Sporting Club, El Manara, Beirut
UPDATE Nov 25:
A debate about this post has emerged on my Facebook wall suggesting the language is not just funny but also may suggest a form of discrimination. A reporter colleague suggested that "persons in clothes" could also encompass maids (and thus children) or the elderly. Someone even wondered if "proper swimwear" could exclude hijab wearing women or the famed "burkini."
Recently, my wife and I were visiting the Duomo, or cathedral, of Catania, in Sicily. Suddenly a man entered, stark naked, and walked toward a small chapel where an early evening mass was being held. He went up to a statue of the Virgin Mary and began to shake it vigorously, until several women chased him away.
The man walked back out, got dressed and was finally confronted by policemen. He lay down, refusing the police’s entreaties to come to their office and demanded to be arrested. After more minutes of hesitation, four policemen lifted him up off the ground and carried him away.
A couple of months ago, my friend Nadim Shehadi made an interesting comment in one of this blog’s discussions about potential “solutions” to the Syrian crisis. I’ve been meaning to publish his contribution as a stand-alone commentary ever since, and I do so now with his permission. If developments in the intervening months have changed his views, I trust he’ll weigh in below.
Three Outcomes in Syria
Guest commentary by Nadim Shehadi
Their hands were outstretched as every year. The president, parliament speaker and prime minister received congratulations from all their friends. For what? Independence of course--70 years of it apparently.
Oddly enough, Lebanon's interior minister openly admitted yesterday that the next Lebanese president would NOT be decided by the Lebanese.
أحلام غبية ،في مثل هذا اليوم..استقلّينا،في مثل هذا اليوم!الحرية احتلّينا!ما اجملنا في هذا العيد!ما اجمل العيد فينا..النفط اغرق!سفننا التجارية..نصدر الماء!للبلاد العربية،ما من بطاله!شبابية..شوارع بيروت!شوارع باريسية..الحكومة تعمل!كجنود السريّة..الموظفون!كالنحل في الخليّة..الحدود شريفةٌ!على الجهات الرباعيّة..البقدونس ب250!500الخسّه ب..و الاجمل و الاحلى،القطار من طرابلس الى حيفا!على سكته الحديدية” قم حبيبي , نومة هنية ““، اعذريني ، كنت احلم”“! احلام غبية “————————————:الى الاستقلال في عيده.نريدك عيديه عبدالله غطاس 27/10/2013
According to this powerful graphic from Visualizing Palestine, Lebanon's politicians make almost 15 times the average income in Lebanon.
Lebanese banks have probably realized they will never be able to improve their customer service, so they opted for producing some cools ads instead. First Jammal Trust Bank, then Bank Audi, and now Byblos Bank.
Kudos to the agency that came up with this one!
Imagine a country whose regime is engaged in the mass murder of its own citizens, forcing millions of refugees to flood across the borders, destabilising neighbouring states. The only solution to the burgeoning humanitarian crisis, it seems, is to bring the atrocities to an end, even if it means using military force.
It’s not Syria that we are talking about, but the equally momentous tragedy of East Pakistan in 1971, the subject of Gary J Bass’s The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide. Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey, is also the author of a highly regarded book on the origins of humanitarian intervention titled Freedom’s Battle.
And despite the killing and injuring of dozens this morning-- with blood and bodies
splattered all over the place-- the match went on as scheduled later this evening:
Not long after today's devastating twin bombings, I heard Israeli jets flying over, presumably surveying the damage. And about 20 minutes later I could hear the propeller of the Lebanese air force Cessna, which was recently donated by the United States.
Today’s attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut recalls a similar bombing thirty years ago against the US embassy in the same city. There is no mystery concerning the identity of the bombers nor the meaning of the bomb.
This must be some cool news to the students at Olayan School of Business as it has been ranked as the number 23 most beautiful business school in the world by Top Management Degrees website.