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Lebanese Media Retaliates Against Politicians’ Crackdown

Dima Sadek, LBCI, Lebanon, Freedom of the press, anti-orientalist, corruption

Article originally published on opendemocracy.net (copyright Protected). http://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/bilal-hamade/lebanese-media-retaliates-against-politicians-crackdown  A video of a talk show recently went viral in Lebanon in defence of freedom of expression. This should send a warning signal to media outlets across the country about what is taking place behind the scenes. A video of a Lebanese political daily show went viral recently when the host and the interviewee ... Read More »

Every country has a Bouazizi

Orientalism, anti-orientalist, Tony Benn, social injustice, arab spring, women's rights

The plaque below is in memory of an activist who fought for women’s right to vote in Britain circa 1910. Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the King’s horse to draw attention to her cause. Circa 2011,  Mouhamad Bouazizi burned himself outside a police station in Tunisia to protest economic injustice and corruption.  Two people, two eras, same struggles against social ... Read More »

Orientalism and Media- Book Excerpt

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Today’s piece (300+/- Words) is an excerpt from: Hamid Dabashi. “The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism, 222-224” A thoroughly analytical book of the “Arab Spring.” I chose this excerpt because it is very much aligned with the message of the anti-orientalist project: Information is best when reflected by people with comprehensive understanding of it and its context, when knowledge ... Read More »

Scholars Warning Against Intellectual Terrorism

Anti-Orientalist, Academia, Orientalism, BDS, Israel

In consortium with the recent successful activities of the BDS movement (Boycott, divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) and following the boycott of the American Studies Association (ASA) of Israeli academic institutions, a group of scholars and intellectuals have issued and signed a statement that warns against actions that threaten freedom of speech and expression. Judith Butler and Rashid Khalidi, who ... Read More »

Egypt, a change on hold

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Fourteen months after the Egyptian revolution, uncertainty reigns. Walking in Cairo’s streets, I can sense the fear of what tomorrow might bring; but then, a strange feeling settles in. A vibe of energy engulfs the air; I feel its ripples, but struggle to find its source… Passing a group of students talk about politics in the University of Cairo’s main ... Read More »

Canada: Conduit of Israeli Policy Towards Lebanon

Canada- Israel- Lebanon- Hezbollah- CBC- Terrorism- Hariri- Harper

It might be sheer coincidence that the last two prosecutors in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) are Canadians. Daniel Bellemare, who held the position since 2009, is now being replaced by Norman Farrell. Nevertheless, this “coincidence” is particularly telling of the increased Canadian interest and involvement in the Hariri assassination case and the politics of the Middle East at ... Read More »

Who Assassinated Wissam Al-Hassan?

Anti-Orientalist.com, Wissam Al Hassan Assassination- An Analysis

On the 19th of October 2012, a car bomb explosion in East Beirut killed Police Information Branch Chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan with 2 other people. The assassination came as a surprise to many. The person in charge of the most powerful security apparatus in Lebanon is dead, who else is safe? In the deeply divided country, accusations following every assassination are always ... Read More »

The effects of the Gaza conflict on the “Arab Spring”

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The recent outbreak of war in Gaza is an episode in a long series of hostilities between the Israeli state and its surrounding foes; however, it is the first of its kind following the “Arab Spring.” The way in which the events of this conflict will unfold will help clarify the blurry stance of main regional forces vis-à-vis the Arab-Israeli ... Read More »

About Burgas, Hezbollah, and Canada.

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Bulgaria has recently accused Hezbollah to be behind the Burgas blast that killed 5 Israeli tourists and a bus driver last July. The Bulgarian foreign minister Mr. Tsvetan  Tsvetanov stated in a press conference that: “ A reasonable assumption, I repeat a reasonable assumption, can be made that the two of them were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah.” ... Read More »