Letter to my Daughter

Two women in a salon setting

Like countless who came before me and others yet to come, I am a Lebanese parent who sends her children away as gifts to the world. More than parents of any other nation, we find ourselves hugging our almost-grown children in airports, wishing them well as they leave us to pursue higher education or career […]

The Ancient Silk Road: A Modern Version Is in the Making

Colored bricks in red orange and yellow

The roads of China and the Mediterranean countries are converging once again. Some 2,200 years extend from the era of the Han Dynasty in China until the fourth industrial revolution and information age of the 21st century. Yet, the jingles and chimes of ancient trade and commerce still resonate loudly today for modern China as […]

Zyara: A Poetic, Award-Winning Web Series

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In a short window of five minutes, uplifting, powerful, and sentimental narratives unfold. Sometimes their words reveal deep wounds. In others, happy memories and inspiring words are channeled. Zyara skillfully portrays parts of its subjects’ stories, emotions, and souls. Poetic storytelling The storytellers selected are brave and resilient everyday people, ready to share their stories. […]

The Dream of Coming HOME

a book with a picture of people and the word America

Marta Haddad’s dream of coming HOME remained unfulfilled. With only a bag full of courage, hope and love Marta Haddad boarded a boat in Beirut , making a long and perilous voyage to France and then onwards to her final destination, New York. The trip to America was a complicated aspiration for a young woman […]

OFFRE JOIE The Joy of Giving

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Founded in 1985 by lawyer Dr. Melhem Emile Khalaf, Offre Joie is an independent Lebanese non-governmental humanitarian organization. Q & A with Offre Joie What is the vision of Offre Joie? Offre Joie started during the Civil War, when some of us realized we had to do something to counter the conflict. The best way […]

Human Chain Lebanon – #weareone

The Lebanese people came together on Sunday, 27 October 2019 in an unprecedented act of unity and love for their nation.  From Tripoli to Tyre, a 170-kilometer chain of people was made possible for the world to see in the name of Lebanon’s success to be a free independent secular country! For several hours, under the […]