Lebanon life and the arts

 
If one were living in a romantic, old seaside village in Lebanon; tending to gardening and the simpler life; without TV; without newspaper; without internet news stories about the world; then Lebanon would seem a pretty calm place to live. Calmness in reminiscence of ancient Phoenician history; calmness in ordinary life; and one would not be too aware that there is a civil war going on in nearby Syria right now with the forces of the Syrian Bashar Assad government on one side of the conflict; and the rebel Syrian forces who want democracy and improved life on the other side of the conflict.
 
Lebanon (despite the topic of the nearby Syrian civil war going on) has a history of art and culture. There is a music video of an attractive, young Lebanese woman with jet, black, long hair; wearing black and rising from the snow in a mountainous natural landscape area; and she passionately plays the violin: her name is “Longa V”, or “Vanessa”. Lebanon has some of the most beautiful mountainous and countryside regions in the world (besides Switzerland). Lebanon produces a lot of its own fruit and vegetables which are grown to sun-ripened perfection locally; and these vegetables are low in cost (and low in fat and cholesterol). The average Lebanese small-town person; is often lighter weight (meaning lighter in fat and body weight) than many Westerners (the average Lebanese person living a healthy diet on home-grown fruits and vegetables; and living with lower incomes thereby buying less groceries) as opposed to some Americans who struggle with obesity because of eating a lot of junk food.
 
So, there is more in Lebanon news or Syria news of just culture and art found in Lebanon. In a certain more dominantly Muslim Area of downtown Beirut, according to the June 26, 2012 issue of The Daily Star Newspaper; masked men fought with the Lebanese Army and fired arms and destroyed cars and set tires on fire on Bshara al-Khoury Avenue, near downtown Beirut. The belligerent gunmen were protesting the arrest of Wisam Alaaeddine, who was seized in the attack on the building of Al-Jadeed TV.
 
In further new in Lebanon, the question is posed in a headline in the June 26, 2012 issue of The Daily Star Newspaper: “Is Syria giving Scuds to Hezbollah?”. This political topic is of major concern, considering the civil war going on in nearby Syria right now.
 
And other news regarding Syria: “Turkey demands response over hostile downing of jet”. On Friday, June 22, 2012, Syria shot down a Turkish warplane using a heat-seeking guided missile. Syria said that the Turkish warplane, the F-4 Phantom, violated Syria’s airspace. Turkey charged that Syria intentionally shot the Turkish warplane down. And Vice Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told the Turkish Cabinet on Monday, June 25, 2012, that Turkey could cut electric power supplies to Syria in retaliation. Tensions are high, within Syria and Turkey. And a Syrian general, recently, along with other officers and soldiers, defected and joined the increasing rebel men in Turkey who are against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime. It is so sad that recently in Syria about 50 people, largely civilians, were killed in Syria; while the rebels feared that the Assad regime was planning a new massacre on the already besieged city of Homs, Syria. An emergency meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 was to be held to talk about the Syria deliberately downing a Turkish warplane on June 22, 2012.
 
And in other news, there is going to be July dialogue in Lebanon where Lebanese President Sleiman will present a national defense strategy during the National Dialogue session July 24, 2012. The talk on Monday June 25, 2012 in Lebanon was calm, and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora wanted talk resolving the problem of Hezbollah arms and putting these arms exclusively under the authority of the Lebanese state.
 
 
References
 
Daily Star. (2012). Gunmen menace Beirut streets. June 26, 2012.
The Daily Star. (2012). Is Syria giving Scuds to Hezbollah? June 26, 2012.
 
The Daily Star. (2012). Sleiman to pitch defense strategy at July Dialogue. June 26, 2012.
 
The Daily Star. (2012). Turkey demands response over ‘hostile’ downing of jet. June 26, 2012.