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.

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......

Oh Governor, Where Art Thou? Lebanon’s failure in appointing a new bank governor

The 30-year run of Riad Salameh as governor of the Lebanese Central Bank finally expires today. All while the current caretaker government of Premier Najib Mikati has thus failed to appoint a......

Failure to elect: Lebanese Hezbollah’s pursuit to force a president

The Lebanese parliament has failed 12 times to elect a new president of the republic, a post which has been vacant since former President Michael Aoun’s term in office expired back in October of 2022.......

For whom the bell tolls: Lebanon’s clockwork absurdity

The recent Saudi Iranian Chinese sponsored détente was received as a good sign and as a first step towards restoring normality in an area plagued with instability and violence. Yet in the case of......

Syrian dictator exploits political position on back of earthquakes

The recent devastating earthquake which hit Turkey and Syria have left behind its thousands of dead and a region devasted with unprecedented destruction, a calamity which perhaps will never be fully......

Bitar needs to hold nerve and hold Hezbollah to account

Lebanese courts have a visible phrase inscribed over their bench: “Justice is the pillar of Governance”.This ethos was recently put to the test, not to say shattered, with the decision of Judge Tarek......

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......