Month: October 2016

Total 7 Posts

Melhem Barakat: The man who only sang in Lebanese

Melhem Barakat, one of Lebanon’s last remaining “golden age” singers, died Friday aged 71 after a long battle with illness. He was a legend, an artist who fought his way through an increasingly commercialized industry. Not only did he survive the challenges, he went on to become one of the country’s

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What message is Miss Lebanon sending out to young women?

I didn’t watch Miss Lebanon. I am not a fan of beauty pageant shows. I believe their current format is outdated, restrictive and in need of an overhaul. They cultivate a generic beauty standard that relies on 80% looks and 20% skill; a femininity that only speaks when spoken to,

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Hariri endorses Aoun for president – now what?

Future Movement leader former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his endorsement for Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun Thursday in a step that has certainly aroused much speculation on the future proceedings of the presidential bid. Speaking to delegates, officials, ministers and MPs, Hariri announced his decision based on

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Mystery pianist serenades walls of empty medieval Byblos church

Lebanon’s Autumnal weather makes for the perfect evening promenade. Add a little mystery to the breeze, and an ancient setting, and you’ve got an experience worth sharing.  Such was the short lived, yet exceptional encounter as shared by fellow blogger and friend Ralph Aoun. Ralph was walking through the ancient

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Lebanon’s hidden epidemic: Why are so many silent when things are so bad?

There is no shortage of things to protest when it comes to this small Middle Eastern country. From the raging war next door, to its repercussions, to the rampant corruption, human rights abuses, the disappearance of elections, rising unemployment, emigration, crippled institutions, and pollution -the grounds are endless. However, when

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Lebanon globally ranks 3rd in debt, plummets in health and education

Lebanon continues to struggle with seemingly endless crises, presidential and waste management included, leading to a significant drop from the 30th position in 2014 to the 52nd in 2015 in both health and primary education according to the most recent Global Competitiveness Report of 2016. Out of 138 countries included

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