For those who are pretty young and born in the Arab world, then this article may not relate to you a bit, but for those of are of the golden classic age of 70s and beyond, this is truly dedicated to you. Does this comic volume cover seem familiar to you? This is the 2nd volume of the Arabic comic whose title is literally translates to “Beyond The Universe”. And yep, that ‘s Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia on the cover!! This volume covers the comic release of Episode IV of the Star Wars Saga. “Beyond The Universe” is one of the first comic series to import global comic series and Sci-Fi stories into a single release, after acquiring all needed rights and translating it properly to Arabic. This publication made it easy for us Arab fans to read Hulk, Spiderman, Star Wars, Star Trek and most of the Sci-Fi movie adaptations within a reasonable price and in one set. It also includes Japanese super heroes and robots like Mazinger Z and UFO Robot Grendizer. “Beyond The Universe” was published in Lebanon during the days of the civil war and it very admirable of them to keep it running during the hard times of aggression and mass killing. It saddened us when it was decided to discontinue and they stopped at Volume 20, which I still remember very well because it had the Kingpin’s death story from the Spiderman series.
To all of who worked on “Beyond The Universe” comics, thank you. You are part of who we are now. You gave us dreams, hope and pleasure when we really needed them the most.
Collapse of the basic structural needs in South Lebanon. Death of hundreds. Many have been left without homes or shelters. A mad adventure to prove one’s wrath and a vulgar display of power. Those were the acts of the Lebanese madman, the spiritual leader of Hezbollah. This man bet money and power to prove his supremacy over the Arabs and Israel, chanting the usual anti-Western slogans of imperialism and occupation. Yet, he survives on money and arms fed in from Syria and Iran, the remaining Axis of Evil in the Middle East.
What did he gain in the end? nothing! He had to go on public TV to apologize for every Lebanese for his arrogant idiotic acts for destroying the country for the sake of a couple of Israel militant hostages. His ventures against Israel and breaking whatever remained of unity between the different sects of Lebanon never cleared his character of the allegations against Hezbollah for involvement in the assassination of Mr. Rafeek Al-Hariri a couple of years ago. Now, he’s leading the sectarian hatred and acts of anarchy in the Gulf region, especially in Bahrain. Everyone knows nowadays that his days are almost over, since Syria regime is collapsing from the public resistance movement to topple down this evil regime. Iran’s position in the region is not favored nor supported by any moderate influential nation. I guess it’s time to take down this militant demon and put an end to his terrorist existence. Then, by that time let us enjoy the divine victory over the lieutenant of Satan.
The clock is ticking till that day comes. Framing Armageddon is in the progress. The showdown is pretty near.
~With Tribute to Black Sabbath’s song “Killing yourself to live”~
Over the course of humanity on this Earth, crimes against the human nature has taken place repeatedly for many typical reasons such as race, gender, religion etc. Everyone tried to justify it according to what seems fit and appealing to the acceptance of the general masses.
Murder is never justified. Especially when punishment for any grade of crime is conducted by the hordes of maddened illiterate masses such as this recent case in Lebanon (pictured above) when a rapist and murderer of a single family was publicly beaten to death and his body was toured around the village. I didn’t find that appealing. I’m not against the death penalty, or the public execution of the death penalty. Yet, I’m against the implementation of justice by hands of the typical masses such as what’s going on recently.
The same went for the public execution of the American logistics personnel at Iraq (pictured) where it reminded Americans of the same fate they faced in Somalia in 1990s.
The same goes for Gaddafi. No one can deny his dictatorship against the poor Libyans. Please note that Libyans in general are not that of the poor standard of living such as Egypt, yet they were victimized through the Gaddafi dogma of faith and preaching of his idealistic crazy methodology of greatness and anti-almost-everything. Simply, the guy was a nutcase and he was making them shy in shame for being their ever-lasting revolutionary leader. Yet, the way he was handled and killed on site by the Islamic militias is not acceptable nor forgiven. Justice should have taken its course and he should have been provided with a fair trial. The Islamic militias and those with interest were in fear that they might have to hand him over to NATO or Europe where a bargain might take place.
It’s an awful sad end of a dictator, but then by doing such barbaric acts against humanity, we are killing our humane selves to live.
On March 17th, I was going back to Kuwait from a three-day leisure trip to Beirut with my lady and Jana. This was our first trip to Lebanon all together. We really had fun and I will post much more about it later. Trying to brag about my travel status to my lady, I promised her to a treat in the MEA Cedar Lounge in Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport using my Priority Pass card. After a quick trip to the prayer room (very awful smell of feet, men getting undressed, a drape was used to separate between men and women, it was hell) and picked up a small box of baklava for our Thursday family gathering, we decided it was time to hit the lounge.
The MEA Cedar Lounge is located on the 2nd floor on the left of the electric scales. It’s a very big lounge, if not one of the biggest I’ve seen around. The food and beverages are on the left and most of the seats were tossed left and right, and there’s some small decorative trees and water fountains in the middle (Jana had to get a snap of that!). On the left side, there’s this big room with glass walls, for smokers and they get their orders delivered right up to them! Lucky bastards!
We stayed on the right hand side where the snack bar and the drinks are at. First of all, the snacks were pastries only. They were edible but not tasty at all. Very low grade type of food. I didn’t even try to go for desserts. The waiters were very friendly and showered my with a dozen of Al-Rifai mixed nuts packets. For hot and cold drinks, it was help yourself. Alcoholic beverages and drinks were on-site as well. The reception staff were very nice and offered immediate notifications to travelers about their flight updates. The lounge with filled with leather couches and seats but were very old and in need to be replaced. The men’s bathroom needs to be upgraded immediately. They didn’t have much of TV sets, there was only one visible to me and it was tuned to Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s main propaganda TV channel!! There was a kid’s playroom but it didn’t look safe for Jana to go in and it looked deserted. The main bonus about this lounge was the free Wi-Fi and the infinite cold drinks!