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December 12, 2019

The Power of Having Nothing to Lose

by Walid Zailaa It is no secret that the outbreak of revolutions in the various areas of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, and lately in Lebanon, has revealed an ugly truth of the systematic impoverishment of the people over decades. Instead of seeking the welfare of their […]
December 5, 2019

“This is What They Want You to Believe”

A story about hummus and conspiracy theories by Wissam Nasrallah Conspiracy theories have become the ‘hummus’ of Lebanese political discourse. You cannot engage in any conversation about what is happening around us without having to dip your bread in it. Like ‘hummus’, all strata of Lebanese society enjoy conspiracy theories–young […]
December 3, 2019

Syria Brief – December 2019

The Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria Reveals a Story of Kurdish Redemption by Martin Accad News On 7 October 2019, US President Donald Trump announced that he would begin the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria, where they had been providing airpower support primarily to Kurdish forces on the […]
November 28, 2019

Beirut, Bolivia, Baghdad, Algeria, Chile, and Hong Kong

by Robert Hamd From Beirut to Santiago, from Baghdad to Hong Kong, people are taking to the streets to protest. What all these countries have in common is that more people are poorer today than ever. Meanwhile, governing elites focus on the preservation of power and the accumulation of wealth, […]
November 26, 2019

Algeria Brief – November 2019

The Algerian Church is Crying Out: “Come over and help us” by Rabih Hasbany News “All churches in Algeria are at risk of closure,” reports an officer with the World Evangelical Alliance. On October 15 and 16, Algerian authorities shut down three Protestant churches in the province of Tizi Ouzou, […]
November 20, 2019

The State of Nation-Statehood: reflections for an Independence Day

by Brent Hamoud Tomorrow is November 22, Lebanese Independence Day, and it is bound to be another interesting day. Then again, every day of independence is interesting to me. Most of the world observes this modern phenomenon,[i] and surveying the list of when and from whom independence days were achieved […]
November 18, 2019

Sudan Brief – November 2019

Of the People, by the People, for the People Sudan’s New Government Heralds an Epoch of Change by Teresa Sfeir News The people of Sudan refused to back down this time. Months of unrelenting demonstrations led to the fall of decades-long President Omar al-Bashir from power this April. A transitional […]
November 13, 2019

The Road from Damascus: How a Syrian Christian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement

by Jayson Casper Following Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria and establishment of a “safe zone” in coordination with Russia, the beleaguered nation faces another refugee crisis. According to the United Nations, 6.7 million Syrians have registered with their High Commission for Refugees. Turkey hosts the largest share, with 3.4 million, followed by Lebanon with 1 […]