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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.”

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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

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 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

PLO delegation in Syria to check on the “road to Palestine”

A delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headed on Monday for Syria to check on the resistance axis efforts to pave the “road to Palestine.”

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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

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

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 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