another context.”

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archives 2018 history

Phoenician or Arab, Lebanese or Syrian: Who were the early immigrants to America?

“As these immigrants traveled across the Mediterranean and Atlantic to “Amirka” they were required to have an ethnic/national identity if they were to gain entry to the place that they hoped would make them a handsome sum of money and afford them new opportunities.”