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.

Lebanon’s lack of love in its time of cholera

Dead in the water is perhaps the best term to describe Lebanon, as the country continues to experience crises, including a recent cholera outbreak. It continues also in its struggle to elect a new...

Lebanon’s last hero: The lion of Taif Hussein el-Husseini

There are few within the Lebanon political establishment who deserve the designation of statesman, as the vast majority of Lebanon’s so-called political elite has proven to be incorrigible and beyond...

Hezbollah’s UNIFIL ambush with impunity from the world breeds terror

Last Wednesday night, the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), who have been operating since 1978, were reminded of the scary reality of their deployment in a volatile area. Iran’s...

Lebanese Israeli demarcation isn’t necessarily the real deal

Over the past week, a wave of optimism dominated Lebanon’s political scene with the news of a potential conclusion of the US-led mediation efforts to restrict the Lebanese-Israel maritime border. This...

Iran’s regional position no less satanic than the verses it opposes

Three weeks have passed since the violent attack on the renowned British writer Salman Rushdie, the author of the controversial book the Satanic Verses. When it was published in 1988 it earned him a...

Two years after the Beirut Port Blast impunity reigns supreme

Two years after the apocalyptic Beirut Port explosion, which destroyed half of the Lebanese capital, the deep scars and trauma of the people and its physical destruction of the buildings still lingers...

Biden’s Middle East tour did little to aid Lebanon’s crises

As the wheels of Air Force One, the US presidential plane, hit the tarmac at Tel Aviv airport, many presumed that this is the unraveling of American Middle East policy. His regional tour would affect...

The futile quest to form the next Lebanese government  

The recent parliamentary election, which took place in Lebanon in mid-May, was theoretically a chance for this failed state to regain a semblance of normalcy. It should have jumpstarted a political...