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We Give the Scottish Independence Referendum the Middle East Expert Treatment


These days, everyone is talking about the Scottish Independence Referendum, especially when they’re not talking about ISIS. But sadly nobody has managed so far to explain this complicated topic in an easy to understand manner. So we commissioned a panel of Western Middle East experts and asked them to apply their unique approach to the subject with their customary disregard for cumbersome nuance and the stifling requirements of accuracy. The result is this fascinating article.

Kahwet Leila Opens In Hamra

I was at the opening of Kahwet Leila yesterday in Hamra. The new branch is facing Piccadilly theater next to Barbar and is the nicest Leila by far! It fits perfectly in the Hamra area and has a vintage feel. Moreover, the garden behind the main indoor restaurant is ideal for relaxing, enjoying some good food and smoking arguile if you want to.
Here are some pictures from the new Leila and the event yesterday. For more info, check out Kahwet Leila’s [website].

Lebanon Among The Seven Most Pessimistic Countries About Their Economic Future

I was reading on Liberation that the French are more pessimistic about their economic future than Palestinians, then I noticed Lebanese feel the same.
There’s no doubt that the economic situation is bad in Lebanon, but I doubt that it is worse than Palestine. The countries that are most optimistic about their future economic situation are China, Peru, Vietnam, Senegal, Nigeria, India and Colombia.

Lebanese Jad Himo, Winner Of The Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai, Found Dead

This is terrible news but Jad Himo, the Lebanese drifter who proudly won the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year, was found dead on the Matn highway.

Multi Sim At Last!

Alfa posted yesterday on their Facebook page that a Multi SIM is now available for all postpaid and prepaid users. This means that you can use the same Sim as Mini, Micro and Nano. This is very useful and was very much needed specially for people like me who switch between smartphones a lot. For example, if you currently have the Samsung S5 and just bought the new iPhone 6 (or even want to switch to the iPhone 5), you can easily put your Multi Sim in the new device and you’re good to go!

FAIL: Chanel 50%

I am pretty sure Chanel wouldn’t think of advertising with a cheap poster on the back of a pullman.
PS: Nafez al Masri is a clothing shop in Tripoli

KunHadi And Almaza Joint Awareness Campaign

It’s a good move but Almaza can do better in terms of wordplay.

Geely And The Da3esh (Da3ess) Trend

I don’t think this was a smart ad by Geely, knowing that the “da3ess” slogans are being used to support the army.
Via Jad

Might ISIS bring a resolution in Syria?

At the time this was written, it was expected that President Barack Obama, in explaining to Americans his military strategy against ISIS, would announce that he intended to extend airstrikes into Syria.

That may be true, but it leads us to other questions. What is the future of Bashar Assad’s regime? Would such attacks help his forces, or on the contrary might foreign warplanes over Syrian territory somehow precipitate his departure? Most important, how will the implicit alliance in Iraq between the United States and Iran fare in Syria, where, clearly, the two countries have different interests despite their shared hostility toward ISIS?

6 More Arab Crimes Against Beauty


Back in March I waged a full out war on the 9 crimes against beauty that have given us terrifying reputations and landed Arabs on some of the world’s most notorious beauty faux pas lists. Prior to that I launched the Online Petition Against Tattooed Eyebrows to counter the growing  pandemic of creepy crawlers taking over our Lebanon.

September 11, 13 years later.


Manhattan mon amour - Tarek Chemaly

I believe it is not an exaggeration to say that all of us remember where we were on that fatidic moment when the planes hit the twin towers in New York on September 11, 2001 (I was on my desk on my first advertising job in an agency in Achrafieh in Beirut). Not having seen the images yet, when the platinum-blonde colleague said that a plane had hit the tower (at the time it was one plane, one tower), I thought it was some light plane which drifted off-course by mistake.

Beirut Bike Festival 2014

The first ever Beirut Bike Festival is taking place on September 19,20 and 21 at Beirut Waterfront. All bikers from all brands are invited to join bike games, bike challenges and a massive thunder parade. KTM stunt rider Rok Bagoros will be there as well.
You can check out the full program [Here].

Where Did All The Traffic Go In Nahr El Kalb?

I have no clue what was going on this afternoon, but there was absolutely no traffic between Dbayyeh and Nahr el Kalb. The road is always packed there and I pass by it almost everyday at the same time, yet for some unknown reason the roads were empty today. One of my friends told me that it’s due to some army checkpoint on Charles el Helou but still something was not right.
I posted the above picture on Instagram and everyone was as surprised as me, so if any of you knows what was happening please do tell!

Poetry on the Wall

Not much to add

Solar Farm Above Beirut River Construction Underway

The plan to build a solar farm above the Beirut River has started. As you can see if you take the Emile Lahoud highway, you’ll notice the steel frames with solar panels being installed on them. Initially, the farm will supply up to 1 MW of power to the surrounding area, and there are plans to expand the project to supply up to 10 MW of electricity, which roughly would supply 10,000 homes with electricity.

Of Dieter Rams, Apple Watch and Moto 360


You don't know Dieter Rams? I can't blame you. He is the design genius behind Braun. Those sleek, beautifully designed, but very useful products, with minimum fuss and a lot of beauty. The Rams 10 design rules are a thing to behold for every person attempting to do anything related to creating a new product!

Polyathlon Des Cèdres 2014: From Byblos Shore To “Qornet el Sawda” in Less Than 24 hours

[YouTube]
This year marks the 7th edition of the Polyathlon des Cèdres & Polyliban and they are organizing two challenges:
The Cedars Polyathlon on the 13th and 14th of September which is a challenge from the Byblos shore to the highest peak in the middle east Qornet el Sawda in less than 24 hours. It includes:
– 3K Rafting
– 2K Swimming
– 95K Biking
– 12K Trekking
The Mountains’ Heritage from the 15th to the 18th of September 2014 which includes crossing 400k North to South to discover our mountainous natural and cultural heritage.

iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus Will Be Available To Order In The UAE On September 27

I wasn’t expecting the new iPhones to be available that soon in the Middle East but according to Apple’s UAE store, they will be available to order starting September 27th, a week after the official release date. The iPhone6 starts at 700$ and the iPhone6 Plus at around 815$.
As far as Lebanon is concerned, you can expect the iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus to be over $1000 in the first few weeks, so I recommend you wait a little bit till prices settle.

As sectarian tensions rise, Hizbollah must recalculate

It has become more apparent in recent months, as sectarian tensions in Lebanon have risen, that Hizbollah is losing control of the situation domestically.

The party’s vaunted strengths have always been exaggerated. Hizbollah has shown an ability to manipulate sectarian divisions to its advantage, but with the emergence of Sunni jihadist groups along the Lebanese border, such as ISIL and the Jabhat Al Nusra, the fear that these may encourage Sunnis in Lebanon to oppose Hizbollah has increased.

Supermoon over Beirut

Supermoon over Beirut  Tonight (Monday night)  will show the third and final supermoonof 2014. A moon is a supermoon when it’s full and makes it closest approach to Earth in its orbit. This month’s moon is also known as the Harvest Moon since it falls closest to the autumn equinox.

العقل والحياء والدين

وفي الحديث
أن جبريل عليه السلام أتى آدم عليه السلام فقال له
إني أتيتك بثلاثٍ فاختر واحدةً، قال: وما هي يا جبريل? قال: العقل والحياء والدين
فقال: قد اخترت العقل
فخرج جبريل إلى الحياء والدين فقال
ارجعوا فقد اختار العقل عليكما
فقالا: أمرنا أن نكون مع العقل حيث كان
من كتاب السؤدد – ابن قتيبة

Rare Footage Of Lebanon’s Most Beautiful Touristic Sites Back From The 1920s

[YouTube]
Beirut in the 1970s via OldBeirut
Nice find by Gino!

FAIL: Selfie Wel Arguile Khalfi

via Saniour
That’s just wrong. Aren’t they promoting arguile and smoking that way? I thought that was illegal.

Coast erasing in Batroun


A new project seems to be chewing away the coastline in Batroun.  I was able to get a few shots when I was passing by the area last weekend.

Defense Minister, Resign.


The current crisis is one of the absolute worst we’ve ever witnessed, and that’s saying a lot, given Lebanon’s extremely painful and horrifically violent history. Here’s a small recap for those of you who still trying to ignore what’s happening.

FASHAL – Epic “I Love You” Van Apology

Taken in Saifi
 

10,000 Followers On Instagram!

PS: I am not a professional photographer, nor do I pretend to be, but I love photography and I am getting better at it.
I’ve been on Instagram for two years now and I already have over 10,000 followers. I’ve worked really hard on getting so many followers and it’s quite rewarding to see so many people liking my pictures. I even crossed the 1000 likes per picture mark two days ago which is quite great!

Video: Lebanon’s Two Goals Against Brazil

[YouTube]
Here’s a video showing the two goals Lebanon scored against Brazil and one showing the fans’ reaction to the second goal. The first goal was quite amazing!
[YouTube]

ايروتيكا| سريرنا غيمة

(١) سريرنا غيمة يختفي فيه الضوء يشتعل به العطر… (٢) تنضج بشرتي بحبك كل صباح اسقي ورودي من قُبلك، شفتاك… نهر لا منبع له… (٣) يهمس عنقك بسر رائحته، فاكتم سره… (٤) يبوح لي عاجك بمخبأ الضوء اسكن به، واتلّمس … Continue reading →

Lebanon Draws 2-2 Against Brazil In A Friendly Game

Lebanon played a friendly game against Brazil’s Olympic team in Qatar tonight and almost beat the Brazilian side. The Brazilians were the first to score but the Lebanese team managed to score twice afterwards and could have easily won the game if it wasn’t for Brazil’s late equalizer (which was an offside by the way). I know that this is not the official Brazilian team, but it’s still a huge achievement for the Lebanese team.
I will share a video of the goals scored as soon as they are out.

Leftovers finale review

The music, oh heaven, the music!Starting us up with Nina Simon’s extraordinary interpretation of Jaque Brel’s sorrowful “Ne me Quitte pas”, then whisking us out on the show’s hypnotizing piano theme, passing through Apocalyptica’s interpretation of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”, to end with the theme again. What magic is this! Unbelievable!