'Secular' and 'Liberal' are not black and white terms in Lebanon
Published February 27th, 2013 - 04:00 GMT
Why it is wrong to reserve the words “secular” and “liberal” for people who are outside the Lebanese political system; “Argo” as Orientalism and why it upsets Iranians; President Mohammed Morsi losing fans; and a cool map of Arabic dialects.
“Argo” could have been a moment when Americans come to terms with their Cold War role as villains in places like Iran.
Instead it plays into a ‘war on terror’ narrative of innocent Americans victimized by essentially deranged foreign mobs.