Inside Lebanon

Inside Lebanon

A Journey to a Shattered Land with Noam and Carol Chomsky

Edited by Assaf Kfoury, with Noam Chomsky and Carol Chomsky



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In May 2006, Noam and Carol Chomsky visited Lebanon for the first timeā€“just two months before Israel unleashed a new military campaign against both Lebanon and Palestine. Inside Lebanon describes their journey and situates it within the tragically altered context of Lebanon and Palestine before and after the war of 2006. Inside Lebanon also includes essays, diaries, and photographs by Irene L. Gendzier, Assaf Kfoury, Jennifer Loewenstein, Fawwaz Traboulsi, Hanady Salman, Rasha Salti, Mona el-Farra, Laila el-Haddad, and Carol Chomsky. Collectively, their contributions illuminate the region-wide conflict, of which Lebanon is only one piece. It serves as a record of events during the war, while linking conflicts on the ground to the global order.

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This erudite and humane collection, in telling us wisely about Lebanon’s struggle, illuminates brilliantly the true nature of voracious power.

– John Pilger, journalist and author of Freedom Next Time


Preface by Irene Gendzier, Assaf Kfoury and Fawwaz Traboulsi
Chapter 1 Noam and Carol Chomsky in Beirut
Assaf Kfoury
Chapter 2 Imminent Crises: Threats and Opportunities
Noam Chomsky
Chapter 3 The Great Soul of Power
Noam Chomsky
Chapter 4 U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East: An Interview with Noam Chomsky
Chapter 5 Echoes from a Haunted Land
Irene Gendzier
Chapter 6 Meeting Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah: "Encounter with a Fighter"
Assaf Kfoury
Chapter 7 On the U.S.-Israeli Invasion of Lebanon
Noam Chomsky
Chapter 8 Beirut War Diary
Hanady Salman
Chapter 9 Dispatches from Beirut
Rasha Salti
Chapter 10 Gaza War Diary
Mona el-Farra and Laila el-Haddad
Chapter 11 Nightmares: How Gaza Offends Us All
Jennifer Loewenstein
Chapter 12 An Arab Perspective on the "New Middle East"
Fawwaz Traboulsi