Sidon, The History

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Saida, Arabic for fishing, takes its name from the old Phoenician word sidouna, also meaning fishing. In Genesis Sidon is a son of Canaan, a grandson of Noah. One of the most important, and perhaps the oldest, Phoenician cities dating around 4000 B.C., and perhaps even earlier, in Neolithic times, it was twice destroyed in war between the 7th and 4th centuries B.C., and again during the earthquake in the 6th Century A.D. It was the base from which the Phoenician’s great Mediterranean empire grew. Of all of Lebanon’s cities this is the most mysterious, for its past has been tragically scattered and plundered.

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The Cartoonist

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In her cartoon world in shades of vivid colours, Zina Muffarij sketches Lebanese society with characters that form the stereotypical families nowadays. Her sketches are youthful, witty, funny, ironic, and a true mirror of the society we live in. Little Coussouma, one of my favorite characters, who happens to be the house maid, skips through twisted comical scenes with an irony so skillfully agile, that although carry a poignant point, are rendered wittily satirical.

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Winter’s First Kiss

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Big soft flakes of the first snow land on the earth. I look into the sky flooded with endless amounts of falling snow, swirling and dancing until they reach the ground. In the entire world there is nothing like the sound of falling snow. It sweeps away the world and the sky with a gentle hiss of snow globe tide. The snow blankets transforms all to still beauty on these mountains sitting atop of the world, silently watching. Within the icy silver stillness, the scheduled snow falls as the hush of the wind blows.

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