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.

Soft power will keep the US as world’s leader despite Afghanistan debacle

“Raise ships and men to fight the pirates into reason than money to bribe them… It will procure us respect in Europe… and respect is a safeguard to interest.”With these words Thomas Jefferson, the...

The fearless in Lebanon are becoming a thorn in the side for Hezbollah

For, Chouaya a small village in the district of Hasbaya in the South of Lebanon, last Friday August 6 was simply another tranquil day, until Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese militia decided to use the...

Najib Mikati named Lebanon’s Prime Minister: The political establishment strikes back

Prime Minister designee Saad Hariri resigned, with former PM Najib Mikati taking up the mantel as the new designee. Mikati, a billionaire and political establishment insider, is more of the same for a...

The Beirut Port blast investigation will not bring justice unless Lebanese act

Over eleven months have passed since the titanic Beirut port explosion, which claimed 214 innocent lives and injured thousands of people, leaving many displaced from their houses due to the...

Amal-Hezbollah alliance in Lebanon is weaker than advertised

Frenemy is perhaps the best term to describe the cordial yet turbulent relationship of Lebanon’s leading Shia parties, whose long-term alliance is constantly being tested by the countries abysmal...

Nasrallah’s absurd suggestion to import Iranian fuel points to Hezbollah desperation

These days, the busy streets of the Lebanese capital Beirut are extremely hard to maneuver, not because of the thousands of tourists which used to flood its streets every summer, but rather because of...

The war on Gaza further exposes Hezbollah’s hypocritical duplicity

For someone who never misses a chance to threaten Israel with eternal destruction, Hassan Nasrallah and his Iran-sponsored militia have stood idle as Israel launched its full-scale military campaign...

Lebanon’s forensic audit is crucial for proving Hezbollah, Aoun corrupt dealings

As Lebanon’s plunge into further economic and political turmoil resumes, its so-called political elite have yet to stop bickering and cooperate towards addressing Lebanon’s staggering $95.9bn public...