All and nothing

Evolution Graffiti in Verdun Vandalized

After memos banning public eating and a string of religiously fueled suicide bombings, coupled with scathing criticism and absurd allegations towards Lebanese nightlife and beach parties, the putrid hand of religious intolerance strikes again, and this time on an iconic piece of graff in Verdun.


Noura Andrea Nassar is a Lebanese artist with a column on the blog satirizing different topics each week. Check out her awesome work here!

Ex-PM Saad Hariri Taking Selfies

Hariri’s Selfie while biking in Riyadh
Some are saying this selfie is only few days old. If that’s the case then it’s a very bad time to be doing so specially with what’s happening in Lebanon and Gaza.

يا غزة Oh, Gaza

(حبر ورصاص على ورق و ألوان رقمية ink and pencil on paper, digital colors)
نشرت في شباب السفيرالاربعاء 16-07-2014
مع نص لأنيس غنيمة (غزة)

In Shabab Assafir
Wednesday 16-07-2014
With Arabic text by Anees Ghanima 

Is online media avenging women's maiden name?

Miss Mommy - Egyptian film starring Sabah

Now that is interesting, I remember almost a decade ago when Marianne Khlat was sitll collaborating with a Marc Kodeih at the height of his creative powers, she had a monologue which spoke as to the different titles a woman has during her life, except that the man never changes his - he's always "monsieur".

You are what you say

My Beirut Baby turned three last week. Watching her language develop still astounds me. And it’s not just linguistic; listening to her speak teaches me a lot about her personality, too.
My little control freak, having breakfast on the terrace:
“Wind, don’t blow my hair when I’m eating!” …or…
“Fly! Fly! Come to me!”
My little humorist, who loves the huge calendar I make her every couple of weeks, with a cheeky smile:
“Is there a “L” in the middle of Wednesday and we say ‘Welensday’?”
Or, deliberately showing me her “Domino” box upside down:
“Do we say ‘Onimod’?”
My little obsessive (eating an olive oil biscuit called torta con aceite) the day after discussing how we don’t say the last letter often in French:

There’s No Forgetting (Sonata)

I have been aching for words to say it; but words are failing me again, and again, and again... Like the world failed Palestine, and Lebanon, and so many other places before... And in the end I just return to this haunting poem by Pablo Neruda, perhaps my favorite of his, and on which I based my thesis, "Memory for Forgetfulness”: Registering/Effacing the Memory of the Lebanese War, which has, at once, tragically come back to life and become laughably irrelevant...
Ask me where I have been
and I’ll tell you: “Things keep on happening.”
I must talk of the rubble that darkens the stones;
of the river’s duration, destroying itself;

Shakira tagged with the #Lebanese flag!

For closing ceremony during the 2014 World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina the lebanese designer Charbel Zoe custom made Shakira's outfit, well this is not that unusual, Lebanese designers always dress the stars! what interested me is that he tagged the dress with the lebanese flag!

Aux larmes citoyens: One-sided love from Lebanon to France.

Modified image from source

Lebanon still celebrates an annual mass for France every Easter Monday, such is our affection for our former colonialist power. But is the love shared? Well, maybe the simplest way to know is trying to visit back "al oum al hanoun" (the tender mother) as France is still called.

Daimler Henegelo spotted in Beirut

A Daimler Henegelo was spotted in Beirut! Despite the absence of any branding to identify the car, with a little help from online resources, I managed to find the identity of the car.

Holidays Part 3

Playing Backgammon in Caracas , between the manakish vendor and the suitcase salesman I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place.

Go Green Lebanon: Send it by Bike

Roger Le Boulanger tells me about Deghri: “You know that you can ask for your bread to be delivered all over Beirut with Deghri?“. I was curious to know what is Deghri until I watched their video. I immediately believed in their idea and think we should all give them a bit of support. DeghriMessengers provide Beirut’s »more...

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