For Syrians, the past is long gone, while the future—a homeland free of Assad—is forbidden, writes Yassin al-Haj Saleh in this reflection on exile, time, and revolution.
Twenty-five years after returning to post-war Lebanon, our writer reflects on the disappointed hopes of a generation, and how the country “somehow feels worse now than it did then.”
While the existence of sectarianism is of course not to be denied, ‘sects’ themselves remain unhelpful concepts that cannot form bases of effective policymaking, argues Dr. Rima Majed.
With Lebanon’s authorities now obliging Syrian refugees to sign pledges not to have relationships with Lebanese women, the country has further debased its once-proud tradition of human rights, argues Makram Rabah.
The shocking jail sentence issued by Lebanon’s military court against journalist Hanin Ghaddar has been called “one of the worst free speech violations in years.”
Like it or not, sectarian groups in Syria and elsewhere are real, and governmental systems cannot ignore them entirely in the short term, argues Dr. Loubna El Amine, in response to an earlier article by Dr. Rima Majed.
Syrian democrats are natural allies of the demonstrators currently being gunned down across Iran. May this mark a new chapter in regionwide, cross-sectarian solidarity, says Robin Yassin-Kassab.
Reflections on the Cedar Revolution and Lebanon’s loss of hope.
To treat the Syrian conflict as essentially sectarian is to mistake a symptom for a root cause—and to risk entrenching societal divisions further, argues Dr. Rima Majed.
November 22 is always an occasion for black humor in Lebanon, but perhaps this year more than ever. There’s a way out, however, for those feeling the blues: Election Day in May 2018.
Al-Jumhuriya joins a rare guided tour of Beirut's restored Barakat building, an aristocratic villa-turned-sniper-nest, which has finally opened to the public—but only temporarily.
Khalifa al-Khuder reports on the aspirations, sufferings, and occasional joys of the largely voiceless Syrian worker community in Lebanon.