The carpet

I saw a man this morning on the side of the road. He was besides his car boot open. Rows and rows of carpets, oriental rugs rolled up, side by side, in the car.  He was standing in front of this treasure and I stopped to watch as he weaved in, weaved out heavy wool string…

untitled. for him. for them.

A crime against humanity my ancestors never asked for. The bells are ringing, warning in his ears, rockets, a pink cloud of fire. Tonight is the night he thinks. I can’t die yet.  Dust clouds thick here for days on end. Never stops. All we want is a savoury manouché, kick around the ball, dabke…

8 clippings of news

This week in the news. We wrote a piece like this a few years ago. We’re going to try it out. This past year is an extraordinary year, not necessarily in a positive way. We’ve already discussed certain events. These past few weeks though have been charged with tension, emotions, and craziness. 1. Turkey’s Erdogan…

In memoriam (or partial travel diary).

In 2018, several weeks after I came back to France from the UK, a little shaken up because I no longer have a permanent home in the world, I awoke one sunny morning from a not-so-lucid dream with a weird sensation and one word. Armenia. A couple of emails, a long conversation, lots of patience,…

A small sample of the revolution

Originally posted on LinaSays:
I’m sitting in Beirut airport after a whirlwind week. This was a trip delayed several times due to the ongoing revolution, an exciting and historic time for long-overdue change in Lebanon. If you don’t know, this popular uprisings began on 17 October 2019 with masses taking to the streets to protest…

comments on a “unique” democracy

Here’s what you need to know: a country has been independent since 1943. Before that, during and before a French mandate, it was “partially autonomous’.

Theoretically, we are talking about a democratic country, “lauded” for its unique structure.

Reality? Everyone in politics thinks they’re better than the others. Civil war became a blood bath. It lasted for 15 years.

How to build a fire

This is a collaboration with Hrach Jinbashian, who provided the photographs from Lebanon. Currently in Armenia, he was present in Lebanon at the beginning of the protests. A warm thank you to him. 105 fires, a broken political and economic system, corruption x10000, a proposed tax on WhatsApp, 2 million+ refugees, 4 million citizens, and…

The thing about Ethics…

A friend once described a social media action by a government as unethical. It had been to show mutual support in the commemoration of a shared grief. It made us think. Why would we call it “unethical” We thought harder: what is the real nature of bilateral relations? More to the point, when do they…

Small State Studies: An Introduction to a Broad Research Agenda

Originally posted on Perspectives on Policy & Politics:
by Béatrice Chahine, Robert Fullam, and Jenny Paturyan “Small states studies” is a collective term, used to denote a relatively new trans-disciplinary research agenda in social sciences. It encompasses political, economic, international, security, demographic and other areas of research focusing on states considered to be “small.” Those states…