The crackdown has even reached foreign university students who are apparently not affiliated with any international activities. These students now face deportation despite their residence permits.
Throughout the 20th century, the Arab world has always found itself operating either within an Islamist or nationalist framework. Despite political conflict between the two – sometimes even bloody – the existence of one is inevitably linked to the other.
Whether between mountains and vast green areas, or cement and slowly built towers, Syrians in Lebanon seem endlessly stranded in an irredeemable state of patience and loss.
It became evidently clear that this was the latest example of Bashar al-Asad using sports as a tool to exert political influence.