Corruption, Inequality, and Poverty Fuel Widespread Anger in Lebanon

by Giorgio Cafiero “Revolution, revolution!” “The people want the downfall of the regime!” Fed up with a crumbling economy, state negligence, and widespread corruption, thousands of Lebanese have defiantly chanted these slogans this month amid difficult times. Although Lebanon’s ongoing… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Cruel Killings Will Not Stop Mass Protests

by Imad K. Harb Protests have again rocked Iraq’s streets as thousands of young people voiced their opposition to rampant corruption and sectarian politics. While the demonstrations appeared leaderless and did not seem to espouse a specific program—except generally to… Continue Reading  

Hong Kong Protests: Principles vs. the Realities of Power

by Rajan Menon Hong Kong’s intrepid demonstrators don’t lack for American admirers. The op-ed pages of our most influential newspapers, the statements emanating from Congress, and the comments of former senior foreign policy officials attest to that. Now, there is… Continue Reading  

In Memory of Razan al-Najjar

by Orly Noy Around two weeks ago, a Facebook friend of mine proposed an experiment to a small group of us. Social media has become a boxing ring, she said. The two sides, left and right, dig into their positions… Continue Reading  

Water and Conflict in Iran

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The most important sentence in the Persian language is arguably “Baba ab dad.” The sentence means “father gave water.” It is the first sentence taught to Iranian children when they are learning to read and write. Beyond… Continue Reading