Friday, November 15, 2019

On belonging to a country that cannot keep its children



“You've wasted the (people with) talents and given them to the foreigners" said a prominent banner in downtown Beirut on the very first day of the uprising. It made the Lebanese government responsible for the ‘brain drain’ caused by ongoing migration, and declared the latter a problem that could be avoided if it wasn't for the mismanagement of the economy by the political and economic governing elite.
I have noticed with interest the extent to which migration figured as a lament 'look what you are making us do', as problem 'our youth are all leaving' and a sign of governmental disfunction 'we shouldn't have to leave', in the discourse of the Lebanese uprising. 
Sometimes, migration has been a factor in the uprising without people being conscious of it as such. Take the way Tripoli, the capital of northern Lebanon has risen in prominence as one of epicentres of the protests. Tripoli for so long perceived by Beirutis as a poor, underdeveloped part of the country, festering with backwardness, poverty and Islamic fundamentalism rose in ways no one imagined it to be capable of. Not only did thousands descended to the capital's main square rejecting traditional sectarian politics just as much if not more so than they did in Beirut. They did so with style leaving Beirutis literally speechless: a local rapper got everyone grooving in the square. They were at it in their thousands and it was incredible to watch. A story that is not told is that these features of Tripoli's 'modernity' are impossible to disentangle from it being one of the key centres of migration to Australia and where Australian Lebanese continuously return. Tripoli has a rugby league team, hardly a home grown sport and it is impossible to go to Tripoli without hearing people speaking English with an Australian accent. And while the research is yet to be done, I would think that Tripoli's uprising is a diasporic phenomenon through and through. But so is Beirut's. I have often sat at street meetings where the conversation had to happen in English because the participants'm Lebanese wasn't good enough.

And yet, the man in the dark photo below was screaming "I don’t want to be in a situation where my relatives ring me and say 'your father's not doing so well' and I am too far to be able to do anything". The discourse about migration being something bad that happens to you has always been present in Lebanon, but it often took the back seat to an opposite celebratory discourse: migration as a sign of the Lebanese's adventurous and ambitious character something that runs in the Lebanese blood and has been inherited since the times of those trading, adventurous and ambitious Phoenicians. The uprising has definitely brought the discourse of migration as a social pathology to the forefront. One can hear it everywhere: we are demonstrating because "we're sick and tired to have to migrate", "I have just got my degree, why should I be looking for a job outside of Lebanon" and then there is this guy with a placard stating the names of all of his friends who have migrated and telling them that he is demonstrating 'because we want you back'.
But it was the woman holding a sign stating that she is demonstrating ‘For every drop of tears that has fallen at the airport’ that broke me. For the sign points not so much at a social problem but at a primal injury that is at the heart of Lebanon's diasporic culture. I have spent so much of my academic life researching this primal injury, that manifests itself most clearly precisely at the airport when one sees parents cry as they say goodbye to their children. I have analysed this injury but i've also analysed the Lebanese art of acting as if there is no injury at all, a whole culture of dissimulation that is itself a symptom of the depth of the injury.





For a time, I used to wonder at the reason why Lebanese migrants, despite their propensity to narcissistically over-valorise themselves and their achievements, always betrayed a sense of inferiority in the face of the inhabitants of the lands to which they migrated. I used to think that it was an internalisation of a developmental racism which made so many of them see westerners as superior. But then, not only was this shown to be again and again not true, it also failed to explain the presence of this sense of inferiority to people they actually racialise, people who they deemed in a racist way civilisationally inferior. Slowly the source of this sense of inferiority became clear. The immigrant might do very well socially and economically compared to the locally born but nothing will alter the simple fact that unlike the local, the immigrant belongs to a country that could not care for them. Or as put to me poetically by a Venezuelan Lebanese informant once: 'we are the people whose country could not keep them.' 
The bringing of this wound into the open is part of the incredible socio-political but also psychological 'revolution against one's own self' that's been unfolding in the streets of Beirut since the 17th of October.
That the President of the Republic allowed himself to tell the demonstrators a variant of the 'if you don't like it here leave' is a sign of how remote and disengaged from popular sensibilities this whole regime has been.

32 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. OFFICIAL HACKING COMPANY IS THE BEST SITE TO GET BLANK ATM CARD.I was searching for loan to sort out my bills& debts, then i saw comments about Blank ATM Credit Card that can be hacked to withdraw money from any ATM machines around you . I doubted thus but decided to give it a try by contacting (officialhackingcompany@gmail.com} they responded with their guidelines on how the card works. I was assured that the card can withdraw $5,000 instant per day & was credited with$50,000,000.00 so i requested for one & paid the delivery fee to obtain the card, after 24 hours later, i was shock to see the UPS agent in my resident with a parcel{card} i signed and went back inside and confirmed the card work's after the agent left. This is no doubts because i have the card & has made used of the card. This hackers are USA based hackers set out to help people with financial freedom!! Contact these email if you wants to get rich with this Via: officialhackingcompany@gmail.com 

      Delete
    2. Billionaires who have major influence regarding most global affairs,
      including the planning of a New World Order. Many world leaders,
      Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and senior executives of major Fortune
      500 companies are members of Illuminati. join a secret cabal of mysterious
      forces and become rich with boundless measures of wealth in your company or
      any given business, the great Illuminati can make everything possible just
      contact : freeworldorder999@gmail.com
      IAI LEXION Thaddeus Iam Vice-President of Citizen Outreach THE ILLUMINATI
      ORGANIZATION
      Email : freeworldorder999@gmail.com

      BEWARE OF SCAMMERS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS REGISTRATION FEE AND YOU MUST
      BE ABOVE THE AGE OF 18YRS.
      THANKS.

      Delete
  2. DO NOT KEEP YOUR FINANCIAL BURDEN TO YOURSELF CONTACT US NOW FOR ANY KIND OF LOAN AT A LOW INTEREST OF 2%. stevewilsonloanfirm@gmail.com whatsapp: +16673078785

    Our loans are well insured for maximum security is our priority, Our leading goal is to help you get the service you deserve, Our Loan program is the quickest.

    We give out loan in any currency of your choice {Us Dollar, pounds, Euro, Dinar, etc} and duration of 1 to 30 years to pay back the loan (secure and unsecured).
    Do you need any kind of loan and have low credit score, Have you find it difficult to get loansfrom local banks and other financial institutions? solution to your financial problem is STEVE WILSON LOAN FIRM.

    The terms and conditions are very reasonable and considerate.
    We offer a wide range of financial services which includes: Xmas Loans, Business Loans, Debt Consolidation Loans, Personal Loans, Car loans, Hotel loans, Student loans, Home Refinancing Loans with low interest rate @2% per annul for individuals, companies and corporate bodies.

    Interested applicants should Contact us via email:stevewilsonloanfirm@gmail.com. whatsapp:+16673078785 Apply and be free from financial bondage.

    ReplyDelete
  3. My name is Doris Susan, am a Citizen Of Austria.Have you been looking for a loan? Do you need an urgent personal loan or business loan? contact Mr Carroll Walker Finance Home he help me with a loan of 42,000 Euro some days ago after been scammed of 2,800 Euro from a woman claiming to been a loan lender but i thank God today that i got my loan worth 42,000 Euro. Feel free to contact the company for a genuine financial service. Email:(infoloanfirm8@gmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  4. GOOD NEWS IS HERE YOU CAN APPLY FOR A LOAN TODAY AT LOW INTEREST RATE OF 2% (excelsiorfunds5@protonmail.ch) WHY WASTING TIME WHY NOT APPLY NOW AND HAVE YOUR LOAN FOR YOUR DREAM BUSINESS
    YOU CAN CONTACT US ON EMAILS.(excelsiorfunds5@protonmail.ch)
    whatspp Number +447438496201

    ReplyDelete

  5. ALL LOAN SERVICES AVAILABLE

    Commercial Loans
    Personal Loans
    Business Loans
    Investments Loans
    Development Loans
    Acquisition Loans
    Construction loans
    Business Loans And many More:
    Call or add us on what's app +91-9818603391
    Contact Us At : clemalphafinance@gmail.com
    Mr.Clem Alpha

    ReplyDelete
  6. ALL LOAN SERVICES AVAILABLE

    Commercial Loans
    Personal Loans
    Business Loans
    Investments Loans
    Development Loans
    Acquisition Loans
    Construction loans
    Business Loans And many More:
    Call or add us on what's app +91-9818603391
    Contact Us At : clemalphafinance@gmail.com
    Mr.Clem Alpha

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello Everybody,
    My name is Ahmad Asnul Brunei, I contacted Mr. Alpha Loan Firm for a business loan amount of $250,000, Then i was told about the step of approving my requested loan amount, after taking the risk again because i was so much desperate of setting up a business to my greatest surprise, the loan amount was credited to my bank account within 24 banking hours without any stress of getting my loan. I was surprise because i was first fall a victim of scam! If you are interested of securing any loan amount & you are located in any country, I'll advise you can contact Mr. Alpha Loan Firm via Email call or add us on what's app+91-9818603391 Contact Us At : clemalphafinance@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Do you need Finance? Are you looking for Finance? Are you looking for finance to enlarge your business? We help individuals and companies to obtain finance for business expanding and to setup a new business ranging any amount. Get finance at affordable interest rate of 3%, Do you need this finance for business and to clear your bills? Then send us an email now for more information contact us now via (muthooth.finance@gmail.com) Call or add us on what's App +91-7428831341

    ReplyDelete
  9. Do you need a genuine Loan to settle your bills and startup

    business? contact us now with your details to get a good

    Loan at a low rate of 3% per Annual email us:

    Do you need Personal Finance?

    Business Cash Finance?

    Unsecured Finance

    Fast and Simple Finance?

    Quick Application Process?

    Finance. Services Rendered include,

    *Debt Consolidation Finance

    *Business Finance Services

    *Personal Finance services Help

    Please write back if interested with our interest rate EMAIL: muthooth.finance@gmail.com
    Call or add us on what's App +91-7428831341

    ReplyDelete

  10. Your financial need are our concern. We are happy to extend the hand of support you need. No matter if it's your personal requirement, purchase requirement or official requirement. We would just need appropriate documents, income proof and financial track records. If every part of the process are in right place, you can get your loan by only 1 day of your date of application. There are special instant approval loans with which you can get your loan amount in just 5 Hour, directly to your bank account. All you need to do is just get in touch with our loan assistance executives. Drop your details and required loan amount on the form and we call you with the best loan products to choose from. Email us: clemalphafinance@gmail.com What's app +44-7424223395 What's app +91-9818603391

    ReplyDelete
  11. Well repay the loan, but just going through some life changes? You have problems repaying your loans? Do not ask the bank for payment deferrals! Messages will register a negative ... Contact Us. We choose a completely ensure optimal type of financing for you. In addition prefinan titwcarrehg30@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete

  12. we give out loan of all kinds in a very fast and easy way, Home Loan, Student Loan, Business Loan, Investor loan etc.we offer loan to every individuals, firms, and company that are in need of financial assistance in a low interest rate of 3%.gujuyouriantuoihin3000@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. This Loan service ,a registered licence and guaranteed loan lender.i give hard money loan at a low intrest rate contact me via email address:waveeykegtjvfdcvc780@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete

  14. Your financial need are our concern. We are happy to extend the hand of support you need. No matter if it's your personal requirement, purchase requirement or official requirement. We would just need appropriate documents, income proof and financial track records. If every part of the process are in right place, you can get your loan by only 1 day of your date of application. There are special instant approval loans with which you can get your loan amount in just 5 Hour, directly to your bank account. All you need to do is just get in touch with our loan assistance executives. Drop your details and required loan amount on the form and we call you with the best loan products to choose from. Email us: clemalphafinance@gmail.com What's app +44-7424223395 What's app +91-9818603391

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hello Everyone,

    Welcome to the future! Financing made easy with Dr. Mark Thomas

    Have you been looking for financing options for your new business plans, Are you seeking a loan to expand your existing business, Do you find yourself in a bit of trouble with unpaid bills and you don’t know which way to go or where to turn to? Have you been turned down by your banks? Mrs Susan Brian Loan Grants says YES when your banks say NO. Contact us as we offer financial services at a low and affordable interest rate of 3% for long and short term loans. Interested applicants should contact us for further loan acquisition procedures.

    Our services include the following:
    *Refinancing Loans
    * Car Loan
    *Truck Loans
    * Home Loan
    * Mortgage Loan
    * Debt Consolidation Loan
    * Business Loan [secure and unsecured]
    * Personal Loan [secure and unsecured]
    * Students Loan and so many others.

    For more info;
    contact us today (ronniefinancehome247@gmail.com)Text/Call +91(9311856893) Look forward to your response
    Dr. Mark Thomas

    ReplyDelete
  16. My name is Samuel, I was in love with my wife and we were married for eight years with a son his is Liam,I loved my wife so much she had access to all my bank account and even my cash app which my accountant agreed to and said it was a great idea, then it took my wife and my accountant two month to get hold of all my properties,all accounts but I had a cash app which they knew nothing about,I was thrown out of my own house was sleeping in a hotel for weeks she also took possession of my son could only see him once a week then I found out she was in love with my accountant all these while so I went online and I came across a private investigator who help me get all my properties and my accounts back even my company back how he did these I don’t know but I gave all the information he asked for and followed all his instructions and now I’m happy my life’s better now.
    Thanks to premiumhackservices@gmail.com
    I just said I should share my own story here
    Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  17. Do you need a genuine Loan to settle your bills and startup
    business? contact us now with your details to get a good
    Loan at a low rate of 3% per Annual email us:
    Do you need Personal Finance?
    Business Cash Finance?
    Unsecured Finance
    Fast and Simple Finance?
    Quick Application Process?
    Finance. Services Rendered include,
    *Debt Consolidation Finance
    *Business Finance Services
    *Personal Finance services Help
    Please write back if interested with our interest rate datanfincorpfinance@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Do you need a loan to pay off Bills?
    Do you need a loan?
    Do you need Personal Loan?
    Business Expansion Loan?
    Business Start-up, Education,
    Debt Consolidation Loan
    Hard Money Loans
    Loan for any thing ?
    We offer loan at low interest rate of 2%
    Loan with no credit check,
    And many more.
    (Whats App) number:+919394133968
    please contact email id : patialalegitimate515@gmail.com
    Mr Sorina Jeffery

    ReplyDelete
  19. Borrow money here today at 3% interest rate. Sawda Capital Finance offers all kinds of financial services of all sizes ranging from individuals, companies, and traders globally./Our services are 100% guaranteed and risk-free.

    We build just the right financing for each client, with simple paperwork, quick approvals, and flexible payment schedules. For further details, Kindly contact us via email At sawda.finance@gmail.com

    Intermediaries/Consultants/Brokers are welcome to bring their clients and are 100% protected. In complete confidence, we will work together for the benefits of all parties involved, Looking forward to rendering the best of our services to all esteemed clientele globally.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Emergency Cash Loans Hello Everybody, My name is Mrs. Phyllis Sue South. I live in UK London and i am a happy woman today? and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will refer any person that is looking for loan to him, he gave me happiness to me and my family, i was in need of a loan of $350,000.00 to start my life all over as i am a single mother with 2 kids I met this honest and GOD fearing man loan lender that help me with a loan of $350,000.00 U.S. Dollar, he is a GOD fearing man, if you are in need of loan and you will pay back the loan please contact him tell him that is Mrs. Phyllis Sue South that refer you to him. contact Dr. James Eric via email: financialserviceoffer876@gmail.com Whats-App +918929509036

    ReplyDelete

  21. FINANCIAL PLANNING LOAN COMPANY
    DO YOU NEED A FINANCIAL HELP? ARE YOU IN ANY FINANCIAL CRISIS OR DO YOU NEED FUNDS TO START UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS? DO YOU NEED FUNDS TO SETTLE YOUR DEBT OR PAY OFF YOUR BILLS OR START A GOOD BUSINESS? DO YOU HAVE A LOW CREDIT SCORE AND YOU ARE FINDING IT HARD TO OBTAIN CAPITAL SERVICES FROM LOCAL BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTES? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL SERVICES FROM OUR COMPANY. WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING FINANCE TO INDIVIDUALS- *COMMERCIAL FINANCE *PERSONAL FINANCE *BUSINESS FINANCE *CONSTRUCTION FINANCE *BUSINESS FINANCE AND MANY MORE: FOR MORE DETAILS.CONTACT ME VIA. EMAIL Email us: indiabullsfinance366@gmail.com All Cash seeker should contact us Whats App +91-9599047193

    ReplyDelete
  22. Do you need a quick long or short term Loan with a relatively low interest rate as low as 3%? We offer business Loan, personal Loan, home Loan, auto Loan,student Loan, debt consolidation Loan e.t.c. no matter your credit score.
    Personal Loans (Secure and Unsecured)
    Business Loans (Secure and Unsecured)
    Consolidation Loan and many more.

    Contact US for more information about Loan offer and we will solve your
    financial problem. contact us via email: muthooth.finance@gmail.com
    Phone number: +917428831341 (Call/Whats app)

    ReplyDelete
  23. HELLO
    viewer I am here to share my testimony on how I finally joined the Illuminati neighborhood and became RICH, FAMOUS AND POWERFUL, I tried my best to become a member of the brotherhood, but I was scammed several times, before I found a testimony. on the internet so I contacted the agent, I was so afraid that he would ask me for a lot of money before I could join the light, but to my greatest surprise he only asked me to buy the items I made and today I am very happy to tell the world that I am rich and have been able to build many businesses with all this I obtained an instant sum of $ 7 million dollars in my personal account and I am also known all over the world with the business. that the Illuminati brotherhood gave me and I also have the power to do what I want ... I know many people may be in my lane also looking for help here you are
    official email: Illuminati666moneycult@gmail.com
    WhatsApp no: +2349023758310


    BEWARE OF SCAMMERS AND YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I must confess to you that im really in love with such a great content coming from you and the way you take to enduce your audience I do respect that so much. I will instantly get your lrss and stay informed of any updates you make and as well take the advantage to share some vital information regarding the.How to get a credit card numbers with cvv and zip code Here are easy ways, you can get a credit cards and code with high balance which can be use world-wild,I will also take the advantage to ask for your permission to join our TELEGRAM GROUP

    ReplyDelete
  25. Learn how to trade and invest in BITCOINS, contact Mr. Justin Shawano today he will give you all the info you need to know about cryptocurrencies and at the same time he can help you make life changing profits by bitcoin email: ( justinshawano@gmail.com 
    I have seen and tried different strategies and methods, until I lost a lot of money when trying. Until I presented this new strategy that I put back on track and managed to recover my lost money and still make consistent growth across my trade. Justin Shawano is an incredible professional, with vast experience and deep knowledge of agricultural negotiation, he helps me to take the financial penalty.
    All in weekly profits and 100% guaranteed. (Guaranteed payment). Free to contact - if you are interested via email( justinshawano@gmail.com 

    ReplyDelete
  26. A short-term second mortgage loan can be used for personal or business purposes. Common business requirements include boosting working capital, acquiring equipment or stock,or even purchasing a business. short term loans sydney accept applications from individuals and borrowers with affected credit history. And you can quickly and easily apply online.

    ReplyDelete
  27. My name is Mohammed Ahsan I'm a financial Consultant of a reputable firm Operating out of the United Kingdom
    we provide Discrete Financial, Services for High Net Worth CEO's/Executives of Corporation & Senior Government Officials globally.
    What we do is Legal & within the ambit of the law but following the Leakage of the Infamous United Kingdom
    Papers & subsequent threat by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
    International Criminal Court (ICC)
    Below is what my Sender can offer.
    1, MT103 gpi automatic
    2, MT103 wire transfer
    3, MT103 TT
    4, MT103/202 manual download
    5, SBLC lease and Purchase

    All bank instrument will be done via bank officer to bank officer, Receiver has to provide bank officer details
    on DOA all brokers are welcome and guarantee of there payment after successful deal
    kindly send me a message via email and WhatsApp.


    Email: mohammedahsan877@gmail.com

    WhatsApp- +19893413179

    ReplyDelete
  28. ) Millionaires,
    Billionaires who have major influence regarding most global affairs,
    including the planning of a New World Order. Many world leaders,
    Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and senior executives of major Fortune
    500 companies are members of Illuminati. join a secret cabal of mysterious
    forces and become rich with boundless measures of wealth in your company or
    any given business, the great Illuminati can make everything possible just
    contact : freeworldorder999@gmail.com
    IAI LEXION Thaddeus Iam Vice-President of Citizen Outreach THE ILLUMINATI
    ORGANIZATION
    Email : freeworldorder999@gmail.com

    BEWARE OF SCAMMERS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS REGISTRATION FEE AND YOU MUST
    BE ABOVE THE AGE OF 18YRS.
    THANKS

    ReplyDelete

  29. FINANCIAL PLANNING LOAN COMPANY
    DO YOU NEED A FINANCIAL HELP? ARE YOU IN ANY FINANCIAL CRISIS OR DO YOU NEED FUNDS TO START UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS? DO YOU NEED FUNDS TO SETTLE YOUR DEBT OR PAY OFF YOUR BILLS OR START A GOOD BUSINESS? DO YOU HAVE A LOW CREDIT SCORE AND YOU ARE FINDING IT HARD TO OBTAIN CAPITAL SERVICES FROM LOCAL BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTES? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL SERVICES FROM OUR COMPANY. WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING FINANCE TO INDIVIDUALS- *COMMERCIAL FINANCE *PERSONAL FINANCE *BUSINESS FINANCE *CONSTRUCTION FINANCE *BUSINESS FINANCE AND MANY MORE: FOR MORE DETAILS.CONTACT ME VIA. EMAIL Email us: indiabullsfinance366@gmail.com All Cash seeker should contact us Whats App +91-9599047193

    ReplyDelete