it’s been a week, Beyrouth

I couldn’t write last week. I couldn’t publish. I don’t like being too personal on this blog but given the events of 4 August, last Tuesday, I had no energy all week. A traumatic event is an emotional upheaval. I saw  9/11 with my own eyes as a child, growing up in front of Manhattan….

On my rock…

A story about two kittens sitting quietly.   Mountain rock was a little cold. I wanted to nap. I was determined. We had chased a ghost mouse yesterday and I was now exhausted. We sat quietly in a deserted alley carved in the rock. We lounged undisturbed. Cub lay abandoned. Smaller than me, he kept…

comments on a “unique” democracy

Here’s what you need to know: a country has been independent since 1943. Before that, during and before a French mandate, it was “partially autonomous’.

Theoretically, we are talking about a democratic country, “lauded” for its unique structure.

Reality? Everyone in politics thinks they’re better than the others. Civil war became a blood bath. It lasted for 15 years.

Histoires de chats…. …..

The cultural element of traveling in different countries are the people. The fun element though? Cats. Yes, you read correctly. Cats. Cats are interesting citizens. They roam in the streets. They set their territory boundaries. They are curious little beings, especially when we are near them. In Lebanon, I found a few cats hanging out…

War and peace according to the Saudi

The first week of November was tumultuous: the Paradise papers were unveiled by the same German journalists who unveiled the Panama papers; the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered multiple arrests of Saudi royal figures and businessmen; Prime minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon announced his “resignation” hours after he arrived in Riyadh and hours before…

The violence of which we speak not

On 1 July, I was reading Le Monde, when one article hidden inside the pages drew my attention. It was about an attack in a Lebanese village up north or close to the border. Saturday, I see the headline in The Guardian on how Daech’s activities in Iraq become more violent by the second but no…

Saudi policy in Orient havoc:What place? and how.

Saudi Arabia withdraws support given to Lebanon on the pretense that they do not like Hezbollah, calling it a terrorist group. However, the fact remains that Hezbollah IS a terrorist group and the world has known this since 2005-2006!! Why the reversal of acting on behalf of Lebanon now? Many say it is the nuclear…