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.

Lifting medicine subsidies threatens Lebanon with more chaos

Many Lebanese traveling from far-off lands back home have subsisted their customary gifts to family and loved ones with bags full of medication instead. Baby milk formula and simple pain killers...

Refugees are now the pawn in the game of political cat and mouse

The humanitarian crisis transpiring on the Belarus-Poland border has generated tremendous controversy with many human rights groups condemning the manhandling and the terrible conditions in which...

Lebanon’s diplomatic crisis is a self-inflicted wound

One of Lebanon’s founding myths lies in its special geographic position and the vital role Lebanon played in the formation of many of the Arab Gulf states, which used the talents of the Lebanese to...

Iraq’s elections for democracy in the face of Iran’s hegemony is a fallacy

Few people look at elections in the Arab world as a means of democratic change.This is mainly because, despite the casting of ballots, the whole electoral process is tarred with little transparency....

Lebanese diaspora vote will not be enough to force change on a corrupt establishment

The Lebanese diaspora has always been the pride and joy of this enterprising nation of around six million residents, with over 14 million members of its diaspora scattered around the world, most of...

The shifting sands of Middle East alliances follows diminishing US power

For anyone who was anxiously awaiting the new American President breaking away from Obama’s foreign policy, the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan laid those aspirations to rest, while confirming the...

Celebrating Lebanon’s new cabinet is a fool’s errand until Hezbollah held to account

For over a year the Lebanese waited anxiously for their political elite to form a new cabinet, one which would theoretically implement structural reforms and guide Lebanon out of its abysmal...

US plans to normalize Syria-Lebanon relations are doomed to fail

Recent attempts to normalize relations between Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon for the alleged benefit of the Lebanese are not only doomed from the outset, but would consign the region to another bloody...