While one does not expect that issues related to military justice should be the story du jour, much less hold a central position within Lebanese public affairs, reality is quite different. Considering that most of the activities found within the military justice system are related in varying degrees to the political and sectarian conflicts Lebanon experiences, we see that court functioning as if it were the country's undisputed provider justice. Again, however, reality is markedly different. In a country that describes itself constitutionally as "a founding and active member of the United Nations Organization [that...] abides by its covenants and by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...,” it is de rigueur for the military court (by definition a specialized purveyor of justice) to be intimately involved in the day-to-day lives of Lebanese citizens.

Perpetually under construction!

UMAM Documentation and Research will always refer to Memory at Work as a project under constant construction. In fact, we prefer to label this evolutionary process as a “construction” effort rather than successive attempts at “achievement” or “completion.” After all, the site represents an idea which, like any other, must be endlessly reconsidered to improve its performance. Similarly, we will always be the first to declare that Memory at Work is not an “asset” that belongs exclusively to UMAM D&R—despite the fact that it carries our organizational signature. In reality, Memory at Work is one means among many others by which we can invite the public to recognize that “the war” is a shared legacy, and that its management is a responsibility that must be shouldered by all Lebanese. Regardless of who examines the reasons behind our collective Lebanese failure to reject the war’s logic (at least since the Taif Agreement), or from what angle such an assessment is conducted, the outcome will remain constant. In short, that failure stems largely from the fact that we had yet to embark on a true, objective and radical criticism of the war, one that would include its myriad words, Byzantine logic and often muddled facts. We believe Memory at Work gives us the ability to commence that critical examination.

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Due Thanks

From the time the idea was conceived to the day it “went live” in Arabic, Memory at Work has benefitted tremendously from a host of generous contributors, all of whom understand the need for a rich database of information related to Lebanon's civil wars. More specifically, those benefactors recognized that to be genuinely effective, such a database had to be web-based and to a large degree open sourced. In short, all of those efforts helped push this project forward. Indeed, so many people and organizations were involved in the Memory at Work initiative that we at UMAM Documentation and Research simply cannot recognize everyone who contributed to the original idea, provided advice or assisted with the project in any capacity. Nevertheless, those who were involved understand the positive impact they have made, and for that, we offer our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for helping us launch this uniquely Lebanese website. In particular, however, we owe a special debt of gratitude to the Canada Fund for enabling us to launch the English-language mirror version of the original Memory at Work site.

The organization, its activities and its vision for Lebanon
Acknowledging Lebanon’s past demands that historical evidence and artifacts be collected, protected and publicized. Using a variety of tools, UMAM D&R examines Lebanon’s past to contribute  to the ongoing debate about its collective memory.