Gabriel Yared: Oscar-Winning Composer’s Path to Greatness

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Photo by Marian Adreani Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief Patricia Bitar Cherfan Gabriel Yared’s ecstatically rich scores have provided the backdrop for some of our time’s most celebrated films. HOME interviewed him during a visit to Lebanon and discovered that the Oscar winner’s inspiring story is worthy of its own movie. The voice of angels and richness […]

Representing HOME in the Big Apple: Majdi Ramadan

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With HOME etched into their hearts and souls, Lebanese diplomats represent Lebanon everywhere in the world. Majdi Ramadan is one such example of an individual. As Consul General of Lebanon in New York, Ramadan’s diplomatic role brings pride and recognition to his country. In his earlier years, Ramadan majored in political studies at the American […]

The Last Mile

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Sitting with Roger, better known as Rodge, I was listening to him describing how he used to play music under the bombs of Lebanon’s War (p.38). I was reminded of my own experience playing piano under the very same bombs, refusing to go down to the shelter! I looked back at the time we used […]

The PEN is Mightiest of All

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PEN Lebanon brings acclaimed international writers to promote freedom of expression to public school students. When four foreign novelists — one Dutch, one Polish, one Liberian and one Indian — pile back into a tour bus after visiting a public school in Aley, all they can talk about is how special the experience was. Indeed, out […]

In the Time of the Mulberry

New book explores Lebanon’s 19th century silk industry, religious taboos and the struggle of women. 19th century Lebanon was not so vastly different from the country we all know and love today. Lebanon has always had an air of resilience about it, an ability to brush the dust off its shoulders and carry on. British-born author […]

Idraac’s Labor of Love for Mental Health

  A devoted NGO works behind the scenes to build Lebanon’s mental health infrastructure – with legislation, awareness campaigns, advocacy, education, training, care services and, supporting it all, research. One in four Lebanese will have a mental illness, during their lifetime, according to a 2008 L.E.B.A.N.O.N. (Lebanese Evaluation of the Burden of Ailments and Needs […]