The Farewell Chronicles

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Daliyeh as a case study to rebuild Beirut

“To the sea,” a veiled lady said to stop the taxi I was riding to the same place she wanted to go to. I had asked him to go to “Raouché” a common name for the coastal area overlooking the infamous Pigeon Rocks of Beirut. I preferred her way of telling him where she wanted to go, and thought I should tell my taxis to take me to the sea from now on, but in a few years they would probably think I’m joking and drive off.

Notes on practicality, normality and being healthy

We are killing everything in the name of practicality. I needed to buy myself a shirt today. The first place I thought of was a disaster that goes by the name of CityMall situated somewhere on the northern entrance of Beirut. The idea of strolling around in a regular shopping street didn’t even cross my mind until after I was standing along the dusty highway stocked with bags waiting for a bus to take me back into the city I’m helping demolish.

Roaming the streets of Beirut and Cairo

I recently came to the realization that no one will change their opinion on the nature(s) of God, but what I’m most interested in is our ability to understand our potential as individuals in relationship to the bigger picture. I’m interested in this ability to wonder beyond God: God as the almighty versus us as the almighty.

Occupying abandoned buildings: Thinking outside the brackets of purchased squared meters

We have a lot of buildings in Beirut. We have more than we need, yet we build more while completely disregarding abandoned buildings that, if used, could revitalize our relationship with our built environment.

We are still living Lebanon’s civil war

Last Sunday was the thirty-ninth anniversary of the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War that continues until today. We tend to talk about it in the past tense, “Let it be remembered but not repeated,” in attempts to lead normal lives, but we are failing miserably.

How many people died in Syria today?

I’ll take a wild guess and say that my initial reaction is the same as yours: Ask Google. So I typed in my query, and the search engine had no specific answer. I learned though that the death toll in Syria has surpassed 150,000. I felt nothing.

An opportunity to imagine a bright, green, and tolerant Lebanon

For this post, you will have to play along with me. It’s the first of April, and it’s a great time to be Lebanese.

The sad tale of our lives with the motorcycle boy

Lebanese leaders lament their lack of common ground. They differ in their interpretations of God, their views on society, battered women, state security and most other essential issues. However, their views converge at the boy riding a motorcycle and waving his hands.

Ramblings on a government and a chocolate factory

My government officially drafted that I am its priority. In a statement issued last week, the Lebanese government stated that it would be wise to distance itself from regional crises to protect me from any threats to the country’s civil peace, and safety and to my livelihood. That’s charming, don’t you think? I, the Lebanese citizen, am number one now. #wow

I hate the street

It’s a quite reactionary thing to say, but the street has been bad to me for quite some time. All the constructs that my friends and I thought we had toppled, and all the chunks of the city we thought we have saved on the street have found their ways back to haunt us. Our street turned out to be a mere microphone, “Hear us here today!” we say. We’re heard, and that’s a wrap! Shit remains airborne. The fan remains welcoming. Shit hits the fan, and we hit the streets again.

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