April 14, 2014

What We Learned From War

The Lebanese landmark war of fifteen years (1975 - 1990) fed books and articles, inspired slogans and headlines and was the focus of world media. To this day, the Lebanese are recognized the world over primarily for their war, cuisine and successful immigrants. Beirut became a universal synonym for division.

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April 7, 2014

Presidential Elections Between Shameless and Shameful

It’s a presidential race in a country that cannot come together or agree on anything. From the minuscule and mundane to the gigantic touching on national security issues, politicians bicker along party lines, supporters cheer them blindly without questioning or criticizing or holding them accountable. Yet, they demand with the most severe tones full accountability, harshest judgments and absolutely no leniency towards their opponents regardless of whether they were actually guilty or not. Their crime is simply daring to be a foe.

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March 31, 2014

Syria: From Revolution to Chaos to Show and Tell!

How difficult it must be for Syria and the Syrians at this juncture. It is hard not to feel depressed, desperate and unbelievably sorrowful at how the situation has escalated quickly and dramatically. How pitiful it is for a nation to become broken overnight, its people scattered, poor and hungry in tents waiting for donations, giveaways, or anyone who is willing to give attention to their plight.

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March 24, 2014

On Heroes and Mad Men

Not every act we define as heroic is in fact heroic. Subsequently, those we consider our heroes are sometimes nothing but rogue mad men. In fact, with a few exceptions of true heroes, most rebels are unstable individuals expressing their anger and sense of failure outward. Those are the ones who cause chaos and complicate situations rather than find solutions. You cannot expect peace to ever take hold as long as they are in control.

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March 17, 2014

How Everyone Failed Syria

Three years on, Syria is turned into ashes literally. Syrians scattered in heartbreaking ways incomprehensible by any logic or reasoning. The suffering and pain, totally unnecessary, unwarranted and certainly undeserved, are beyond imagination.

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March 10, 2014

The Middle East: A War of Words and Threats

A major power shift is taking place in the Middle East, this time it signals leaderships waking up to realities long overlooked and left to fester into insurmountable obstacles.

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March 3, 2014

New World Order: May the maddest man prevail?

What we are witnessing from Syria to Russia is not survival of the fittest, but rather prevalence of the maddest. How else would we describe nations bullying others in plain sight to force them into submission?

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February 24, 2014

We, The Women, Who Value Life

Growing up in Lebanon, I always felt that some men and women assumed ownership over me, my body, my thought, even my feelings and my expression. I despised these people who existed everywhere, in families, government, school, and religious establishments. They were constantly clashing with other men and women who wanted me to thrive and to be “me” in all its possibilities.

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February 17, 2014

Makeshift Government To Avert The Worst

The only reason to celebrate the new government in Lebanon is that its formation could help avert a presidential election crisis and an ensuing vacuum. This is the simple reality despite the unwarranted shock and protest by many and the flowery acceptance speeches of ministers.

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February 10, 2014

Boycotts and Sanctions Towards Peace

US Secretary John Kerry is close to releasing a “framework agreement” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Though it is only a “framework,” a beginning of a tedious road ahead, it will probably be the best US contribution to date to a conflict that has plagued a region for way too long and has caused only harm, death, destruction and anxiety to far too many. Particularly to generations of Palestinians living state-less and status-less, most of them in refugee camps across the Middle East, while their fate is decided.

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February 3, 2014

Conspiracy Against Syria

They invented Geneva I and II and the sequel will likely continue providing audiences with hours of wasteful entertainment while Syria bleeds and the Syrians die in the hundreds daily.

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January 27, 2014

Land of Cedars or Terrorism?

The Lebanese are loved the world over as a people, and loathed as groups, militias, and terrorists. This fact is not easy to grapple with, but essential to dealing with our differences and moving on.

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January 20, 2014

This Is The Tower of Babel… Where The Worst Is Yet To Come!

In search of fresh and different news and views, we drown ourselves in a sea of opinion: Unfortunately, the loudest noise comes from celebrities of post Arab awakening and media experts who were sleeping soundly prior to November 2010. Having been awakened abruptly by the unexpected and having been reacting since playing catch up with the times is no excuse. In the public domain, these noise-making machines are in direct competition with various agendas: Some of them petty and opportunistic, others seasonal and therefore temporary, while a few more are extremely dangerous, even lethal. Not to mention the age-old agendas of bankrupt Arab tyrants incapable of reform, unable to share or relinquish power.

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January 6, 2014

A Difficult Year Just Began

A fresh bombing in Lebanon, a militant tied to another bombing died in jail, and a complex tall tale about the identity of a suspect in yet a third bombing is being fed to a numb public with a major case of terror fatigue.

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December 20, 2013

We Are All Going To Die

A targeted assassination took the life of another Lebanese thinker along with companions and bystanders, exposing once more the evil of those playing God, thinking they win with every voice they mute and every life they cut short.

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December 23, 2013

Is This Year Over Yet

We have a little of bit of everything and all the drama lined up for a brand new end of the year. We're invited to a wedding to close this year on a positive note and another wedding to welcome the New Year happily. To complete the circle of life, we have dreaded funerals ahead, as well as anticipated births. And that's just what we know.

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December 16, 2013

No Hope Left To Celebrate Christmas

There was a time in my life when Christmas meant a lot more than a religious Holiday. As a child, I used to spend hours staring at the elaborate ornaments on my parents’ Christmas tree. I used to dream of belonging to a faraway land, pure, happy, and loving. A land where poverty is abolished by good-spirited humans and disease is eradicated by scientific advancement. I used to dream of a land where no one was poor or homeless or cold. Orphans were privileged in different ways; rich and poor were equal in their humanity. In my dream world -- the special Christmas version -- life was beautiful and wonderful.

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December 9, 2013

The Meaning Of Freedom

My grandmother taught me lessons in love and compassion. My mother taught me tolerance and patience. I thrive to teach my daughters the meaning of freedom.

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