No, Sydney’s Opera House didn’t light up in solidarity with Lebanon!

While social media is showing the entire worlds’ support following the sad Paris attack, many Lebanese feel disappointed that their own devastation is not perceived by the world with the same sympathy.

Killing innocent people must be faced by all nations with a “NO” regardless of where it took place. Solidarity should not keep the blind eye on those countries which names are forever associated with killing and terrorism such as Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

Photo: The blue, white and red colours of France's national flag are projected onto the sails of Sydney's Opera House. (Reuters: Jason Reed )

Photo: The blue, white and red colours of France’s national flag are projected onto the sails of Sydney’s Opera House. (Reuters: Jason Reed )

When I saw the pictures of the Opera house lit with the Lebanese flag (below), I couldn’t but feel pity for those who “Photoshopped” the original supporting France, only for the mere purpose of having their fake post shared.

A photoshopped fake version of the Opera House's photo lit in solidarity with France

A photoshopped fake version of the Opera House’s photo lit in solidarity with France

It’s the sad ugly truth, but unfortunately it is the truth.

I wish the whole world would support Lebanon in actions and not just colors or lights. I wish the plots on the region would stop and people go back to live in harmony as they used to. But let’s not fake the ugly truth and believe the unreasonable ugly facts that we are forgotten in the past of wars, terrors and corrupted governments.

This article of the Australian ABC news net tells the story of Australia’s support to France.

We support you France, we support history of cooperation and we support the Lebanese families living there but we tell the world: “Look at us”!


Diffusing News, any News!


An article with the captivating title: “200 Million Years Old Dinosaur Egg Hatches in Berlin Museum” and a photo of hatched dinosaur egg has been circulating for around a month now. As any outrageous news, the story quickly spread over social media and reached a large number of people who shared the fake article mistaken it for a genuine report.

Social Media Users

Users of social media are continuously exposed to lots of information which in their turn, share and amplify without checking its accuracy. After all isn’t the pursuit of popularity an embedded trend at all levels, including individuals’?

Online Media and Publications

Users of social media are being used as the perfect public to diffuse fake news and take part of such hoax. But what about the publishing media that originally posted the story as a genuine article? Unfortunately, such media organizations are ready to lose their face for the sake of getting traffic to their site, because it is doubtful that they don’t check the source of their news, and very unlikely that their editors don’t research their items!

It’s a Man’s Lebanon

It’s a Man’s Lebanon.

This tiny spot on the Mediterranean sea called Lebanon has always been a man’s world but not exactly that same awful world described in Gino’s blog. Women then were in fact better appreciated, men admired their life companion, saw them the children educator, the big heart, the wise word and fine judgement. Those women were not necessarily educated but were in the Lebanese term “2adirat” referring to the contrasting influential power and the delicacy of this sex.

Today Lebanon is a fake land that only echoes the rhythms of a culture shot dead. Our society is a simulation of “one thousands and one” imported societies, whose essences were lost somewhere on the way.

What actually happened to us is that the traditional Lebanese man, the macho and the head of the family is outwardly denying this simulation of modern life. Yet, he lives it body and soul under this fake stern mask he wears only in certain settings: around his family, behind the black ties and through the smoke of cigars during some social gatherings.

Conversely, Lebanese women are becoming part of the decor, the scenes and the settings in this simulated world. What Gino mentions about the fake boobs, fake lips, fake ass cheeks and all the rest we know or don’t know about, are part of the expectations. The expectations of those same Lebanese men in denial of the exoticism, as they take their serious masks off, avid for a gaze, a feel or a chance for a taste and more.

I made the tough choice to leave Australia and come and live in Lebanon, with hope to find a spot outside this simulation, and socialize with like minded women and men. This certainly shows that I am still very positive about Lebanon and the Lebanese, but I am still unable to see any bright light or possible formula to put a stop or make a u-turn and exit the shallowness we are heading for.