Month: October 2011

(Photo via So last week = Peaceful, open-minded co-existence among various ethnic groups. The hot new thing = Racism. Forget that generalizations are unproductive and foster an unfairly negative image of most people. And just ignore the fact that falsely typifying the complicated social, cultural and economic relations between various groups only reinforces stereotypes. If you’re walking […] Nearly 100 people were killed in Syria on Friday and Saturday, the two bloodiest days yet of the uprising, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. And a day later in Beirut, protesters rallied in front of the Syrian Embassy in the capital’s Hamra neighborhood in support of President Bashar al-Assad and to […]

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr in a scene from the 2009 Australian film, “My Tehran for Sale.” (Photo via Earlier this month I told you about Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was sentenced to 90 lashes and one year in prison for her role in a 2009 Australian film in which she appears unveiled and […]

(Photo via If there’s one thing the people of Lebanon can get behind,  it’s shawarma (and hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush and labneh). When I first spotted these posters a few weeks ago in Sassine, I was hoping some young activists were experimenting with a culture jamming strategy to draw attention to the absurdity of Lebanese […]

I ADORE this girl. In case you need a reminder of how formulaic pop music can be, this is “The Greatest Song Ever Written,” a sampling of 40 famous songs using the same chord progression. She apparently stole the idea from the band, Axis of Awesome, but who cares? SHE BRINGS IT.

French bulldog snoring + baby laughing = infinite cuteness. This 6-month-old baby girl just can’t stop giggling at the family’s pet dog. The only thing missing is a group of penguins wearing hand knit sweaters. TGIF. TGIF. TGIF. TGIF. TGIF. TGIF.

Clinton checks her PDA in sunglasses upon departure in a military plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, on October 18, 2011. (Photograph by Diana Walker for TIME) “Because given social media, given the pervasion now of communications technologies everywhere, no leader is any longer able to ignore his people.” –US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in […]