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Casey Kasem: How Lebanese Culture influenced His Storytelling Style and Life outside Radio

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Kasem was a proud Lebanese American. Born in 1932, Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was the son of Lebanese immigrant parents. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and had a large extended family. As a Lebanese American father, he wanted his children to learn about their background.

Lebanese war art

I recently stumbled upon a familiar sight at a Middle Eastern art exhibit in Chelsea, New York. It was a view anyone living in Lebanon during the 2006 war may have seen.

The piece by Ali Cherri was projected on the wall at the center of the gallery:

Video of Jounieh 2014 fireworks

For those who missed Jounieh’s fireworks show Friday night, I found the below video of it from MTV Lebanon. (Start watching at the 4 minute mark)
Also, make sure to check these 10 cool photos of the show compiled by Ralph.

Ramadan Kareem

Wishing you all a blessed month! Do you remember this Ramadan series from the ’90s by Abbas Chahine?

George Basha – Casting not all black and white

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Mr George Basha, of Lebanese descent, described his difficulty watching Underbelly episodes that feature Lebanese characters performed by people who aren’t Lebanese.
"We’re one of the biggest multicultural countries in the world; let’s start showing it that way," he said.
The next Point of View forum is in August and will explore "myth making versus real stories" with filmmaker and academic Karen Pearlman.

Extending my best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they observe RAMADAN’s rituals and fasting

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إخوتي الأعزّاء وأخواتي العزيزات، بمناسبة حلول شهر رمضان الذي تتألّق فيه وتتجلّى لدى المؤمنين فضائل التقوى والعفّة والإحسان والبرّ والصبر وصفاء التأمل ونقاء الضمير وذروة التواصل، أهديكم أحبّائي تمنياتي الطيّبة بالإبتهاج بوهج النعم المتجلّية خلال هذا الشهر الكريم والتزوّد بخميرة من البركات الدافقة والنهل من فيض الإلهام الهادي والمسدّد للخطى. كما آمل أن يساهم هذا المسح الروحيّ في انقشاع الرؤية واستدلال الحلول للمشاكل الشائكة لتثبيت السلام والأمان والاستقرار في وطننا الحبيب لبنان. رمضان مبارك.

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.

Bombs away - Will terrorism in Lebanon bring in a new president?

Perhaps it’s my natural skepticism, but there is something terribly fishy about the bomb explosions that have hit Lebanon in the past week.

Most noticeable in all three incidents is that they were somehow thwarted by one or the other of Lebanon’s security services. All took place after the offensive in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which sent shockwaves throughout the Middle East. And all come at a sensitive time for Lebanon, which has been unable to elect a president to replace Michel Sleiman.

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.

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