Political

Internet joke

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So this law is supposed to get signed tomorrow, and we have to stop it! How can you help?

Facebook page

• More info about it on SMEX website [they are working very actively to stop this law]

• Follow #stopthislaw hashtag on Twitter

• Spread the word!

• Oh and check the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications website to balance the importance/need of a new law/ vs. Internet quality and presence improvement urgency, in the 4th slowest country in the world in upload speed.

You can see previous Internet naggings I’ve done here & here.

Other than that, I wish you a beautiful week. Here’s U2’s Stuck In a Moment. Enjoy 🙂

Flotillusion

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Many people have been asking me about my opinion regarding the flotilla. Well, here it is. Deforming reality has limits and the world population isn’t 100% stupid to believe all the lies about the ‘weapons’ aboard the flotilla ships. I hope this will not be forgotten in 2 days like what usually happens in the online scene. For 2 days, everyone tweets and blogs heavily about the issue only to completely forget it few days later. In relation to that, here’s Bob Dylan’s amazing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’.


In other news, if you’re around Tripoli, pass by City Complex this afternoon at 6PM. I’ll be signing my book there at the opening of Amalgame exhibition! See you there 🙂

Have a lovely day!

Ode to Municipal Elections

Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

I hope you like my poem. I felt like writing it to express my amazement at the latest road adjustments in Jounieh. Note that this is freestyle poetry so don’t judge the rhymes or syllables 😛

Now for the true poetry, here’s Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘Ev’ry time we say goodbye!’ Have a beautiful week! 🙂

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Schengen Disagreement

There, I said it. I’m so sick of all the Schengen procedures, when I’m only going to participate to a round table on blogging [more details on that soon] and not to blow up the country, really.

Anyway, here’s a song to brighten up your days. Who else than Brad Mehldau? <3 Enjoy! 🙂

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Collaboration with Qifa Nabki

Introducing…

I was very happy to collaborate with Qifa Nabki on his new illustrated series of Abu Michel and Abu Samir. Click here for the first post of the series! 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy it.

Qifa Nabki [ˈki-fə ˈneb-kē] is a blog about Lebanese politics, history, and culture, written by Elias Muhanna, a PhD student in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University. Elias has written for several publications, including Foreign PolicyThe National, Mideast Monitor, World Politics Review, Bidoun, and Transition

Déjà vu?

1-beirut-september-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-surprise-surprise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-not-again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-panic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-israel-lebanon-war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-war-started

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-end-of-conflict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-lebanese-panic

 

I know, I know. The reason why we can panic so much is because we see terrible events from the past repeating themselves in a very, very stupid way. (Human are supposed to learn from their mistakes). But since I think we will be having a lot of surprises soon with the cabinet’s mission impossible, I decided to take things lightly, and not to panic unless things get REALLY messy. Which, hopefully, optimistically and idealistically will not happen. Keep it positive! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

If I were in charge…

1-lebanon-queen-proclamation

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2-shipment-of-leaders

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3-shipment

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4-worried

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5-beirut-is-lost

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6-end-of-electricity-rationing

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7-unemployment-in-lebanon

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8-billboard-quota

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9-lingerie-closing-down

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I was dreaming about how my perfect Lebanon would be. Can we survive without politicians and without the millions of lingerie billboards? Slowly I realized that what would be the perfect lebanon for me might be a nightmare for other Lebanese. Maybe it”s better to keep a mess as it is rather than complicating it more. It seems that those “problems” are so engrained in our lives that they have become an essential/constructive part. And that was the thought for today! 🙂 Have a great week!

Shoot yourself

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I can’t hear about shootings in Beirut anymore. I can’t hear about the reasons behind the shootings anymore. We’re just going back to where we were few months ago. We keep going back to past situations. Will we ever learn from our mistakes? I had hope, but I’m starting to doubt it… Are the Lebanese really that STUPID? I’m sorry to start the week with such a pessimistic tone, but I’m really worried and depressed from the current situation in Lebanon. I bet I’m not the only one.

Elections preparations

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4-breakfast-at-tiffanys

 

Oh I just can’t get enough of this movie! Perfect for elections day. Takes your mind off all the fanaticism manifestations and so on… What about you, what will you be doing on elections day? 😛 In case you missed the recipe, click here to get the strawberry salad instructions. 

Now go check what’s happening on maw2af.org today! We’re talking about election offices:

 

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Ohhh the suspense,  what could be happening in election offices ONE DAY before the elections? 😀 Click HERE to know!