Away From Politics

Update: Air Arabia Removed The Video Showing A Wrong Map For Lebanon

Air Arabia decided to remove the video showing a wrong map for Lebanon, however I was checking their promotions for other countries like KSA and Egypt the maps don’t look very accurate as well.

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Asks Schools To Respect Religious Freedom

This statement comes one month after the Sabis controversy and clearly states that Sabis School has to amend its regulations and cannot by law ban the display of religious symbols. Personally speaking, I’d rather see secular schools in Lebanon and I wish Lebanese students would learn to co-exist away from religious and political considerations. However, the problem with Sabis is that it made an exception for veils which doesn’t make sense coming from a secular school.

LOL: Mooo Ra7 To2ta3 …

I wonder how he fit the cow in this tiny car lol!
Thanks Manal!

Shakira Singing (Badly) a Fayrouz Song

[YouTube] Start watching at Minute 10:30
MTV, Annahar and a couple of other news portals reported that Shakira shared this video but I only found it on some unofficial Facebook group. What caught my attention is that she was singing “A3tini Al Naya” for Fairouz which is a song that is taught in most Lebanese schools. I wonder who taught her that song because it’s a very bad song for belly dancing lol!

Meet Lebanon: An Iron Meteorite Found By NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

The massive iron meteorite is roughly two meters wide and might be the largest ever discovered on Mars. I have no idea why they called it Lebanon and whether it is related to our country or not. There’s a smaller piece that was found as well and dubbed “Lebanon B”.
It is worthy noting that the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a Lebanese called Charles al-Achi. Check out [Here] other prominent Lebanese working for Nasa.

Jazz Nabad and Ma Jazz Kawlouhou - word plays in music.


I just saw the name of a concert in Metro al Madina, "Jazz Nabad" (jass nabad means "to take the pulse") which is an awesome word play....

My Top 12 Favorite Things This Summer

1. Lazy B If you like to go to the beach to actually tan and chill rather than see and be seen, then you need to be in Lazy B in Jîyé this summer. It’s quiet, it’s hippy it’s earthy and super colorful. Every little inch is an Instagram photo opp and it also has one of the cleanest freshest coldest natural salt water lagoons you will see in Lebanon. But be warned service is also lazy.

A New Breed Of Beggars in Beirut

[YouTube]
Very smart ad by DSC!

Banned Anal Exam (Gay Test) Still Being Used By Police In Lebanon

Even though this shameful “gay exam” was banned, some doctors are apparently still using it. I won’t bother explain against what happens during this exam because it’s outrageous, humiliating and is considered torture by the UN. Whomever this doctor is, he should be banned for life.
Lebanon needs to drop Article 534 once and for all and stop considering homosexuality a criminal offence in Lebanon. We need more than just exceptional rulings and banning anal exams.

Wen el Dawle?

via YasaLebanon
I’ve always wondered why these crazy motorists are not stopped by the cops specially that they perform their stunts on the highway. Well it seems the cops don’t notice them somehow.
PS: I am still finding this picture hard to believe and trying to check if it could be fake or not, even though it was posted by Yasa.

New Chiclets Designs

I still prefer the old ones.

Evolution Graffiti in Verdun Vandalized


After memos banning public eating and a string of religiously fueled suicide bombings, coupled with scathing criticism and absurd allegations towards Lebanese nightlife and beach parties, the putrid hand of religious intolerance strikes again, and this time on an iconic piece of graff in Verdun.

REGIONAL FREE TRADE MAP

Noura Andrea Nassar is a Lebanese artist with a column on the blog satirizing different topics each week. Check out her awesome work here!

Ex-PM Saad Hariri Taking Selfies

Hariri’s Selfie while biking in Riyadh
Some are saying this selfie is only few days old. If that’s the case then it’s a very bad time to be doing so specially with what’s happening in Lebanon and Gaza.

يا غزة Oh, Gaza

(حبر ورصاص على ورق و ألوان رقمية ink and pencil on paper, digital colors)
نشرت في شباب السفيرالاربعاء 16-07-2014
مع نص لأنيس غنيمة (غزة)

In Shabab Assafir
Wednesday 16-07-2014
With Arabic text by Anees Ghanima 

Is online media avenging women's maiden name?


Miss Mommy - Egyptian film starring Sabah

Now that is interesting, I remember almost a decade ago when Marianne Khlat was sitll collaborating with a Marc Kodeih at the height of his creative powers, she had a monologue which spoke as to the different titles a woman has during her life, except that the man never changes his - he's always "monsieur".

Shakira tagged with the #Lebanese flag!


For closing ceremony during the 2014 World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina the lebanese designer Charbel Zoe custom made Shakira's outfit, well this is not that unusual, Lebanese designers always dress the stars! what interested me is that he tagged the dress with the lebanese flag!

Ruptures with guests Loopstache (7 July 2014)

Lebanese electro-pop duo LOOPSTACHE (Carl Ferneiné & Salim Naffah) were the guests of Ruptures, a few days prior to the launch of their first album, for an interview covering different aspects of their career and musical influences. Listen to Part 1: ruptures loopstache (part 1) (Loopstache / Loopstache / Scissor Sisters / Chromeo / The Beatles / […]

Décalages (6 July 2014) -full show-

Sunday 6 July 2014, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm) 1. Nicolas Jaar (Son House remake) 2. Darkside 3. James Blake 4. Wild Beasts 5. Damien Jurado 6. Half Moon Run 7. John Grant > Listen to Part 1: decalages 6 july (part 1)  8. Feist 9. Bill Callahan 10. Bonnie Prince Billy (live) 11. Tom Jones (Leonard Cohen cover) 12. Leonard […]

"No" means... Perhaps?

This year, the March 14th celebrations will take place on the 13th - conveniently, a Sunday - Moustapha from Beirut Spring, has a rule of thumb for knowing if there will be a turn out or not (his mother and her sisters are showing up, first time since 2005).

I’m now a Common Folk

See you all at #GeekFestBeirut tonight

My Thursday Evening Without Water #BAD2010

Yesterday evening I had a call from my husband listing my 3 options for a dinner meal:
1- I buy something ready made
2- He makes me a quick sandwich
3- I do not eat a thing
This was prelude to him announcing that I can not cook anything at home since there was no water (apparently something is wrong with our water tank) and we have only a couple of water bottles…

Are we finally going to have a proper lebanese e-bookshop?

So far Antoine Online have their heart in the proper place. They are renewing their online shopping site and have signed multiple agreements with international retailers like Amazon to ensure you are really able to get ANY book you want.

Movie Review: The Social Network

I wrote it last week, just as I came back from a special press screening of The Social Network Movie, which will be released on October 28th, courteously provided by the lovely and amazing guys at Cineklik (with no strings attached as usual).