IMES Blog

December 19, 2019

Confronted by Hope… A Revolutionary Lesson in Resisting Cynicism and Despair

By Martin Accad I arrive to a road block on my way to work in the Greater Beirut area. Young men are manning it, feeding the black smoke emerging from burning tires. Other iron and wood materials are strewn around randomly across the road. Cars and scooters dot the site […]
December 16, 2019

Egypt Brief – December 2019

Obey My Voice, and I Will Be Your God by Teresa Sfeir News For the first time since the 2013 coup against President Mohamad Morsi, which brought Abdel Fatah Al Sisi to power, nationwide political protests broke out in Egypt on September 20. Mohamad Ali, Egyptian businessman and actor, who […]
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 […]