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NDU Should Not Have Canceled the Elections, but Learn from AUB

Yes, that’s in NDU, not a zoo somewhere where a piece of meat was thrown into a holding area with dozens of carnivorous animals. The difference here is that this is a university campus, not a zoo, and the animals are actually loyalists of Geagea and Aoun, two of the warlords Lebanon was never really […]

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From Beirut to Dubai by MamaRowana

So here I am 1 month after writing my last piece about Lebanon not being my ‘happily ever after’ story. Since then, I left Beirut to the states to visit my family and to be a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding. Shortly after, my family and I took the big step to relocate to […]

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3 Lebanese Women Make it to BBC’s 100 Women List: Who They Are

It’s almost painful to see 3 out of the 100 women on BBC’s 100 Women are Lebanese, when Lebanon ranked among the worst countries in terms of gender equality (135/142), check out BlogBaladi for more information on that report. But, it’s also amazing that 3% of the BBC’s 100 Women list of 2014, are Lebanese. It’s […]

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Soldiers That Are Examples to Follow

Sometimes, I criticize the rare brutality in some of our soldiers handling of suspects and civilians, and despite what some may say, I wholeheartedly believe that such brutality is unacceptable, under any circumstances. Being the nation’s army means you put your duty and the law before your emotions and knee-jerk reactions. Torture is not ok, and […]

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Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut in Dekwene

The look in this teary-eyed man’s bloodied face is enough to tell you that something aweful had just happened. I’ll quote what the original poster, Anastacia, had to say: This morning while I was on my way to work, a man was hysterically yelling at a Sukleen worker on the side of the road in […]

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British Ambassador Tom Fletcher was a Domestic Worker Today

There is no love lost when it comes to me and politicians and diplomats in Lebanon. All of our warlord-feudal-chieftain-turned-corrupt-oligarchs aren’t worth much when it comes to self-respect, respect to Lebanon and above all, respect to other human beings. Their motorcades drive you off the street when they’re not closing it, their thugs intimidate you, […]

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To Our Countries

It’s hard not to shed a tear or two in those deeply moving 8 minutes and 44 seconds. If not for Rihan’s gut-wrenching words, then for Faia’s heart-piercing voice and the medley of song verses and anthems from the Levantine’s absolute best. I adore my country. I love Syria and Iraq, and some of my fondest […]

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Alleged Photo Two Innocent Lebanese Were Sued For

The above photo was apparently enough to unleash the wrath of the Lebanese Forces MPs against two Lebanese citizens, who carried it in a protest condemning the plans to extend for parliament, yet again, thereby violating the constitution and robbing Lebanese taxpayers of their right to vote for their elected members of parliament for the […]

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GCR: Lebanon Among Best in Education, Absolute Last in Trust in Politicians + More Numbers

So, the World Economic Forum published its Global Competitiveness Report, and Lebanon got some interesting number I’ll highlight here: Stuff We Sucked At In public trust in politicians, we ranked ABSOLUTE LAST. We ranked 148 out of a total of 148 countries… We’re next-to-last at 147/148 for “favoritism in decisions of public officials” For cost […]

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The Invalid Excuse: Child Pornography Threat

In Lebanon, we have a history of corrupt politicians and authorities who commit heinous crimes and put up some noble cause as their excuse. Remember when the MPs decided to cross off the word “woman” from the women’s right’s law that would protect from rape and abuse? Do you remember what the FPM MPs cited […]