Monthly Archives: March 2011

Squandering of Public Money: Learn From Us.

The following article was originally published on March 23, 2011, on Tajaddod Youth’s Official Blog. How to Spend 13 Million Dollars?* People walking in Downtown Beirut, around Nejmeh Square would notice that work is taking place in the Parliament building. … Continue reading

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Aoun & the New Patriarch: This Relationship Is Off to a Great Start.

Probably my first post on Michel Aoun ever. So I’d rather keep it short–draft-style. Yesterday, Wednesday morning, March 15, 2011: Election of the 77th Maronite Patriarch Mar Beshara Boutros Rai (b. 1940). It’s the talk of the town, or should … Continue reading

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The Maronites in Decline?

Below two articles in French published in the latest issue of Le Monde des Religions. I have no comments to be made public, except that French scholarship on Lebanon is redundant and oh so stubbornly oriented. I can’t possibly agree … Continue reading

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Nawal el-Zoghbi or Elissa?!

Did you see the cover of Nawal el-Zoghbi’s latest album (Ma’rafsh Leh, 2011)? What’s with her looking like… Elissa?!   ———————————– Related post: “Talking Esthetics,” October 19, 2010.

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What Does “Sin el-Fil” Mean?

If a Lebanese contest to elect the most perplexing town name were created, Sin el-Fil would unquestionably win the first prize. What does a name like “Sin el-Fil” mean?… The “Tooth of the Elephant”?! It would be too easy to … Continue reading

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Elissa, Sarit Haddad, & the Next Lebanese-Israeli War.

After the “we-created-it-first” controversy opposing Lebanon to Israel over the Hummus, and the months-long Cold War manifesting in battles of “biggest Hummus dish in the World,” it has finally been confirmed that the Hummus is a Lebanese national dish, and … Continue reading

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