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Weekend Reading: The Failure of January 25, Beirut’s Barbershops, and Zajal In Lebanon

January 30, 2015

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Wael Eskandar argues that the death of Egyptian activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh last week at the hands of security forces represents the complete failure of the January 25 revolution.

Fadi Mroue, writing for the Lebanese magazine Alrifai, explores the decline of Beirut’s traditional barbershops.

Zein El-Amine reflects on the art of zajal, a traditional form of oral poetry, across Christian and Shia communities in Lebanon.

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