Political blog posts

A Week in Images by Al-Akhbar

 Haysam Mousawi. Akhbar Newspaperimages: Haysam Mousawi. Akhbar Newspaper
Beautiful well picked images from the world and Lebanon, every week on the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. The above one is one of the collection of the last week in March. Haysam Mousawi’s image is about the violence against women in Lebanon. Yes, sadly, still and in 2014.

Russia kept Assad in power, but now it’s stuck with him

There has been speculation lately as to whether Russian president Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea were improvised, or whether they were the result of a longer-term strategic plan. A similar question can be asked of Russian behaviour in Syria. When Mr Putin decided to bolster the regime of President Bashar Al Assad in 2011, did he have an endgame in mind?

Egypt’s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, apparently feels that the answer is no. A Lebanese politician who recently spoke to him says that Mr Fahmy’s impression from speaking to Russian officials was that Moscow is at an impasse in Syria. Mr Putin has blocked all efforts to undermine Mr Al Assad, but that does not mean he has been able to impose a solution of his own.

Sanayeh Garden Renovation

Sanayeh Garden is currently being renovated by Azadea Foundation and is set to open again in May 2014 if all went as planned.

The Lebanese Parliament Passed a Law that Put Women at Further Risk

The only finger and the only vote that Lebanese Parliament deserves!Manal, Roula, Aminah, Latifah, Sonia, Christelle, Marguerite, and all the women who died of domestic violence will not rest in peace, because today the Lebanese Parliament passed a joke of a law, a joke that now legalizes marital rape. No women will leave or face her husband while her children remain at risk… no women will dare to speak up knowing that if she protects herself, her children will be the next boxing bag.

Interview with Bassam Haddad for Guernica Mag

bassam-1 crp copy 2A couple of months ago, I caught up with my friend Bassam Haddad, Director of Middle East Studies at George Mason and a co-founder and editor of Jadaliyyaand interviewed him for Guernica Magazine. The introduction is below, followed by a link to the main body of the piece.

Municipality without a website or public budget

Yes that's right, Beirut a city with over a million residents and among the most influential in the region, has no official website. And it has been offline for over three years, according to this amusing post which noted the phenomenon back in February 2011. This is not an April Fool's Joke. Check it yourself.

نزيه خاطر


النص والصورة: alre7ab.com.
صنعت مدينة بيروت اسمه، وصنع هو جزءاً من اسمها. عاش العصر الذهبي للمدينة وعاصر تحولاتها. رافق تجارب رساميها ومسرحييها وشعرائها إلى درجة يمكن فيها معاينة منجزه النقدي داخل أعمالهم. احتكَّ نصه النقدي بأعمال الآخرين، مثلما احتكّت أساليب هؤلاء بما كتبه هو عنهم.
على مدى نصف قرن، كتب نزيه خاطر آلاف المتابعات والتغطيات النقدية، لكنه اشتغل بطريقة تجعل هذه المتابعات أكثر ديمومة من متطلبات الصحافة. اليومي والزائل والعابر تحوَّل لديه إلى فنٍّ شخصي ورؤية متكاملة. بطريقة ما، تسرَّبت أفكاره وآراؤه إلى الأعمال التي واكبها، وصارت هذه الأفكار جزءاً من المنجزات الخاصة لأصحاب تلك الأعمال.

Media, activists shut out of municipality talks once again

AUB engineering students have arranged a rare question and answer session with the mayor of Beirut over the most controversial civil works project in recent memory, but the media and activists have been barred from attending. 

Wissam Abdallah – Lebanon. Lose Yourself

Filmed and Edited by Wissam Abdallah
This has been something I have wanted to do since the first day of film school. I am lucky and proud to call myself both an Australian and Lebanese but having spent 9 years in Lebanon, from age 8 until age 17, means that Lebanon has a very special place in my heart.

Red Bull Can You Make It?

Can You Make It?” is a challenge by Red Bull for students to travel across Europe with nothing but 24 Red Bull cans as currency.
Throughout their journey, the competing teams will have to trade their cans for every thing they might need like food, place to sleep, etc…
The challenge starts on April 4th with more than 100 teams from all around the world, and Lebanon is the only participating country from the region with a team of three girls from AUB, Lara Talih, Mona Talih, and Shaden Fakih.

Field Marshal Pharaoh - Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes his presidential move

There are two ways to look at the decision of the Egyptian army commander, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to resign his post in order to stand for Egypt’s presidential elections, whose date has not yet been set.

Newly Ruins In Russia Contain The Largest Blocks Of Stone Ever Discovered

Michael Snyder wrote about the new discovry of the biggest block of stones ever made by humans (if ever) and he compared them to the next biggest stone found in Baalbeck Lebanon. Interesting article, but here what he wrote earlier about the Lebanese stone.
حجر الحبلى بعلبك لبنانحجر الحبلى بعلبك لبنان

Lehfed – لحفد

Text: lehfed.com
Video: Jo Matar
For some Lehfedians, who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, this site serves as a walk in memory lane to a past that they reminisce and wish for a come back even for a short day. For younger generation, it’s a testament that Lehfed has always been a special town to be proud of and be proud to be from.
Great events that took place in Lehfed such as the 1821 uprising “ 3amiyyat Lehfed”, in addition to a number of Lehfedians who held important civil or religious posts in the country, shaped the town to be a symbol of patriotism and religious reference.

Journalistic dilemmas: cakes, priests and the presidency

In journalism school, there are debates about what a reporter can ethically accept from a source. Gifts and even lunch are usually strictly forbidden, but there are arguments about whether coffee or biscuits can be justified.
But what if your host bakes you a cake? 

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