Beirut Dweller: Encounters of a Young German Ajnabe أجنبي

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Gradually, an image of Lebanon developed in my mind. It somehow kept on building up within me, while I was living and studying in Berlin, Germany. For example, I accidentally discovered Fairouz’ Shayef al bahar shoo kbir while searching for an entirely different song. Without knowing Arabic, I instantly fell for her sound. At around […]

Third Culture Kids: “Where Are You From?”

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To understand what the term third culture means in the shortest way possible, just look at the popular Lebanese restaurant, Zaatar w Zeit. Arabic speakers wouldn’t be able to read the name, English speakers wouldn’t be able to understand it, but third culture people would have no trouble with either. The idea isn’t merely that […]

Faith in Unforeseen Place: Melkite Church

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Photo by Meredith Cavaleri It’s 10:30 a.m. The Divine Liturgy. The Sunday service at Melkite Church seems like that of any other place of worship in the world until I leaned in more closely. The four dozen or so attendees — young families, elders, millennials — every age demographic thoroughly represented — stood in unison, […]

23 Years of Touching Hearts and Minds: Najla Hamati of Collège Louise Wegmann

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief Holding children by the hand Collège Louise Wegmann teacher Najla Nasser Hamati is Lebanon’s answer to Robin Williams’ much celebrated character in Dead Poets Society: inspiring, unconventional, and lovable. She approaches teaching with love and her students with the type of respect that leaves an indelible mark for life. […]

Walking with Purpose, HOME Interviews Her Excellency, First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani

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At the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan,November 2018 – Photo by Violaine Martin / UN Photo Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief Her Excellency, Lebanese-born First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani reflects upon roots, family, academia, and cultural activism. With poise, serenity and sincerity, the multilingual Francophone—fluent in Dari and Arabic, too— discussed the role of women within today’s society and […]

Bridging Cross-Cultural Communications, France Launches Arabic Website

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French Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Bruno Foucher  The Arabic language domain was developed for all Arabic speaking travelers who can now benefit from the localized website, providing relevant content to help prepare for a great trip.  The new Arabic website: is designed to inspire visitors and create the immediate desire to travel and […]