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.

US sanctions on Hezbollah officials are a call to action for the Lebanese state

Last week the US Treasury issued a new list of names designating three members of Hezbollah under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of......

Controversy over 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......

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......

The Lebanese government’s proposed budget exposes its corruption

The cabinet of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has to date met 19 times, working late into the night to try to hammer out the country’s budget. But the result thus far has been disappointing......

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.......

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

Over the last week, Lebanon was immersed in Mike Pompeo’s visit to Beirut, where he concluded his recent trip to the Middle East. The Lebanese government’s warm welcome to the US Secretary......

Weakened by sanctions, 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......

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......