30 juillet 2006

Museum of the Dead

Baby chimp in formol We leave our friends to visit the building aside. Long alleys of arcades link the buildings with one another. I could close my eyes and imagine the times when those alleys where storming with busy people. Nowadays, the fainting yellow paint is a joyful host of the numerous spiders whose nets seem to be untouched and well conserved for the past years. A funny character, yet taking himself very seriously, is a person that takes care of the feeding schedules of the chimps and is a self appointed... [Lire la suite]
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28 juillet 2006

Chimps in Lwiro

On the dusty and bumpy road, it took us one hour to get there: The Lwiro Sanctuary. A huge complex of never-ending offices of different sections kept a gloomy feeling from its old glamorous days under colonial Congo. Officially know as CRSN (Centre de Recherches Scientifiques et Naturelles), it was built by the Belgians in the 50s and hosted a number of expatriate researchers in wildlife and scientific topics. The sanctuary section hosts primates of different kinds that abounded in the Congo basin. A part of... [Lire la suite]
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27 juillet 2006

A Famous Psychic

This news comes from Associated Press. Since he predicted the murder of former Prime Minister Hariri and as well as Journalist Tuene, Michel Yayek, psychic, has become very famous in Lebanon (he actually gained notoriety when he predicted US space shuttle would crash). Every year, he gives his predictions for the year to come. When Rita told me about what he said would happen in 2006, I just laughed and said: "c'mon, do you really believe in those things???" Well, next time, I'll keep my mouth shut... Lebanese Psychic... [Lire la suite]
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26 juillet 2006

Elections in Congo

Let me share this news with you. Just shows how making Democratic Republic of Congo really democratic is not an easy affair. From Reuters. "Gunmen have killed up to seven people at an election rally in eastern Congo in an attack which revived fears that violence could disrupt the country's historic polls later this month, officials said on Tuesday.The unidentified gunmen opened fire on the rally on Monday afternoon near Rutshuru in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, where marauding bands of rebels and... [Lire la suite]
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24 juillet 2006

Countries visited - Pays visités

Okay, we ventured into the political arena those last days, and some readers did not like it much... That was simply our way of showing solidarity for those suffering at present in Lebanon. Anyways, let's go back to our favourite subject: travel. This blog is mainly dedicated to this, so we thought we would post a map on the places we've been to. (in case you got a question on any of these) A bit of Africa, Middle East, Asia, and of course most of Europe. Our next trip will be India. We're leaving in less than 2 weeks now, for... [Lire la suite]
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23 juillet 2006

The World is Flat

The World is Flat, A brief History of the Twenty First century, by Thomas Friedman This book is a superb introduction to globalization in our world today. You really cannot understand the 21st century without it. Thomas L. Friedman’s aim in The World Is Flat is not to give a speculative preview of the wonders that are sure to come in our lifetime, but rather to get you caught up on the wonders that are already here. Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first... [Lire la suite]
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22 juillet 2006

Cartoons

   
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21 juillet 2006

A thought for Lebanon

“Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.... [Lire la suite]
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20 juillet 2006

A Pizza for Israel

We've received some comments that we were not impartial with what currently takes place in Lebanon. Hey, let us put this straight. That's correct, we're not impartial here. Our familiy, our country is being shelled, and the least we can say is that we're not happy about it. But okay, that's right, let's see the other side of the story. And let's have a thought to the poor Israeli soldiers currently quite busy in Lebanon. Well... the main question is: how do they cope? But more importantly, what do they eat? Far from home, I am... [Lire la suite]
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19 juillet 2006

Palestine

Palestine by Joe Sacco     Palestine is a story of the Israeli occupation told using the form of a graphic novel. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews) Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical non fiction by Sacco, who has often been called the first comic book journalist. Saccos's insighful reportage takes place at the front lines, where... [Lire la suite]
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