The Meaning of Beirut Madinati

A movement in Beirut promises to be a turning point in the region’s social media revolution Back in 2012, when things were starting to look grim for Egypt’s revolution, intellectuals like Francis Fukuyama started telling us why they believe revolutions based on social media don’t succeed: [The Facebook revolutionaries] could organise protests and demonstrations, and […]

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The Perils and Folly of the Populist Demonstration (Guest Post)

Guest author Johnny Kairouz writes about his concerns regarding the #YouStink movement Nobody Wins, Photo by Karim Mostafa What started out as a peaceful demonstration demanding a solution to the trash crisis has now turned into a myriad of demands that one cannot keep count of: demands for something as vague as “our rights”, the […]

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The Tyranny of Wael Abu Faour

“I ask everyone to stop their political and economic prostitution and debauchery, and to instead trust the government and its workers” Thus spoke our fearless Minister of health from his high horse, feigning surprise and playing at righteousness in the face of a business community that was blindsided by his brazen overreach. Minister Abu Faour […]

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Let the Newspapers Die in Peace

Newspapers all over the world are diminishing. Don’t make it harder for them… There has been an awful lot of snickering online recently, about how low the venerable Annahar has gotten in its quest for clicks. Aside from the fluff which has markedly increased, there is alarm among the intelligentsia that even their reporting quality […]

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