Rasha Salti

Rasha Salti is based in Beirut.

August 10, 2006

Happy New Year From Beirut

[This was a New Year's Note that Rasha sent on December 31, 2005]
Dear Naeem,
I don't know if 2005 was a good year for you. Or for your people. Or for your astrological sign. I would like to try to stack words into sentences and convey optimism and hope for merriment, bounty and felicity, on the advent of this coming year and yet sound credible. My wishes spring wholly and truly from the deepest of my heart. The question is whether we can imagine that the world might become a less intolerant, unjust, unhappy and dark place for the largest share of humanity.

You have no reason to share my optimism, but I am writing from Beirut, a really small place in this world that believes itself to be a small vangard laboratory where the Great Powers that rule the world experiment with forms of social and political organizations. Beirut is many things, including the world capital of hubris, or the place where the largest amount of people that indulge in hubris live or spend their summer and winter vacations.
[Image: Zena el-Khalil]

Beirut is also a Nieztchean capital, or the capital city where the largest amount of people live animated (purely and exclusively) with the will to believe they are anywhere else but in Beirut. Beirut is a place in this world where the parochial is universal, the commonplace regional, the everyday world-historical, and where the news reads like a third rate noir and international intrigue novel.

Fearless of hubris, from Beirut, I dare express my optimism and wish you all a new year filled with felicity, bounty and merriment.

Hubrisless, optimistic and stubborn, Rasha.

12 Comments:

  • At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I dont even know how i came across your blog...but you seem to have alot time on your hands with these very long posts...
    anyways...
    I feel for the Lebanonese people who are stuck in the middle of the this...put i dont understand why you tolerate Hizbullah? They are like the Taliban and Al Quada of Afghanastan who control the region for their own crazy needs and not the needs of the people. RISE UP!! And take control over your land and your future and stop being controled by Iran and Syria. I support a free Lebanon but i dont think the people do! Stop blaming everyone else for you problems and take responsibility for yourselves already. Forget Israel and the UN. Your leadership is weak and puny. They have done nothing on the ground to change the situation your in now.

     
  • At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "but you seem to have alot time on your hands with these very long posts..." Well excuse me, But you and I obviously won't have that much time on our hands, since nothing in our lives changed. You still wake up every morning, have your cup of coffee, go on with your life, watch the news, then allow yourself to make judgements. Excuse me for passing a judgement here, but enough of this RISE UP, DO THIS AND DO THAT! How come its so easy to just tell people how to go about with their lives when you probably have no idea what its like. And oh, please, "Forget Israel and the UN". I dont think I can even get started on this!

     
  • At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well i would hope you wouldnt get started with that because Lebanon suffers from systemic issues which have to do with Syria if anything.
    I dont need to pass Judgement. Cause History will and it will show that people who want freedom need to fight for it...if Lebanon wants to be free, then the people and the poor excuse for a government need to start acting as such.
    Lebanon, which unlike other coutries in the middle east has the ability to shine.
    If it wants to. Its not enough to wave flags when Syrian tanks leave the country.

     
  • At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this blog is about what life is like during the times of war in Libanon. It's not about who's responsible, or which country should do what to fix it. Starting a political discussion here means you just don't get it.

     
  • At 6:10 AM, Blogger Jean-Christophe Helary said…

    Is there any possibility to wire money to any kind of organization you know needs it ?
    I came across your blog after reading Doug Henwood had interviewed you a few days ago.

     
  • At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Rasha,
    I miss reading your notes. Maybe one final episode?
    r.

     
  • At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Rasha, I was just going through your diary notes on the war and you mentioned you are single. From the few scraps of information you provided about yourself, you could potentially qualify as sexy intelligent woman. Any chance of a pic. or e-mail? I'm a scientist/teacher living in London!
    I know it's crazy, but then life is mad.
    Whatever happens DON'T LOOSE YOUR HUMANITY.
    PS By the way I'm persian and muslim.

     
  • At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rasha -
    I am an actress in the US playing the part of a Palestinian academic and am doing research to do the role justice and portray her as accurately as I can. Our dialect coach found an interview with you for me to listen to, and I am hoping you (or a friend or colleague) might be willing to share some information/answer some questions about access to education for women and class levels. I'll continue to check your post in the hopes of a reply.
    C -

     
  • At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rasha -
    I am an actress in the US playing the part of a Palestinian academic and am doing research to do the role justice and portray her as accurately as I can. Our dialect coach found an interview with you for me to listen to, and I am hoping you (or a friend or colleague) might be willing to share some information/answer some questions about access to education for women and class levels. I'll continue to check your post in the hopes of a reply.
    C -

     
  • At 4:45 AM, Blogger Marcel-H said…

    hi rasha

    i accidentally ran through ur blog
    i live in jerusalem. im a h.r. activist.

    i want to write more but strangely- thats all ive got to say
    good luck woth ur life

     
  • At 3:01 PM, Anonymous dany de cullá said…

    Hi Rasha. Your Insights into Syrian Cinema... is a Promise and a Delight. I want to enter a relationship. Send to me yr news, items,gifts. Thanks in advamce.
    Season's Greetings
    Poets of the World
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    09080-Burgos (Spain)

     
  • At 5:50 AM, Blogger Free Poker Capital said…

    Hallo Rasha :)

    I think you bring up some very valid points and explain them very well. Annonymous said: "Whatever happens DON'T LOOSE YOUR HUMANITY." , yes you right. But this is not easy. Specially whan you live in 3-level countries ...

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