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Monday, March 28, 2011

Message from Octavia

Every now and then, something happens to remind us of the power of kindness and the pleasure the act of being kind brings to our life. I invite you today to explore the world of kindness through the heart of Guest Blogger Kim. It's the first guest post I host on my site in the hope that many more will follow.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

U.S. military intervention in Libya. Right or wrong?

Octavia has posted her first video blog.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Breast Cancer: Make it Your Battle

Special blog for Twestival Beirut 2011

As a teenager, I witnessed a very emotional whispering scene between my mom and her friend. Loris was the second wife of my mom’s cousin and was revealing something that looked like a mixture of shocking, sad, painful, desperate and scary all at once kind of news. I didn’t dare ask what was going and no one ever told me. But it was evident by Loris’ changing looks from one visit to another that something was eating her up from inside. She shrunk and her skin changed color with time. Her hair fell off, she covered her head with a nice scarf and later a wig. Then my mom started visiting her at home as she couldn’t make it out of the house. The last time my mom saw her was at the hospital as she was ready to give up her fight with breast cancer.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Octavia in Hasnaa' Magazine

Check out Octavia's recent article in Lebanon's Hasnaa' Magazine الحسناء available in PDF format.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Coming Up This Weekend

Don't miss this Sunday, March 13, Octavia's exclusive interview on Khallik Bil Beyt - خليك بالبيت - with Zahi Wehbe on Lebanon's Future TV.

The 3-hour interview airs after the nightly news Sunday both locally and in the US via Dish Network.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day 2011

On this International women's day, I send my love and admiration to every woman who gives without asking for anything in return. You are truly a rare breed.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Social Media Were Made For Arabs

Part 3

2009 - The Year of the social media lessons

The end of 2008 and beginning of 2009 ushered in a new wave of violence in the Middle East in the form of an Israeli incursion into Gaza with the aim of quelling the Hamas attacks against Israel. Western media reported it from a distance because Israel did not issue permits for western journalists to enter Gaza and give their first hand accounts of what was going on, citing concern over their safety. To this day, there are unfinished inquiries and many controversies surrounding the Israeli attack which was protested around the world. Read the UNHRC Goldstone Report details below.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Social Media Were Made For Arabs

Part 2

Since the inception of what we refer to today as social media, we’ve seen many stories break and develop on social networks before becoming major news stories on traditional media. For each one of us there is a memory I’m sure of that one event they read about first on Twitter or Facebook or in an article that was shared by e-mail or a link that was sent during an IM chat that turned out to be not only a true story but a huge one, perhaps even a breaking news story that changed the way they think about the role and consumption of social media.

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