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A Beirut River Park, Why Not?

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And, we continue to live in darkness…

While our dimwit, visionless, and completely corrupt politicians drag us further into the new dark ages, literally and figuratively, a country not too far from us basks in abundance of light! Denmark is one of the smallest countries in Europe, yet it ranks 21st … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain Returns to Beirut

Beirut is the next stop on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.   Bourdain describes Beirut perfectly.  He says, “It makes no damn sense at all in the best possible way, and you should come here.” While it’s absolutely true that Beirut makes … Continue reading

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The Armenian Genocide: Time for Turkey to Face Up to Its Own History

No matter how much Turkish leaders today try to sugarcoat the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, the result will always come out bitter. Turkish President, Erdoğan can bemoan European imperialism as much as he wants, but that will never whitewash … Continue reading

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What the Municipality of Beirut Can learn from New York’s Times Square

If this could be done on the busiest intersection in one of the most populated cities in the world, then what excuse does the Municipality of Beirut have?  The fact is that the people administering the affairs of our capital … Continue reading

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Rescuing the Beirut River the Korean Way

A picturesque river once ran through a capital city, but as the city grew, the river was buried under tons of cement. Does that sound familiar? For Beirutis it should, but I’m not writing here about Beirut’s ancient river, but about … Continue reading

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“A Letter from Beirut” by John Keane

John Keane, Professor of Politics at University of Sydney on Lebanon, Syria and the failure of the democratic world… “Does democracy have anything to do with the worsening humanitarian catastrophe in Syria? In recent days, in editorials and columns around … Continue reading

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“The Lebanese Message” on BBC

BBC’s John Laurenson’s asks in this edition of Heart & Soul, whether the Lebanese Message, which Pope John Paul II exalted, can survive with the Christian population shrinking due to immigration and war threatening to spill over from neighboring Syria. Laurenson … Continue reading

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British Ambassador Imagines Lebanon

Wishful thinking?  A fantasy?  Ambassador Tom Fletcher imagines a prosperous, peaceful Lebanon in 2020 in his blog piece, “Beirutopia.” “So this blogpost is no crystal ball. But – amid the short term pessimism – many people have been talking to … Continue reading

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Straightening the Crooked Furrow

By Louay Khraish Imagining Lebanon The Protestant missionary W. M. Thomson wrote that the people of Lebanon “do not coalesce into one homogeneous community, nor do they regard each other with fraternal feelings.  The Sunnites excommunicate the Shiites; both hate … Continue reading

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