Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. – Vincent van Gogh.

The destruction of the ancient buildings to be replaced by high towers, in Gemmayzeh, Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Beydoun)

The destruction of the ancient buildings to be replaced by high towers, in Gemmayzeh, Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Beydoun)

Prime minister Saad Hariri visits the tomb of Wissam al-Hassan on the 5th anniversary of his assassination, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

Prime minister Saad Hariri visits the tomb of Wissam al-Hassan on the 5th anniversary of his assassination, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

A police raid against unlicensed street vendors in Beirut’s southern suburbs of Hay el-Sellom caused a public expression of anger in a stronghold of Hezbollah. (Hasan Shaaban)

A police raid against unlicensed street vendors in Beirut’s southern suburbs of Hay el-Sellom caused a public expression of anger in a stronghold of Hezbollah. (Hasan Shaaban)

A man takes a photo of migrating birds flying, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

A man takes a photo of migrating birds flying, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

Chinese peacekeepers watch the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in southern Lebanon. (Dong Yongkang / Xinhua)

Chinese peacekeepers watch the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in southern Lebanon. (Dong Yongkang / Xinhua)

A Lebanese child plays with dolls as people behind her practice yoga during the special "108 Sun Salutations" event in Beirut's Martyrs Square, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

A Lebanese child plays with dolls as people behind her practice yoga during the special “108 Sun Salutations” event in Beirut’s Martyrs Square, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Soldiers films yoga enthusiasts during '108 Sun Salutations' gathering, in Martyrs Square, Beirut, Lebanon. (Balkis Press / Sipa USA)

Soldiers films yoga enthusiasts during ‘108 Sun Salutations’ gathering, in Martyrs Square, Beirut, Lebanon. (Balkis Press / Sipa USA)

A farmer harvests olives at a field in the town of Batroumin north of Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A farmer harvests olives at a field in the town of Batroumin north of Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Supporters of Habib al-Shartouni,demonstrating against his conviction, in front of the Court of Justice in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Supporters of Habib al-Shartouni,demonstrating against his conviction, in front of the Court of Justice in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

“Lebanese Forces” celebrate the conviction of Habib al-Shartouni, over a 1982 bombing that killed Lebanese president-elect Bashir Gemayel, in Achrafieh, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

“Lebanese Forces” celebrate the conviction of Habib al-Shartouni, over a 1982 bombing that killed Lebanese president-elect Bashir Gemayel, in Achrafieh, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

"Peace" in arabic painted by Ashekman on the roofs of 85 buildings in Tripoli's Syria street, in Lebanon. (ASHEKMAN)

“Peace” in arabic painted by Ashekman on the roofs of 85 buildings in Tripoli’s Syria street, in Lebanon. (ASHEKMAN)

A calligraphy mural depicting two famous characters from the iconic movie “West Beirut”, drawn by Yazan Halwani, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Gino’sBlog)

A calligraphy mural depicting two famous characters from the iconic movie “West Beirut”, drawn by Yazan Halwani, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Gino’sBlog)

A ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson / Getty)

A ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson / Getty)

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