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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 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 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

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 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

“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 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.”

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archives 2018 cinema

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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archives archives 2018 Syria and the Left

Notes on Syria and the Coming Global Thanatocracy

“Of course in the largely pacific global North and elsewhere many would look askance at the suggestion that Assad (and his allies) are responsible for the estimated half a million or more Syrian’s killed since 2011 as Assad certainly is.”

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archives 2018 kafala and racism

“We are not racists, but”

“Children of color, and especially poor children of color, learn one thing very well in Lebanese schools and that is to hate themselves.”

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archives archives 2018

In Memory of Razan Al-Najjar

Hayat Ghunaim, from Gaza, wrote this in memory of Razan Al-Najjar, the 21 year old medic and volunteer who was murdered by the IDF while helping evacuate wounded protesters.

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archives 2018 the commons

Lebanon’s historic Anfeh salt marshes threatened by yet another resort

The historic salt marshes of the northern town of Anfeh may become the latest casualty of Lebanon’s long history of coastal privatization.

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archives 2018 Syria and the Left

Assad or the Naked Lion

“As the regime applies its scorched earth policy and starves the population to bring it to heel, it insists on showing that in the regions it controls, life follows its natural course.”

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archives 2018 the commons

Beirut’s Dalieh: A Temporal Space of Refuge

Dalieh is “really the last hope for a natural open public park in Beirut”

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archives 2018 Syria and the Left

Some activists have lost their moral compass with respect to Syria

Maher Arar writes: “The inconsistency of positions taken by these activists and their cult-like stubbornness make them look closer to religious zealots than to people who are seeking the truth.”

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archives 2018 Syria and the Left

Razan Zaitouneh’s “Women in The Syrian Revolution” (2013)

“Aren’t Syrian women the most beautiful in the world?”

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archives archives 2018

The Experience of Local Councils in the Syrian Revolution

“We are not less that the workers of the Paris Commune… They lasted 70 days and we are still here since a year and a half.”