Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish speaks on Frank Barat's series, COVID-19 Chronicles, about the Lebanese government's response to the pandemic within the larger context of ongoing developments in the country. The interview was recorded on 11 July 2020.
The COVID-19 Chronicles is an interview series that collects testimonies and analyses in the time of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. It asks: what impact have the various measures put in place by governments on people and communities and how have they responded to it?
Ziad Abu-Rish is Co-Director of the MA Program in Human Rights and the Arts, and Visiting Associate Professor of Human Rights, at Bard College. He is also a 2020–21 Fellow in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. His research explores state formation, economic development, and popular mobilizations in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Lebanon and Jordan. Abu-Rish serves as Co-Editor of Arab Studies Journal and Jadaliyya. He is also a Fellow at the Beirut-based Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). He can be followed on Twitter via @ziadaburish.
Frank Barat is an activist, journalist, and author. He has always been interested in people’s stories and sharing them. He has worked on books with Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappé, and Ken Loach and has written for a number of publications. He can followed on Twitter via @realfrankbarat.
Illustration by Maya Mihindou: https://www.facebook.com/mihindoumaya