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.

Beirut’s apocalyptic blast needs an international probe for justice

Lebanon must have an international probe into the deadly Beirut explosion – it is the only way justice will be achieved.The people of Beirut are no strangers to turmoil and violence, but the events...

Hezbollah border incursions into Israel show neutrality is not an option for Lebanon

Hezbollah had declared it would avenge the death of one of its fallen fighters who was among those targeted in an Israeli air raid, meaning few were surprised when brief firefight broke out on...

Lebanon's IMF gamble may prove too costly

With over $85 billion in debt and with no friends or allies left to come to its aid, Lebanon’s chances of escaping its current economic and political meltdown look slim to none. At one time, Lebanon...

Lebanon’s devilish dollar game amid economic freefall

While the official exchange rate is still pegged at 1,507 Lebanese lira to the dollar, the black market rate has alarmingly hit 9,300 lira to the dollar...

The Druze of Syria call for freedom, dignity, and social justice

The recent resurgence of the protest movement across Druze areas in Syria reminded everyone, including the Druze themselves, that the Bashar al-Assad regime is feebler than it appears, and that Iran...

New sanctions on Syria under Caesar Act might help save Lebanon

In Lebanon, there is very little debate today on the streets beyond the exchange rate and the value of the local currency which is spiraling downward, making June 17, the date the Caesar Syria...

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement: The end of an affair?

On February 6, 2006, the Free Patriotic Movement, current Lebanese President Michael Aoun’s Christian party, and Hezbollah signed a memorandum of understanding, thus establishing what many thought at...

Hezbollah is smuggling in broad daylight as a political strategy – it won’t work

Borders can pose serious economic and security challenges to the most developed of nations let alone Lebanon, where the border with Syria is a constant reminder of the terrible state of affairs into...