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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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cinema

In Conversation with Mounia Akl, Director of ‘Submarine’

In conversation with the director of ‘Submarine’ (2016), Mounia Akl

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archives

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 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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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

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

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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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

I Don’t Have a #MyNakbaStory, So Here Are Other People’s Nakba Stories (+Resources)

Stories, Resources, Numbers

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cinema

In Conversation with Ely Dagher, Director of ‘Waves ’98’

In conversation with the Palme D’Or-winning director of ‘Waves ’98’, Ely Dagher

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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kafala and racism

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

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