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Hicham Safieddine

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Unionizing in Lebanon: The Struggle is Elsewhere

[Workers, activists, and reporters at the 30 JUly 2012 press conference wherein Spinneys' workers announced the formation of their independent union. Image by Farfahhine via Flickr]

Last month saw the successful founding of an independent workers’ union emerge out of the Lebanese private sector. Yet there has been little social media fanfare outside Lebanon over this success … perhaps not surprisingly. Class struggle in contemporary Lebanon has rarely captured the imagination of either scholars or social activists. Long described as a bastion of laissez-faire politics, a site of never-ending civil strife, and a platform for settling regional ...

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Asad Apologists: The Ostrich Syndrome

[Monument commemorating the 1972 Conference of Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned countries when it was held in Guyana, 8 - 11 August, 1972. There are four busts sculpted to the likeness of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, President Pandit Jawaharlall Nehru of India and President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. Image by Amanda Richards via Flickr]

The debate surrounding Syria has stooped very low among self-identified leftists and anti-imperialists. It is high time the discussion moves away from personal attacks, and focuses instead on presenting specific arguments and developing clearer political positions. No group has been as pilloried by all sides as much as the one that has come to be labeled “the third way,” composed of those who are simultaneously opposed to foreign intervention (cheered for by major ...

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Hicham Safieddine


Hicham Safieddine is a Beirut-based researcher and journalist.