2,500 year-old Phoenician shipyard destroyed today in Beirut.

By Joey Ayoub I am sad to report that a 2,500 year-old Phoenician shipyard was completely destroyed today in Mina el-Hosn, Beirut. The ministry of culture has ignored some sort of understanding between their position – a complete disregard for anything that requires the slightest intellectual effort – and that of ‘Save Beirut Heritage’ and […]

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In response to Beryte’s piece on “Atheism and Homosexuality”

This is a response to Michael Farchakh’s article “Atheism and homosexuality: allies of thought or of opportunity?” that was published in Beryte, USJ’s Faculty of Law’s newspaper. Link. Farchakh starts by telling us that “most atheists have taken up homosexuality’s cause as a reason to slander organized faith”. Farchakh would do well to remember that homosexuality […]

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Human Rights Watch’s 2012 Report on Lebanon

The following is the HRW report on Lebanon for the year 2011 Downloadable Resources: World Report Chapter: Lebanon 2012 (PDF) More coverage: More Human Rights Watch reporting on Lebanon 2011 was mostly a year of political paralysis for Lebanon. The country had no government for the first six months, and while political life resumed in […]

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Interview avec L’Orient Le Jour (Eng/Fr)

Lady Watching From the "Humans of Lebanon" Page

J’ai donne une interview a L’Orient Le Jour concernant le projet “Humans of Lebanon”. L’article. You can find the English translation on the Facebook page here. 1- Pouvez-vous m’expliquer le concept de “Humans of..” en quelques mots? “Humans of..” a commencé avec un homme, Brandon Stanton, qui décida de faire un “recensement photographique” de la […]

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Outbox International Film Festival 2012

By Joey Ayoub This is the program for the 2012 Outbox International Film Festival. It starts on the 14th of June and ends on the 17th  every day at 8pm. Entrance is free. Location: Roman Baths, Downtown Beirut. I’m hoping to attend to as many dates as possible which will be followed by my pics […]

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The “Humans of Lebanon” Project

Lady Watching From the "Humans of Lebanon" Page

By Joey Ayoub Humans of Lebanon was started as a sort of unofficial sequel to Humans of Beirut. What we do is simple: we post photographs, amateur and professional alike, of human beings in Lebanon. Anyone can participate. If you feel you have something important to share, please send us your photograph(s) to humansoflebanon@gmail.com We […]

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4th Annual Cabriolet Film Festival: Lebanese and International Short Films

Today at 8pm. Gemmayze St Nicholas Stairs  For more info, check out their page. The Program: Joey‘s Pick for Day 1: Na wewe – Ivan Goldschmit – Belgium – 18:52 min Nice short story about the complexity of identity. A minivan transporting citizens of Burundi is stopped by a band of Hutu rebels who force […]

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Thoughts on IDAHO – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

First, is a short article by Joey Ayoub. Second, is an article by Joseph Zailaa. I. I’ve already written about this issue in a previous article so I hope you would bear with me with this one. I’ll make it short. Today we celebrate IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It is a […]

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Photographs of the 2011 Lebanese Laique Pride

By Joey Ayoub Join us tomorrow as we take the streets shouting our 6 demands: 1- Enacting a unified Civil Code for the Personal Status Law. 2- Passing the Law for Protection of Women from Family Violence submitted by KAFA to the Lebanese parliament. We denounce the parliamentary committee distortions to the law draft and […]

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In Response to AUB Outlook’s Homophobic Article

AUB Outlook has degraded itself by allowing a homophobic article to be published in this month’s issue. Not only is it extremely poor in content but it is filled with hatred, pseudo-facts and just plain stupidity. The article, written by Mohamad Sibai, starts by telling us that he was bothered at the sight of an […]

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Declaration of Lebanese Men Against Article 522

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By Joey Ayoub Article 522 of the Lebanese penal code suggests that a rapist can be exonerated from his horrendous crime if he decides to marry his victim. This barbaric law not only justifies the unjustifiable but reduces women to mere sex toys as well. Declaration of Lebanese Men Against Article 522 – We are […]

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The Capitol, Ugliness and the Desert of the Real

Ceasar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) introducing Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in The Hunger Games (2012)

One of the main features of the Gary Ross science fiction action film The Hunger Games is the extremely disturbing and ridiculous looks of the wealthy and powerful inhabitants of The Capitol. They are shown to enjoy the glamorous and yet abhorrent event that are the Hunger Games. They are not so different from us […]

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Manar Younes: يوميات مواطن فلسطيني: على الطريق [Ar] Diary of a Palestinian Citizen: On The Road

على الطريق بقلم: منار يونس   لكلمة الطريق عند المواطن الفلسطيني وقع خاص، فلطالما ارتبطت بأحلامه في العيش بسلام واستقرار وحرية  على المدى البعيد مستنداً إلى أقوال السياسين والمناضلين في تصريحاتهم وعباراتهم التي ما لبثوا يصرحون بها” الطريق إلى السلام” و”الطريق للحرية”، أما على المدى القصير فكانت أقصى أمانيه تتجسد في  الحصول على طريق معبدة […]

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Lebanon 1966: Geographical Outline

Map of Lebanon "Hachette World Guides: The Middle East, 1966"

by Joey Ayoub Lebanon, 1966. I found an old Hachette World Guides on The Middle East from 1966. I thought it would be interesting to share some of the descriptions of Lebanon from that time. This post is the first of many to come. The following are all extracted from the book: Part 1. Geographical […]

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A Love of [Lebanese] Trains

The short documentary by Guilhem Bertran and Marc-Antoine Bindler was listed at the “Festival Européen des 4 Ecrans” which took place in Paris from the 18th to the 20th of November 2009 in the category “Un amour de train” (A love of trains). Guilhem Bertrand and Marc-Antoine Bindler are French students in Journalism at l’Institut […]

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Child Labor in Lebanon: We must make this a thing of the past.

Child workers in Beirut by Mona Alami by ipsnews.net

By Guest Author Tatiana Saade Lebanon An original range of slavery is present nowadays, the outcome of forced servitude that subsisted along with slavery millennia ago. My ideas are purposed to inform the Lebanese society about the reasons that reject the freewill of our youths that cause an extremely high rate of child labor in […]

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Do Not Forget Alem Dechasa

Alem Dechasa

“What makes it harder is when this girl is killed and then claimed that she had committed suicide in order to protect the Lebanese employer from legal prosecution.”

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Silent March of Women

On average, 1 woman dies every month from family violence in Lebanon. To honor their memories and press for the law to protect women from family violence, we will be marching through the neighborhoods of Beirut this Saturday, March 10 starting at 3pm. The event A protective law is our only hope to stop these […]

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