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Karl Sharro


A Short, Pre-emptive History of the Arab Spring

From left to right: Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi, Bashar al-Asad, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Image from Karl reMarks]

As anyone who has ever read one knows, history books can be very tedious. They are also full of speculation and guesswork because they are normally written many years after the fact. Having lived through the “Arab Spring,” or the Arab Spring as it is sometimes known, I decided to spare future generations the ordeal of figuring out what precisely happened between 2011 and 2017, which is when the Arab Spring, or the “Arab Spring,” officially ended. To that end, I wrote this ...

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The Onion to Sue Lebanon for Making Its Headlines Look Reasonable

[The Onion logo. Image from]

It emerged today that the American satirical magazine The Onion is to sue Lebanon for unfair competition practices and for making its headlines look totally reasonable. The Onion is demanding millions of dollars in compensation, claiming that the small Mediterranean country has "ruined the business of writing satirical headlines." The magazine’s claim refers to a "sustained campaign of nonsensical but nevertheless real headlines" over a number of years, ...

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Lebanon’s Leaders Build an Ark

[News footage of a part of Beirut flooding. Image is screenshot from LBC video.]

A fierce storm has been lashing Lebanon since Saturday. The storm has led to severe flooding and near-paralysis of the entire country. The country has not seen a storm like this for decades, some say millennia. Someone remembered a storm like this from a long, long time ago. A man from across the southern border had bought Lebanon’s entire store of cedar trees and used it to build a big boat. There were conspiracy theories, and some muttered that somehow the Jews seem to ...

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The Interactive Lebanese Flag

[Flag of the Republic of Lebanon.]

The interactive Lebanese flag, it keeps everyone happy and works for special occasions:

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