Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Najah Wakim: The People's Movement and a New Government in Lebanon

Today I spoke with Najah Wakim, the president of the People's Movement and a former member of the Lebanese Parliament. Wakim is a Christian Orthodox lawyer who has both promoted and shaped secular Arabist ideology since his political career began in the 1970s. Wakim opposed Saad Hariri’s government, which officially handed power to the Hezbollah-backed Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, last Tuesday. Our conversation covers Wakim’s stance on the new Lebanese government, the Syrian influence in Lebanese politics, America’s role in Lebanon, and the way Egypt’s protests will change the Arab World.

Currently being translated. Check back often.

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