Archive | August, 2013

The Gravest Sin

The Gravest Sin You declared Endless adoration, Now you kneel Seeking salvation. And the gift I bestowed on you Is now penance’ Sacrificial ewe. Down it sinks Casket in the soil. The pious infidel Pleads in turmoil, While luring Eve- Past sagacious, present fool, Am your mirror; The reflection of your soul. Watch the coward [...]

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Etre, Avoir, Penser, Vivre

Le Liban est en crise, une crise multiforme, et surtout,  philosophique et spirituelle. Celle-ci renvoie à des interrogations universelles : qu’est-ce qui peut être considéré comme un progrès véritable ? L’être humain peut-il/elle être heureux/se et vivre en harmonie avec autrui dans une civilisation construite autour de l’idéal de l’avoir ? Sans doute pas… Nous traversons une période [...]

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Pénétrations multiples! Big Brother… Je te crèverai les yeux!

Ils sont là nos violeurs… Ces Big Brother à l’affût du moindre sentiment de quiétude. Ils sont là : dans nos cauchemars, dans notre vie quotidienne, se glissant entre le pare-choc de nos voitures et la plaque d’immatriculation du camion trimballant pastèques, melons et… des bombes peut-être ? Ai-je dit bombes ? Oui, ça relève dorénavant du langage, [...]

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أيقظوا ضمائركم

توقّف الزمن عندها يوم فُقِد، كل السنوات التي مرّت لم تغيّر صورته في خيالها، صورة الشاب الذي كان يملأ البيت بحركته. تدخل غرفته كل صباح لعلّها تجده نائمًا فتحاول إيقاظه ليرفض هو ذلك وتستمر هي في المحاولة حتى تنجح. ولكن الغرفة خالية، والفراش باردٌ لم يزره جسد انسان منذ سنوات. تقف، تنقّل نظرها في زوايا [...]

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Conversations these days?

Avoiding the traffic and the stressful driving in Beirut, I always attempt to take a cab to work, college, and anywhere I’m going. In my architectural engineering studies, Public Transportation was one of the advanced courses I had to research, arriving to the result that the Lebanese public transportation system needs a total makeover, and [...]

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باميلا شرابيه: ما لا يقتلك يجعلك أقوى

My interview (El Nashra Finance) about Red Lips High Heels and Women’s Rights.  Excerpts:  – هل واجهت صعوبات خلال مسيرتك المهنية؟   واجهت الكراهية نحو النساء، الضمنية والواضحة، اضافة الى التمييز على أساس الجنس، وليس فقط كناشطة، ولكن أيضا باعتباري أكاديمية في المجال الديني والذي يعتبر، في بلدنا، ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط،  حكرا على “رجال” الدين. [...]

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Calling out the Trivialization of Death before it’s too late!

Explosions, massacres, sectarian and political conflicts, WAR … Men, women and children, being mowed down without a thought of remorse… Counting dead and wounded people on a daily basis… No stories, no names, just numbers… Forgotten… Do we (most of us living in Southern Western Asia i.e. the Middle East) have a dysfunctional view of [...]

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How do mothers feel nowadays about the fashion industry, especially when it comes to children’s fashion?

When I was young, a little over a decade ago, my mother would be careful about how she dresses my sister and me. Girls would wear decent clothes. We wouldn’t see girls wearing tight t-shirts with explicit prints on them, we wouldn’t see girls wearing the shortest version of shorts or mini-skirts and we definitely [...]

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Femmes, ôtez vos soutien-gorge !

L’hypocrisie ? La minauderie féminine ? L’envie insatiable de plaire, de séduire, de faire baver les hommes ? Charybde et Scylla sont là… dans l’affect de chaque femme résignée et soumise. On se fait pouponner. On se cristallise dans une belle robe sertie généreusement de poignées de Schwarovsky rutilant. On se pare de bijoux extravagants après avoir hypothéqué [...]

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Toward Resilient Arab Societies

I was invited more than 10 years ago by an association of psychologists in Montreal (Quebec- Canada) to testify about my experience as a war survivor. The main theme was ‘Resilience’ and my hosts and colleagues defined it as having a positive attitude, optimism, and the ability to change one’s life even after a misfortune. [...]

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