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Michael Young
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Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
April 17, 2014 12:11 AM
Now and then something drops into your in-box that makes you wonder. In my case, the email in question was a press release for a new book titled “Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance.”If someone wanted to spoof the postmodernist craze in academia today, he – or I...
The presidential chess game has begun
April 10, 2014 12:15 AM
Samir Geagea has declared his candidacy for the Lebanese presidential election, launching a thousand speculations. The Lebanese Forces leader has pushed his allies into a corner, forcing them to support him. He feels that, even though he may not win, the prospect of a Geagea victory remains far...
Patrick Seale: an appreciation
April 03, 2014 12:17 AM
The word from London is that the British journalist Patrick Seale is gravely ill. For those who know him or simply have read or heard him, the news is most regrettable. When it comes to the Middle East, Seale has been a clarifying presence for some five decades. Seale has been a contested figure...
Kindly allow us to watch while you die
March 27, 2014 12:16 AM
Three years into Syria’s conflict, one still wonders why the monumental magnitude of the suffering there continues to provoke so little outrage in the West.In the New York Times last week, Anne Barnard highlighted the limited aid provided to alleviate the Syrian tragedy. For example, some $20...
Is an Aoun presidency more realistic?
March 20, 2014 12:18 AM
Some circles in March 14 are openly talking about the possibility that Michel Aoun, all 80 years of him, may be the next president of Lebanon after Michel Sleiman’s term ends in May.While this may be speculation, that it is being discussed at all indicates how the political scene has changed since...
Why barbarity wins, in Syria and Crimea
March 13, 2014 12:07 AM
News that Syrian President Bashar Assad had been accepted into the Russian Academy of Sciences makes us wonder about the institution.Perhaps not surprisingly, last year the academy was placed under tighter government control. Assad didn’t complain, declaring “Russia has re-established balance in...
Hezbollah’s presidential headaches grow
March 06, 2014 12:11 AM
The recent denigration of President Michel Sleiman by Ibrahim Amin, the editor of Al-Akhbar, is part of Hezbollah’s larger fight over the presidency. As a consequence, the justice minister, Ashraf Rifi, has taken legal action, accusing Amin of “defaming” the president and the prestige of the...
Popping Hezbollah’s resistance bubble
February 27, 2014 12:09 AM
How ironic that when Hezbollah insists that the new government’s policy statement include a mention of the privileged role of the resistance, that role was imperceptible when Israeli aircraft attacked earlier this week near Nabi Sheet. It’s still not clear what the Israelis bombed Monday night,...
Toward conflict or concord in Beirut?
February 20, 2014 12:11 AM
According to the new information minister, Ramzi Joreige, President Michel Sleiman is pleased with the government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, because it reflects the nature of the Lebanese system and was “made in Lebanon.”The Cabinet certainly reflects the nature of the political and...
Why the shameless can’t take topless
February 13, 2014 12:07 AM
Apparently, a girl who exposes her breasts can agitate some Lebanese much more than a man who clubs his wife to death. Lebanese alpine skier Jackie Chamoun Tuesday was forced to issue an apology on her Facebook page because she appeared topless in the video of a photo shoot three years ago for a...
Obama’s Syria policy is disintegrating
February 06, 2014 12:20 AM
It’s difficult to identify anything the United States has done right in Syria.For most Americans, including President Barack Obama, the benchmark of success is whether they can stay out of the Syrian conflict. But statements by U.S. officials suggest that this ostrichlike approach, with America’s...
Give Syria’s dead a chance to speak out
January 23, 2014 12:25 AM
“I carry in me a great cemetery,” says the main character in Mustapha Khalifeh’s novel “Al-Qawqaa,” (The Shell). “At night the tombs open their doors. Those in them look at me ... talk to me, reproach me.” The character has just been released from the Syrian prison at Palmyra, which Yassin al-Haj...
Why foes of a unity government are wrong
January 16, 2014 12:13 AM
After alienating many of his comrades last year through his support for the so-called Orthodox election law proposal, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea is making his way back into the hearts of March 14 stalwarts by opposing a government with Hezbollah.Geagea played the populist card this week,...
Lebanon is hearing the alarm bells
January 09, 2014 12:18 AM
With the alchemists of government formation discussing a new ministerial formula involving March 8, March 14 and the centrists, there is hope that Tammam Salam may soon have a Cabinet to lead.For months, the so-called 9-9-6 option (nine ministers each for March 8 and March 14 and six for the...
Hezbollah is caught in an Al-Qaeda vise
December 19, 2013 12:14 AM
Lebanon has entered a new phase of instability as attacks against Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army have occurred in rapid succession in recent days. Understanding what is happening may help us better predict what to expect in the future.The Army has been targeted in recent days at the Awali...


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