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archives archives 2013

We are not martyrs

The “I Am NOT a Martyr” Campaign (#notamartyr) has less than a day of existence and can already boast over 1,000 followers on its Facebook page. You can understand why: We Lebanese are pissed at innocent victims being called martyrs in someone else’s war. Yes, someone else’s war. 16 year old Mohammad Chaar is neither a Martyr […]

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archives archives 2013

Rita Nehme: A Reflexion on Yesterday’s Explosion

The following post was posted by Rita Nehme as a status a few moments after yesterday’s explosion and re-posted here with her permission.  Is it tomorrow yet? Have we gotten over it? Over the shock, the fumes, the debris? Have we buried the bodies? Have we called them martyrs yet, a title stuck onto the […]

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archives archives 2013

Khalil Gibran on Lebanon

“You have your Lebanon and its dilemma. I have my Lebanon and its beauty. Your Lebanon is an arena for men from the West and men from the East. My Lebanon is a flock of birds fluttering in the early morning as shepherds lead their sheep into the meadow and rising in the evening as farmers […]

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Review: “I Am Breathing” presented by LAND For Hope

I just came back from the movie screening of “I am Breathing” which was presented by the Lebanese Association for Neuromuscular Diseases or “LAND” in partnership with the British Council at Metropolis Empire Sofil. My mind has been occupied with countless imagined scenarios of what it might have felt like to be in Neil Platt’s place. […]

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archives archives 2013

CIWF wants to shut down Beirut’s Slaughterhouse

Compassion in World Farming UK has launched a petition aimed directly at the Lebanese Agriculture Minister asking him to shut down the notorious Karantina Slaughterhouse. And who can blame them? Last year, my class and I visited the Karantina Slaughterhouse and what we found was disturbing to say the least: tortured animals being beaten to […]

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archives archives 2013

Adonis World AIDS Day fundraising concert

Adonis, one of Lebanon’s greatest bands of our generation, will be performing this December the 12th at a fundraiser concert aimed at helping people living with AIDS/HIV. 

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archives archives 2013

Underneath the Washed White Wall of Cynicism and Hope by R. Baroud

The houses in my old refugee camp felt enormous. My neighbors’ homes had grown into strange dimensions because they had to make use of every inch of available space out of desperation. My old house stood still and unbending, vacant of glory and burdened with memories. It was no longer mine – my father had […]

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archives 2013 the commons

“Discover Gemmayze” – Achrafieh 2020’s latest project

This Sunday the 1st of December, the Achrafieh 2020 team is organizing its 4th “Car free” day. After Achrafieh, Mar Mikhael, Rmeil/Geitawi, Gemmayzeh is now allowing us to see how it might look at its full potential. Let’s face it, our streets aren’t exactly pretty. The lovely smell of car exhaust mixed with the sweet […]

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archives archives 2013

Fear not the Path of Truth: An encounter with Ross Caputi

It cannot be easy. To know that you’ve participated in something which you would never be able to justify can rip one’s conscience apart. Many fall into self-medication to treat for mental illnesses of the likes of depression and PTSD; others isolate themselves and become socially dysfunctional; others kill themselves. But every once in a […]

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archives 2013 feminism & masculinity protests

Lebanese Women’s Right to Nationality protest

I participated today in the حق لي ولأسرتي (my right, my family’s right) protest organized by the Lebanese Women’s Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship NGO.

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archives archives 2013

Mario Macaron: Tributum ad Cedrum Libani – A Tribute to the Lebanese Cedars

A friend of mine shared this article originally entitled “Tributum ad Cedrum Libani – Hommage aux Cèdres du Liban” written by  Mario Macaron and posted on L’Explicite. I was touched by its straightforwardness and persistent realism mixed with a healthy dose of optimism. And so, with Mario’s permission, I’ve translated it into English. While not a […]

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Edward Said on Lebanon

“I have almost given up trying to plot the changes and the turns [in Lebanon], each of them denser and more complicated than the preceding ones, each of them astounding me with Lebanon’s capacity for money-making, conspiracy, and both individual and mass murder. Yet the so-called traditional leaders and their variously mediocre progeny remain unchanged, […]

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archives archives 2013

AUB Secular Club’s Naji Aoun has a message for all of us

We seculars don’t often get our voice heard, but when we do we sure know how to make a point.

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archives archives 2013

Hassan Hammoud puts cat in microwave. Do you know him?

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archives 2013 kafala and racism

Racism on Halloween

Three very sophisticated Lebanese women clearly thought this was an appropriate costume for Halloween.

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archives archives 2013

AUB Elections in 3 minutes

AUB’s secular club, of which I’m a proud former member, has just released this interesting 3 minutes video of how the AUB election system work. It is a must for all those considering voting for an actual change.

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archives archives 2013

Iraq’s first women’s magazine – 1923

Layla was the first women’s magazine to be published in Iraq. Launched in 1923, the magazine dealt with

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Saudi Women will drive

Tomorrow, thousands of Saudi women will defy the conservative kingdom’s ban on driving.

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archives 2013 history

Waiting for the Train Exhibition

37 years have passed since the train stopped. What was once Beirut’s main railway station is now but an abandoned memory located in a charming corner of Mar Mikhael.

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archives archives 2013

The Eclipse and the Girl

I spotted this gorgeous piece of art by I Leaf Art and couldn’t help sharing it.