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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 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 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

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 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 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

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 archives 2018

Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria

Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear reprisals by the Assad regime in the form of homelessness, forced conscription, torture, or worse.

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archives 2018 cinema

In Conversation with Mounia Akl, Director of ‘Submarine’

In conversation with the director of ‘Submarine’ (2016), Mounia Akl

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archives archives 2018

On Rohini Hensman’s ‘Indefensible’

Rohini wished to understand how something which is seemingly so ‘pro-human’ (anti-imperialism) could be used to justify that which is inherently ‘anti-human’ (state oppression).

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archives archives 2018

I Don’t Have a #MyNakbaStory, So Here Are Other People’s Nakba Stories (+Resources)

Stories, Resources, Numbers

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archives 2018 cinema

In Conversation with Ely Dagher, Director of ‘Waves ’98’

In conversation with the Palme D’Or-winning director of ‘Waves ’98’, Ely Dagher

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archives 2018 cinema

Notes on Waves ’98

Waves ’98 is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating films from postwar Lebanon so far. Moving, elegant and multi-layered, it manages to portray both Omar’s lived experience as well as showing Beirut the current monstrosity that it is.

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archives 2018 cinema

The Ghosts of Lebanon’s Present

“Conflicting powers in Lebanon attempting to monopolize truth have created an environment in which “truth” cannot be determined by any recognizable social tool.”

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archives 2018 cinema

Rafiq Ali Ahmad, 1992. Suspended Dreams

“What About The Destruction Within Me?”. Suspended Dreams (أحلام معلقة), Mai Masri & Jean Khalil Chamoun

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archives archives 2018

Elias Khoury on the Lebanese political system and the prospects of challenging it

Megaphone’s Interview with left-wing Lebanese thinker Elias Khoury

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archives archives 2018

The Irrelevant Arabs – On Syria & “The Impossible Revolution” A Conversation With Yassin Al-Haj Saleh

Syrian intellectual Yassin Al-Haj Saleh on the root causes of the Syrian uprising.