Stories about Lebanon from September, 2010
In its coverage of the 2010 Peace Talks–the latest round of direct negotiations between leaders from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and the US, Al Ahram newspaper used Photoshop skills to place Mubarak at the front and center in the lineup of heads of states. Bloggers take the cue to launch their own Mubarak Photoshopping Contest!
“Beirut used to be a city of gorgeous mansions and gardens and now it has become a boring heap of high-rises and construction projects,” said Yvonne Sursock Cochrane, 88, founder of the Association for Protecting Natural Sites and Old Buildings in Lebanon. Around 150 Lebanese men and women marched late...
“I felt safer than I had ever done in London, a city that has one CCTV for every twenty or so people, a city that stands as a beacon of Western capitalism and success. The West was wrong, I thought. This country no longer deserved a reputation of violence and...
“Show me a single religion condemning; As blasphemy, the biggest sin of all, Speaking in the name of God. Puny avatar; Why in the name of God?…” are the first few lines of a poem written by Adonis49.
“‘History is written by the victors’ wrote Winston Churchill. We emerged from civil war with a slogan of exhaustion: ‘No victor, no vanquished.’ How do we write our history? We don't know,” concludes Oussama Hayek in a post about his memories and thoughts on the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian Camps Massacres which...
Since September 1, 2010, The Oak of the South (Ar) began reviewing the websites of the various political parties in Lebanon. Each review includes the evaluation of the content, accessibility, general design, etc. Links to the posts are indexed here.
“… if you guessed they seen each other’s pictures on Facebook, liked each other and set a date for a wedding, you guessed right!” reports BeirutiAdventures about the “quick, rushed and weird marriage” of an acquaintance.
Anis Tabet gives his snappy reviews and ratings of movies in his blog “Let's Talk About Movies“.
Beirut's Hamra Street Festival began on Friday, September 10th and ended on September 12. The Unofficial Hamra Street Festival Blog covered the festival with images and links to other blogs which wrote about the event.
“It was always embarrassing to attend Arab bloggers’ conferences as a “Lebanese” blogger. Everyone else had real battle scars… So we really had nothing to contribute to discussions of activists who really put their neck on the line facing Arab tyrants,” wrote Jamal who was commenting on the arrest of...
Beirut Tweets is a blog covering the Lebanese Twittersphere (or Twitosphere). It reports about the social, cultural and artistic events and tweetups of the Lebanese Tweeps.
This is Beirut posts a list of 40 new things that she learned in Lebanon in the nine months since she moved from Miami to Beirut.
Twenty years have passed since Lebanon's warring factions called it quits. Not soon after, all grievances and memories of the bloody Lebanese Civil War were swept under the carpet. But for some with missing relatives and loved ones, the wounds are still bleeding, according to bloggers.
Lebanese blogger and software developer Mir analyzed the Lebanese blogs and shared her results in this post.
As the gap between dreams and reality widens, young Egyptians are asking themselves if they still love their country and whether their country loves them in return. Eman AbdElRahman zooms into blogs for an answer.
This Ramadan, several campaigns encouraging women to wear, or correct their method of wearing hijab have been launched. Two such campaigns--in Iran and Palestine--have sparked conversation amongst a subset of bloggers.