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The Lost City [Beirut] by Michael J. Totten

The Lost City [Beirut] by Michael J. Totten | Lebanon | Scoop.it

No one can know what’s next for Egypt and Libya, but it doesn’t bode well that the revolution in Lebanon—a much better developed and more culturally democratic country—was undermined not just by dictatorships on the outside but also by Islamists with a serious base of support on the inside. Hezbollah’s totalitarian ideology of Islamic law at home and “resistance” abroad may not represent the majority view hardly anywhere, but there’s no denying that it stirs within the hearts and minds of a disturbingly large number of the Middle East’s people.


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nist.tv - Connecting Feminist Content and Communities

Welcome to your portal for feminist video on the web! Here feminist videos can be searched, aggregated, categorized, and discussed.
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Le 8 Mars, 8 villes arabes disent OUI à la Révolte des Femmes dans le Monde Arabe

Le 8 Mars, 8 villes arabes disent OUI à la Révolte des Femmes dans le Monde Arabe | Lebanon | Scoop.it

Le slogan « je suis avec la révolte des femmes dans le monde arabe » investit fièrement 8 villes arabes à l’occasion de la Journée Mondiale de la Femme. 

Vendredi 8 Mars 2013 – aujourd’hui, les villes arabes, Sana’a, Beyrouth, Caire, Tunis, Benghazi, Tanja, Ram Allah et Aman se réveillent sur une grande surprise.

Plusieurs bâtiments importants sont déguisés par des visages de femmes gigantesques portant des messages qui interpellent les passants et passantes et qui ne peuvent pas passer inaperçues.

Le même jour, Au même moment, dans ces plusieurs villes, Les photos des femmes seront exposées sur :

  Yemen, Sana’a : le bâtiment du Ministère de la Jeunesse et le Sport ainsi que la société Tiliman
  Liban, Beyrouth : Hôtel Saint Jorge et le bâtiment ziko house
  Egypte, Caire : bâtiment de la bibliothèque Madbouli à la place Tallat Hareb
  Tunisie, Tunis : Avenue 7 novembre, route X, vers l’aereport
  Lybie, Benghazi : bâtiment du Ministère de l’Education, Avenue 60
  Maroc, Tanger : bâtiment de cinémathèque
  Palestine, Ram Allah : place Al Manara
  Jordanie, Aman : un bâtiment à côté de la montagne Al Hassine auprès de Douyar Dakhilya

Ces photos se lèveront, à partir de vendredi, pour dire que le corps de la femme n’est pas tabou, pour dire non à la violence sexuelle, non aux tests de virginités, pour clamer leurs droits à donner leurs nationalités à leurs maris et enfants, pour affirmer leurs volontés de participer à la construction de leurs pays comme elles ont participé aux révolutions, pour appeler les hommes et les femmes à travailler ensemble pour libérer la femme et la société dans une atmosphère d’indépendance et de sécurité, et pour dire OUI à la révolte des femmes dans le monde arabe.

 

Plus : http://www.afrik.com/le-8-mars-8-villes-arabes-disent-oui-a-la-revolte-des-femmes-dans-le-monde-arabe

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Beirut International Arab Book Fair 2013 - معرض بيروت الدولي للكتاب العربي « Lebtivity

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Beirut 57th International Arab Book Fair 2013 - معرض بيروت الدولي للكتاب العربي

The Beirut International Arab Book Fair will take place at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL) in downtown Beirut.
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STREET ART • Colorer les marches de Beyrouth

STREET ART • Colorer les marches  de Beyrouth | Lebanon | Scoop.it

Les escaliers bétonnés de la capitale libanaise se parent des couleurs chaudes de la Méditerranée. C’est l’œuvre d’un collectif de jeunes graphistes amoureux de leur ville.

“The entire point is to get everyone involved and to take on our passion to paint up Beirut.”
Those are words from the DIHZAHYNERS, a group of people in their 20s seeking to transform the Lebanese capital. Founded in April this year as a collaboration of mostly Graphic Design students at the Lebanese American University, the collective has set out to bring colour to Beirut by painting the nestled stairs in neighbourhoods such as Ashrafieh.


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Meet Ghadi, first 'sect-less' baby in deeply divided Lebanon | Ya ...

Meet Ghadi, first 'sect-less' baby in deeply divided Lebanon | Ya ... | Lebanon | Scoop.it
“Beirut, Lebanon – In a country as small as a newborn baby is tiny, the birth of Ghadi has been a very big deal for Lebanon. “Ghadi was born pure, was born a Lebanese citizen,” explains his happy mother, Kholoud Sukkarieh, ...”
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Oumeima El Khalil is going to join one... - Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival | Facebook

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Lebanese Filmmaker, Between Beirut and the Oscars - Al-Monitor

Lebanese Filmmaker, Between Beirut and the Oscars - Al-Monitor | Lebanon | Scoop.it
“Lebanese Filmmaker, Between Beirut and the Oscars Al-Monitor In Beirut's slums, faces do not resemble normal faces and houses look strange.”
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Top 10 Cities That Never Sleep

Top 10 Cities That Never Sleep | Lebanon | Scoop.it

Frank Sinatra may have sung about waking up in “the city that never sleeps”, in his hit song “New York New York”, but that doesn’t mean the blue eyed charmer was correct.The slogan seen in virtually every travel guide that colors New York city as “The City That Never Sleeps!” is more myth than fact.

In fact, there are 31 other cities around the world that head off New York City as the places were “living” carries on 24 hours around the clock 365 days of the year.

The busiest, always on the go, never a quiet moment city of them all is Cairo, Egypt, according to Badoo.com

TOP 10 Cities That Are Awake The Longest:
1. Cairo – Egypt
2. Montevideo – Uruguay
3. Beirut – Lebanon
4. Malaga – Spain
5. Zaragoza – Spain
6. Madrid – Spain
7. Barcelona – Spain
8. Valencia – Spain
9. Seville – Spain
10. Buenos Aires – Argentina

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Montmartre in Monot - Street Book Market « Lebtivity

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MONTMARTRE AT MONOT - Street Book Market at Monot Street

In the market you can buy and sell all kind of books in any language in a cheerful open air atmosphere.
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Cyclopse: Collapsible Bicycle | Nour Sobh | Lebanon

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Who Killed Mashrou' Leila?

Who Killed Mashrou' Leila? | Lebanon | Scoop.it
Mashrou‘ Leila and Who Killed Bruce Lee Star in Lebanon’s First-ever Red Bull SoundClash.

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Organic Lebanon: Lots of vegetables, no meat

Organic Lebanon: Lots of vegetables, no meat | Lebanon | Scoop.it

 

 

BEIRUT: While the Farmers Association in Lebanon bemoans the Agriculture Ministry’s tightening of restrictions on the use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals in food production, one niche sector of the industry is cheerfully smiling.

For the country’s organic producers all food scandals raise awareness of the benefits of healthier eating and all increased regulation promotes their production values.

There’s a “big increase in demand,” says Mario Massoud, commercial director of Biomass, a Lebanese, family-owned company selling organic produce. “People want to eat better, healthier and fresher,” he continues, adding: “food scandals are helping.”

What started out in 2007 with the Massoud family growing pesticide and chemical-free produce for its own consumption on small plots of land in north Lebanon has grown into an Italian certified organic farming enterprise that works closely with some 40 farmers across the country.

Meanwhile, Khalil Haddad, general manager of LibanCert, the first Lebanese organic inspection and certification body, says the number of certified organic farmers has almost doubled since 2009: “At the end of 2009 there were 70 operators. Now there are more than 130.” LibanCert was added just last month to a list of European Union approved certification bodies worldwide, meaning that certified producers of organic crops will be able to export their products to the EU without an export certificate from July 1, 2012.

Yet even with the growth in demand and increase in supply, consumers must be prepared to spend extra time seeking out organic products and be ready to dig substantially deeper into their wallets. And with organic certification relatively new in Lebanon, they will also have to employ their own good judgment.

Some, however, feel it’s worth the effort it takes to be a more conscientious consumer.

Layla Totah, owner of The Old Fashioned Way sewing school, offers her students home baking, and tries to use organic ingredients as far as is possible. A shopping trip for Totah begins with a visit to the Farmers’ Market outside Bread Republic in Hamra Tuesdays. Here, alongside a range of locally made products, Bechly Green offers a small range of seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, while Zeitounati, a Sidon based company, sells organic, but not yet certified, olives and extra virgin olive oil.

Manning the Zeitounati stall, Said Jumblat says he is seeking organic certification that will enable him to export his products northern Europe. He also points out that one cannot find his olive oil on supermarket shelves. “The glass containers would be placed on shelves open to light and this light causes oxidation which severely diminishes the quality of the oil,” he says.

After the Farmer’s Market it’s onward to the Beirut Health Store, offering imported organic flours and cereals. Not all of their products are certified organic, but they’re locally produced without chemicals. Many consumers, including Totah, must contend with higher prices and make the best choice from what’s available. “If I can’t buy organic, I go for what’s grown or made here by small producers,” she says.

Finally, Totah visits Healthy Basket, a project started in 2001 by the American University of Beirut to improve rural farmers’ livelihoods while simultaneously putting healthier, environmentally friendly food on the market.

Each week Totah receives a delivery of a basket of certified organic vegetables from the store. Baskets come in small, regular and large sizes and are priced at LL25,000, LL32,000 and LL46,500 respectively. A regular size basket is enough for two people for a week. However, today Totah wants to order a free-range chicken.

The chicken on offer at Healthy Basket is not certified organic. The saleswoman says the store has not yet managed to source organic meat in Lebanon. But Totah believes the meat is closer to organic than other options, and at least she knows the bird had space to run around and flap its wings prior to its demise.

For eggs and dairy, Totah usually buys Biomass or Campagnia organic products, which she finds in larger supermarkets. She admits though that she has never successfully sourced organic butter.

However, it is meat that poses the biggest challenge for the aspiring organic-only consumer in Lebanon.

Shuman Farms chickens, products of the Lebanese Poultry Company, are “free of antibiotics and chemicals,” according to the product’s packaging. Maria Renno, quality controller and marketing manager for the business, told The Daily Star by phone that the chickens are raised on a diet of mainly grains – corn and soya – and some vitamins. She says the company has not considered organic certification, and gave no details as to the housing conditions for the chickens.

At Spinney’s supermarket in Ashrafieh no labeled organic fresh meat products are on display. Upon inquiry, sales staff recommended Shuman Farms chicken as the closest alternative. A request for free-range chicken drew incomprehension.

Lynda Khalife of Spinney’s Lebanon lists some imported meat products that, although uncertified, are treated and fed naturally: Australian black angus meat; white tenderloin and topside white veal steak from Dutch operator Ekro; and tenderloin, striploin and ribeye from New Zealand company Affko. But she adds these imports are all quite pricey.

Spinney’s does however offer a selection of organic produce in other categories. In the fruit and veg department a handful of Biomass products are attractively packaged in cardboard boxes. But temptation may prove resistible when six tomatoes set you back LL6,000 and a head of lettuce LL3,500.

TSC’s Signature store in Downtown offers a more extensive range of Campagnia and Biomass vegetables, fruits and herbs. It also carries a wide selection of Biomass dairy products including laban, lebneh, halloum and goat’s cheese. Again though, there is no organic meat on offer at present, and according to the sales assistant imported free-range birds are only stocked over the Christmas and New Year period.

It seems despite growth, organic products are for now to remain the preserve of those with the means and time to be choosy. But as more farmers come on board, and with, as Massoud and Haddad say, the Agriculture Ministry taking a more active part in the development of the sector through the formation of a committee on organic farming and the enforcement of farming regulations, more natural products may in time become the norm. For now, the organic-search continues.

 

 

 


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Lebanese filmmaker by Mokhtar Beyrouth talks about his film Studio ...

Lebanese filmmaker by Mokhtar Beyrouth talks about his film Studio ... | Lebanon | Scoop.it
Studio Beyrouth (Studio Beirut), directed by Mokhtar Beyrouth, is a tribute to Beirut in the 1960’s. The film is about a photographer and his adventure with a photo booth. It’s about how the protagonist’s photo studio is threatened when the mayor installs the country’s first photo booth next to the studio. It tries to show the relation between a machine and a human.
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Art Of Living 2013

Art Of Living 2013 | Lebanon | Scoop.it
“The Art of Living Exhibition 2013 at Forum de Beyrouth Beirut - Lebanon Ideas and Trends for the Home Come and visit the Art of Living Exhibition Decoration, Furnitures, new ideas for your house!”
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UN: Syria refugee children working, missing school - MiamiHerald.com

UN: Syria refugee children working, missing school - MiamiHerald.com | Lebanon | Scoop.it
“MiamiHerald.com UN: Syria refugee children working, missing school MiamiHerald.com BEIRUT -- A growing number of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan are fast becoming primary providers for families who lack resources for basic survival,...”
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Through western eyes, Beirut is perpetually partying or at war - The National

Through western eyes, Beirut is perpetually partying or at war - The National | Lebanon | Scoop.it
“Through western eyes, Beirut is perpetually partying or at war The National weekend eye.”
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Beirut bans films in setback for tolerant image - gulfnews.com

Beirut bans films in setback for tolerant image - gulfnews.com | Lebanon | Scoop.it
“Haaretz Beirut bans films in setback for tolerant image gulfnews.com Beirut: Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term “pleasure marriages” practised in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its...”
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