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Beirut+ TV: Lebanon's Online Animated Satire

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's tough being a satirist amid countless known and invisible threats, but that hasn't deterred Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine and their merry group from poking fun at all things Lebanese via Beirut+ TV.

No, the Paris Tragedy Won't Bring About a Len Pen Presidency

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Kevin A. Lees

There's a simple reason why a Le Pen presidential victory, though not impossible, remains incredibly implausible -- and that's as true today as it was last week or last month. It's because France, like many countries around the world, has a runoff presidential system.

We Stand With France

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

The United States of America and France are brothers in fraternity as diamonds shining in the rough, against all odds, full of optimism, resiliency, and engendering the best of the world. Both nations are the height of what people and civilizations can accomplish.

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.02.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

The New World Encyclopedia offers interesting background information on Byblos. Other publications and websites also cover its rich history. But visiting Byblos is a sure way of appreciating its heritage.

Oh No, Not Again

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I love having a man who enjoys conversing with me -- someone who actually listens and gives me feedback. But not now -- not with the price of gas so high.

Easy Vol au Vent Appetizers with Brie and Jam

Food Fanatic | Posted 12.21.2014 | Taste
Food Fanatic

I adore a drawn out holiday season because it means more great time spent with family and, of course, more food. Because of the multiple get-togethers, I am planning a variety of different appetizer recipes.

What Is the Future for France's Jews?

Eric Keslassy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Eric Keslassy

Battered by hatred, French Jews are getting scared. Promises to emigrate abroad (including, but not only, to Israel) have increased significantly. Is leaving the only solution for the Jews of France?

Book of the Year: Guantanamo

David Shook | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
David Shook

Guantanamo is a powerful reminder that language is an instrument of power, equally capable of humanizing and dehumanizing others. Guantanamo itself, with its strange, off-the-books location on Cuba and its strict policy of secrecy, bears witness to the impunity of the powerful.

Arbitres Sans Frontieres: The Glass Ceiling for NHL Francophone Officials

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.19.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

For American and Francophone officials in the NHL, there is still very much a glass ceiling. There are still subtle limits on the upper mobility even of the (still) relatively few who even get into the officiating rank-and-file.

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling In France

EuroCheapo | Posted 01.17.2015 | Travel
EuroCheapo

So you're feeling like you've mastered the "bonjours" and "mercis"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.

Is The Belly The Last Taboo For Women's Bodies?

Constance Caylar | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Constance Caylar

So the perfect woman has to have big boobs, a big butt... but why doesn't she have a big gut? The stomach remains the big taboo of the female body: it can't exist, it has to be as flat as possible, with the waistline perfectly defined and no disgraceful flab.

Protecting Our Cultural Endangered Species: School Policies

Alissa Stern | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Alissa Stern

The combination of political stability and internal educational policy advocacy is one combination that seems to hold promise for the strengthening of regional languages. But the pace needs to be sped up, before regional languages are too inconsequential to be revitalized.

Landscapes of Clarity - Dan Kiley's Modernist Origins in Seventeenth Century France

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Despite all this new visibility for Kiley, there is much still not known and awaiting discovery, and part of that involves retracing his steps.

Bread Is Not Your Enemy

Gitanjali Roche | Posted 12.03.2014 | Taste
Gitanjali Roche

He's so passionate about eating good bread that he even brings his own flour on vacation.

French Idyll: One Visit, Three Voices (Part 1)

Pam Townsend | Posted 11.29.2014 | Travel
Pam Townsend

Traveling is, by its nature, an intensely individual and personal experience. Whether one travels solo on a self-planned journey or as part of an organized group tour, the resulting experiences will be different for each traveler, based on interests, knowledge and temperament.

Don't Worry... Be Crappy

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Over the years I've gotten pretty good at being pretty crappy at some things. To be clear, I hate being crappy at things. It's not my intention, it's frustrating. But I also know that sometimes it's just necessary.

C'est la Vie, Y'all: How the French Get Divorced

Natalie Gregg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Divorce
Natalie Gregg

In a nutshell, there is no smut, drama or Matlock maneuvering in French divorce court. Likewise, instead of surprise hearings and sensational trials, French divorce is fairly vanilla compared to its US counterpart.

Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Zoltan Istvan

Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction to reality.

Plus Ca Change

Francis Levy | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Punctuating pieces of writing with French phrases is a charming affectation that was more prevalent in previous ages. The idea of course is the English or American writer can evince a certain level of cultivation and/or sophistication through his knowledge of French.

How To Tackle Life's Little Frustrations

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that life will hand you a stink every once in a while. Accept and feel your stink. Respond to it and remember it. And know that life's stinks are just part of the game. And you can handle it just fine.

Forms of Table Service

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.19.2014 | Taste
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Originally, French service meant all the food served at a meal was placed on the table at once, and guests passed the platters and served themselves, what we think of today as family style. The modern buffet style of dining evolved from this.

58 Frenetic Hours in Cairo

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.15.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

Cairo under the best of circumstances is frenetic, so 58 hours in the Egyptian capital proved an exhausting undertaking requiring a hardy stamina and lots of patience.

Needed Now: RNTO

Jonathan Russo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

To confront these metastasizing horrors a new treaty organization is needed: RNTO -- the Rational Nations Treaty Organization.

The Messy, Imperfect Blog Post

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Reflect on the lessons you've learned recently. Reflect on what you might want to change. Reflect on how you might bust out of your comfort zone to get there. Be imperfect. But be real. Know that's the best way to be. And know that, in the end, it will all be fine.

Do You Have Joie de Vivre?

Peg Melnik | Posted 09.28.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

I can spot a Parisian anywhere, even if he doesn't live in the City of Light. Even if he speaks broken French with an American accent.