Lebanon, a Land of Men (and of a few Courageous Women)

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I am a Lebanese woman married to a Swiss man. My children will never be Lebanese, nor will my husband, because I am considered as a second class citizen in my own country, which doesn’t seem to deem it necessary to grant me the same citizenship rights as everyone else (also … Continue reading


Sadly, not the delicious kind.  While the Arab world is shaken by an uprising against dictatorships and economic inequalities, Lebanon is shaken by a -now -common- internal political turmoil.  The crisis had been brewing up ever since the creation of the International Tribunal for Lebanon, an institution whose legitimacy has been (rightly so) severely questionned, … Continue reading

Conference on the book of Dr Gilbert Achcar “The Arabs and the Holocaust”

On the Tuesday 19th October 2010 I attended the conference entitled “Arabs and Israelis Facing the Holocaust and the Nakba” in SOAS University with Dr Gilbert Achcar presenting his book “The Arabs and the Holocaust” and the presence of a panel composed of Nur Masalha (Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project, … Continue reading

Blog Action Day: Water in the Middle East, a Human Rights Issue

The idea that we’re taking water away from someone else is simply preposterous  Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev Today is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers around the world unite and write about one topic that has been globally chosen. This year’s theme is access to (clean) water, which in many countries across the … Continue reading

Hard Times for the Left in Palestine

After a long journey in Palestine, the other half of Cafe Thawra is back to work. Our article brings us today to talk about the situation of the left in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Cafe Thawra has been able to meet a certain number of comrades all over the West Bank, with a fair majority … Continue reading

Demining Lebanon, One Political Step at A Time

Going to a disarmament and arms control seminar with the other half of Café Thawra brought back to my memory a topic I wanted to write about for a long time but that somehow got sidetracked along the way: the de-mining of Lebanon. During the seminar, we had a very interesting session given by John … Continue reading

Turkey, Standing on Its Own Two (Strong) Feet

Nowadays, Turkey seems to be the new darling of the Middle East: The Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri visits Turkey at the beginning of the year, relations between Damascus and Ankara has never been so close, Turkey has welcomed many officials from the region in Ankara for political or economic reasons and Turkish officials have been … Continue reading

Blogging away, Arab style

Café Thawra is a blog, as you all know now, trying to give an alternative view of the Middle East and explanations on different events happening in the region. We like to think, Paola and me, that this blog ables us to be closer to the Middle East and always remain in contact with the … Continue reading

The negative face of the Lebanese Education system

Lebanon is usually, very justifiably moreover, well known for its famous and good standard universities and schools in the Middle East, so much that numerous families over the region send their children to study in the Cedar country. The first universities date back to the 19th century such as the American University of Beirut in … Continue reading

Where is our Revolution in the Arab world?

Revolution is a term and an idea which has taken a quasi mystic meaning since the French Revolution all over the world and until nowadays. This event put an end to the “represent of God on earth” as was described the king Louis XIV, but moreover it allowed the people to believe that there had … Continue reading