The Harlem Shake, Beirut Style!

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So the Harlem Shake, an internet meme that went viral in February 2013, is taking the world and now Beirut by storm.

OneBillionRising on VDay! From Beirut with love

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As the world celebrates the “happy unimaginative, consumerist-oriented and entirely arbitrary, manipulative and shallow interpretation of romance day,” also known as Valentine’s day, another movement is taking place, away from the commodification and manipulation of women’s emotions and media direct

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Pope Benedict’s mission comes to an end

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So we’ve all heard the big news and yes it has been confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, 2013.
“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of

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Civil Marriage…the debate continues

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Our last blog covered the story of Kholoud and Nidal Succariyeh, the couple who reignited the civil marriage debate, in a country plagued by myriad of problems, by signing their very own tailored civil marriage contract in Lebanon; the first of its kind.

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Kholoud and Nidal, Lebanon’s civil marriage pioneers

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Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. -Khalil Gibran Although the image of progressiveness is usually affiliated with a modern, intellectual, somewhat bohemian, funky-styled girl; Kholoud broke all the rules in terms of image and stereotypes. A veiled Muslim, Kholoud has become the first female adventurer climbing the steep slopes of Lebanon’s administrative and religious conventions. Although civil marriage is not…

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Lonely planet leaves Lebanon awfully lonely…

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Tanx, tanx tanx dawle! Just in case ya’ll haven’t heard, our year round rambles paid off, albeit not in the way we would’ve liked them to. Road blocks, sporadic eruptions of violence, various security incidents portrayed through increasing thefts, kidnappings and the ever so flagrant political rhetoric did not go unnoticed. Instead the world travel guide “Lonely Planet” has dubbed Lebanon as an unsafe destination for 2013. How’s that for…

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The Rise of Beirut: Break on through to the other side

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Sure it’s been tough, tougher than it’s ever been. I remember roaming the streets of Hamra, or Gemayze probably around some seven years ago living off half the salary I earn today, thinking that it can only get better…but, and this may be the pessimist in me, it didn’t (save for the increase in salary which has proven pointless in an ever inflating economy). The small town starry eyed girl can now…

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CONTRIBUTION: Has Lebanon Sold Out? The Explosive Detector Scam saga continues

Published on: January 8, 2013
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Money Over Lives The Explosive Detector Scams The ‘antenna’ shaped dowsing rods are sold in Lebanon as explosive detectors. These devices were the topic of scandals in the international security field. Today, these products have invaded the Lebanese and Middle Eastern markets under different names: Mole, Sniffex, Alpha 6, Quadro Tracker, ADE series… etc. How to Identify Them  Every time a brand was nailed down, a new one rose. For…

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Let’s name the storm, shall we?

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All around the world, whenever a storm strikes a name is given…It helps identify or dub the otherwise hostile phenomenon to something endearing or amicable. For instance Sandy or Katrina were names given to the latest super-storms that hit the US. But in Lebanon, as always, we turn “tragedy” to co

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Dear America, whatever happened to the New Colossus?

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Whilst doing my usual morning “stroll” on the internet, one story set me to a standstill. I couldn’t bring myself to “scroll” past it. America, once thought as “the greatest country in the world”, the country of “the New Collusus” with the famous inscription “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” has now passed an act to ban acts of good in public places, more specifically a…

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