On June 2, 2005 , Lebanese journalist Samir Qasir was killed  when a bomb exploded in his car. Qasir, who was born in 1960 and held dual Lebanese and French citizenship, had a doctorate in contemporary history of the Middle East from the Sorbonne, and had published many essays. He was one of the founders of Lebanon 's Democratic Left movement and a member of its executive council. Qasir was also a lecturer in political science at the University of St. Joseph in Beirut .
Qasir wrote for numerous newspapers, among them France 's Le Monde Diplomatique, and was a former editor of that paper's Arabic-language edition. Since 1988, Qasir had written a regular column for the Lebanese daily Al-Nahar. In 2001, the Lebanese security apparatuses confiscated his passport as a penalty for writing critically of the Lebanese military and intelligence apparatuses. 
In his columns, Qasir set out his political positions; he became one of the most prominent opponents of Syria 's control of Lebanon and one of the harshest critics of President Bashar Al-Assad's regime in Syria .
This political brief includes representative excerpts from Qasir's writings over the past year.