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Makram Rabah
Makram Rabah

Makram Rabah is a lecturer at the American University of Beirut, Department of History. His book Conflict on Mount Lebanon: The Druze, the Maronites and Collective Memory (Edinburgh University Press) covers collective identities and the Lebanese Civil War.

Lebanese passports are exits to nowhere

The August 4 Beirut port explosion did not only destroy half of the capital, kill hundreds and injure thousands, but it also drove many people to give up on the country and decide once and for all to...

Lebanon’s elite more deadly than its migrant Death Boats

For the sixty people from Tripoli, who decided to test their luck by trying to escape by sea to Europe in search of a better life, death and hardship was a calculated risk they were ready to take. Yet...

Gerrymandering around only makes a laughing stock of Lebanon’s election

The gloomy streets of Lebanon and its capital Beirut are slowly starting to transform into a democracy jubilee, as all sides are ramping up their campaigns to secure the votes in the parliamentary...

Going nuclear: It’s Iran’s shadow economy that’s the danger

The ongoing talks in Vienna to restore the nuclear deal between the United States and the Iranian regime has been no short of a rollercoaster ride. Both sides have declared an imminent positive...

Expect the anti-Western axis to turn against Putin

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second week, the world is slowly starting to realize this watershed event as having multiple repercussions on their economic and political future and,...

An open letter about the Lebanon crises to the UN’s António Guterres

Dear Mr. António Guterres,I am writing to you as a citizen of the occupied Republic of Lebanon, which you visited a few months ago to show solidarity with its people. Your visit, unfortunately, had...

The Druze shift of stance in Syria will worry Bashar al-Assad

As all eyes turn towards the military escalation on the Russian Ukrainian border and the impending invasion, the world is less interested in following the events transpiring in southwestern Syria in...

Little hope for Lebanon from the return of the Mikati government

Last week Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement, led by Speaker Nabih Berri, announced the suspension of their boycott of the Najib Mikati cabinet. In October, they started the sanction with the...