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The changing culture of election campaigns in Lebanon

Even if independent candidates don't win big on election day, they are already having an impact on Lebanese political culture. They have introduced new...

Hacking the Saudi narrative, Lebanese style

Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer. I'm not a fan of quoting cliches, but in these Machiavellian times, few phrases seem to...

Company uses images of abused women to sell apartments

Text above reads roughly: "What are you waiting for? 0 percent downpayment. Now you can be independent" It's hard to believe this is real, but...

Political posters removed except…

There has been much fanfare about the removal of political signs and posters from Beirut, as part of a reported reconciliation deal between the...

Lost in transliteration

In Arabic "جو" (pronounced jao or jaaw) means atmosphere or mood. Somehow it doesn't convey the same 'mood' in English.

Lucky Rima

It's easy to get the depressed with all the violence in the news these days and the knee-jerk jingoism to accompany it. But it's nice...

Happy (lawless) birthday

The Lebanese police are celebrating their 153rd anniversary. At a commemoration event, the head of the force pledged officers would continue to serve all...

Celebrating Sleiman

Lebanese president Michel Sleiman left office today, but his presidency will linger a while longer in billboards erected across the highway.The sign above literally...

Facebook-inspired design

Both establishments pictured here in Hamra. Not sure if a "like" buys you a discount. 

Hey ladies…

For those interested, this is actually not a joke. He told me with a straight face that he'd given up on newspaper advertising. Male...

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