Lebanon, 2005: Tools, Diffusion and Debates
A movie has just been produced (early January) by a young and talented movie maker, M. Talal Khoury. The movie will contain interviews and stories from the “Lebanese spring” on the notion of responsibility.
The text of the Charter and its "story" has just been reprinted (for the third time) to be used this year in Lebanon and other Arab countries (with a new design an arabic calligraphy and some minor modifications), 20 000 copies.
Participation to a European Parliament session in Strasbourg on October 26th, 2005, and I have made a speech in front of the parliamentarians.
Participation to a conference in Granada (November 26 to December 2nd) on the Intercultural dialogue, with Arab secular and islamist scholars and activists, European and Americans academicians and diplomats participating.
We have supported two inter-religious youth summer camps on reconciliation and secularism in Lebanon.
Participation to several Conferences on citizenship in Lebanon and the democratization process after the end of the Syrian regime’s hegemony over the country:
I believe this year 2005 was fruitful in the sense that it put the Charter in practice in a very special but concrete context, where the idea of the Charter and its philosophy were attractive more than the text itself.
The term “responsibility” jumped to a distinguished position in political debates and media interviews. People felt in a transitional phase and a critical situation that they should take decisions and make choices. And here the whole meaning of responsibility came to their minds collectively and individually, and helped them abandoning the “blaming of others for all what happen to us”…
I hope that in the new context in Lebanon, we will be able to do more concrete activities next year and to produce some serious political (in the broader meaning of the word) literature on democratization and roles and responsibilities of different actors in its construction.