“Srilankitak filipiniyeh?” asked a young schoolboy to one of his classmates. This question literally means, “Is your Sri Lankan a Filipino?” Colloquialisms considered, it means, “Is your maid a Filipino?” In Lebanon, the word for “maid” is “Sri Lankan.” In 2002, Lebanon Daily Star reporter Reem Haddad published an article named “Seeking Hemalatha,” detailing her […]

More than one million refugees have entered Lebanon since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, making up more than a quarter of Lebanon’s total population.  According to Dr. Maha Shuayb from the Centre for Lebanese Studies, approximately 630,000 of these are children between three and 18 years old. At least 50,000 refugee children […]

After the collapse of yet another round of US-backed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and yet another violent conflict in Gaza this summer, what are the prospects for a peaceful resolution? Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the Palestinian government to the US, will address the ongoing occupation and efforts for a […]

Deeming the Palestinian Authority’s recent thoughts of reconciliation with Hamas  helpful or harmful is premature at best. Such a determination of viability requires an important acknowledgment of the distinction between rhetoric and reality and a careful evaluation of Hamas’ changing role in conflict resolution in the context of recent and past Israeli-Palestinian and Hamas-Fatah peace […]

“You cannot have reconciliation without real, true justice being done,” asserted Rwandan prosecutor Jean Bosco Mutangana. Mutangana is the head of the government’s international crimes unit, and tasked with convicting the Hutu perpetrators who brutally murdered 800,000 Rwandans. The notion of reconciliation and justice and their potential compatibility and conflict have been recurring themes in […]

In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, a red button marked “reset” (peregruzka) to commemorate the thawing relations between the United States and Russia.  Unfortunately, according to Lavrov, peregruzka actually meant ‘overcharged.’ Despite the linguistic confusion and the US’s failed translation, Clinton and Lavrov concluded their meeting claiming they […]

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