Monthly Archives: March 2010

Mubarak’s image after Gaza

With elections approaching Mubarak will have to cope with the burden of  the Israel’s war on Gaza impact in regional perceptions of politics.

Here a couple of images in a wall in Hamra, close to the American University of Beirut.

Here if you want to check the group who did the “Graffity”: Falatinehorra – Free Palestine

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Dr. Norman Finkelstein at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Norman Finkelstein at the University of Waterloo

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Velos a 3 Euros en Saint-Germain-des-Prés …

Por un isntante me imaginaba esta tienda siria en SaintGermaindesPrés…velos a 3 euros..imaginen que dolor de cabeza para Sarkozy…

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Hogar entre otros

Por alguna razón esta imagen representa para mi numerosos hogares en los que he estado. Esta fotografía la tomé en una gasolinera de regreso a Beirut en Tariq al jadid al matar  (la nueva carretera del aeropuerto de Beirut) hace casi un par de años , regresando de la última liberación  de presos libaneses en Israel. Es la sala interior de una gasolinera, donde vive la familia del dueño. El póster de Hussein al más puro estilo iraní, nieto de Mahoma, hijo de Ali y mártir en el imaginario chiíta, junto con el bebé durmiendo placidamente en el colchón bajo la foto de boda de sus padres y junto a una pila de mantas es realmente una imagen que describe el interior de muchos hogares en este barrio.

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El festín de los Dioses

Realmente este país es un festín para los dioses, ya sea Allah, God  y …bueno tal vez Yaveh no ya que no se permite la entrada en Líbano a aquellos con estampa de haber pasado por Israel. En cualquier caso, todos tienen numerosos altares, monumentos, mezquitas , iglesias, e incluso una sinagoga en reforma en su nombre. Mas vistosos son los cristos ya que la creencia musulmana se opone a la representación icónica de las figuras religiosas, y no así la mayoría de cristianos.

En fin, de camino a Fanar, pueblecito cistiano a media hora hacia el noreste de Beirut, me topé de frente con La Cruz y con Jesucristo apostado detrás de un semáforo en rojo.

Sin ánimo de burla sino más bien de sorpresa aquí remito las pruebas graficas.

N.S

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The last war?

I have the impression that many in Lebanon are certain about the inevitable last war. For some it is even the necessary last war. Thus making the war of the wars that will solve the awkward current status of not defeated and not victor of Hezbollah and Tsahal armies.

Who will throw the first stone? Who will light the spark? Do we even need a provocation to make a war ? To justify what?

Anyway, I do not believe in the total destruction neither of Hezbollah neither of Israel. Both were created in the rage of defending their land and both will be constantly replaced by other men and women willing to defend the most than honorable believe that one should defend its land. Will a same goal bring both to total destruction? I doubt.

As for the war to come, I also do not believe in the war of the wars. Not if is not nuclear.

N.S

Here f Nicholas Noe’s piece in Asia Times:

Hezbollah: Craving war, not wanting it

By Nicholas Noe

BEIRUT – Almost five years after the George W Bush administration was handed a potentially game-changing opportunity to peacefully declaw the militant Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, Washington is finally waking up to the grim reality of its ill-conceived “Cedar Revolution” policy in Lebanon: the prospect of a renewed war involving a sophisticated actor whose hybrid military power has only grown exponentially.

Setting aside, for the moment, the contentious argument over who is indeed responsible for these developments – which, it should be noted, quickly followed the forced exit of Syrian troops in April 2005 – the truly pressing issue for concerned policymakers and citizens alike is that both opposing axes, but especially the “resistance axis” of Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas, now seem to believe that the next war can and should be the last one between Israel and its enemies.

Unfortunately, this ideological certainty only helps to further grease the wheels of conflict – since the perception is that there will (finally) be no more “winning by not losing” or “winning, but the loser as “we know him’ remains” – while virtually guaranteeing that, should war come to pass, the costs will be truly awful for all those touched by it.

Keep reading at: Hezbollah: Craving war, not wanting it

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Driving in Beirut mon amour….

Driving is a very risky sport in Lebanon. Since I started practicing it one month ago, I have seeing many deadly accidents. This is the image I encounter on my way to work in the south road.

Be safe,

N.S

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