Liban TROC Acts of kindness: Lebanon’s “new currency”

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Everyday wonderful acts of kindness are being displayed on Liban Troc, a site launched in December 2019. It is a testament to the astounding compassion and generosity of the Lebanese people, explains Liban Troc founder Hala Dahrouge. “One man offered his plot of land for people to come use it to grow food and start […]

How the Lebanese Citizen Bill of Rights Can Deliver an Independent Judiciary

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Many in Lebanon have started demanding an independent judiciary. And yet few describe what this really means. After all, in its very definition, the judiciary is there to simply interpret what the law is and to pass judgment for the authorities to apply. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the people in Lebanon have lost […]

Gabriela Tafur Náder: Colombia’s Beauty Queen with Lebanese Origins

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Photos by Courtesy National Beauty Contest Colombia Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan Winner of Miss Colombia 2018 is set to compete at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Tafur Náder was born in 1995, in Cali, Colombia. The recently crowned queen has been modeling since a young age and playing the violin since age four. […]

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 […]

Hammana Artist House: A New Lease of Life

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Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan It is no wonder the late French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine was enraptured by the pristine village of Hammana during the 19th century. Situated at 1,200 meters above sea level, Hammana is in a lush valley that overlooks a dramatic mountain range. As far as the eye […]

Storytelling in Beirut with Ronnie Chatah

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Ronnie Chatah, founder of WalkBeirut, paints a nuanced portrait of the city he calls HOME. Ronnie Chatah’s relationship with Lebanon is, well, complicated. “It’s not a love-hate relationship,” Beirut’s most famous walking tour leader insisted over late-afternoon coffee at Kissproof Café in Badaro. Chatah, 38, with wavy chestnut-brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, has […]