Lebanese women take part in a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon POW: 11 – 17 December

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? — Bill Watterson

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A woman dances in front of riot police during a demonstration in the Kadikoy neighborhood of Istanbul against the eviction of a squatted building. The building was converted into a social meeting center by activists following last year's Gezi Park protests that led to supporting protests across Turkey. (OZAN KOSE / AFP - GETTY IMAGES)

International POW:9-15 December

Humanism is the only – I would go so far as saying the final- resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history. — Edward W. Said

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Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa participate in a charity run down a slope at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Organisers say 250 skiing Santas raised $2,700 for charity at the event. (Brian Snyder / REUTERS)

International POW:2-8 December

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.– Steve Maraboli

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam listen to a translation during after adressing the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels, on December 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanon POW: 27Nov – 3Dec

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. — Steve Jobs

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