Approximately 40 Ohio University students have been displaced after a multiple structure fire occurred early Sunday morning along Union Street in uptown Athens. The fire began around 4:10 a.m. on Sunday, November 16 and was not entirely extinguished until 3:00 p.m. During this time, the flames spread to a total of five businesses, three of […]Read more "Harsh Winter, Harsh Reality"
In America, health care and health policies are becoming more and more of a debated issue. What is the right way to handle the issue? What stance should be taken? Well, for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions, they are gearing up for the same topic. I was intrigued on what was being […]Read more "Public Health – What’s Everyone Talking About?"
“The President of the Republic is the head of the state and the symbol of the nation’s unity. He shall safeguard the constitution and Lebanon’s independence, unity, and territorial integrity.” -Article 49 of The Lebanese Constitution For the last five months the presidential seat in Lebanon has remained vacant. On October 29, 2014 the Lebanese […]Read more "Lebanon: Divided Nation Remains United Without President"
As HallOUween (Ohio University’s Halloween Block Party) is quickly approaching, I’ve been wondering what Halloween is like in the Middle East and if it is even allowed. Halloween started out as a pagan holiday in Ireland, known as the Celtic Festival of Samhain, which was observed on October 31st. It was said that, “the souls […]Read more "Halloween in the Middle East"
Civil Marriages: In Lebanon, couples can only get married legally in a church or mosque. Because civil marriage does not exist no government officials can wed a couple. Since there isn’t a system for civil marriages, some wishing to be wed as such must be married outside of the country. Lebanon recognizes civil marriages outside […]Read more "How to Get Married in Lebanon"
When most Americans think of Middle Eastern terrorist groups the names Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Hamas are generally the only ones that people can come up with. However, there is a very important terrorist group in Lebanon that the United States should have its eyes on: Hezbollah. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization based in Lebanon’s Shiite-dominated […]Read more "Hezbollah: A Terrorist Organization to Watch"
Every year the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships takes place during Holy Week (the week before Easter in Christianity). I competed at this competition in 2012 during my senior year of high school after qualifying at the Southern Region Oireachtas (regional championship). I met many girls from around the world when I was there, including […]Read more "Irish Dancing Through the Middle East"