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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 archives 2018

The fall of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian regime and its Russian ally have taken over Ghouta. Here are some of Ghouta’s stories before its fall.

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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 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 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 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.”

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archives archives 2018

A Spot at the Kotel Won’t Save Us: A Crisis in American Judaism

“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.”

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archives 2018 kafala and racism

#AbolishKafala in Lebanon: 20-year-old Lensa’s Story

“They tortured me and I couldn’t do anything to save myself.”

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archives archives 2018

What the #WomenOfGhouta Have Achieved in 7.5 Years

“I am talking about the suffering of women inside Ghouta.”

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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

The Story of Hind Majaly, A Revolutionary Woman from Daraa

“I was one of the first women to organise peaceful demonstrations in Daraa and one of the first women to be detained.”

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archives archives 2018

The Multipolar Spin: How Fascists Operationalize Left-wing Resentment

This article was originally published by Alexander Reid Ross, author of the book ‘Against The Fascist Creep’. Republished here for education purposes.

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archives archives 2018

I Interviewed Adel Karam, and Nothing He Said was Funny

Badar Salem on meeting Adel Karam. Translated by Elias Abou Jaoudeh.

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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.

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archives archives 2018

From Syria to Palestine: Struggles Against Dictatorship, Imperialism, and Zionism (Audio)

Panel at Left Forum 2017 With Ramah Kudaimi, Shireen Akram-Boshar, Jehad Abusalim and myself, hosted by Ashley Smith.

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archives archives 2018

The Syrian Revolution: Context and Consequences (Audio)

Audio and partial text of the talk I gave at the University of Bologna in 2017.

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archives archives 2018

Shadow of a Man? Understanding Masculinities in the MENA (Audio)

Audio and partial transcript of the LSE Panel I took part in with Dr. Shereen El-Faki and Dr. Courtney Freer.