“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.”
The Syrian regime and its Russian ally have taken over Ghouta. Here are some of Ghouta’s stories before its fall.
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.
Dalieh is “really the last hope for a natural open public park in Beirut”
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.”
“Aren’t Syrian women the most beautiful in the world?”
“Conflicting powers in Lebanon attempting to monopolize truth have created an environment in which “truth” cannot be determined by any recognizable social tool.”
“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.”
“What terrifies our elders, anxious to maintain their grip on the only Jewish identity they know, is precisely that, in saying ‘no!’ to Zionism, we are saying ‘yes!’ to Jewishness.”
“They tortured me and I couldn’t do anything to save myself.”
“I am talking about the suffering of women inside Ghouta.”
“What About The Destruction Within Me?”. Suspended Dreams (أحلام معلقة), Mai Masri & Jean Khalil Chamoun
“I was one of the first women to organise peaceful demonstrations in Daraa and one of the first women to be detained.”
This article was originally published by Alexander Reid Ross, author of the book ‘Against The Fascist Creep’. Republished here for education purposes.
Badar Salem on meeting Adel Karam. Translated by Elias Abou Jaoudeh.
Megaphone’s Interview with left-wing Lebanese thinker Elias Khoury
Syrian intellectual Yassin Al-Haj Saleh on the root causes of the Syrian uprising.
Panel at Left Forum 2017 With Ramah Kudaimi, Shireen Akram-Boshar, Jehad Abusalim and myself, hosted by Ashley Smith.
Audio and partial text of the talk I gave at the University of Bologna in 2017.
Audio and partial transcript of the LSE Panel I took part in with Dr. Shereen El-Faki and Dr. Courtney Freer.