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Is Lebanon Ready for a Revolution?

Why do many Lebanese let themselves and their country be buried under trash? Why is the general worldview/behavior – except for few individuals and movements who are trying to deconstruct it – quietist, conformist, and ostrich or zombie like? Why isn’t there a collective upheaval that would gather all Lebanese? Is Lebanon ready for a revolution? [...]

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Le Liban, un morceau de lune ?

A ce jour, le Liban est en guerre, tant physique que psychologique, et s’enlise dans les sables mouvants de crises multiformes – politique, religieuse/confessionnelle, socio-économique, générationnelle, environnementale, culturelle, crises du genre et du savoir, etc. Il est vrai que l’existence même de faiseurs-es ou d’agents-es de paix qui tentent de promouvoir les valeurs de réconciliation [...]

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The Paris Terror Attacks…Now What?

In light of the recent terror attacks that took place in Paris, many have taken to social media to publish their opinions. Hashtags including #JeSuisCharlie and #JeSuisAhmed went viral on twitter. The world seemed to be buzzing; the terror attacks in France had affected so many people. What happened as a result of the unprecedented [...]

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Je suis Charlie et je vous vomis!

Pire que les islamistes de Daech et les tueurs encagoulés de Charlie Hebdo… Ou aussi dangereux, délétères, obscènes, lâches, nauséeux, délinquants, pour que je reste dans les limites de l’objectivité. Aussi extrémistes et radicaux que les tueurs de Charlie Hebdo, ces chrétiens frustes qui s’indignent à la vue de Marie, mère de Jésus, jambes écartées [...]

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Ressusciter les paradoxes

« Jamais nous n’avons été aussi libres que sous l’occupation allemande », dixit Jean-Paul Sartre, parangon de l’Existentialisme assaisonné aux slogans du mai 68 en France. La liberté serait alors la fille légitime de l’oppression, de la résistance, de la mortification et de l’aspiration à l’émancipation. Dans ce Liban, au cèdre biscornu, au peuple blasé, démissionnaire, souffrant [...]

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Our history is not drawn linearly, it is a braid of stories!

I started to be interested in the war and peace issues in Lebanon when I left my home country to pursue my studies at the University of Montreal (QC, Canada). While living abroad, I learned that once the war grabs hold of you, it never loses its grip; it shapes one’s emotions, thoughts, attitudes and [...]

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Une demeure à construire, un chemin en devenir

A ce jour, le ‘Printemps Arabe’ fait place à un rude hiver. En effet, au-delà des résultats des élections en Tunisie, l’opinion mondiale découvre une Libye des révolutionnaires disloquée, la révolte syrienne se transformer en cauchemar, une Égypte en proie au régime militaire et à la chasse aux sorcières islamistes, une Palestine vivant dans l’apartheid, [...]

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Suicide Bombings in Lebanon: My opinion

Few hours before a suicide bomber blew himself up in a minibus in Southern Beirut yesterday afternoon, I was thinking of Marcus Aurelius famous quote “Do every act of your life as if it were your last” while drawing a ‘local dehumanized human bomb’, as the images of previous blasts were shown on TV. We [...]

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We cannot give up!

In the last decades, religious fundamentalism was on the move in several countries, but so were mainstream interfaith dialogue, dynamic encounters among ethnic origins, sexual identities and social classes, and secular ideas/practices/movements. In counterpoint to tidal waves of authoritarianism, terrorism, extremism, exclusivism and absolutism, there were (and still are) individuals and groups of people breaking [...]

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Why not an “Emergency State” in Lebanon?

What happens when a society no longer knows the meaning of an Emergency State? It seems that this is what we have come to. Another news about an explosion blasting a certain area and the usual happens: we spend the first 10 minutes in disbelief and panic, we shift from one local TV channel to the [...]

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