The tradition is to have Lebanese commandos eat live snakes at graduation ceremonies as a show of strength. Due to the cold weather, these commandos are eating live chickens instead in a gruesome public display.
"When you look in the mirror you see not just your face but a museum," writes Dana Wojokh.
Indeed, our features are a testament to our heritage and our ancestry. And in Dana's case, this is a testament of her proud Circassian heritage.
In attempt to draw attention to the situation in Palestine, author, journalist and blogger Pamela J. Olsen talks about her Palestinian friend Rania and tells her complicated story. In spite of having the odds stalked against her, Rania still pursues her ambitions and gives a helping hand to her community in spite of dire conditions.