dimanche 27 décembre 2020

Liban: Le système est à l'agonie mais la classe politique résiste

Un mouvement inédit au pays du Cèdre s’est soulevé contre la classe politique et pour la fin du système clientéliste. Mais la répression et une spirale de crises ont ébranlé la contestation. 

Propos du politiste Ziad Majed recueillis par Aurélie Carton (en novembre 2020) pour la Chronique d'Amnesty International.

mardi 1 décembre 2020

Le Liban entre explosion et implosion

Le Mucem s’associe à Mediapart pour un nouveau rendez-vous consacré à l’actualité internationale, et plus particulièrement aux bouleversements actuellement à l’œuvre en Méditerranée. Le premier rendez-vous est consacré au devenir du Liban, et interroge les différents scénarios possibles aujourd'hui pour un pays petit par sa taille et sa population, mais grand par sa résonance politique et géopolitique. Une soirée animée par Joseph Confavreux, avec Eric Verdeil et Ziad Majed. 

On the crisis of Islam: In defense of discussion

The murder last month of the French history teacher Samuel Paty, with its atrocious symbolism, marks the latest in a series of terrorist acts perpetrated by young French Muslims, or other Muslims residing in France. As is often the case, it has inflamed emotions to the extreme, rendering it impossible for days or even weeks thereafter to have a reasonable conversation about Islam and related questions.

As secular, democratic intellectuals, descending from the Arab Levant, and from a heritage of which Islam was and is an essential component, we are compelled by this state of affairs to affirm—first of all—that communication between different people, and the thorny examination of complex issues, are the key to disarming the militarization of thought and culture advocated by Islamist nihilists such as Paty’s killer, Abdullah Anzorov, and the many others like him. The more such people succeed in deepening the trenches separating Muslim communities from the world around them, the more they prosper and flourish.

Second, we affirm that this militarization of thought and culture is not limited to these Islamist nihilists alone. Plenty in the West play the very same game, and encourage the Islamists themselves to play it further, for they too seek to deepen the trenches and live in buttressed fortresses, indifferent to all that goes on around them and out on the margins of their settlements.

To read this article by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, Farouk Mardam-Bey and Ziad Majed, please visit Aljumhuriya