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Wow

I have to record this moment somehow. It probably won’t mean anything to anyone but me, but a public record of some sort makes me feel I am being more appreciative. As friends and family from all parts of my life slowly start converging on Istanbul as the days tick down, it’s only just dawning … Continue reading

Not quite summer
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Not quite summer

It seems I spoke too soon. All day, the clouds piled up over the sea of Marmara. Lightning flickered across the Anatolian side of the city, and thunder rumbled. Admittedly, those big bruised clouds have only graced us with a light smattering of drizzle – not nearly enough to prevent the dire water shortage that’s … Continue reading

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From Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right now

Originally posted on TED Blog:
The stage of TEDxBeirut 2012. This annual event has become a beacon of hope in the Lebanese city. Photo by Assaad Chbeir By the organizers of TEDxBeirut Archaeologists believe that Phoenician traders, who set out from the shores of Lebanon, spread their alphabet across the ancient Mediterranean world, unleashing a…