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Roundtable on the Past and Present of Electricity in Lebanon

Roundtable on the Past and Present of Electricity in Lebanon

Electricity features centrally in Lebanon, both at the level of political discourse and daily life. Residents of the country have long experienced the rationing and unscheduled interruptions of electric supply. In addition, private generator owners charge building and neighborhood residents exorbitant prices to supplement the services of the state-owned Electricite du Liban.

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Surpassing Statehood, Approximating Hope: Book Launch for Justice for Some

Surpassing Statehood, Approximating Hope: Book Launch for Justice for Some

2017 marked 100 years since the British Empire designated Palestine as a site of Jewish settlement thus setting in motion a settler-colonial project featuring native elimination. Palestinians have fervently resisted their erasure and have successfully inscribed their juridical status as a people in international law and legal instruments and established their associated right to self-determination.

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Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on Algeria’s Protests

Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on Algeria’s Protests

Algeria has in recent weeks been gripped by a growing wave of popular demonstrations, which are reaching a crescendo as the closing date for nominations for the 18 April presidential elections approaches. Central in this equation is the prospective candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, incapacitated for several years and demonstrably incapable of leading the country or its government.

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We Made Every Living Thing From Water: An Interview with Karim Eid-Sabbagh

We Made Every Living Thing From Water: An Interview with Karim Eid-Sabbagh

Since the garbage crisis began in Lebanon in 2015, the country's environmental credentials have been repeatedly called into question by the international community and its own citizens. The ecological crisis exacerbated, and was exacerbated by, problems of water resource management. The sorry state of water infrastructure is at the root of Lebanon being among the world's top-fifteen per-capita consumers of bottled water. This plastic can be found everywhere, literally covering beaches, degrading in open dumps across the country, and burning with other garbage as seepage and toxins intensify pollution.

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Ella Shohat, On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings (New Texts Out Now)

Ella Shohat, On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings (New Texts Out Now)

In concrete terms, this project, spanning four decades of writing, came into existence over five years ago thanks to the initiative of Pluto Press. In conversation with colleagues, students, and activists, I realized that such a collection could serve to document the trajectory of a debate. This collection hosts texts drawn from diverse sources and belonging to divergent genres: essays, lectures, conversations, and memoir pieces.

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Essential Readings: Piracy in the Persian Gulf by Johan Mathew

Essential Readings: Piracy in the Persian Gulf by Johan Mathew

Piracy is one of those activities that vie for the title of the world’s second oldest profession. It is undoubtedly the case that homo sapiens engaged in maritime raiding well before the dawn of recorded history. Some of the oldest extant texts produced by human beings – cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia – discuss the taking of booty and maritime raids between the various city-states and empires around the coasts of the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf.[1] Thus, there is little question that piracy in general, and piratical raids in the Gulf in particular, are among the most ancient activities undertaken by human civilizations.

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