5 ways Beirut Madinati changed elections in Lebanon forever

•May 8, 2016 • 4 Comments

Win or lose, Beirut Madinati changed the face of elections in Lebanon forever.
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Happy (in)dependence day

•November 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Seriously, does Lebanon strike you as an independent country today?
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Why Beirut is (not) more important than Paris

•November 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Let’s settle this once and for all: Beirut is more important than Paris, to ME. But hey, who cares? Certainly not you, the French, the English, the Americans… or the millions of people (rough, very rough estimation) who don’t have the slightest idea that Beirut is a city and not a beer (no advertisement intended) or the millions of other people who think it’s a desert (thank you Homeland)).
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Pity the zombie nation

•November 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Forgive me Gibran Khalil Gibran for stealing your line, but I couldn’t think of any other way to describe the current situation in Lebanon
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What is left of Beirut, after the smoke clears

•November 19, 2013 • 1 Comment

Two explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut rocked the Bir Hassan neighborhood on Tuesday morning, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens. Why?
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It’s too late

•September 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The United States has accused Syrian President Bashar el-Assad’s government of using chemical weapons against its own people, and are are trying to convince the world of the need to strike Syria and “punish” the regime… well they are late.

Aleppo. Photo via Voice of America.

Aleppo. Photo via Voice of America.

As you are reading this, the U.S. is also distributing videos showing victims, including children experiencing the effects of nerve gas poisoning in Syria. In the coming two days, President Barack Obama will be making two major public appearances to convince his people of the need to kill, to punish, to attack Syria.

Do they really need to this? Do they need to use amateur videos to justify the need to attack the Syrian regime? They don’t. With more than 100.000 victims over the past couple of years, we do not need to think twice to put a stop to all this madness.

Unfortunately, it is too late. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed or wounded, others were forced out of their country, women were raped, religious men executed, children poisoned and shot down… I don’t think we have ever witnessed such a gruesome war in our modern history.

Sure, every single past war was equally horrible, but we have never seen so many pictures, so many videos, so many people telling horrible stories live on TV… without moving a finger. Governments have been discussing Syria for the past two years, people have been tweeting their anger out and sharing the disgusting pictures hoping someone will fix the situation.

No one will.

No one cares.

It is too late.

We have lost all sense of humanity and instead of doing something to solve this crisis, we are debating whether or not Obama is right or wrong or whether or not Russia should support the regime.

A strike is not the answer, it will only make things worse. More people will die, more people will become homeless, more children will be orphans, more wives will become widows. Does the U.S care, does anyone care?

No.

Shame on us. Shame on humanity.

What Mar Charbel has to say about civil marriage in Lebanon

•February 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I frequently visit the Saint Maron-Annaya monastery, home of Saint Charbel, the celebrated Lebanese Saint.

During my last visit, I decided to ask him a question about civil marriage (among other things) since every single religious, political and civil authority in the country is talking about this (sensitive) issue.

Question: Saint Charbel, what is your opinion on civil marriage in Lebanon?

Mar Charbel

Mar Charbel

What was Saint Charbel’s answer?

There was none.

Now you’re probably all wondering why would I even expect an answer, or why (among all people) might he give me an answer, and not any other believer.
Well people, obviously I’m trying to make a point here, so bear with me.

Truth is, God, Jesus Christ, the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), Abraham, and Buddha have (until now) not announced their position regarding civil marriage in Lebanon, and until they do we have the choice to make up our own minds.

So when our religious leaders say civil marriage is wrong, they are simply giving their own opinion on the matter. However, when they start threatening of excommunicating believers because of this issue then this becomes unacceptable.

Why?

Because they would be giving God’s opinion without him announcing it. Now, if by some miracle God has indeed whispered into their ears and explicitly told them civil marriage is unacceptable, then they have the right to speak in his name.

So until he does, they should refrain from telling us whether it is right or wrong.

It seems christian religious authorities actually forgot their religion is solely based on the concept of choice.

It’s about whether you choose to believe or whether you choose not too.

Jesus Christ could have easily come down from the cross and could have convinced the Romans and the Jews that he is indeed the son of God. But instead, he chose to suffer and rose from the dead only in front of his disciples, whereas he could have done it in front of thousands of people. But he gave them a choice, either they believe the story and they become Christians or they don’t.

Same thing applies to civil marriage, as citizens, believers, atheists, we are mature enough to make up our own minds and choose to adopt this form of marriage or not.

Food for thought.