Makram Rabah

Makram Rabah

Makram Rabah is an Assistant Professor 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.

The consulate attack: Iranian empire will not strike back

This year’s April Fool’s Day, internationally recognized for its practical jokes and harmless trickery, unfolded under a different light for the residents of Damascus and the Almaza district. A......

Kim Jong Un and the liberation of Palestine

Amid the intense focus on the events in Gaza and the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, a significant development unfolded: Cuba and the Republic of South Korea announced the......

Yes, I am a conspirator for Lebanon

The quest for freedom and democracy is invariably worth the struggle. These words, penned by late Druze Socialist leader Kamal Jumblatt, echo his relentless fight against transforming Lebanon into......

Al-Arouri’s hit is only the tip of the iceberg for Lebanon

The Lebanese continue to gamble on the so-called sense and sensibility of Iran and Hezbollah, even as their country continues to expand into a larger hunting ground for both Iran and Israel....

Hezbollah’s 40 rules of engagement

Since the outbreak of clashes on October 7 between Israel and Hamas, the million-dollar question has been, will Hezbollah activate the Northen front and thus force the Israelis to redirect their......

Is Lebanon headed to war with Israel?

Since the start of Hamas’ blitzkrieg on Israel and the consequent retaliation by Tel Aviv, Hezbollah has shown relative restraint, but that is neither a sign of wisdom nor of concern toward Beirut’s......

When US sensationalism passes for diplomacy

Growing up in the 1980s in wartime Beirut, my generation had few activities to indulge in compared to the myriads of options that kids now have at their disposal. One of the games we used to play......

Three years after Beirut Port blast, Lebanon is still drowning in impunity

“We are all victims [of the August 4, 2020 Beirut Port blast]. The only martyrs are the first responders who sacrificed their lives because they were merely carrying out their duty.”With these sober......