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The Second Alternative

In the aftermath of WikiLeaks revelations concerning the labyrinthine Lebanese political landscape, alliances have had to be re-considered. It seems as though the Shi’a agenda will henceforth have to rally around Hezbollah’s banner, as the Amal movement might have spent all its political currency.

The Ubiquity of Ideology

The explosive mix of globalization, large youth populations, and weak economies has created an atmosphere ripe for change. In this interview with The Majalla, the visionary writer and liberal thinker shares his views on the growing culture of arms and resistance in the Arab world, the problem of sectarianism and his take on the future of the Arab nation-state.

Hidden Controversies

Lina Khatib, author of the 2008 book Lebanese Cinema, discusses the the unknown tales of lost Lebanese films. Filmmakers grapple with overbearing authorities and self-censorship, but there is hope that a new dawn of Arab cinema will help to make films a key medium of political expression.

Might is Right

Those who do not follow Lebanese politics might think it complicated and riddled with turncoats, backstabbing and ever changing regional alliances. But Lebanon’s story is much simpler than it looks, and can be summarized as a zero-sum game between the different religious communities in the country. This game has kept the central government weak, and eventually allowed different communities – at various times since Lebanon’s independence in 1920 – to use violence to dominate other groups. This violence comes at the expense of the state and delegitimizes its role as the guarantor of basic civil rights for its citizens.