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COVID-19 is Pushing Lebanon to the Breaking Point (25 Mar 2020)

For the lebanese, Coronavirus is only piling on top of an already dire situation. On Monday, the Lebanese government announced it would stop paying all around $30 billion worth of foreign loans, defaulting for the second time on part of its 90 billion dollar debt this year. If that sounds like big picture economics, imagine… Continue reading COVID-19 is Pushing Lebanon to the Breaking Point (25 Mar 2020)

Al Jazeera: Why are people protesting in Lebanon? (2 Jan 2020)

People in Lebanon have refused to end their protests even though a new government has been announced. Many say they’re tired of the corruption and a never-ending economic crisis. Prime Minister Hassan Diab put together a new cabinet that he says is made up of technocrats with no political affiliations. But many protesters say that’s not… Continue reading Al Jazeera: Why are people protesting in Lebanon? (2 Jan 2020)

Documentary: Lebanon and Hezbollah (9 Jan 2020)

Summary In Lebanon, Hezbollah now controls broad areas of political and social life. It has become a state within a state. How can the “Party of God” be confronted? In Lebanon, no important political decisions are taken any more without Hezbollah, the Shiite “party of God”. Since the end of the civil war in 1990,… Continue reading Documentary: Lebanon and Hezbollah (9 Jan 2020)

Je Suis Humanity: France, Racism, and the Politics of Compassion

Friday evening a notification appeared on my phone. It was from Facebook telling me that my friend in Paris was okay. I’d not heard any news of the Paris attack prior to that Facebook message. I immediately went to the news and started reading the mixed reports that began to surface moments after the tragedy there.… Continue reading Je Suis Humanity: France, Racism, and the Politics of Compassion