Away From Politics

What Liz Sarkisian can teach Amal Clooney



And so it happened, the honeymoon is over. I mean literally. A woman goes to a honeymoon, her husband leaves early to start working again, and she goes back to her career and travels to Athens alone. Sounds bleak doesn't it?
Well, let's put things in perspective a bit.

DIVVY Review

I don’t usually think about a review too much, I just open a new tab and start writing. But, with Divvy, it was hard just placing it in a category to decide how to proceed from there.

Run The Beirut Marathon In A Wedding Dress To End Early and Forced Marriages in Lebanon

ABAAD and Esposa Beirut are asking female participants in the Beirut International Marathon to participate and run the 10KM fun run in a wedding dress in order to raise awareness on early and forced marriages in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa region. That’s a pretty cool and fun idea. I just hope women will be able to find cheap wedding dresses.
You can find more information [Here].

Waynon Movie Trailer

Thousands of people who disappeared during the war in Lebanon and its aftermath are still missing today. The government has done nothing to clarify the fate of the missing persons, and the families are still waiting. Waynon is about six Lebanese women representing three generations, each one still waiting for the man in her life who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and is still missing.
It will be out on October 30.
[YouTube]
Thanks Kriks!

Parenting Fail: Dad Yelling At His Kid For Drinking Nido And Using Too Many Diapers

I hope it wasn’t the mother filming this video.
[YouTube]

There’s Nothing Special About Nawal Berry’s Twitter Wedding Proposal

Can someone explain to me why everyone’s talking about this wedding proposal that Nawal Berry has turned down on Twitter? Did anyone bother look at the guy’s twitter account? He’s been active for a month now and most his tweets look like spam. Moreover there’s nothing priceless or funny about his proposal. The only funny thing is that most Lebanese on Twitter were surprised by this man’s proposal and all acted as if religion didn’t matter to them. That’s the best joke I’ve heard in a long while.

British Ambassador Tom Fletcher Worked As A Domestic Worker To Highlight Migrant Worker Rights

Few months back, His Excellency was invited to a formal dinner when he noticed domestic workers were all seated on a separate table, so he went and sat down with them then left the dinner. Today, Tom has decided to fill in the shoes of Kalkedan, an Ethiopian domestic worker, to highlight once again migrant workers rights in Lebanon.

To Our Countries

It’s hard not to shed a tear or two in those deeply moving 8 minutes and 44 seconds. If not for Rihan’s gut-wrenching words, then for Faia’s heart-piercing voice and the medley of song verses and anthems from the Levantine’s absolute best.
I adore my country. I love Syria and Iraq, and some of my fondest childhood memories happened in streets unrecognizable today. I wish I could go to Palestine, and their struggle, for better or for worse, has been ours as well for decades.

One Of The Lebanese Kidnapped Army Soldiers Met With His Family

What these families are going through is unbearable and unacceptable. From one side, the government is barely doing anything to free the soldiers and from another side the terrorists are giving the families false hopes and leaving them anxious and fearful regarding the future fate of their sons.
29 soldiers have been kidnapped for over a month now by al-Nusra Front and ISIS in Ersal.
[YouTube]

Fascinating Observations of Life in the West by an Iraqi Anthropologist

Until now there have been very few authoritative anthropological study about the Western World, of which we know very little aside from inaccurate media representations and what we see in TV and film which can be hardly representative of the reality of Western culture. However a major study by Iraqi anthropologist Hassan Daqiq is set to change that. Daqiq spent years living among Western people and meticulously documenting their culture and lifestyle. The result is a rich archival encyclopaedia of the habits and daily lives of Western people.

Hilarious Wissam Kamal: Lebanese Father and Son Driving

This video is so true!
If you haven’t heard of Wissam Kamal yet, like these people, check out his YouTube channel [Here].
[YouTube]

Ruptured presents RADIOKVM, album launch at Beirut Art Center

Ruptured presents: A launch concert for Lebanese electronic artist RADIOKVM‘s first release ISSRAR Featuring live music by radiokvm & live video by Rami el Sabbagh [ISSRAR is the first vinyl release from Ruptured. It will be available in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered LP’s with gourmet jacket]   RADIOKVM Hailing from Beirut, Lebanon, SARY MOUSSA […]

3al Lebnené الطاقة الشمسية

The video may be silly but it cracked me up! Check it out [here].
PS: I don’t know if these guys were stuck in traffic when they came up with this video, but it would be nice to see more vines and short videos posted by Lebanese stuck for hours on the road, specially that winter is almost here and traffic will only get worse.

What Will Happen When Lebanon Becomes an Oil Rich Country

I’ve noticed recently an increased interest on oil and gas activities in Lebanon but I can’t figure out why. Executive Magazine has released a couple of articles lately, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration published an assessment report and the Lebanese Gas & Oil Facebook page has been pretty active lately.

Humans of Beirut

Cinderella on the run I am waiting for someone to start a Humans of Beirut site, like its New York counterpart. This girl should feature in it. She came strutting down Hamra Street, all confident, while her dad was busy on his cell phone.

Missing Iraqi Cash ($1.2 To $1.6 Billion) Ended In Lebanon

Stuart W. Bowen Jr., left, a special inspector general who examined corruption and waste in Iraq
After the US defeated Saddam Hussein in 2003, $12 billion to $14 billion was sent to Iraq in the airlift, and an additional $5 billion was sent by electronic transfer to support Iraq’s new government and help the economy. However, and based on an investigation led by Stuart W. Bowen, he found that between $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion had been stolen and moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping.

What’s Happening To The Iconic El-Houssami Old Lebanese House In Byblos?

I am finding this hard to believe but according to the president of Jbeil-Byblos municipality Ziad Hawat, the old famous Lebanese house in Byblos, as well as the sea castle and other ruins in one of the oldest cities in the world are in danger. Jbeil’s touristic sites have been neglected by the authorities and need proper maintenance and renovation.

Pierre Hachache Has Officially Gone Crazy Lol!

Check out what he had to say to the Lebanese soldier who defected the other day.
[YouTube]
and listen to his latest hit (NSFW).

A Walk in the Park


I had a lovely walk in the park this evening. It brought me back ‘home’.

They say that the first 15 years of someone’s life are instrumental to the formation of a person’s identity. After that, it doesn’t really matter anymore where you live or grow up; your comfort zone has been established, and you will forever feel most at ease in that society. 

Of Beirut or Fate

Somewhere it's been written.
Somewhere it's been decided.
I was born in war.
War is my fate.
I have never known Beirut without war.
I have never known Beirut without injustice.
I have never known Beirut without fear.
I have never known...
Will I die in my country?
Will I die in war?
Will I ever know?

I look at Beirut. She looks back. Envious.
Envious of freedom. Of opportunities. Of what if.
Envious of unspeakable possibilities.
And all I want is to go back.
To her chaos and ugliness.
To her carelessness.
To realize an unrealistic dream.
To give back the love she deserves.

Is love most romantic when it's unfulfilled?
Do I love you because you don't truly exist?

Achrafieh 2020: Discover Abdel Wahab & Sodeco On October 19

The car-free day in Sodeco and Abdel Wahab that was cancelled previously due to security concerns will take place on October 19 from 10 am till 7 pm.
I always look forward to these car-free days and I am definitely going next Sunday. See you all there!
Check out this [link] for more info.

Maya’s Epic Note To The Parking Ticket Guy

via MayaZankoul
That’s hilarious! Now we will wait and see if she gets a ticket or not.

#ToOurCountries By Faia And Rihan Younan

To Our countries was produced by a group of young people living in Sweden and originally from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.
Wars are still raging unfortunately in the Middle East and thousands of innocent civilians are getting killed everyday. Lebanon is still safe from a new civil war and we need to keep it that way at any cost.
[YouTube]

Living The Single Life In Beirut

[YouTube]
I am happily married because I chose to, but I’ve never understood the pressure that families and society in general here in Lebanon put on single women and men who don’t wish to get married or are just too focused on their career. Being single is not a bad thing and Jasmina Najjar tells us everything about living the single life in Beirut in this TED talk at LAU.
Jasmina is a good friend and the author of “Beirut Knights”, a book on Lebanese dating disasters. I started reading that book which is pretty fun but didn’t have time to finish yet. You can read more about the book and the author [Here].

Mercedes Benz: 48 hours in Beirut

Mercedes Benz posted on their website a nice “48 hours in Beirut” article where they went “through the mountains, sea and green between French, Arabic and English, into the night and beyond the day” and learned what Lebanon and Beirut are all about.
Check out this cool feature [Here].
Thanks Elie!

We Went Busking With Slavoj Žižek

Superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek once claimed that his lectures are more rock and roll than The Beatles in their heyday. We decided to put the idea to the test by taking the unkempt Slovenian philosopher busking and see how much money he can make by ad-libbing about politics, philosophy and psychoanalysis on the streets of London. The results will surprise you.
1 The ICA - post-superpower capitalist world order

Another Desperate Lover On The Jal el Dib Bridge (Tato will you be his gf?)

via Rita
Rima’s lover never got an answer and something tells me Tato will decline this guy’s offer as well.

Pine Nuts Shortage In Lebanon

Pine nuts prices have gone up by 40% in the past two years according to the this LBCI report. 1 pine nuts kilo costs now 100,000 LL which is quite expensive but not surprising given that pine nuts have always been pricey and they are not that available worldwide not just in Lebanon. Unfortunately in Lebanon, the problem is that there are no serious initiatives by the government or concerned ministries to grow more pine trees and we have hundreds if not thousands of pine trees destroyed every year by “intentional” forest fires.

Everything You Need To Know On Oil And Gas And Lebanon’s Strategic Environmental Assessment

Executive Magazine has been doing a tremendous job following up on potential offshore oil and gas activities in Lebanon and what the The Lebanese Petroleum Administration has been up to. The latest is a nicely summarized guide of the 900 pages strategic environmental assessment (SEA) related to potential offshore oil and gas activities that the LPA has published.

9 Must-Try Dishes In Beirut According To Don’t Believe In Jet Lag

The list doesn’t include only dishes and is not very specific but it’s a good recommendation for people visiting Beirut for the first time or looking to try out specialties here. Pine-nut Hummus, Kaak at Abou Arab, breakfast buffet at the Four Seasons, Em Sherif, Sea Bream Sashimi at Al Sultan Ibrahim, Sahyoun’s Falafel and Tawlet are great choices.
Maybe I should come up with my own list as there are so many things to add here. I’ll work on it and post it soon.
Check out the full list [Here].