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ISIS, Islam and the human soul

Twitter dwellers were treated recently to a YouTube video of ISIS virtue and vice inspectors (“Hisba”) roaming the streets of areas under their control in Syria, lecturing shop owners about mannequins and Friday prayers, preaching morality the way they understand it, and then bulldozing Shia shrines.

ISIS, Islam and the human soul

Twitter dwellers were treated recently to a YouTube video of ISIS virtue and vice inspectors (“Hisba”) roaming the streets of areas under their control in Syria, lecturing shop owners about mannequins and Friday prayers, preaching morality the way they understand it, and then bulldozing Shia shrines.

An appointment in Mosul: ISIS, the politics of resentment, and American adventurism in the 'Greater Middle East'

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Ruins near Bank Audi cleared?

Credit: Rayya HaddadCredit: Rayya HaddadEarlier this summer I posted pictures taken by my photographer friend Rayya Haddad of the extensive ruins discovered near the Bank Audi building in downtown Beirut.

The lamest restaurant menu you will ever see

I came across this delivery menu of some fast food joint in Sin El Fil and went totally like WTF!!
Why are they showing a cleavage instead of the food they make? And what’s up with that salad that looks more like a vagina?!
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An energitic Adonis

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Adonis Diaries has an energitic blog and you can see this obviously that he browses the Internet, a lot. His subjects are many from the American life style to new ideas via a well choosen subjects about the Middle East. Lebanon has a big part. A Lebanese PhD with an intelligent blog. Check it here.

Getting profiled at JFK, surprise.

John F Kennedy Airport New York Daily News/Jesse Ward
"We need to ask you a few more questions. Come this way sir," the buzz cut-sporting customs agent said firmly, as he led me away from the other passengers. Of course I know the drill. I have been profiled at airports all around the world for the past 20 years since my teenage days.

ISPs started rolling out their new DSL plans

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I’ve been waiting for the new DSL plans to come out ever since the ministry of telecommunications announced the price reductions last month, and I finally got an e-mail from IDM this morning informing me that my subscription has been upgraded from 1Mbps / 10GB to 2 Mbps / 50GB for the same price ($27.5).

Ksarak arak at Arabesque

Photo by Thomas HammondPhoto by Thomas Hammond

New Lebanese brew

A New Song by Fayrouz, In Memory of Assi Rahbany

السبت ٢١ حزيران ١٩٨٦
بيروت:
تمام الساعة الحادية عشر و النصف قبل ظهر ذلك السبت المشؤوم، قطعت إذاعة صوت لبنان برامجها. صوت مذيعة مرتجف يُعلِن وفاة عاصي الرحباني و يُعلِن الحِداد.لندن:
فيما كانت تستعد فيروز في غرفتها لإجراء لقاء تلفزيوني عقب حفلتها الملكيّة، دخل عليها أحد المرافقين. تروي فيروز: “فجأة انفتح باب الأوضة، فات واحد من اللي كانوا مرافقيني. جمِدت و ما خليتو يحكي! قلت لو: في خبر من بيروت؟ سكت… طال سكوتو، فهِمت و غرِقت بِبَحر بيروت.

Report on Syrian Students in Lebanon

iie-syriaThere’s a report out about the situation of Syrian students in Lebanon, authored by a specialist team of researchers affiliated with the University of California at Davis, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Institute of International Education. I know a couple of the authors very well and vouch strongly for their knowledge of the region’s politics, societies, and languages. This is a terribly sad situation, and one worries about the long-term consequences of having such a large and under-served refugee population in a country as small and overburdened (infrastructurally, economically, psychically) as Lebanon.

Assad regime threatens... aid convoys

The mighty Assad regime warned the UNSC that it reserves the right to "retaliate" against any humanitarian aid convoys that enter areas under the control of the opposition without its permission. 

Assad regime threatens... aid convoys

The mighty Assad regime warned the UNSC that it reserves the right to "retaliate" against any humanitarian aid convoys that enter areas under the control of the opposition without its permission. 

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