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Moustafa Bayoumi

Moustafa Bayoumi teaches English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He co-edited The Edward Said Reader and is working on a book to be called How Does It Feel to Be a Problem: Dispatches from Arab America.

Diary: In Beirut’s Tent City

Moustafa Bayoumi, 5 May 2005

It’s late March, and I’m in downtown Beirut, escaping the sun to browse the books on politics in the Virgin Megastore. A stack of Michael Moore’s Dude, Where’s My Country is in front of me. Across the street is the tent city that protesters against the Syrian presence in Lebanon pitched soon after the Valentine’s Day assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former...

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