Nadim Makdisi Memorial Lecture

Wounds of the world

Print edition : April 27, 2018

Sudanese refugees at a food distribution centre of the World Food Programme in Yida, South Sudan, on February 20. Refugees do not show up in the Mediterranean Sea as if from nowhere. They have left increasingly unproductive fields in western and eastern Africa, or fled wars in the Horn of Africa, in Sudan and Syria as well as places as far off as Afghanistan, and travelled great distances to get to what they see as the final leg of their journey. Photo: Sam Mednick/AP

Palestinian protesters run for cover from Israeli tear gas during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between Israel and Gaza Strip on April 1. Photo: NurPhoto via Getty Images

A video grab showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) and South Korea’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan during a rare concert by South Korean musicians at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang on April 1. Photo: AFP

Cotton workers pile up cotton in Boromo, central Burkina Faso, a file picture. Burkina Faso’s cotton industry, one of the pillars of the nation’s economy, faces catastrophe because of farm subsidies in the West. Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP

Excerpts from the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Lecture at the American University of Beirut on March 14, 2018.
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