In the years before his assassination in 2005, Samir Kassir became one of Lebanon's foremost public intellectuals, a fearless critic of tyranny and an inspiring advocate of democracy. In Being Arab, his last book, he calls on the peoples of the Middle East to reject both Western double standards and Islamism in order to take the future of the region into their own hands. With the Arab Spring, millions have now answered that call.
Samir Kassir (1960-2005) was a columnist for the daily newspaper An-Nahar, wrote regularly for Le Monde Diplomatique, and published a number of important works in French as well as Arabic. He was killed by a car bomb in Beirut on June 2, 2005.