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Some parts of Lebanon are greener today than they were a generation ago…

Some parts of Lebanon are greener today than they were a generation ago. People in Lebanon keep bemoaning the degradation of the environment, overbuilding, etc. These are true, but, outside of urban areas, parts of the countryside seem greener today than 120 years ago, something obvious when we look at old pictures (and paintings). This […]

THE LEBANESE WAR THAT DOESN”T HAPPEN….

THE LEBANESE WAR THAT DOESN”T HAPPEN. Please show this your Lebanese friends who are scared to come visit their families in Lebanon. The casualty rate from bombs in Lebanon over 2013 was ~2.5 per 100,000 people. It remains < a tenth of crime in NY in the 90s, <20th of crime in Brazil, etc. Outside […]

An illustration of how the news are largely created…

An illustration of how the news are largely created, bloated and magnified by journalists. I have been in Lebanon for the past 24h, and there were shells falling on a suburb of Beirut. Yet the news did not pass the local social filter and did reach me from social sources. People do not seem to […]

TO MY LEBANESE FRIENDS

TO MY LEBANESE FRIENDS. Heading soon to Lebanon in spite of events (please don’t tell my publishers). What people keep complaining about is the “instability” of the situation and the tension -not wondering that (1) tension is good; the more people are scared of instability (hence vigilant), the more stable the place (complacency is bad); […]