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A letter to my daughter lost to honor culture

What is life? One is conceived by two people who could love each other. They could hate each other too, or one of them or both could have been forced to marriage… In my parents’ case, it was forced on both sides.  I was born out of two individuals who didn’t even like each other. [...]

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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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Lebanese Architects which side you will be on?

Ongoing conflicts define the world society nowadays and refugee camps are growing in number, burdening hosting communities to handle the ever increasing number of asylums and continue to provide good management for the camps. Nonetheless, the real burden falls on the refugees themselves, as they face difficulties with safety, violence, aid distribution and violations of [...]

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Having a daughter is a blessing!

Women do pay a heavy price since the day they are born in Lebanon. The first words most family members said to my mother when they knew I was going to be born were: “A girl? Well… Maybe next time you will have a boy to ‘become her crown’ (yitawweja in Lebanese)…” Gender based discrimination [...]

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Ania Lisewska… “Not in Lebanon!”

It’s been on national television for a couple of days now. She’s become what everybody talks about: the girl who wants to have sex with a 100 000 men. People don’t bother to remember her name; she’s just that girl that is sex crazed. Ania Lisewska. She is 21 years old, in a long term [...]

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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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We Fear the Unknown, and Prefer to Keep it Locked up!

This is Lebanon. Here, we have degrees of citizenship. Its factors are skin color, nationality, gender, sexuality, age and profession. We don’t consider foreign workers to be human. We treat them inhumanely; we overwork them, we exhaust them, we don’t give them the space every human being needs, we expect the very best of them [...]

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Entre deux rives (Canada et Liban)

Je publie à nouveau ce matin un de mes articles parus dans l’Orient-le-Jour et dans la revue du Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour (2006). A l’époque, nous avions, mon mari et moi, pris la décision de retourner au Liban, pour des raisons tant familiales que ‘nationalistes’. Il faut dire que notre visite lors de l’été 2006 [...]

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About the Crisis of Celibacy in Lebanon

JK, mid-40s, I’ve known him since 5 years now, he is in charge of the entertainment at our place; not his main job, he rather does it as a hobby.  A very decent man, workaholic to the max and dependable as no one else, seeking a life partner, sometimes desperately, but not finding any. Straight [...]

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How married/divorced women are usually perceived!

The way society views married women is a shock to me. But then again, why should it surprise me? This society has no respect for anything, no respect for anything at all. Yes, I’ve been told on many occasions that there aren’t a lot of men who think like I do. Yes, I’m becoming more [...]

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