The rising star of internet-based news Elaph has a series of editorialists, some of them worthy of interest to say the least. Take for instance this column by Mohammad Hassan al Moussawi who argues that something unites Britney-Spears-like Lebanese artist Haifa Wehbe has a lot in common with a religious man like Hassan Nasrallah. This something that he does not state at the beginning – and this made want to read the article but then later regret reading it – is Nationalism.
I thought Moussawi was going to push for subtler arguments. I was pretty much deceived with this very narrow-minded conclusion. But let’s try to think a bit with the comparison he proposed. What is it that unites Nasrallah and Wehbe? Isn’t it the way the Middle East is changing so rapidly? New ways of asserting yourself. Choose your images though. “Nationalism” is one meaning-making variable you can use. But there are others mixing different ideas and beliefs. From where do you derive meaning that make you powerful? Alongside this process, different institutional positions give you different opportunities. Now you tell me what brings these two people together?