Kim Ghattas was born in Lebanon at a time when the country was going through a devastating war. Growing up, war "became normal" for her and her family. Today, watching and reporting on the Syrian civil war, Ghattas is reminded of her own life in Lebanon.
In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language but three: English, French & Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue — and speakers will often drift from one language to the next, mid-sentence.
The Sunni-Shiite conflict erupted again in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing dozens and injuring many more. Lebanon has been relatively calm in recent years, but there have been concerns Syrian violence would spill over. Plus, local government corruption is slowing the typhoon response in the Philippines and Parisians are developing a taste for grasshoppers.
The rise of ISIS and their brutal acts of terror have been a horrifying development in the past year. And yet within in the Middle Eastern artistic community, an unlikely group of voices has begun to stand up to try and combat’s the group’s message of fear and intolerance: comedians.