Away From Politics

What Yves’ Killers Had To Say Before Turning Themselves In

I can’t believe what I just watched! Are these guys for real? They didn’t mean to kill him? Yves khaykoun sar halla2??
LBCI stated this video was shot right before the two killers turned themselves in.
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via LBCI

It’s More Expensive To Live In Lebanon Than In The United Arab Emirates

According to Numbeo’s cost of living index, Lebanon is the third most expensive Arab country to live in after Kuwait and Qatar. Lebanon came ahead of UAE even though UAE’s local purchasing power is twice as much as Lebanon’s, which is definitely not a good sign. Moreover, if we look at the quality of life index, UAE is in the top 20 while Lebanon is in the bottom 20. Switzerland and Norway topped the list with the highest cost of living index while Pakistan, Nepal and India were found to be the cheapest countries to live in.

To Lebanese Christians: Please Stop Being Stupid Hypocrites

As a recovering Maronite, when Christians in Lebanon behave in a stupid, naive way, it makes me exceptionally sad. After all, even if you don’t identify with a group anymore, you still hold them dear to your heart and care about the mistakes they do more than you would a group you never belonged to.
The past week, I’ve been flabbergasted with how childish and extreme they’ve been, and how poorly their understanding has been, and how quick to jump to conclusions they are, absurdly contradicting every single teaching of the lord they worship, Jesus Christ.

Allo Taxi: Lebanese App of the Week


With the recent excitement about Uber launching in Beirut, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out local taxi company Allo Taxi have their own app to order their cabs, with a few extra perks and an extremely impressive platform considering it was made for Lebanon and the Lebanese, not the entire world.

Why I Never Let People Call Me An “Activist”

I hate the word. It represents a particular interest towards a certain issue that defines the life of the individual activating for it. I don’t, and I don’t ever want to, and for several reasons.
The Causes Should be a Given
The causes I support are not extraordinary and unheard of to the general public. It’s not like trying to fight a massive corporation that people love which might not know is actually causing a lot of harm to other people or the environment. It’s not asking for something that isn’t already a reality on the ground and people’s minds, but just not in legal papers.

Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel, 1993 hasbara version


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Following the conundrum in which Miss Lebanon Sally Greige found herself for (depending on which version you believe) having her selfie photobombed by Miss Israel or alternatively taking a full fledged photo with her, I was reminded of the same incident in  the Miss World1993 when Ghada al Turk took a photo with then Miss Israel Tamara Porat.

Quartet of Endless Grey

Wipe your foggy breath off the cold bus window;
the snow-covered scape outside is darker than it.
Watch your faint reflection in the streaky glass;
the bus's harsh fluorescent lights do you no favor.

I never thought hunger could grow larger than the body,
but you don't let go of a chance to prove me wrong.
Never did I look so large as I do through your eyes;
nor have I felt so small.

I once said I'd never regret a thing--
I regret it all now, even the regret.

It's done:
no more happy endings,
no more new beginnings,
no more looking forward,
no more then...

It's all been done:
there's no tomorrow here;
there's only an endless now,
not interrupted by night or day--

Mimmo Jodice at the Byblos Bank Headquarters


So Byblos Bank does it again, this time bringing the Mimmo Jodice photography exhibition at Byblos Bank Headquarters in Ashrafieh. “Mediterraneo” is the first solo exhibition of this world-renowned artistic photographer in Lebanon and is the official launch event of the PhotoMed Beyrouth photography festival which will take place in Beirut from January 21 to February 11, 2015.

Bonjour tout le monde !

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Lebanese Lawyers Delegation Assaulted In Cairo

Members of the Syrian delegation assaulted Fadi Saad, a Lebanese lawyer, after he spoke against the Syrian army and the Syrian regime during the 23rd conference for Arab lawyers that was being held in Egypt. You’d expect lawyers to be the last people to resort to violence but then again everything is different in the Arab world.
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Faten Hamama, a bitter day


Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

Faten Hamama, dubbed "sayyidat al chacha al Arabiya" (the grande dame of the Arabic screen) is no more. In reference to one of her popular movies "yawm murr, yawm helou" (a bitter day, a sweet day) the above work says.... A bitter day.

Miss Lebanon’s Selfie Photo-bombed By Miss Israel

PS: It seems Miss Israel photobombed Sally’s selfie by taking her own selfie. This calls for a new hashtag #Incelfie

A Cool Tribute To Faten Hamama By Lebanese-Texan Artist Corinne Martin

Update: Check out this amazing tribute by Magda Abu-Fadil from The Huffington Post.
Faten Hamama, an iconic Egyptian film star and the “Lady of the Arabic screen” has passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Faten Hamama lived in Beirut and London between 1966 and 1971 as she was being harassed by Egyptian intelligence during that time. She was awarded the “Al-Arz” decoration by the Lebanese President in 2001 and got an honorary doctorate from the American University of Beirut in 2013.

Of Malcolm Kerr or the Symbol of Resilience

Malcolm Kerr, a highly respected American Arabist, stayed on as president, keeping alive a small flame of optimism for the future of AUB and his beloved Lebanon.
On January 18, Kerr left the president's house and walked across the quiet, tree-shaded campus, passing under the old stone archway bearing the inscription "That They May Have Life and Have It More Abundantly". He entered College Hall and went to his office on the second floor. Outside the door, two young men stepped out of an adjacent hall, raised their pistols, and fired. Kerr died instantly.

-Lebanon, Susan Mackey

Gas Prices Might No Longer Drop In Lebanon

Update (20/01/2015): It appears that the government won’t be fixing any prices and the prices will drop by more than 1,000 Lebanese Lira tomorrow.

The Margiela AIDS t-shirt (now mine!)


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Anyone noticed that I rarely blog on anything fashion-related and if I even mention fashion it is most of the time related to Margiela (here and here), and now I am the proud owner of a limited

Ivy Reviews: Yalla 3a2belkon

Forever 21 Now Open At City Centre Beirut

I had posted back in September that Forever 21 is set to open early January and today is the official opening.

#Lebanon Has The Highest Per Capita Concentration of Refugees in The World: 257 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants

The UN announced last week that Syrians have overtaken Afghans as the largest refugee population (aside from Palestinians) as they’ve fled to over 100 countries to escape war in Syria. They are more than 3 million refugees as of mid-2014 with almost 1.1 million registered refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon’s population has grown by nearly 25% ever since the war in Syria began in 2011.

Ready

It seems that Holland experienced its warmest year ever in 2014. We (as in Lebanese) felt that one too: it was the one winter ever without snow. I don’t remember any winters without snow in Lebanon, except that one.  

Reasons for Living—or Not

It often begins with the low light of early spring:
the distant sounds of life on a chilly Sunday;
your reflection in a screen, bigger than it needs to be;
a dog nearing the end of her life, turning away
from food like only a dying animal can.
                                                            The last
to surrender is often the sense of the beginning,
that what might have been can still be. Instead
is a rigid sense of awakening, that this is all there is
and will be: a cold counting of assets, tabulating life,
seeing it on the losing end.
                                        And in the silence
connecting all—bathing you with your own thoughts
and the smelly leftovers of yesterday’s dream—

Nutella’s Controversial Billboard

Picture via Rania el Khatib
People are apparently upset with the above Nutella billboard because it shows Christian names with the English version and Muslim names (Except for Sarah which is not Muslim) with the Arabic one. I don’t know if all the billboards are like this one but I agree that the way the names were depicted in this one is wrong, even if it wasn’t done intentionally. I wouldn’t make a big fuss out of it though but whomever did this should have been more careful.

Nutella, religious balance and "6 w 6 mkarrar"


Photo credit: Rania El Khatib

For those who do not know the law that governs religious balance in Lebanon is known as"6 w 6 mkarrar" - meaning 6 and 6 repeated and was initiated during the French mandate whereby 6 representatives would be chosen for the Christians and then 6 for the Moslems and so on...

Isn’t That The Old Elie Saab Logo?

I first thought it was Elie Saab until I re-read and noticed it’s Saba not Saab. However, I’m almost sure Elie Saab had the same logo with the same font and different thickness for the first and family name. Too bad I couldn’t find it online to compare the two as it must have be long time ago.
Spotted in Zahle.

Roumieh Prison’s Notorious Bloc B Had A Barber Shop, A Server Room, A Coffee Shop And Women Clothes

Kalam Ennas showed yesterday exclusive footage from inside Roumieh’s Bloc B and I can easily say this is one of the biggest scandals in Lebanon’s history. A whole building inside Roumieh’s prison that contains an operations room, servers and hubs, a library and a coffee shop, a school to train terrorists, LCD and LED TVs, drugs and women clothes etc …

Beirut Among The 50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s

Beirut made it on EliteDaily’s List of The 50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s and I actually agree on their description of Beirut as being a “great place to eat, explore and party”. Beirut is a great city to visit if you are in your 20s as you could rent a small apartment or stay at a cheap motel in Mar Mikhael, Hamra or Gemayze, explore the city during the day, enjoy the great food we have to offer and party and have fun at night.

Rain

Love the rain. For now. Not much else to add to that.
Bliss Street
Bliss Street

Mia Khalifa #JeSuisCharlie

Charlie Abdo it is lol!

Epic Fail: 2e7zarou Al Takleed = ?

Thanks Barakat!

Fairouz Old House In Beirut To Become A Museum

The old Beiruti house Fairouz grew up in won’t be demolished and turned into a skyscraper. Instead the municipality of Beirut will take over the house and turn it into a museum to honor Fairouz’s career and achievements. I am glad that the house won’t be demolished like Amine Maalouf’s residence and this is the least the municipality can do to one of the most widely admired and respected singers in the Arab world.

#JusticeForYves: Yves Nawfal’s Killer Arrested At Last!

The ISF Intelligence Branch arrested in Brital Charbel George Khalil, who is accused of killing Yves Naufal. They also found the Jeep that was used in the murder. Great News!

Lou3bat al Nissa2 Old Lebanese Movie Trailer

Update: Here’s a [link] to the full video.
Chawki Matta, Houwayda, Rafic Najem and Madeleine Tabbar are in that movie. I saw somewhere in the comments that the guy singing at the end is Sami Clark (Grandizer song) but I can’t confirm. Does anyone know where we can download or buy this movie?
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