An interview with HS*, conducted by Miriam Younes and Mohamad Blakah The November protests How would you describe the political and social developments in Iran in recent years? The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has been in a state of crisis ever since its establishment. In recent years, events in…

"New Ways of Relating to Each Other"

  • Author Lara Bitar, Miriam Younes
Lebanon witnessed its last big protest movement in 2015. Where do you see continuities and differences between the previous and current movements? There are many people who are trying to delegitimize the current movement by casting doubt over the "spontaneous" nature of this mobilization, hinting at a variety of conspiracies,…

Lebanon’s Revolt Against Elites

  • Author Adèle Surprenant
The announcement of new taxes sparked unprecedented protests in Lebanon. For weeks, protesters have taken to the streets across the country to demand the resignation of its leaders At the heart of Beirut’s downtown, ghost-like since the 2005 protests that led to the end of the Syrian occupation, burned tires…
“Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose”—the more things change, the more they stay the same. This saying is a good way to describe current developments in Lebanon. Many structural problems in the country have remained unchanged for years, although with the war in Syria the situation in and…

The Uprising of the Unemployed

  • Author Miriam Younes, Sarah Wansa
An assessment of current developments in Iraq from a left-wing activist after the beginning of the ongoing protests on 1 October 2019. The conversation took place via phone call on 3 October after the Iraqi government shut down all Internet access. There are many different causes for the current protests,…