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Your jokes are no longer tolerated, Sir

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Jokes have long been perceived as a good manner to break the ice among individuals, stamp social gatherings with a jovial touch, and render multi-background peoples closer to each others. Being witty was nothing less than a grace and a charming trait pretty much desired by women. Nevertheless, such social perception, which was well reputed during the 1980s and 1990s, is absolutely not a...

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One last supper for Falcons, Pharaohs and Phoenicians

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)


The Arab World had witnessed an extravagant number of summits since the era of Ottoman domination. Some of those gatherings were stamped “historic”, others were noted as “encouraging”, while most of them ended up being “positive”. Yet, no senior conference or ratified accord succeeded so far to offer a comprehensive and permanent s...
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Lawrence of Arabia and the new Orient Express

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The contemporary world was attracted to the fables of the Orient since the early colonisation movement if not before. Stories like "One Thousand and One Night" has nested in the minds of dreamers from diverse human races and has haunted or even poisoned their fantasies ever after. Sheikhdoms, harems, the rule of the desert rather than the jungle, and the conqueror...

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Heaven could not wait too long for Mohammad Chatah and Mohammad Al-Chaar

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (103)

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Words of commiseration lose their meaning when scourges turn into a monthly - sometimes weekly - bread. Tears of sorrow dry when targeted killings cripple furthermore the aggressor yet fail to intimidate the breeze of revolution. In fact, death could rejuvenate hope, resuscitate purposefulness and perseverance, a...

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... It's a matter of perception between the "casa" and the "caseta"

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The economic crisis, which turned repellant between 2007 and 2008, did not only provoke the collapse of large financial institutions and the bailout of renown banks by national governments, but rather stood as a ravening scourge threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of citizens across the globe. While member states in the European Union (EU), such ...

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The 70th anniversary of independence in Lebanon ... What have changed?

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


This year, the giant internet search engine, google, celebrated Lebanon’s independence by posting a doodle featuring Al-Raoucheh Rock on both its local and global homepages. Yet, “22 November” remains an anecdote for most Lebanese residing the homeland or still attached to the domestic political sphere.

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The road to perdition ...

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The breakdown of the worldwide economic system, which traits emerged during the last decade of the twentieth century, and the protracted terrorism acts that pockmarked the post Soviet era pushed wealthy states to concert efforts in blocking the flow of migrants with all possible means. As the poor cluster lost hope in international humanitarian organisations, more breadwinners decided to pay their savings for a ris...

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Tomorrow is a big day in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The spokesperson of the Saudi Ministry of Interior had warned, on Thursday 24 October 2013, from calls for congregations and marches against the de facto driving ban on females, and denounced such activities as "disturbing the public peace and opening venues to sedition, which only serve the senseless, the ill-intentioned, intruders, and opportunity hunters".

 

The above-mentioned long list of accus...

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It's a recyclable world we live in ...

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Most of us are so attached to their computers, printers, cellphones, lunch paper wraps or napkins, and daily-use cosmetics that we can not function in case any of the items on the list ran out of stock.

 

A month ago, I received a mail from the boss' secretary headlined "not entitled for a vacation yet". The triage scheme I adopt during shift hours is very simple; this is what I thought at least....

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Poverty strikes harder than a lifetime

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Everyday, I pass by a nearby supermarket on my way home from office to collect my second meal of the day. I earned this habit when I was on internship in Orlando some twelve years ago. At that time, they had a Deli shop at Westgate Villas, a touristic upper-scale compound less than one kilometre distant from SeaWorld. I was obsessed by the owner's daughter, a Puerto Rican with the perfect b...

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