Musings on life and stuff

Compromises

Compromises are nothing more than a band-aid on a festering wound. No sooner do you feel relieved than the pain kicks in again.

What Drives Expectations?

Expectations are driven by our desires and needs. They are byproducts of our hope to obtain that which we don’t have but want, they are the materialisation of our wish for...

Scrabble: Objectives of name-calling as a logical fallacy

Objectives Of Name-Calling

In our discourse, we have a tendency to use the argumentative fallacy “ad hominem” (Latin: “to the man”). It is a false, incorrect way of arguing with which we try to undermine...

Scrabble: Themes used to promote tobacco to women

Themes Used To Market Tobacco To Women

Since the 1920s when American women first began to be targeted by the tobacco industry, various images and themes have been used to encourage women to smoke, by promoting smoking’s...

Cost Of Sectarianism In Lebanon

On April 12, 2011, the Human Rights and Peace Club and the Secular Club at the American University of Beirut hosted a lecture by economist Dr. Jad Chaaban entitled “The...

Soundtrack To My Life

Soundtrack To My Life – Volume 2

For the past few months, I’ve been seriously contemplating freezing my eMusic account because I’ve been too busy to sample and download music. A few days ago, before I set...

Mideast Lexicon

Lessons From The Revolutions

Arab regimes have learned nothing from the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Their answer to their people’s growing demands for reform or change altogether is more violence and more repression....

Investigating “The Shaking Woman”

I first learned of Siri Hustvedt when a friend of mine told me she was reading her fourth novel, “The Sorrows of an American“, in which the author explores family connectedness,...

Egypt Will Rise: Supporting the Egyptian Revolution

Egypt Will Rise

Using photos taken by Reuters photojournalists Amr Abdallah Dalsh and Goran Tomasevic, activist and artist Nick Bygon developed this illustration in support of the Egyptian people’s revolt against President Hosni...