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كنف الدولة مأمن من أشداق الوحوش

حميد عوّاد*
تعاني البشريّة من هزّات أرضيّة، تقذف حمم البراكين والأمواج العاتية وتفسّخ طبقات الأرض، ومن أعاصير كاسحة وفيضانات وسيول جارفة وجفاف مُقحط تخلّف كلّها الخراب والجوع والمرض والموت.
وفيما تعمل مؤسّسات النجدة مشكورة على إغاثة المنكوبين، يوغل الجشعون في استغلال واحتكار مواقع السلطة ومصادر وأدوات الإنتاج وينقضّ الأقوياء على الضعفاء والطغاة على مُستعبَديهم.
ًتحت وطأة القهر والفقر والإحباط واليأس وانسداد الأفق يبتلي المحبطون بآفة المخدّرات أويسلسون لوعود حاقني جرعات “الدين” حقداً وضغينةً بانتشالهم من الواقع المرير و”تصديرهم إلى الجنّة” فيهون زجّهم في الحروب وقوداً لتوسيع نفوذ “واخزيهم” وفرش دروبهم بجماجم محاربيهم وضحاياهم وصولاً إلى غاياتهم.
أبى هؤلاء إلّا أن يضفوا، بشعوذاتهم واختلال موازينهم، على مقولة “الدين أفيون الشعوب” معنىً.

How the Lebanese conquered Brazil

1960 - Lebanese Peddlers in Saa Paulo, Brazil. LERC Archives, Roberto Khatlab Collection1960 – Lebanese Peddlers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. LERC Archives, Roberto Khatlab Collection

Happy Eid and 3 day holiday!

A worker prepares traditional sweets called Maamoul a day before Eid al-Fitr, in Sidon's Old City in southern Lebanon September 9, 2010. Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho  (LEBANON - Tags: RELIGION FOOD SOCIETY)

Don’t count on us

To get a better sense of the mood in the United States on how the country should behave overseas, it is worth looking at a recently-published Politico poll. The poll illustrates an intense distaste among Americans for military intervention abroad, but also a remarkable change in perceptions of America’s role in the world, particularly with respect to democratic values.

Israeli sources outweigh Hamas 12 to 1 on school shelling

Source: The Washington Post

Saint Hoax’s take on the war on Gaza

Saint Hoax is a Beirut based activist who was best known for the series of posters that went viral a while ago, showing Disney princesses being forcefully kissed by their fathers to raise awareness at statistics around rape and incest.
Below are his latest posters showing his take on the ongoing war on Gaza nowadays. You can’t but respect his spot on work!
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Until now, Israel is flailing in Gaza

The war in Gaza continues while the outcome remains uncertain. But from the Israeli perspective, the conflict must appear increasingly worrisome, despite the successes of the Iron Dome system. The reason is that few conflicts have better illustrated the void and contradictions at the heart of Israel’s approach to the Palestinians.

The contradictions first. The Israelis have portrayed the war as an effort to weaken Hamas, but everything they have done has strengthened the movement, after a period in which its popularity had dived domestically and its lucrative, vital tunnel system was closed by a hostile Egyptian government.

Mosul may mark a critical moment in the region’s history

The exodus of Christians from Mosul in recent days has provoked greater awareness of their plight in a rapidly changing Middle East. Yet, while the event was in itself deplorable, the decline of Christianity in Iraq and the region has been a reality for some time, with no signs that the trend will be reversed.

The Christians of Mosul left the city in response to a deadline set by the Islamic State group, giving them one of three choices: to pay a tax (or jizya), to convert to Islam or to be killed. The jizya was paid by religious minorities under Muslim rule until the 19th century in return for exemption from military service. It contradicts the notion of equal citizenship under the law in a modern state.

Lebanese TV rivals unite for Gaza


Lebanese TV channels are often at war with one another and the battles go far beyond ratings. They range from routine verbal insults and propaganda attacks to actual war as some channels were physically shut down during the 2008 clashes between rival forces allied to various stations. 

Beirut Beer – A new beer from Kassatly Chtaura

beirut beer
Looks like the spirits industry is one of the hot investments in the country right now as we keep hearing about both entrepreneurs and big companies releasing new alcoholic beverages. Over the past few years 961 beer was launched and several wineries were established in Bekaa and the north, and earlier this year we got J2 Vodka (Polish made with Lebanese water) while Almaza kept on updating their offering with both Almaza light and Almaza lemon.

Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup

national team
It really sucks to see Lebanese basketball suffering once more after the Lebanese Basketball Federation decided last week to cancel participating in 2014 Jones Cup in Taipei because they’re unable to cover the participation costs .
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.

Humanitarian Relief in Gaza

CNN-GazaThe Craven News Network gives it to us straight.
A couple of weeks have elapsed since Gaza was drawn into the center of Mideast strife” and the chorus of outrage has grown louder, with several Nobel peace laureates calling for a military embargo against Israel and a US Secretary-of-State famous for his “who-moi” moments giving an impromptu shot across the bow from a hot mic. Will it matter? Does it ever?

That poor Syrian kid got beaten again!!

Al Jadeed TV interviewed the parents of both Abbas and Khaled last night. Abbas’ father defended himself by claiming that who recorded the video are actually a group of teens and that he got upset when he saw it. It was all fine until the correspondent moved to Khaled’s mother and asked her how did she react to what happened, the woman then explained that she took the kid to his uncle who beat and kicked him because of that video! (Start watching at the 9m00s mark)
I’m surprised the correspondent remained calm and didn’t even argue about it with the woman.

Ellie Goulding live at Biel next week

Compared to all the artists coming to Lebanon this summer, Ellie Goulding’s concert on July 23rd at Biel is definitely going to be the biggest act this season!
I already got my tickets from Mix FM and you can reserve yours online at Ticketing Box Office or at any Virgin store in Lebanon.

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