Lebanon: The Family Business

You may learn more about Lebanese politics by watching this fascinating Al-Jazeera International documentary on the Gemayyel clan than any coverage of the elections. Highly recommended, I wish they did one about every major Lebanese clan -- it would be as good as al-Jazeera's superb umpteenth-part documentary on the Lebanese civil war.

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.