Lebanon POW: 19 – 25 February

This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half. – George Orwell, Animal Farm.

A Lebanese Christian dresses up as a zombie during a parade at the annual carnival preceding Clean Monday, in Tripoli. Christian revelers dress up and parade in the streets of Tripoli during the Zombie carnival which comes before Christians in the country begin to observe Lent, which is marked by the day Clean Monday. (ADEL KARROUM / EPA)

A Lebanese Christian dresses up as a zombie during a parade at the annual carnival preceding Clean Monday, in Tripoli. Christian revelers dress up and parade in the streets of Tripoli during the Zombie carnival which comes before Christians in the country begin to observe Lent, which is marked by the day Clean Monday. (ADEL KARROUM / EPA)

A man wearing a mask parades during the annual festival of Zambo, that marks the beginning of lent, the Christian fasting season ahead of Easter, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. According to local residents, the Zambo is an old Brazilian festival brought to Lebanon decades ago by an immigrant. It is Tripoli’s toned-down version of the Rio De Janeiro festival with Brazil being home to the largest Lebanese expatriate community in the world. (IBRAHIM CHALHOUB / AFP)

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, escorted by his bodyguards, leaves after paying his respects at the gravesite of his father, assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in downtown Beirut. (Hussam Shebaro / REUTERS)

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, escorted by his bodyguards, leaves after paying his respects at the gravesite of his father, assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in downtown Beirut. (Hussam Shebaro / REUTERS)

Snow covered citrus fruits are displayed for sale in Jbaa village, south Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Snow covered citrus fruits are displayed for sale in Jbaa village, south Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Snow covers a tree in Martaba village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, in south Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Snow covers a tree in Martaba village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, in south Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Lebanese satirist Charbel Khalil, center, sends kisses to his supporters after he appeared before a prosecutor at the judicial palace in Beirut, Lebanon. The Lebanese satirist has appeared before a prosecutor in Beirut after the country’s top Sunni religious authority filed a judicial complaint against him for allegedly defaming Islam. Khalil found himself in hot water after he shared a photo on social media earlier this week that was viewed by some as insulting of Islam. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Lebanese satirist Charbel Khalil, center, sends kisses to his supporters after he appeared before a prosecutor at the judicial palace in Beirut, Lebanon. The Lebanese satirist has appeared before a prosecutor in Beirut after the country’s top Sunni religious authority filed a judicial complaint against him for allegedly defaming Islam. Khalil found himself in hot water after he shared a photo on social media earlier this week that was viewed by some as insulting of Islam. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Supporters of Lebanese satirist Charbel Khalil cover their mouths with black cloth and hold a French placard that reads: "we are Charbel," as they protest outside the judicial palace in Beirut. The Lebanese satirist has appeared before a prosecutor in Beirut after the country’s top Sunni religious authority filed a judicial complaint against him for allegedly defaming Islam. Khalil found himself in hot water after he shared a photo on social media earlier this week that was viewed by some as insulting of Islam. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Supporters of Lebanese satirist Charbel Khalil cover their mouths with black cloth and hold a French placard that reads: “we are Charbel,” as they protest outside the judicial palace in Beirut. The Lebanese satirist has appeared before a prosecutor in Beirut after the country’s top Sunni religious authority filed a judicial complaint against him for allegedly defaming Islam. Khalil found himself in hot water after he shared a photo on social media earlier this week that was viewed by some as insulting of Islam. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Dozens of supporters and relatives of leftist militant prisoner Georges Ibrahim Abdallah held an unannounced protest outside the French Embassy in Beirut Friday to demand his release. (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

Dozens of supporters and relatives of leftist militant prisoner Georges Ibrahim Abdallah held an unannounced protest outside the French Embassy in Beirut Friday to demand his release. (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

A dead sea turtle believed to be more than 50 years old washed up on a south Lebanon beach Thursday, after apparently choking on plastic grocery bags it mistook for jellyfish. (Hussein Saad / Assafir)

A dead sea turtle believed to be more than 50 years old washed up on a south Lebanon beach Thursday, after apparently choking on plastic grocery bags it mistook for jellyfish. (Hussein Saad / Assafir)

Former Pr Minister Saad Hariri meets a Delegation of the Family of the Lebanese Soldiers held in captivity by Syrian militias.  (Dalati & Nohra)

Former Pr Minister Saad Hariri meets a Delegation of the Family of the Lebanese Soldiers held in captivity by Syrian militias. (Dalati & Nohra)

Prime Minister Tammam Salam sitting down at the opening of the "Arab Forum for Food Safety and Quality" in the General Union HQ of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries in Beirut. (Bilal Jawich)

Prime Minister Tammam Salam sitting down at the opening of the “Arab Forum for Food Safety and Quality” in the General Union HQ of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries in Beirut. (Bilal Jawich)

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