A brilliantly written article on the demise of student politics at the American University of Beirut.
The photo is mine. This is AUB Main Gate. And yes, that is a Hummer parked outside. You know, the same vehicles that the American army use in their occupation of Iraq.
The AUB then…
“The first ever Arab nationalist organisation was founded at the AUB in 1918, and the underground movement subsequently created by one of its advisers, Constaine Zurayk, influenced a new generation of intellectuals, who went on to play prominent roles after graduation in their individual countries’ nationalist struggles.”
“Ralph Lauren-clad undergraduates swarm the spot where Leila Khaled, a Palestinian commando notorious for successfully hijacking a TWA plane, once gave an address, one cannot but wonder, are the AUB’s days as the intellectual crucible of Arab politics behind it?”
You can read the whole of University Challenge here.