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Makram Rabah

Makram Rabah is a lecturer at the American University of Beirut, Department of History. He is the author of A Campus at War: Student Politics at the American University of Beirut, 1967-1975.

05 July 2019 08:41 PM

Lebanese town’s non-Christian ban highlights segregation

The exposure of a non-Christian housing ban in the Lebanese municipality of Hadat last week caused controversy over Lebanon’s religious coexistence. Supporters of the ban, spearheaded by President Michel Aoun, are promoting a dangerous cause.

15 June 2019 12:14 AM

Nizar Zakka freed but Lebanon still captive

Lebanese national Nizar Zakka, whose trip to Tehran following an official invitation by the Iranian government in September 2015 ended with his arrest and imprisonment, is being released after almost four years in Tehran’s central prison. His release comes during a time of heightened tension for Iran’s proxy Lebanese Hezbollah both locally and internationally

11 April 2019 09:26 PM

How President Aoun is pulling Lebanon into the Iran-Maduro axis

The Lebanese ruling establishment’s actions during Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza’s recent trip to Lebanon have once again proven its disregard for the crumbling economy.

01 April 2019 04:49 PM

Pompeo’s warnings to Lebanon about Hezbollah will be the last straw

Pompeo refrained from sugar coating his words, delivering the firm message that Lebanon must prevent Hezbollah from using its banking sector to circumvent US sanctions.

26 February 2019 08:03 PM

Iran’s ‘aid’ to Lebanon reflects middle-aged delusions

The Persians have a saying, that “a doctor must first cure his own balding head”. The phrase refers to the human propensity of preaching virtues to others, while personally disregarding them. This idiom seemed particularly applicable to Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif

12 February 2019 10:20 PM

Hezbollah’s control of Lebanon’s health ministry poses a grave danger

After nine months of a serious deadlock, Lebanon’s political elite finally ironed out a new Faustian deal, one that gave Hezbollah and its ally President Michael Aoun a clear majority. More seriously, this cabinet saw Hezbollah clinch the portfolio of Public Health-MOH with the group’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah’s personal physician, Jamil Jabak, appointed as health minister.

08 February 2019 11:20 AM

Austin Tice will not ‘die in the darkness’

Just like the Syrian people he came to support, Tice is not merely a victim of Assad’s cunning, but also of Obama’s disappearing red lines.

22 January 2019 09:11 PM

Bashar al-Assad’s 10-year challenge

The Arab Economic Summit, taking place in Lebanon over the weekend, is in its own right an Assad 10-Year Challenge as his were desperately scrambling to turn this venue into an occasion to normalize Syria’s relations with its Arab neighbors.