The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink” – George Orwell.

An Armenian Lebanese girl carries an Armenian flag during a protest to mark the 103rd anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

An Armenian Lebanese girl carries an Armenian flag during a protest to mark the 103rd anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Lebanese University students demonstrating with slogans in arabic reading “I don’t want to study in the summer!”, as professors strike for a second week to demand higher wages.(Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

Lebanese University students demonstrating with slogans in arabic reading “I don’t want to study in the summer!”, as professors strike for a second week to demand higher wages.(Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

Participants run with their kids during the "Women's Race" marathon event in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)

Participants run with their kids during the “Women’s Race” marathon event in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)

A participant takes part in a Women's Race in the capital Beirut in Lebanon. (Anwar Amro/ AFP)

A participant takes part in a Women’s Race in the capital Beirut in Lebanon. (Anwar Amro/ AFP)

Posters depicting photos of candidates for parliamentary elections from competing lists posted on a Beirut street, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Posters depicting photos of candidates for parliamentary elections from competing lists posted on a Beirut street, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Palestinian refugees watches the Nakba rally on television in Shatila refugee camp, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Palestinian refugees watches the Nakba rally on television in Shatila refugee camp, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Graffiti on a wall in Beirut depicting fictional politicians running in the upcoming parliamentary election, with speech bubbles reading in Arabic "Vote for us, no matter. So we can love your mother again”. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

Graffiti on a wall in Beirut depicting fictional politicians running in the upcoming parliamentary election, with speech bubbles reading in Arabic “Vote for us, no matter. So we can love your mother again”. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

General security member holds Syrian refugee children, who fled to Lebanon, as they wait for buses to go back to Syria from the southern village of Shebaa, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

General security member holds Syrian refugee children, who fled to Lebanon, as they wait for buses to go back to Syria from the southern village of Shebaa, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

An employee of the electoral monitoring committee watches a televised speech of a parliamentary candidate and records the time of his speech in Beirut, Lebanon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

An employee of the electoral monitoring committee watches a televised speech of a parliamentary candidate and records the time of his speech in Beirut, Lebanon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

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