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You will never believe what these lullabies are really about

I’m in baby land!

As with any parent, I am suddenly interested in children songs, namely those that I have been hearing & singing all my life:

“Il était un petit navire,” “Au clair de la lune,” … Who did not hear these playful catchy tunes about a happy little boat floating on the Mediterranean, the soothing moonlight, and our friend Pierrot?

Here are the lyrics of those popular songs & lullabies -in French:

Il était un petit navire
Qui n’avait jamais navigué
Ohé ! Ohé ! Matelot, navigue sur les flots…

Here is another one, with a tune so simple, you can easily play it on a piano:

Au clair de la lune,
Mon ami Pierrot,
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot.
Ma chandelle est morte,
Je n’ai plus de feu.
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l’amour de Dieu

What could be more innocent and suitable for babies?

Right?

WRONG!! I don’t know if I ever heard the whole song in the correct form, or if I simply did not pay enough attention.

Let us look more carefully into the lyrics:

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عَيناكي… عَيناكي حلمٌ

عَيناكي... عَيناكي حلمٌ

How most Lebanese politicians sound to me.
Image from Buzz’s ad: خَلّي الجَوّ ولعان

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Lebanon: a country ahead, or a failed nation?

2 different articles, 2 extremes point of views on Lebanon, one author.
Read as Elie go though a love-hate relationship with a country dear to many:

That’s it, I am emigrating!

Oh my, what a beautiful country

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Lebanon on the Brink of War

May 2012, Lebanon is on the brink of another chapter of a civil war.

If you live in any of the countries listed below, here is a sample of recent events… it is pretty bad:

 Tripoli – 14 May 2012:

“Tension has been rising between Tripoli’s Sunnis, who support the Syrian opposition against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and supporters of the Syrian government including Tripoli’s Alawite community.
The arrest of Shadi Almawlawi, a young Sunni sheikh, triggered the armed clashes. “

 And in Beirut, one week later:

اشتباكات مسلحة في طريق الجديدة بين مسلحين مقربين من تيار المستقبل وعناصر من التيار العربي قرب مبنى الهندسة في جامعة بيروت العربية،
على خلفية مقتل الشيخ أحمد” عبد الواحد شمالي لبنان بنيران حاجز جيش لبناني.”

Yet, most news across the world are turning a blind eye.
Why is that? The tourists are already scared away anyway.

Here is an overview of randomly selected online newspapers:

Our journey starts on the American continent:

US » CNN

CNNCNN… nothing there

Meanwhile in Canada:

In Australia maybe? » The Sydney Morning Herald

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Japan 1 – 0 Lebanon

Japan witnessed recently a Tsunami compounded by many, ongoing earthquakes of magnitudes never been seen before, coupled with severe cold weather and radiation leaks. Is such a disaster which has left 23,000 dead or missing the worst case scenario?

Not so fast! Despite the widespread devastation, it took 6 days to repair the Great Kanto Highway in Naka.

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Lebanon water

A geologist became Indonesia’s most active volcano’s gatekeeper after religion & mythology failed to predict the volcano’s eruption.

Knowing better, how are the Lebanese handling the lack of rain issue?

They …

A) Started by conserving the water consumption ?

B) Educated the people about water conservation techniques ?

C) Fixed the leaky water infrastructure ?

D) Prevented half of the water that falls in Lebanon to run into the sea?

E) None of the above

And the answer is …

Litani River

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تنفيس دواليب

You park here, we deflate your tires

تنفيس دواليب

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