Month: October 2011

(Photo by Ambroise Tézenas via tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com) Lebanon has proven itself dedicated to procuring a self-righteous, culturally-vapid aesthetic which is, in turn, conveniently promoted by the international media through its repeated obsession with designating Beirut as a “top tourist destination.” News organizations like CNN and The New York Times have highlighted the city’s reputation for a glamorous nightlife, chic […]

A Syrian Army truck patrols the area past dirt barriers which separate Lebanon from Syria in the Bekaa Valley region of al-Qaa in eastern Lebanon on October 21, 2011. (AFP/Joseph Eid) Landmines here, landmines there, let’s put landmines everywhere. Syrian troops were seen planting mines along a region bordering northern Lebanon early on Thursday in […]

(Photo via english.globalarabnetwork.com) How can politicians stifle communication and censor free speech under the convenient cover that they are protecting you? Answer = The Internet. The National Audiovisual Media Council (a government-funded body that is, for all intents and purposes, illegitimate because its mandate ended three years ago) gave itself the authority this week to […]

(Photo via alintiqad.com) This might be an overreaction. Maybe. “If the US [harms] Lebanon’s economy, the negative consequences will surpass Lebanon and the region will witness a war,” Hezbollah MP Walid Succariyeh told New TV on Wednesday. Succariyeh was responding to a warning from US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly, who said on Monday the country […]

(Photo via twitter.com) “Note to intelligence and security forces: If you don’t like what I’m saying and you want to arrest me, send me a message and I’ll give you my full address so we can finish this according to your way.” Those were the last words written by prominent Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer in […]

(Photo via dailymail.co.uk) A two-week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were rescued from the rubble of Turkey’s devastating earthquake on Tuesday. From AFP news: Crowds cheered and applauded as tiny Azra Karaduman was lifted free from the wreckage of the family home in the eastern town of Ercis on Tuesday, followed by her mother […]