17 December 2010

THESE WERE DRAFTS, DRAFTS OF THE PAST

DEC 16, 2010 BY BAHAAFE 7 COMMENTS POSTED UNDER: BAHAAFE
THESE WERE DRAFTS… DRAFTS OF THE PAST
SOME FEELINGS I HAD … THAT I THOUGHT THEY WILL LAST
AND AS I CLEAN MY CLOSET … FOR NEW START FOR ME
I WILL LET OUT MY FEELINGS AND WORDS FOR YOU TO SEE…

THESE WERE DRAFTS, DRAFTS OF THE PAST

19 September 2010

Tomorrow is for us to write

The days lost track , and time went back
To a chair in a coffee shop , you next to me.
You ordered a cake with a strawberry on top,
i ordered black coffee, dark as all my old days.

I was so nervous and had many things on mind,
I lit my cigarette and let smoke drew my words and lines
I told you my story, and the thoughts i had on mind
The book of my life was opened all clear in-front of your eyes.

The stories were sad and painful , and the words were wet with tears
but with the end of each chapter, i felt you closer to me
Then we came to a blank page with both our names on top
and i asked you if you would join me in writing the rest of days
You took the pen and wrote with an ink from our tears and bloods
“Yesterday was a story , tomorrow is for us to write”

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Tomorrow is for us to write

16 July 2010

Beirut … The Remains Of The Past

Beirut, one of the oldest cites in the middle east , it geos back in history to more that 5000 years. This city that we live in stand on the memories of many cultures that have been living in it before " Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusader and Ottoman remains " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beirut#History . Its sad that we can harldy find any place of these cultures, few are saved and others were destroyed either by nature force or by war.  And unfortunatly and till this moment the destroyng of this city's heritage is continuing




I know this topic has been mentioned in many blogs and my news articles but what made me talk about it now is an Egyptian  movie.
Well yes an Egyptian  movie that
I accidentally stumbled while moving through the channels.
The movie; and as mama told me, goes back to the early 70's or late 60's.
In one of the scenes and  the actors were in the boat by the Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and as the camera was moving I saw this building  , it was still new and young same as "Mirvat Ameen" was :) . Its been there facing the Pigeon Rocks for more than 50 years, a  part of the place and its history.

I feel afraid that this building will be destroyed for the sake of a new tower or hotel, same as many buildings have been demolished and erased form the history of Beirut . I'm worried that one day the building ; that has passed the Lebanese Civil  war and the Israeli attacks, will not exist and might be replace with a Mall or 5 star residence.
I hope that this building will get back its beauty ( like the actor did with the botox ) and stand for a longer time facing the Pigeon Rocks.
I really hope to see some action to save remains of the past.

Peace..

14 July 2010

Lets Say Goodbye


Its time to leave, for us to part,for each to choose his path in life.
For once we were walking together, I know its hard but its the time to leave.
We leave with sadness and words unsaid, a fake smile saying I'll be fine.
But I will miss you , and so will you, I guess now its time to leave.
Lets pause the time for one more minute , there are some pictures I need to take.
I need to save this corner in mind , cause this will be the last goodbye.
Lets say goodbye. Lets have a hug.... Oki see you later... or lets just pretend...

13 July 2010

11 July 2010

Children


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09 July 2010

Beiteddine Festival - IL DIVO Concert

It has more than 3  years that I havent been to The Shouf ( Mount Lebanon) and yesterday was a chance for me to go there, since I was attending the Il Divo Concert in the Beiteddine Festival 2010.

I was really amazed how the clean  road was from Damour all the way to Baakline ,where the buses took us to the Beiteddine Palace.
Wiki Stop : Beiteddine Palace

The palace was built by emir Bashir Shihab II in the period between 1788 and 1818. It was the emir's residence until 1840. Afterwards the building was used by the Ottoman authorities as the government residence. Later, under the French Mandate following World War I, it was used for local administrative purposes. The General Directorate of Antiquities restored the palace after it was declared a historic monument in 1934. After independence in 1943, the palace became the summer residence of the president of republic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beiteddine_Palace

The Event was very organized , and with the concert was an exhibition of ( Al Jameel Award ) and the Photographic Gallery of the 25 years old Beiteddine Festival.

The IL DIVO Concert was a dream for all ladies and the performance was more than great . Four  Magnificent voices in such a magical Palace was enough to make that night amazing

Here are some Pictures of the event.
















08 July 2010

Octavia Nasr and CNN


In a Country that declares Democracy like USA , it is a bit weird to see such a behaviour for a leading World News Station like CNN. And Firing Octavia Nasr For just showing some sympathy for the Death of AL Alamma 2alsayid Fadlalah is a real shame.


But the apology and explaining and regretting what She said is not an act that i expect from a journalist like Octavia Nasr , she who believes in freedom of speech should have kept her opinion and not apologize.


I'm Sorry for her being fired, and for her apologizing.

03 July 2010

The Flame




This flame is eternal and  will never die,
It will fight with the thunder, will fight the rain and will fight wind.
But this storm will rest one day
And the flame of love will light the sky again


01 July 2010

Lonely .....




She sat by he window, watching the car lights drawing shadows in the streets,
Shadows of strangers walking, with no addresses , names or face.
Her eyes were shouting in the silence of her life, shouting his name through the crowds of the dark,
calling his soul to join her for the night , to light up the fire cold in her heart.


29 June 2010

Baablek ... where time stopped before 9000 years from now



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Read more about Baalbek under this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baalbek

Lebanon arrests three for alleged Facebook slander of president (AFP)

BEIRUT — Lebanon arrested on Monday three people who allegedly used the social networking website Facebook to slander President Michel Sleiman, a judicial source said.

"General prosecutor Said Mirza ordered the arrest of Naim George Hanna, 27, Antoine Youssef Ramia, 29, and Shebel Rajeh Qasab, 27, after authorities interrogated them on charges of libel, slander and defamation against the president on Facebook," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Mirza also issued a warrant for the arrest of a fourth Lebanese, Ahmed Ali Shuman, on the same charges.
By law, Lebanon's general prosecutor must take action in any case of libel, slander or defamation against the president or any "sister state" of Lebanon regardless of whether a plaintiff comes forward to press charges.

The justice ministry said the case met the requirements f

or a slander and defamation lawsuit, adding "media freedom in Lebanon and any civilised country reaches its limits when the content is pure slander and aims at undermining the head of state."
"The inappropriate comments published on websites are subject to prosecution and punishment as they meet the requirements for litigation as stipulated in the media law and penal code," the statement said.
The original Facebook posts were not accessible on Monday.

Copyright © 2010 AFP. All rights reserved.

25 June 2010

بالعربي … لأن هيدي لغتي





يمكن إنو إكتب بالعربي بالنسبي لإلي شي شوي صعب ، بس مش مستحيل.
صعب لأنو بالشغل ما بستعمل العربي و صعب لأنه إلي زمان ما كتبت بالعربي.
و بس مش مستحيل لأن هيدي لغتي
وبتضل هويتي و فيا كتب جدي و فيا حيكتب ابني
مش مستحيل لانو بس اسمع فيروز بتمنى لو فيِّ إكتب شعر لتغني , مع انو مَنّي شاعر
ولا مستحيل لأن بالعربي وبكلمة وحدة فيِّ قول ... بحبك...
بالعربي



23 June 2010

Po-Tomato

My Father Planted a Potato plant next to a tomato plant and a weird thing happened
the potato plant is now giving potato from the roots and tomato from the top
Check the pics
زرع أبي نبات البطاطس بجانب الطماطم وحدث شيء غريب
البطاطا تعطي البطاطا من الجذور والطماطم من أعلى




The Potato

The Potato

The Tomato

The Tomato
The Potato | The Tomato :)

20 June 2010

Why Lebanese Women Demonstrated Today

BeirutSpring : http://beirutspring.com/blog/2010/06/20/why-lebanese-women-demonstrated-today/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+beirutspring/fb_feed+(The+Beirut+Spring)


Photo Credit, Asaad Thebian)



Rita Chemaly explains:

Although men and women in Lebanon are entitled to most of the same rights, women are still struggling to achieve full gender equality under the law. Specifically, a Lebanese woman married to a foreign man does not have the legal right to pass her nationality to her husband or children, while a foreign woman marrying a Lebanese man is entitled to citizenship for herself and her children.

and

Transmission of nationality is not a mere legal formality: it also carries social and financial consequences. Because these husbands and children are considered residents and not citizens, they must obtain residency and work permits and renew them each year. This is a costly procedure involving a tidy sum, roughly $2,000 to $3,300, massive red tape and long hours of waiting in line at the General Security office.

I think this is absolutely abhorrent, you should help with this by joining their facebook page

http://beirutspring.com

Shades of the Unknown World



http://bahaafe.com/blog/2010/06/shades-of-the-unknown-world/

19 June 2010

Qadisha Valley to dropout from World Heritage List

Qadisha Valley , which was once a Natural paradise and was choosen by the unesco to be one the world heritage list , is now IN DANGER.  UNESCO threatens to drop Qadisha Valley from World Heritage List and this is very serious, and still no acyion has been taken form the lebanese government.
Qadisha, one of the deepest and most beautiful valleys in Lebanon, is indeed a world a part. At the bottom of this wild steep-sided gorge runs the Qadisha River whose source is in the Qadisha Grotto at the foot of the Cedars. And above the famous Cedar grove stands Qornet el Sawda, Lebanon's highest peak
http://www.qadishavalley.com/



Check these topics about the Qadisha valley
- Developing  lebanon  : Oh the wonders of the world!
http://humandevelopmentinlebanon.blogspot.com/2010/06/oh-wonders-of-world.html
-YaLibnan : Unesco threatens to drop Qadisha Valley From World Heritage List
http://www.yalibnan.com/2010/05/20/unesco-threatens-to-drop-qadisha-valley-from-world-heritage-list/

Other Links

http://www.qadishavalley.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadisha_Valley

16 June 2010

Stop the slavery in Lebanon

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Over the years, we have recorded in these pages the nearly unavoidable consequences of such a system: Lebanese employers confiscate the passports of their foreign wards and subject them to the spectrum of abuse, from beatings and sexual harassment to the withholding of wages and confinement. A number of nongovernmental organizations have released countless reports – entirely verified and credible reports, we should add – of foreign workers driven to attack their employers, to flee unbearable conditions and even to commit suicide. We wholeheartedly condemn the abuse of our fellow humans through trafficking, and we demand that our legislature without delay approve the basic elements of international law in order to defend those who cannot defend themselves.

Read All the Article :  http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=17&article_id=116000#axzz0qzhVLGHX

09 June 2010

From oppressed Jews to oppressed Palestinians (via tweetextensions.com)


Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of June 7, 2010. … 
From oppressed Jews to oppressed Palestinians
From oppressed Jews to oppressed Palestinians



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02 June 2010

Yup, we killed an ocean (via Sparkling By The Way's Blog)

A Real tragedy .....

Yup, we killed an ocean This whole oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has really upset me. This is odd because I am not an exceptionally "green" person. I mean, I am not opposed to recycling or low emission cars, but occasionally I will still toss a recyclable item in with the regular garbage and I refuse to start a compost bin. So, to be having nightmares about this … Read More

via Sparkling By The Way's Blog

26 May 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker: Elie Saab Outfit






Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the Sex and the City 2 premiere after-party held at Lincoln Center on Monday (May 24) in New York City.
The 45-year-old actress chose a black lace mini dress with long sleeves and structured lace panels at bodice by Elie Saab for the after-party.
Read more: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/05/25/sarah-jessica-parker-elie-saab-for-satc2-after-party/#ixzz0p2aJpIwx
http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2453470/sarah-jessica-parker-sex-and-the-city-2-premiere-after-party-03/

25 May 2010