May you live happily ever after…

It’s a warm and humid summer afternoon in Beirut and we’re as usual struggling with the traffic on the (in)famous “autostrade” going to Jounieh when suddenly something catches my eye. No. It can be. It’s a HUGE advertisement board from a travel agency offering unbeatable prices for couples wanting to get a civil marriage in … Continue reading

Dossier spécial sur l’anniversaire des 85 ans du Parti Communiste Libanais (PCL) : Changement dans le rouge

Le PCL a fêté le weekend dernier ses 85 ans et étaient prévus au programme des expositions artistiques, culturelles et des débats politiques. Le slogan du PCL pour ces festivités était « le changement dans le rouge », un symbole fort qui mêle à nos yeux poursuite des combats propres aux idéaux du Parti tout … Continue reading

Ou en est la gauche au Moyen Orient ?

Nous vivons aujourd’hui dans un monde dominé par les théories de Huntington du conflit de civilisation, c’est-à-dire la prédominance de l’identité religieuse ou ethnique à toute autre forme d’identité, et de la théorie de Fukuyama qui a annoncé la fin de l’Histoire avec la victoire totale du capitalisme économique sauvage et de la démocratie libérale … Continue reading

Social entrepreneurship: No, not a joke

I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with Lebanese-made clutches and clothes. Now, I need you to realise that this is quite a statement for me to make. For centuries, women who studied and fought for what they believed in were not supposed to care about mundane things such as clothes and shoes. But … Continue reading

Obama’s Nobel Prize: An Arab perspective

Passionate debates on the web, in newspapers and more generally in the world Medias on Obama’s Nobel Peace prize granted last Friday have gone on for a few days now. Reactions from all over the world were manifested to the new successful laureate and especially from governments who mainly congratulated him. Civil society, personalities and … Continue reading

Climate Change: More than a Weather Issue

This post is part of the global effort of blog action day that encourages bloggers around the world to blog on the same topic on the same day : http://www.blogactionday.org Anyone strutting down the overcrowded and over polluted streets of Beirut, Damascus or Cairo would never think that Middle Eastern societies care much for the … Continue reading

Un Eléphant Rose sur la Place des Martyrs

Mémoire : nom féminin(latin memoria) · Activité biologique et psychique qui permet d’emmagasiner, de conserver et de restituer des informations.· Cette fonction, considérée comme un lieu abstrait où viennent s’inscrire les notions, les faits · Aptitude à se souvenir en particulier de certaines choses dans un domaine donné · Image mentale conservée de faits passés· … Continue reading

MODESTES

Portraits et histoires de femmes au Moyen-Orient :Iran, Irak, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordanie, Syrie, Gaza et Cisjordanie A toutes celles et ceux qui seront de passage à Genève jusqu’au 24 janvier 2010, allez visiter cette exposition au musée de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant Rouge. La photographe Alexandra Boulat (1962-2007) met magnifiquement en scène des femmes … Continue reading

Blogging away, Arab style

Café Thawra is a blog, as you all know now, trying to give an alternative view of the Middle East and explanations on different events happening in the region. We like to think, Paola and me, that this blog ables us to be closer to the Middle East and always remain in contact with the … Continue reading

The Middle East, Modern Slavery Hub

Back in the awful days of slavery, some Arab merchants took an important part in the slave trade between Africa, Europe and the New World. Centuries have passed, humanity has evolved (or in any case, is supposed to have evolved), and slavery now is of course considered eradicated, and what’s more, has been established as … Continue reading