Fans in tears as Lebanese diva Elissa shares her struggle with breast cancer in new music clip

What seemed like a fictional story about a cancer patient turns out to be an autobiography of Elissa herself. (Screen grab of video clip)
Updated 08 August 2018
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Fans in tears as Lebanese diva Elissa shares her struggle with breast cancer in new music clip

  • Elissa revealed the she is battling breast cancer, leaving many fans in complete shock
  • “You are the reason I am strong and healthy… you are my strength," she said

CAIRO: Fans of Lebanese diva Elissa broke into tears when watching her latest music video, in which she publicly shares for the first time her struggle with breast cancer.
In the much awaited-for music video, “Illa Kol Elli Beyhbouni” aka For All Those who Love Me, Elissa revealed that she is battling breast cancer, leaving many fans in complete shock.
She shared a clip of her song in a tweet on Monday, captioned: “You are the reason I am strong and healthy… you are my strength. And this story is a thank you: 'For all those who love me.'”
The video clip starts by featuring a woman inside an MRI machine with the date December 26, 2017 and the subtitle: ‘you have cancer.’
The viewer is then surprised to find that what seemed like a fictional story about a cancer patient is an autobiography of Elissa herself, with actual footage of the singer intercut throughout the clip.
The video features actual recordings of phone calls and exchanges between Angy, the director of the video, and Elissa, sharing her agony, fear and tears over the illness.
It included a clip of her fall on stage during a concert in Dubai earlier this year, hinting that it could have been because of the illness.
While the song was released before the clip, watching the video explains why in the lyrics Elissa expresses love for her close ones and fans, asking them “to hug her and never leave” while calling on them to “enjoy life, as every minute that passes will not come again.”


What We Are Reading Today: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman

Updated 21 April 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman

In Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe, Sheri Berman traces the long history of democracy in its cradle, Europe. 

In her study of European political development over more than 200 years, Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard, shows that the story of democracy in Europe is complicated. 

“The ultimate goal, she believes, is liberal democracy, with elections, respect for the rule of law, individual liberties and minority rights. But that is a rare, and hard-won, achievement. A step forward is often followed by a step back,”  said Max Strasser in a review published in The New York Times.

“This may seem a bit obvious to anyone familiar with the broad outlines of European history, but Berman makes the case clearly and convincingly. Moreover, at a moment when hyperventilating over the decline of democracy has grown into a veritable intellectual industry, her long-view approach comes across as appealingly sober,” Strasser added.