More on Samir Kassir

Leila Abu-Saba posts her thoughts about the assassination of Lebanese journalist and activist Samir Kassir.

I was in New York at a conference of Arab writers when this happened; somebody briefly mentioned car bombings in Beirut during a reading, but I thought he was referring to Hariri. It saddens me that we were so happily, obliviously exercising our rights to free speech and assembly while Beirut mourned an Arab writer.

I knew nothing of this assassination until I came home and logged onto the internet, even though during my four days in NY I saw cable news and skimmed the newspapers. (…) Since we don’t have cable, I don’t normally see how completely useless these cable news channels are for learning anything important.

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