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Beirut Attack

Why We Cannot Conflate ISIS and Islam

Jessica Marglin | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion
Jessica Marglin

Ever since September 11, 2001, Americans (and many others) have been asking themselves whether Islam is a violent religion. In some ways, this is an easy question to answer.

No More Bloodshed

Nida Khan | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Nida Khan

We cannot continue to pretend as if these horrid acts are occurring on their own, nor can we shy away from accepting responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed as a direct result of our actions.

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

From Beirut to Paris, We Are All Hypocrites And Selective Grievers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

In rightfully and legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and for that matter the entire world) forgets that it is a country that selectively grieves all the time.

Refugees Are Not the Enemy

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
Chaker Khazaal

While this knee-jerk reaction of countries to close their borders to immigrants might appear on the surface to be a wise move, the truth is that we're just compounding the problem.

A Brief Calculus of Mourning

Nish Gera | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
Nish Gera

For now, let me grieve for my beloved Paris. And in that grieving, let me be connected with the grief of cities where people have been harmed and wronged.

From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn't Care About Arab Lives

Elie Fares | Posted 11.15.2016 | World
Elie Fares

We can ask for the world to think Beirut is as important as Paris, or for Facebook to add a "safety check" button for us to use daily, or for people to care about us. But the truth of the matter is, we are a people that doesn't care about itself to begin. We call it the new normal, but if this normality then let it go to hell.

The Beirut Bombings Reflect the Minority Trap of the Levant

Faysal Itani | Posted 11.13.2016 | World
Faysal Itani

Herein lies the minority trap: the greater the punishment that Hezbollah and Assad inflict on the Sunni majority, the more they expose themselves and their supporters to violent retribution, which in turn drives the minority population further into their embrace. Neither the first Vienna summit on Syria negotiations nor the second one planned for this weekend appears to address the tragedy of these two minorities -- the Lebanese Shiites and the Syrian Alawites. Without a lifeline thrown from outside powers, the bond between hijacking despots and hijacked population will almost certainly grow tighter.