Month: July 2011

Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes after having acid hurled in her face by a university classmate when she repeatedly spurned his offer of marriage, arrives at her home with her father (behind) in Tehran, on July 31, 2011. (AFP/STR) Good on her. Ameneh Bahrami is a far better person than I could […]

(Photo via thehighdefinite.com) I enjoy being single. It provides me with invaluable time for stocking up on incredible levels of awesome. Also, I don’t require constant validation or feel insecure about not having someone to tell me they “love me” every day. Boyfriends are useful during the winter when body heat becomes a valued commodity […]

(Photo via quizilla.teenick.com) This man represents everything that is wrong with religious conservatism. Saudi sheikh Saleh al-Fawazan has issued a fatwa allowing fathers to marry off their young daughters, “even if they are in the cradle.” “But it isn’t permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed […]

This ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ poster was forwarded to my email today. It reads: “Anyone who finds this criminal who has fled from justice is asked to report his location so that he is brought to the higher court of the people.” Massive protests against the Assad regime continue on this Friday of demonstrations. Follow […]

A new development today on the investigation into the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen has partially unsealed the indictment to reveal the full names and aliases, biographical information, photographs and charges against the individuals named in the murder. The four accused men (whose identities were leaked to the media […]

(Photo courtesy of the AltMedia Experience) It’s been a notably infamous week for the alternative music scene in Lebanon. Veteran musician and producer Zeid Hamdan was briefly arrested over his song, “General Suleiman,” on charges he insulted the country’s president. Zeid’s arrest raises important questions about the boundaries of free speech in Lebanon and how […]

I just… I just feel like… ugggggggh. Video footage of the Oslo bombing from the viewpoint of a restaurant’s security camera has surfaced on the web. But for the love of shedding these freaking ‘bombed-out-destruction’ clichés, why does it have to be named the “Beirut Kebab” restaurant? I must admit, though, I do enjoy the […]