Archive for June, 2010

Oum el Nour has launched an Anti-Drug campaign. Powerful stuff.


Parliament had met on Tuesday to debate a proposal presented by Democratic Gathering MPs Walid Jumblatt, Elie Aoun and Alaaeddine Terro that sought to ease labor, social security and property laws not granted to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Christian parties, collectively, feared “rushing” the amendments through would lead to the naturalization of Palestinians. I was […]


A leading U.S. expert on the Mideast has told Congress that the U.S. should break with its policy and begin talking to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed group that the U.S. calls a terrorist organization. Ryan Crocker, who retired from the U.S. foreign service last year as the State Department’s most experienced Mideast hand, told a Senate […]


Helen Thomas, a Lebanese immigrant, author and former news service reporter, Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps, has covered the administrations of ten presidents in a career spanning nearly sixty years. Helen Thomas issued the following statement today:  “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and […]


Exposition – La Suisse et ses littératures Exposition ouverte aux écoles, groupe et individus; Possibilité de prêt de livres; La Bibliothèque Sonore Romande prête gratuitement des livres audio à toute personne dans l’incapacité de lire. Découvrez la Suisse à travers: une exposition littéraire des séances de ciné-club des documentaires et des debats des jeux et […]


The heartbreaking news coming out of Cyprus as the Pope visits this divided European Island, Al Jazeera English sheds light on this community that is in danger of being extinct.



Lego, the danish toy company and the Danish Embassy in Beyrouth donated on Wednesday toys to daycare facilities at development centers across Lebanon. A ceremony was held for the occasion under the patronage of Social Affairs Minister Salim al-Sayegh and Education and Higher Learning Minister Hassan Mneimneh. Thanking the Danish Embassy, Mneimneh said that Lebanon […]


Israel’s deadly response to the Gaza-bound flotilla showed how differently the U.S. treats Israel and Iran. Stephen Kinzer argues it’s time to treat them in the same way. Quick, name the rogue state in the Middle East. Hints: It has an active nuclear-weapons program but conducts it in secret; its security organs regularly kill perceived […]


Even before the Gaza aid flotilla crisis, both Barack Obama, the US president, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, had been trying to erase the perception of strained US-Israel relations. But among some quarters in Washington, questions over unqualified US support for Israel remain. The US military is starting to show concern over the […]



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