Month: September 2011

Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives to preside at a UN Security Council meeting on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine question” at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand) It’s photos like this of Prime Minister Najib Mikati that lead me to imagine him a mythically large creature that […]

(Photo via An episode about “sex education for kids” was almost prevented from airing tonight on the LBC program, “Ahmar Belkhat Al-Areed” after a flood of criticism from the media, as well as public and religious figures. “Do not bet on the council’s patience when it comes to what harms morals,” the National Council […]

At a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Monday night, US President Barack Obama was joking around with the crowd of attendees when some religious nutjob from the audience began screaming about God and Jesus. And like a pro, Obama keeps a cool face the whole time. Heckler: “The Christian God is one and only true […]

(Photo via Countries that recognize Palestine represent about 80 percent of the world’s population. Incidentally, the ones that don’t support a Palestinian state have 75 percent of the cash. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the wealthy elite are some devious SOBs. Thanks to Mustapha over at the BeirutSpring blog for […]

Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls are now available online. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner) They are some of the oldest-known surviving biblical texts. Five of the main Dead Sea scrolls went online Monday to give the public access to ultra […]

A snapshot of the message hackers left on the Harvard website before it was discovered and taken down. (Photo via The website of America’s oldest university was apparently hacked on Monday morning by supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Harvard spokesperson said it was the work of a “sophisticated individual or group.” The […]

A piece of graffiti in Hamra showing a woman’s legs wide open with the Ministry of Tourism logo in between them. (Photo via Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism has no problem using women’s bodies as objects for provocative sale and consumption, but don’t go putting the department’s logo between a woman’s legs. As the Beirut […]