In light of yesterday’s Lebanese Forces post, I thought I would introduce you to Amal land:

Home of Imam Musa Sadr and Hard Rock Cafe:

More seriously, Sadr was the founder of the Amal movement and didn’t live to see its integration, like the Lebanese Forces, from militia to political party. That his image is used in contemporary capture-the-flag politics  belies his inclusive, self-empowering legacy.  
For more on Sadr’s facinating life and little-known tension with the Iranian leadership, I highly recommend Shaery-Eisenlohr’s book
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Habib Battah
Habib Battah is an investigative journalist and founder of the news site beirutreport.com. Battah has covered Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years and teaches journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a contributor to Monocle, The Guardian, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, a former fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award. Battah's investigative work was recently recognized for outstanding local reporting by the Columbia University Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting. Battah earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Near East Studies and Journalism from New York University.

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