and to your horror it will proclaim with trumpets blazing: I was, I am, I shall be!”
– Rosa Luxemburg –
In Lebanon and Iraq, people have taken to the streets in mass protests since October 1st, 2019. While these movements share important structural similarities, they remind us of the uprisings of 2011/2012 that swept across many countries in the MENA-region. In Syria, this protest movement has developed into a full-blown civil war that has been raging on ever since.
Media coverage of the conflict has mainly been focusing on the narratives that violence and war dictate, and as a result, waves of social mobilization and crucial revolutionary moments have been overlooked. This year’s uprising in Lebanon and Iraq has gained only limited coverage by English and German Media. We, therefore, dedicated a special section on our website to gather information and shed light on past and present protest movements in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. This includes Chronicles of the Uprisings in Lebanon and Iraq, Visual Memories, Testimonials and Articles.