Bashshar, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Bashshar, Oil on Canvas, 28 x 18 inches

This is my friend Bashshar, who teaches moral and political philosophy at the American University of Beirut. In the picture he is marking essays on his laptop, lamenting the standard of  his students, one of whom refers to Joseph Stalin as ‘the eminent Bolshevik sociologist’.