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October 19 2013

The Gulf's Gas Conspiracy Against Lebanon | Al Akhbar English

The Gulf’s Gas Conspiracy Against Lebanon | Al Akhbar English

The Gulf’s Gas Conspiracy Against Lebanon

Jean Aziz pense que ce qui “ça sent le gaz” dans ce qui se passe en Syrie et pays alentours...

The Gulf’s antagonism toward Lebanon has only intensified as prospects of a political resolution to the Syrian crisis have increased, prompting them to take a series of steps, from arming takfiri groups in Syria and Lebanon to threatening to expel the thousands of Lebanese expats who work in the Gulf, not to mention their efforts last summer to abort Lebanon’s vital tourist season by warning their citizens against traveling here for security reasons.

August 21 2013

Dahiyeh : Not Your Average Suburb | Al Akhbar English

Dahiyeh : Not Your Average Suburb | Al Akhbar English

In Dahiyeh, Beirut’s southern suburb, the poor live side by side with the middle class and the wealthy. There is little development taking place in the suburb, and the crime rate is increasing. Though Dahiyeh’s problems are not unique, the area’s social make-up is.

Après l’article d’hier sur la puissance économique de la banlieue sud (, cet article insiste sur la diversité sociale et urbanistique de la banlieue-sud de Beyrouth, en fournissant quelques données chiffrées intéressantes et surtout en analysant la diversité des trajectoires sociales (études, migrations, professions) de ses habitants.
Pour rappel, quelques universitaires se sont attachés, ces dernières années, à l’analyse de cet espace majeur, mais trop méconnu, de l’agglomération beyrouthine :
– Mona Harb, voir ses travaux sur Académia : Notamment en libre accès, son petit livre de 1996 Politiques urbaines en banlieue sud de Beyrouth : mais son livre de 2010 actualise ces informations, notamment sur le fonctionnement socio-politique de la Dahiyeh. Elle publie ces jours ci un nouveau livre : Leisurely Islam : Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shiite South Beirut avec Lara Deeb (

– Jihad Farah :
J’avais parlé de sa thèse ici : et on peut lire ici ses réflexions sur la politique municipale à Hadath :

– Mona Fawaz : pas de pages web mais plusieurs textes accessibles via Google Scholar :

– Valérie Clerc-Huybrechts pour son livre en livre accès sur les quartiers irréguliers de Beyrouth : Clerc-Huybrechts, Valérie. 2008. Les quartiers irréguliers de Beyrouth  : Une histoire des enjeux fonciers et urbanistiques dans la banlieue sud. Presses de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient.

– Hiba Bou Akar : Elle travaille notamment sur les interfaces entre la banlieue sud chiite et ses marges druze et chrétienne.

August 18 2013

From Boston to Beirut : A Comparison of “Terror” | Al Akhbar English

From Boston to Beirut: A Comparison of “Terror” | Al Akhbar English

Despite the fact that the perpetrators and the act itself snugly fit into the legal definition of “terrorism” by the US and UK authorities, the media coverage by British and American media outlets described it as a “bomb blast” from a possible “suicide attack.”

More so, as media critic and former editor-at-large of Al-Akhbar English Emily Dische-Becker in Berlin observed to the Institute of Public Accuracy, many of the foreign news agencies took great pains to add that the car bomb explosion occurred in a “Hezbollah stronghold.”

Virtually all reports on the attack on the residential neighborhood of Roueiss noted Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria, therefore subtly inferring that the attack was justifiable despite the fact that the victims were innocent civilians. Those killed will not have the leisure of being named and cared for by extensive human-oriented stories, slick infographics, painful photo galleries, and a barrage of follow-up tales of coping the day after.

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