Category Archives: Lebanon

A Lebanese Senate? Who Will Pay For It?

According to the latest news, discussions should resume this week in order to reach consensus on a new electoral law. A “hybrid” electoral law (as the Lebanese jargon has it) submitted by Speaker Nabih Berri apparently stipulates the election of … Continue reading

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Thinking Lebanese Citizenship Beyond the Narrow Feminist Discourse.

Currently, Lebanese citizenship can only be acquired by birth or marriage. In the first case (birth), it follows the right of blood (jus sanguinis) according to the principle of nationality law by which citizenship is determined by having a Lebanese … Continue reading

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W halla2 la weyn? The Intellectual Anemia of the Opponents of the Orthodox Law.

I am neither a proponent nor an opponent of the “Orthodox Law” (OL). I am simply asking for an adult discussion about this highly interesting phenomenon in the history of contemporary Lebanon. I am asking for an intelligent national debate … Continue reading

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An Unorthodox Proposal (or how to get it over with the usual self-labeled “secularist” blabla).

To all the self-righteous and hypocritical, holier-than-thou moralizers who say the “Orthodox Proposal” is sectarian, here are some points to reflect on. Does the Orthodox Proposal contradict the Lebanese Constitution? Some claim it contradicts Article 27 of the Constitution which … Continue reading

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Hang That Man: The Minister of the Culture of Destruction.

[Please note that this is a diatribe and not an apology of the death penalty.] De la disparition du passé, on se console facilement ; c’est de la disparition de l’avenir qu’on ne se remet pas. Le pays dont l’absence … Continue reading

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Les secrets des Secrets de la Guerre du Liban d’Alain Ménargues, tome II.

À part les systématiques remarques sur le taux scandaleux de coquilles parsemant le second tome du dernier ouvrage d’Alain Ménargues, Les secrets de la guerre du Liban, paru en novembre 2012 chez Librairie internationale (Beyrouth), je n’ai pas vraiment entendu … Continue reading

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The Type of Sex Scandal Your Lebanese TV Newscast Won’t Tell You About.

As usual, our Lebanese TV newscasts are full of inanities, covering superfluous visits, meaningless receptions, and prefabricated statements. All in all, the same vocabulary, the same accusations… the same story. But here’s an interesting new one that French, US, and … Continue reading

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