State formation and the US

Check this article. While it makes a great point about the fact that state building is a bloody business, and…

Lebanon in Syria

The fates of the modern states of Lebanon and Syria are inextricably linked. It is important to read their history…

Spectacles of Jadeed TV

The date of this event is not relevant anymore as it is just a template for similar recurring events in…

A wisdom interlude with Imam Ali: The Heart

وقال عليه السلام: أعجب ما في هذا الانسان قلبُه وله مَوادّ من الحكمة وأضداد من خلافها: فإن سخ له الرجاء…

The food saga continued

Finally the Lebanese are discovering the extent of the mess of their food industry. Rats have found their home where…

Food in Lebanon

A recent scandal has been added to several previous scandals about food quality in Lebanon. But as in the previous…

Sunni politics in Lebanon

There are three main (intersecting) orientations “mainstream” Sunni politics perceives (or deal with) more radical militant movements such the brief…

العقل والحياء والدين

وفي الحديث أن جبريل عليه السلام أتى آدم عليه السلام فقال له إني أتيتك بثلاثٍ فاختر واحدةً، قال: وما هي يا…

The myths of democracy

Make no mistake, democratic deliberations will always be inversely related to community formation and actual political action. What we see…

Isolationism or Regionalization?

Recently the Phalangist MP Sami Gemayel has proposed to “amend the preamble of the constitution to stipulate Lebanon’s neutrality towards…

Aspects of Capitalism’s waste

The disparity between the general care given to Beirut’s “Saifi village” in comparison to certain areas of Lebanon is outrageous.…