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"The Enemy and How I Helped to Fight it" (Humorous Story about Mideast Politics) [02 Mar 2011|02:07am]


You can read the humorous story "The Enemy and How I Helped to Fight it" on my homepage in both English and (in case its relevant for you) Hebrew versions. Here is the abstract:

A member of the terrorist organisation "The Organisation" gets up in the morning, goes to his post and quits. But before he leaves he makes a suggestion that causes his former comrades to fight each other to the death. Join the now ex-Member of the Organisation as he embarks on an ego-trip, where he tries to prove that A can in fact be non-A, regardless of what Aristotle could differ.

It's a political satire, but one that is universal in its message, and touches on many aspects of politics, logic and Objectivist philosophy.

It is my belief as someone who studied some philosophy and psychology, (while still being a software developer by trade) that the key for our long term prosperity and happiness is following reason, logic, rationality, and tolerance in order to confront the myriad of feelings we may possess, whether rational or not, and the various dogmas that our friends or enemies may believe in. I tried to convey this message in the story, which I've written back in 1997.

Both versions of the story are made available under the Creative Common Attribution Share-Alike licence (which is a popular licence for non-"All Rights Reserved"-media that is considered "free-as-in-free-speech") , and are maintained inside a bitbucket.org version control repository. You can mirror, redistribute and sell this story freely as long as it remains under the same licence, as well as build upon it in many interesting ways, from translating it to different languages, to creating modified, derivative works, to preparing audio files or video files based on it. (If you wish to have a more restrictive licence for your derivative work, such as the CC-by-nc-sa, then you can contact me and we can negotiate an exemption from it.)

If you enjoyed the story, then I would be grateful if you spread the word, or help publicising it offline and online, and you may enjoy some of my other stories, screenplays, aphorisms, UNIX-like fortune cookies, factoids about people and things, and bits., most of which are also under a Creative Commons licence, or can be placed under one upon request.



salaam :) [03 Jul 2009|08:42pm]

 Hey there, everyone... or everyone who actually reads this community anymore.

Like my LJ says numerous times over:
My name is Loren.  I'm soon starting my senior year in high school, and I'm applying to the American University of Beirut (or WILL be as soon as they get their new applications up...).  It's been my dream to go there since I was thirteen.

My family lived in Beirut for 25 years, before they were forced to leave the country....  My father grew up there, my uncles grew up there, my grandmother still cooks Lebanese food and my grandparents still speak to each other in Arabic sometimes.  Even though I've never lived in Lebanon myself, I love it, as everyone does, and I do want to experience living there for myself.

I've made this journal specifically to chronicle my process of getting to Lebanon, and afterwards, living there, inshalla.

Please add me, if you like.
Allah ma3koun.

x-posted to i_heart_lebanon 
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[04 Jan 2009|11:53am]

my name is mona and i'm currently a student here in the US. i'm about to graduate with my BA and am seriously considering applying to AUB for a master's.

is anyone here a student at AUB? care to dish out any advice/wisdom/warnings? i'd love to go and be reconnected with my roots and strengthen my arabic, but i want to make sure i'm making the right investment and securing a respectable degree.

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Emo in Lebanon? [28 Apr 2008|04:26pm]

hi guys & girls.
i am a PhD student doing research on music scenes, particularly emo + indie rock. i was wondering if any of you knows about the scene in Beirut. is there an audience for emo/indie music there? are people listening to this stuff? if not, what sorts of music are most popular?
i'd really appreciate your help on this. i've been searching the net but not a lot has been coming up.

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[02 Mar 2008|01:14am]
Join us at lebaneselove

[21 Sep 2007|10:48am]

Join our new community — lebaneselove!
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hey what's up sleepy community? [06 Sep 2007|12:43pm]

i just thought you guys might want to know about this website:



Lebanese Pride [15 Jun 2007|03:39pm]

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To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. ~Kahlil Gibran

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It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
~~Kahlil Gibran

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UNITY...UNITY....UNITY... Christian OR Muslim we are still LEBANESE!
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Dena Jamil Derani
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[12 Jun 2007|04:34pm]
Join our new community oriental_ent. ♥

All Lebs should read this! [30 Nov 2006|04:44pm]

[ mood | amused ]

this is a really cool article about religous separation between Muslims and Christians in Lebanon. I love the way this article ends



post-war pics [27 Oct 2006|06:08am]


A Vote For Lebanon... [23 Sep 2006|03:33pm]

OK I know nobody cares and this is really lame, but if you have time, go vote for Annabella Hilal (Miss Lebanon) to be the next Miss World!

Go to this website ( http://missworldvote.client.ninesystems.com/signup.php ) and give them your email address. They'll send you a link and you can vote for the contestant that way. It's free and they won't give out your information to anybody. Thanks guys!

Vote For Annabella Hilal!

Also, join the community "i_heart_lebanon"
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teach-ins about the war in lebanon [17 Sep 2006|12:25pm]

at UC berkeley.  this was posted on free_palestine, so sorry about the repeats, the videos are here.  i have not yet watched them, this is just a heads up.

Everyone MUST see this. [16 Sep 2006|11:24am]

I wish I could show every Lebanese person this video, because it is so rare that someone comes out in support for us.

Please watch.

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[12 Sep 2006|07:44am]

is there an lj feed for electronic lebanon?
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[03 Sep 2006|09:24pm]

I think people must get so annoyed with how proud to be Lebanese I am :D

To All People of the Good Will! [30 Aug 2006|01:34pm]

The so-called Third World war is going on, owing to Russia and United States – for a long time already. Something like 25 years.
Let’s be above the political games. We want peace, as You do. Let’s get acquainted with each other and seek the similarity.
For example: the geometrical figures: triangle, square, circle – they are different, but what’s common between them? That is, for instance, the fact that all of them are figures, they have total area, perimeter, and the figures don’t need to be at war for this reason.
Come here to be our guests. We have streets that are called by names of flowers. We should like to plant the cedars of Lebanon here in Israel, just as King Solomon once had build his Palace from the cedar of Lebanon. They say, it brings peace and harmony.
Let’s understand just today, without putting it off till tomorrow, that we all breath the same way, love, work the same way. You have an ancient culture, and we can learn something from You. And, maybe, You’ll also like something at our place. War is an expensive and senseless amusement which never solves any problems. It’s an illusion that there are victors and losers. All sides are in equal loss. Let us together overcome the war!
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after the war [19 Aug 2006|11:07pm]

[ mood | peaceful ]

Now everybody especially the lebanese are happy of a more peaceful situation in Lebanon. Though the war didn’t last very long in time it was enough to destroy a rising economy and dispel a great amount of the population.
In germany you can hear some discussions about a german involvement to the planned peacekeeping mission. That is very special thing because military missions abroad are seen critical (in context to WW2) from the german population.
But I want to attend on another problem concerning the hizbollah problem in Lebanon. the decided resolution number 1701, which can be read here -> http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2006/sc8808.doc.htm, puts the vertices for lasting peace. But is it realistic and possible? Therefore it is important to focus in the hizbollah. I think it is not so easy as the American way does to describe the whole hizbollah as a terroristic organization. From former discussions about Lebanon I learned that this organization is very deep implemented in the society and in the Lebanese policy. so that there shall also be other aspects in hizbollah’ aims for lebanon. The resolution 1701 decided the whole disarming of hizbollah – the most important goal as I think. Nevertheless it is also the hardest point. How is it possible to disarm and disempower this organisation without their resistance – and the resistance of the population (which maybe feels safe under a hizbollah protection, is that right?)? This is my question for you.
Lebanon has to become the phoenix from the ashes this is what almost everyone wants to that country. But what are your answers to the lot of questions now?
Must the Lebanese population live without Hizbollah? Why could a terroristic arm of that organization exist next to the government? How important is it for you to fulfil the orders from new york in every detail and which one are not accepted by you - and why? What do you think of the peace now. Is it peace or just the absence of war? Tell me everything concerning to this. I want to get in touch with Lebanon and its people or the rest of the world which discuss about that.

Some short informations to me: I am a 21year old german/ European studying business economics in the fourth semester. I followed the recent war in Lebanon and I am interested in your opinion. Thanks for commenting!

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yet another article. [13 Aug 2006|02:55pm]

anthony bourdain on his time in beirut right before te bombs hit:
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