“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. – Mark Twain.
Men ride on a scooter without helmets, as one of them holds a booklet of the new traffic law, as they pass policemen controlling traffic in Beirut. A new rigid traffic law is expected to be implemented in Lebanon on April 22 with heavy penalties for drivers not following rules. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS) A man smokes amid hanged clothing inside a compound for Syrian Refugees in Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS) Actors and residents attend a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS) A boy eats while playing in a basket with other boys inside a compound for Syrian Refugees in Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS) Youths, with their mouths taped, take part in a sit-in at Beirut’s Martyr’s Square, organised by Lebanon’s principal Armenian political party, Tashnag, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915. (AMWAR AMRO / AFP) A Lebanese Armenian woman walks past graffitti in the Armenian dominant Burj Hammoud’s area on the northern outskirts of Beirut. For thousands of Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon, the slaughter and expulsion of their ancestors a century ago is less a historical event than an ongoing trauma. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) Lebanese Army soldiers stand at attention during a hand-over ceremony of a shipment of French weapons to the Lebanese Army at Raffic Hariri International Airport. Lebanon received the first French weapons in a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme intended to bolster the country’s army to take on jihadist threats, particularly along its border with Syria. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) Basket weaver Matta Makhoul carries his hand-woven baskets at his village in Kefraya, east of Sidon. The traditional craft of basket weaving, once very prosperous, would have been extinct by now if it was not for Matta Makhoul, one of a handful of craftsmen remaning in Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS) Photographers take pictures for a Yemeni Child as supporters of Hezbollah listen to a speech of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah via a big screen during a rally in support the Yamani people in southern suburb in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA) A man trying to look outside from a muddy window, after a small sand storm hit lebanon last week. Resident in several cities and town woke up to find sand and mud covering their cars. (Nabil Ismail)