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Beirut Art Fair


I was invited to attend the opening of Beirut Art fair and i enjoyed it!

What the Lebanese Government is Doing About the Ebola Outbreak

Image source: Daily Star
Following my post about the government not doing enough to protect Lebanon from this deadly virus, I was approached by several Lebanese both in Lebanon and in West Africa (WA) who told me about the procedures happening. So, for the sake of being honest, and letting readers know full well what’s happening and what to do in case the worst happens, here’s what you should know:

Mike el Hajj Assaf - Bewejak 7aki at Iris gallery.


Mike Hajj Assaf (full discosure: a former student of mine) is having his first solo show at no other than the Iris gallery at the rooftop of Annahar Building in downtown Beirut. The exhibition smartly titled "bwejak 7aki" which rougly translates as "in-your-face news" is exactly that - faces of prominent Lebanese people of whom we are proud (such as Feyrouz or Gebran Khalil Gebran) made up of newspapers and glue (and only that).

Waiting for Fall

On the flanks of Mnt. Kniesseh . . . .

Embrace: A Suicide Every 3 Days in Lebanon. Help Stop This!

Mental illness is still a taboo subject in Lebanon. Mentally ill people hide it, and when they can’t, their loved ones hide it for them from the rest of society. It’s still seen as something to be ashamed of, and to some people even as something that’s a deserved “punishment” by god or whatever.

The First School For The Deaf In Lebanon

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IRAP is one of the very few associations I respect and support in Lebanon. They’ve been working hard to help rehabilitate audio-phonetics and they produce high-end products that encourage people to buy and aid them. Their cookies are available in almost any supermarket and are really good.
They need to work on their website and Facebook page though, as both pages will help them spread their message.

Sakker el Dekkene Is Organizing An Anti-Corruption Tour Across Lebanon

If you spot a small colorful and thought-provoking car in your town in the next couple of weeks, it’s the Sakker el Dekkene car which is touring Lebanon in a nationwide anti-corruption awareness campaign. The “Kabseh” starts on September 10th in Jdeideh, then went to Jounieh, Byblos, Tripoli and Aramoun. Here’s the schedule for the days to come:

When the aliens met ISIS (because odds are)

It’s a hot summer evening in the Iraqi desert, the sun had finally disappeared behind the hills in the distance. Two Islamic State recruits are keeping guard on a remote outpost. They had finished their dinner and are sipping their sweet dark tea in silence. Abu Abdullah al-Inglizi is a convert from Birmingham and his companion is Abu Bakr al-Shishani, an engineering student from Chechnya who had quit his studies to fight for the Caliph.

Naked on the Inside

It’s on nights like this
that the wall of smiles crumbles,
dimple by sparkling squint,
with a only a faint sigh to be heard
as it crashes.
How is it that things so labored
falter so quietly?

As the roads spread ahead of us,
vast and dim,
lit half-heartedly and glistening
with the sheen of a promised storm,
the night, worn out of shopping
late at resoundingly vacant stores,
hung lifeless and limp,
an expanse of exhaustion,
over our worn out being.

Nothing was left for us,
not the effort of pretense,
not the thrill of acquisition,
not even the recurrent name of a friend.
There we were, naked on the inside,
bereft of even the comfort of joy.
We had only for company,

Mazen fashion: Daily dresses, bachellor customs, ext....


I admit, my English is getting rusty for the current market, which is why probably I did not understand what Mazen Fashion is selling: Daily dresses I could approximate to "day dresses" (as opposed to evening dresses - which, dang, they also sell!), but "bachellor customs" had me seriously scratching my head.

Lebanese And Priorities

This is somehow true unfortunately as we always have our priorities elsewhere. the new iPhone 6 is the latest priority at the moment. This reminded me of an old article I’ve read on how “Lebanon is a braindead country“.
Thanks Malek!

Pictures Of The Lebanese Delegation To The 17th Asian Games In Incheon, South Korea

I will try to get more information regarding the participating Lebanese athletes and their schedules and post them later on today. So far I checked the official games website and didn’t find much.

Zaffe Replaced by ISIS Chants in Beb el Tebbane Wedding

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These are the ones you should be arresting Mr. Rifi.

Old Picture From Antelias

via Qadiman
This is a picture taken back in 1958 showing American units on the Antelias shore which is almost where the Golden beach is now. I had no clue the Americans landed that far from Beirut during the 1958 invasion.

Pictures From The Beirut Art Fair 2014

Plastik VIP stand
If you haven’t been to the Beirut Art Fair yet, I strongly recommend you do. I was there yesterday for the opening and I loved the exhibitions and stands. Here are some of the pictures I took but there’s a lot more to see.
The Beirut Art Fair is taking place between the 18th and 21st September at Biel.
Talented Autistic Artist Ali Tlais (Alfa 4life booth)

Beirut/PAL (Persistence And Longing) by Tarek Chemaly now out!

Beirut/PAL (Persistence And Longing) by Tarek Chemaly is now out on 7UPstairs Publishing. Based upon a very complex mathematical pattern, retro kitsch images were rearranged very rigorously but also according to chance making the final works very representative of Beirut – an organized chaos which can be interpreted depending on the viewer’s circumstances and background.

Nicolas Audi à La Maison d’IXSIR Restaurant Now Open

When I attended the opening of Ixsir winery two years ago (and took a picture with the one and only Carlos Ghosn), I asked the Ixsir people if they are planning to open a restaurant here and the answer was that they are planning to do so in a year or two. It took them almost two years but the restaurant is now officially open for lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays. However it will be closed on Mondays.

Every Law Adopted By The Lebanese Parliament Costs $1.2 Million Dollars

Based on the below LBCI report, every law issued by the current Lebanese parliament cost us more than 1 million dollars. What they did was compute the productivity of the parliament by summing up the expenses we paid our MPs vs the number of sessions held and laws adopted in the past 6 years.

FAIL: Lamp Of The Arabs

A very creative name and song title.

Corporate

سيأتي يوم والقي بكل هذه الحضارة بسلة النفايات سالغي عبوديتي من الوظيفة وساربي بقرة وبضع دجاجات وتباً للايفون والواي فاي ساحلق ذقني امام شجرة حيث ساعلق عليها مرآة نصف مكسورة… وسأحضر سلطة من خضروات الحقل دون ان اضيف لها موتارد … Continue reading →

Support The Lebanese Army: Keep Terrorists Out Of Lebanon

This is a great commercial! Check it out [Here].

Lebanese Flag Spotted In The Tomorrowland 2014 Aftermovie

I didn’t notice it the first time but one of my friends had posted a screenshot so I went through the video one more time to spot the flag. I know a lot of Lebanese who attended Tomorrowland so it’s no surprise to see the flag there. I was thinking of attending Tomorrowland next year in Belgium but I’d rather go watch the Spa-Francorchamps F1 GP.
Thanks Gabriel!
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Middle East Princes Now And Before

Spot on caricature!

Making Good Use Of The New Ugly Rails On Saint Nicolas Stairs

There’s a homeless person who’s making use of the newly installed rails on Saint Nicolas stairs to hang his laundry.

More Mountains

On top of Mount Kniesseh. It's not the highest point in Lebanon, but I find it by far the best looking one.

Da3ek Laundry Detergent

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After Geely’s Da3ess ad, check out the Da3ek Laundry Detergent.
via LBCBlogs

My Article On Gebran Tueni And Social Media

Picture via sdaouk
Since it was Gebran Tueni’s birthday yesterday, and given how much I admire this man and everything he’s done for Lebanon, I thought of resharing the article I wrote about him and social media for Annahar few months ago.

Funny Interaction On Twitter Between LBCI’s Bassam Abou Zeid And The ISF

I don’t think Bassam expected the ISF to answer him but they surprisingly did. In case you missed my post on this matter, check it out [Here].
Thanks Rita!

Growing Quinoa In The Bekaa Valley

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That’s good news but I hope they won’t be watering them with sewers like other crops in the Bekaa. Speaking of Quinoa, check out my favorite Quinoa salads in Beirut.

Of Acorn and Perseverance

An ongoing tradition is to collect souvenirs from museum shops wherever I go.

The acorn which only appears on a fully mature oak represents the symbol of patience and perseverance in order to attain one's goals.

Surprise Flash Mob Medley at a Lebanese Wedding

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I would have loved such a surprise at my wedding (less dancing for me lol!). Nice one Jad!

What Does “Being Open Minded” Mean In Lebanon?

It seems this “business man” has got it all wrong when it comes to open mindedness. Check out the full article [Here].