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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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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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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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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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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