Angela Haddad was named after her grandmother. She was a 5-foot tall farmer who only wore black. She imagines this was different before her grandfather had passed. Her name was Najla; and hers was westernized.

She is a Political Economy student at UC Berkeley and she was born and raised in Beirut, which gives her some entitlement to speak freely about Lebanese; she is pretty conscious of the historical rundown of things she talks about and she welcomes you to critique, criticize, comment, start a conversation, anything. There is no censorship on this blog.

She really wants to share with you the 90% of her that her native Beirut has inspired. She wants to temporarily step away from the Hommos, Sky Bar and the Solidere version of Downtown Beirut and talk about the hidden Lebanon.She want to tell you stories about the underdogs.

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[PHOTOS] Memories Of What Used To Be

I stumbled upon these beautiful vintage photos snapped by world-renown photographer Carlo Bajnouli back in the 1960s. I suppose this is what people always meant when describing Beirut as “the Paris of the Middle East.” It’s a phrase I have associated with Lebanon for as long as I can remember — this is how you …...

May 25, 2012, 11:17 PM
 
[NEWS UPDATE]: No More Discrimination! (?)

Over a year ago, The Migrant Workers Task Force began a series of brief videos, each depicting an aspect of domestic workers’ lives. This one here concerns resorts banning entry on the basis of race. Earlier, in 2010, The Anti-Racism Movement filmed an encounter with the front desk clerk of a beach resort. Watch the … Continue...

May 20, 2012, 10:55 AM
 
[FYI] Lebanon in Numbers

Lebanon’s Central Administration of Statistics released its most recent figures today. The document’s introduction states that the figures represent all Lebanese residents (those with and without the nationality) and covers all Lebanese territories except Palestinian refugee camps. A few interesting figures — Women are...

May 10, 2012, 10:16 PM
 

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