Author: Anglo American Section

Lebanon’s history in one building: The Palmyra Hotel

The hotel is a relic that bears testament to almost 150 years of local, regional and global events. by India Stoughton | 14/07/2017 | AL JAZEERA  Ahmed Kassab was a child when he started working at the hotel in 1954 [ India Stoughton /Al Jazeera] Baalbek, Lebanon – For more than 140 years, through two world wars and a civil war lasting 15 years, the Palmyra Hotel in Baalbek has never closed its doors for a single day. Built in 1874 by an Orthodox Greek businessman from Constantinople who recognised the tourist appeal of Baalbek’s spectacular Roman ruins, in...

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Derivation and Houses for the Wind…

I would like to share some images with you from a project I have just participated in Denmark. I realized two art works in the frame of “Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017”. The project was organized by Kunsthalle Viborg and took place in two different villages close to Aarhus city (Denmark). Within this frame I realized the two projects “Derivation” and “Houses for the Wind”. Saouli Salah Derivation, 2017 by  Salah Saouli (Voldby) The art work “Derivation” is made of ca. 90, red painted roof laths and constitutes an anarchistic organ. Situated between construction and sculpture, it is...

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The great American Eclipse!

Great reunion last August 21, under the great big sky : it was time for a rare and special show. The spectators were holding different viewing items : eclipse glasses, made with paper, manufactured ones, designer ones, even sold by those who wanted to make a couple of bucks, even welding ones. Others had taken shoe-boxes, cut out a gap, covered it with aluminum foil, pushed a pin through it and watched the eclipse reflected through the pinhole onto white paper on the other side of the box. More had saved recycled cereal boxes and made holes through them...

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The Pursuit of Happiness

What is happening in America, and more specifically in Charlottesville, Virginia , the seat of the University of Virginia founded by Thomas Jefferson, is an old story who always makes the news. If Americans have the untouchable duty and honor of ‘Freedom of speech’ they will use their right to do so at times without a conscience. Lee himself would have not withstood  the violence that shook this pristine corner of Virginia known for its history and rural beauty. Roman Emperors ruled and conquered with blood, yet no Italian has thought of destroying their statues. It is History and...

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Si mangia italiano! Even in the States…

Americans are in love with italian pasta… in all its shapes.  Recently, in Williamsburg, the old capital of Virginia, a stop at ‘The Cheese Shop’ was a must. However cheese is not what it is only known for, for one can find every kind of italian pasta under the sun! Farro, calamari inked, you name it they have it. Not to mention all the different sauces…Yours truly (a trasplanted italian into American society) went on a mission to ascertain that those wonderful products were truly coming from Italy and not Taiwan or states like New Jersey. I am happy...

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Tie the ‘knot’ … or not … Marriage and priesthood

Photo by Danka & Peter Tying the ‘knot’ is already complicated for most, however not infrequent. The question arises when someone who is convinced it is what he/ she wants but cannot do it… In sticking with the subject of priests/ nuns and marriage, I am happily joining the ranks of those who think they should be able to have a married life beside a life dedicated to the Church, thus exercising their free will to choose. In some countries,  the second born son was ‘offered’ to the Church. Generations of young men had to forget and deny their...

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Living Loving Learning

Photo by Kristopher Roller Thinking about the recent article about Education and how several students felt compelled to sign a petition, concerned that they don’t read enough, but are subject to less and less grammar, vocabulary, rules…. I decided to put my thinking cap on and write about my approach to Education. Not to repeat myself, but I have been an educator in the US, and more specifically in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, where a huge system wich exceeds 150000 students, is proud to be the second ‘best’ in the Nation. Not that we don’t have problems, mind you....

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In Memoriam: United Nations Peacekeeper Jori DeMarco

Ecco una storia che merita sia conosciuta. La nostra Beatrice, suo cognato e sua suocera saranno contenti. Articolo apparso sul Blogspot di Vincent Bove, link qui : In Memoriam: United Nations Peacekeeper Jori DeMarco Gianni In Memoriam: United Nations Peacekeeper Jori DeMarco MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016 – VINCENT J. BOVE, CPP On Wednesday, October 26, I attended the Fifth Annual United Nations (UN) Memorial Service at their headquarters in New York City. The solemn event, presided over by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, commemorated men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice working for peace. This year, the...

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An Open Letter from Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour, Under House Arrest

Found this article in the Arabic Literature’s site translated into English and hope you’re going to like it. Diego BY MLYNXQUALEY on JUNE 29, 2016    • (Arabic Literature) On Sunday, June 26, leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz ran a board editorial titled “Free the Palestinian Poet, Arrested for Expressing her Opinions.” The justice system didn’t listen: The next day, the court in Nazareth postponed the decision of whether to relieve Dareen Tatour’s detention until July 18. Also on Monday, a few Israeli writers held a solidarity event, and the poet wrote an open letter of thanks, published by the website...

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FABIO DONATO, THE HARDCORE ENTREPRENEUR TURNING THE TABLES ON THE MIGRATION CONVERSATION

VALENTINA PRIMO – Argentinian writer. From the CAIROSCENE site. The offspring of four generations of Italian workers, this iconic businessman, investor, and serial entrepreneur crystallises the untold success story of migrants. As he sips a glass of Chivas Regal Extra, he talks business ethics and traces the heritage of a hard-working family. Fabio Donato is a 38-year-old hardcore entrepreneur; he runs two companies and is building the third one, he is an investor at Egyptian tech startup Elves, and the founding partner of six other enterprises across Egypt, Italy, Greece, and beyond. But, more importantly, he crystallises a successful...

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