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Municipal work? Start a fire


The municipality of a certain village was forced to call the fire department this week for a fire lit by its own staff. Luckily the firefighters were able to put it out before the blaze spread to the surrounding brush and caught half the mountainside on fire.

Mahmoud Darwish, "Memory for Forgetfulness" 5 - محمود درويش، "ذاكرة للنسيان"

صحت عصافير الجيران في السادسة صباحا. تابعت تقاليد الغناء المحايد من وجدت نفسها وحيدة مع بدايات الضوء. لمن نغني في زحام هذه الصواريخ؟ تغني لتشفي طبيعتها من ليل سابق، تغني لها لا لنا.... هل كنا نعرف ذلك فيما مضى؟ لقد شقت الطيور فضاءها الخاص في دخان المدينة المحترقة. كانت سهام الصوت المتعرجة تلتف على القنابل وتشير إلى أرض سالمة في الفضاء، للقاتل أن يُقتل، للمقاتل أن يقاتل. وللعصفور أن يغني... ولكني أكف عن طلب الكناية ،أكف تماما عن التأويل... لأن من طبيعة الحروب أن تحقر(تشديد وكسر القاف) الرموز، وتعود بعلاقات البشر والمكان والعناصر والوقت إلى خاماتها الأولى، لنفرح بماء يتدفق من ماسورة مكسورة على طريق لأن الماء هنا يتقدم معجزة من قال إن الماء لا لون له ولاطعم ولا رائحة؟ للماء لون يتفتح في إنفتاح العطش..

One billion dollars to "confront extremism"

Saudi Arabia is reportedly spending $1 billion to “confront extremism” in Lebanon, putting former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in charge of overseeing the effort.  In a sign of convergence of regional inter

One billion dollars to "confront extremism"

HaririSaudi Arabia is reportedly spending $1 billion to “confront extremism” in Lebanon, putting former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in charge of overseeing the effort.  In a sign of convergence of regional inter

"Light at the end of the tunnel (and it wasn't the train)" video art by Tarek Chemaly

This is a new video art composed of 61 hand-animated frames on a digital platform. The joke goes “I saw the light at the end of the tunnel,
and it was the train” – so after several years of trials and tribulations, I am
hoping I now see the light at the end of the tunnel, and that it’s not the
train.


Still from "Light at the end of the tunnel (but it wasn't the train)" by Tarek Chemaly

Vice Report On The Islamic State

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If you want to know what the Lebanese army was up against in Arsal, and what’s really happening in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, check out this amazing documentary by Vice. There are still 3 parts coming out very soon on their YouTube channel.
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Fadi (Ba3ed) Ma Sa2at …

It looks like the teachers didn’t like the idea proposed by the Education minister to give passing statements to everyone and decided to correct the exams after all. This is definitely good news for the students.
Update: It’s not clear yet whether the teachers will correct the exams or not. I will keep you posted.

Tragic

No compromise.

When the final curtain falls,
I will come down in flames.
No half exits,
No hesitant escapes.

When the call comes around,
I’ll stay rooted in my place.
No hasty excuses,
No clinging to the earth.

I will take it as I find it,
I will gulp it as it is.
No syrup for me, thanks;
No god with a sweet face.

Tomorrow when I falter,
I will shatter with despair.
I will tell you where I have been,
I will leave without a face.

Tomorrow in the gallows,
When the sirens lose their voices,
When they tell you it will linger,
I will—enough!

Someday there will be none,
When tomorrow doesn’t come.

Meet Ajialouna: A Charitable, Social, Healthcare, Educational And Cultural Organization In Beirut

The first time I heard about Ajialouna was when they launched with ABC Verdun the Ramadan Festival few weeks ago, and when ABC donated over 10,000 pieces samples of clothes to Ajialouna to distribute them to families during Eid. Since I wasn’t able to make it to the event in Verdun, I thought I pay Ajialouna a visit and see what they do, specially after reading that it’s been around for 20 years now, and that it’s not only a charity organisation, but also offers public, medical, educational and health services for orphans, widows, underprivileged families and individuals.

Why Anthony Rahayel should decline Deek Duke prize


Source: Facebook

If I am writing this, it's both - to congratulate Anthony Rahayel (our fellow blogger at the excellent No Garlic No Onions) for his Milan trip win in the Deek Duke lottery - and to invite him to decline to accept the prize.

Mahmoud Darwish, "Memory for Forgetfulness" 4 - محمود درويش، "ذاكرة للنسيان"

ما زال الفجر الرصاصي يتقدم من جهة البحر على أصوات لم أعرفها من قبل.البحر برمته محشو في قذائف طائشة.البحر يبدل طبيعته البحرية ويتمعدن.أللموت كل هذه الأسماء؟ قلنا سنخرج،فلماذا ينصب هذا المطر الأحمر الرمادي على من سيخرج وعلى مَن سيبقى من بشر وشجر و حجر؟ قلنا:سنخرج،قالوا:من البحر.قلنا:من البحر.فلماذا يسلحون الموج والزبد بهذا المدافع ؟الكي نعجل الخطى نحو البحر؟ عليهم أن يفكوا الحصار عن البحر أولا....وعليهم ان يخلو الطريق الأخير لخيط دمنا الأخير..ومادام الأمر كذك وهو كذلك..فلن أخرج.إذن سأعدُ القهوة

Is This Haifa Wehbe?

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She definitely looks like her a lot. In fact, if that’s really her, she looked much nicer when she was young!
Speaking of Syrian commercials, here are my favorites:
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Thanks Terry!

Falling for it

In recent days a story has been circulating on social media that was picked up by Samir Mansour in a column Wednesday for the daily An-Nahar. It affirms that the United States was responsible for the establishment of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – since renamed the Islamic State.

That would have been a remarkable scoop, had it only been true. On Wednesday the US Embassy in Lebanon issued a statement saying the story was “a fabrication.” More surprising is how easily Mansour was duped, as Al-Nahar’s publication of his article lent credibility to an otherwise doubtful story.

Saad Hariri is Back

This time it’s for real heh! Hariri’s been out of the country since 2011.

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