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Fearful Symmetry

Nasrallah_Pic_2Source: al-Akhbar (english.al-akhbar.com)

أجمل ١٠ قرى في جنوب لبنان حسب موقع قرنبيط

Jezzineمراسل الدايلي ستار: محمد يونس الزعتري

هذا هو ترتيب موقع قرنبيط‏ لأجمل ١٠ قرى في جنوب لبنان.
١٠. الميه وميه
تقع في منطقة صيدا، قرية فريدة من نوعها، وتحتوي على موارد مائية، زراعة الزيتون والتين.
٩. تبنين
تقع في قلبب جبل عامل وهي تشتهر في سوق الجمعة الذي يقام كل أسبوع و- “الكزدورة”، وهي طريق تمر في كل تبنين. تحمل أيضاً أثر مرور العديد من الحضارات عليها عبر الزمن.
٨. كفرحونة
ثاني أكبر محتوى صخري في لبنان، غنية في الينابيع وغابات الصنوبر وسنديان، وثمار كل تفاح والكرمة والزيتون.
٧. مرجعيون

The best of enemies - New ‘rules of the game’ are emerging on the Golan

If Hezbollah and Israel avert a major confrontation of the kind that took place in summer 2006, it would show that both sides still have an enduring tendency to accept “rules of the game” to govern their contentious relationship.

In the aftermath of Hezbollah’s attack on Wednesday, which led to the death of two Israeli soldiers, many in Lebanon held their breath. Would this be a repeat of the last war between Israel and the party, which significantly reduced the number of Hezbollah attacks against Israeli forces? Apparently not, as both sides interpreted the latest operation against Israeli troops in the context of a longstanding “deterrence dialogue” and avoided a major conflagration.

Obama refuses to adapt in the Mideast

These days whenever criticism is leveled at the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, one finds sympathetic voices in the United States defending President Barack Obama. The gist of their argument is that this approach merely downplays the responsibility of regional states for the chaos in the Arab world. Perhaps, but in the past six years the region has been through monumental transformations, at a time when the United States has irresponsibly disengaged from the region. Washington’s policies have been ill-adapted to dynamics in the affected countries. Worse, the administration has done little to adjust as its policy failures have multiplied. Most perniciously, it has misinterpreted its options in order to avoid taking action.

Israel and Hizbullah: A quick round up

This is a summary of the latest events between Israel and Hizbullah. It starts when Hizbullah’s SG Hassan Nasrallah engaged in a long description of Hizbullah’s readiness to fight Israel even if involved in the Syrian quagmire, on Mayadeen TV. Obviously, I would be simplifying if I started the story then, as it is involved in a general buildup of coalitions in the regional arena. Israel’s actions are partly a result of freaking out when Nasrallah boasts about Hizbullah’s capabilities and partly to test if the new regional situation can work on its favor.

Hizbullah Retaliates for Quneitra Attack

UNIFIL-11-12This is an open thread for comments, press reactions, and analyses to Hizbullah’s attack on an Israeli convoy in the Shebaa Farms earlier today. I will add relevant clippings and analyses from the comment section throughout the day.

Like father, unlike son: how Bashar Al Assad lost control

If Hafez Al Assad could come back and see what his son, Bashar, has done in Syria, he would re-enter his mausoleum and slam the door. Virtually every principle the late president sought to impose to enhance his country’s autonomy and regional power has been ignored by his successor.

This was brought home 10 days ago when Israel killed a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, Mohammed Allahdadi, in Quneitra. According to the Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria, which cited diplomatic sources, General Allahdadi was tracked through his mobile phone, and was reportedly assassinated only days after the establishment of a joint operations room of Iranian, Hizbollah and Syrian officers in the area.

Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – January 28th 2015

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As usual, Lebtivity has plenty of things to do and events happening around the country, and here are my weekly 10 picks. But let’s just hope thing don’t escalate further in the south so that we carry on with our lives!

France and antisemitism: It’s the politics stupid!

The recent events in France betray the primacy of the political (and not religious) dimension in the way different communities, groups, and states have handled (and have been handled in) this affair.
One facet is Israel’s urge to profit from the situation and attract a few more Jews to the promised homeland to which France has answered through Holland’s “Holocaust day speech” that urges Jews to reconsider and reflect on the fact that they are, after all, French.

Zaatar Zein is back!

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Back in 2011, Zein El Atat took a blow when his products were banned in Lebanon and several Gulf countries. But for some reason, he seems to be back now with these ugly billboards and an even uglier TV commercial!
With the food safety campaign being carried out in Lebanon right now, I believe Zein El Atat’s comeback is more like a slap on Abou Faour’s face!

Mind-Blowingly realistic miniatures of Lebanese homes | Bananapook

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Unfortunately we’re seeing less and less of the traditional Lebanese home. Luckily, there are tremendous efforts to preserve and pay tribute to Lebanese architecture, including those of Chawki Yazbeck.
via Mind-Blowingly realistic miniatures of Lebanese homes | Bananapook.

Charbel Abisemaan – Vital Illusion

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Location: Lebanon – Ehmej
Photography and Editing – Charbel Abisemaan
Original Music by Hadi Hosri – Facebook.
Vital illusion opening title – Joseph Abi Safi

Missing in action - The absurd uproar over two beauty queens

One of the more amusing takes on the incident in which Miss Israel took a “selfie” alongside Miss Lebanon came from a satirical publication titled The Pan-Arabia Enquirer (Its motto? “Spreading the hummous of satire over the flatbread of news.”)

The online publication published an article allegedly describing how Mia Khalifa, an American pornographic actress of Lebanese origin, had been forced to apologize because one of the four men in a scene she was shooting happened to be Israeli.

America’s Syria plan is bound to fail

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned Syria only twice. On both occasions he did so in the context of the American-led battle against ISIS. No mention was made of the cruelties of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, let alone how its crimes have driven extremism in Syria.

Despite reports that the United States intends to start training “moderate” Syrian rebels soon, there have been numerous signs lately that the Obama administration is changing its attitude toward Assad. Whereas it had previously insisted that any solution in Syria required him to step down, that no longer seems to be the case.

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