Just heard that Joseph Samaha passed away following a heart attack.
One of the few intellectuals of the Arab world is gone…
Here is Naharnet’s account, and I’m sorry but I had to link (and gladly do) from Iranian portal as there are more information.
Here is Al-Akhbar’s text.
I remember I thought it weird when Wednesday there was no Samaha editorial. We should have thought something’s wrong when the last time he wrote was Tuesday. Although he was not sick I suppose, it was probably a premonition. Just to give you a brief idea, since the founding of Al-Akhbar in the beginning of the July-August Israeli messed-up invasion, Samaha wrote everyday. Until three days ago.
Update: I was just realizing that Samaha will not write anymore… It is a stupid realization, but it is quite shocking, especially when it is someone who wrote so prolifically. Who to read from now on in the Arabic press?