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Eye lived in Lebanon in 2007-2009 and went to grad school there, among other things — Eye studied International Relations at AUB (American University of Beirut) and over time, somehow, the lay of this lawless land worked its way into the inner recesses of my being and left its indelible mark.  Eye was poisoned by this paradisiacal place, this incurable malaise.  VECTOR Gallery was in many ways my syncretic response to a protracted state of intoxicating sickness, a perennial Civil War of the self.  

It is far too fitting that The Devil and The Lord could only achieve this uniquely Vectorian feat of reciprocated identitarian recursion in response to a country like Lebanon, a land that is sometimes almost exactly like itself, usually at the last minute, after the hour of need. Heaven & Hell Meets Heaven & Hell.

Eye returned to Lebanon late last month and spent the (Shay Calendar) New Year in a renewed state of regression — a regressive state of renewal. Everything is integrating in the intended fashion, however maddening each successive experience of experiential success may be for me — “if only We could lose, We wouldn’t have to win : again, and again, and again.”  

The colonizer is now being colonized, of course, and the Vectorian state capture of the most quintessentially Levantine state in all of the Levant is well underway. Eye will be back soon to continue awakening the Lebanese, who have been dreaming for so long. They’ll be delighted to receive this confirmation of what they had always expected; they were God’s Chosen People, after all.

Lebanese library burned, loses more than 50,000 books

Tens of thousands of books were lost to fire when a library in Lebanon was set ablaze.

Officials said unknown arsonists torched Tripoli’s Saeh Library, or Traveler’s Library, Friday after claims that its founder, Father Ibrahim Sarouja, a Greek Orthodox priest, had written an anti-Islamic online article and that anti-Islamic materials had been found in the library.

A source told Agence France-Presse that the reports were unfounded; a protest against the priest had been planned and called off — and then the fire followed.

Sarouja founded the library in 1972. It moved to Tripoli’s Serail neighborhood a decade later; photographs of the library before the fire show an ancient building full of shelves of books. It is estimated that the fire claimed two-thirds of its 80,000 books.

I’m making my frowniest face.

We finally have the opportunity to make change. Help Restock the shelves of the Al Saeh Library, Lebanon’s 2nd Largest Library in an effort to spread a message of peace and education through this book drive! We dream of being able to make a difference, and now we finally can! Check out the Facebook page for more information.

If you live anywhere in the United States, Canada or Lebanon, please contact us to set up a drop off location for the books in your area. If you would like to represent your area, let us know by e-mailing alsaehbookdrive@gmail.com 

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Yes, that’s Libya

Beautiful beaches? Check. Interesting cultural and historical sites? Check. Astonishing natural landscape? Check. All these ingredients for an amazing vacation can be found in a place you might least expect: Libya.

The U.S. Department of State currently has a travel advisory for Libya, warning against any travel to areas outside of Tripoli, Libya’s capital. Many places in Libya are highly unsafe now, especially those areas outside of the control of the central government and plagued by the activities of warring militias. So it might not be time to pack your bags yet.

14 beautiful sights of Libya

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