Tuesday, February 1, 2011


"The country sees itself as the intellectual birthplace of pan-Arabism, and in spite of the fact that the Lebanese enjoy greater freedom of expression than elsewhere in the Arab world, events in North Africa have inspired many. At the weekend, hundreds demonstrated outside the Egyptian embassy in solidarity with the protesters in Cairo and other cities.

Egypt has not slept tonight and neither have I,” writes Rami Zurayk, a leftwing blogger. “I had dreams about the change that is sweeping through the Arab world, and about the hopes that the revolutions in Tunisia and in Egypt and the protests in Jordan and Yemen have instilled in each one of us Arabs.”

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