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Drunk Woman Roaming Beirut Streets

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I really don’t understand the Lebanese people anymore. First they film and make fun of a topless (mentally ill?) woman and now they harass a drunk girl walking in the middle of the highway instead of calling the police?
The good thing is that the guy who filmed her apparently ended up calling the police, but that’s not enough as he shouldn’t have filmed her and tried to calm her and keep her away from the cars if he wanted to really help.

Movie + Pictures: Massive Attack Show Support For Syrian Refugees & Palestinians in Gaza During Byblos Concert

via Glamroz
Here are some of the supporting messages (with a couple of spelling mistakes) that were shown during Massive Attack’s concert at the Byblos International Festival.

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta From the American University of Beirut In Gaza To Provide Medical Care

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Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta is the head of the Plastis Surgery division at the American University of Beirut and this is his 4th trip to Gaza to help the injured Palestinians. That’s really brave of him to go to Gaza as the Israelis are even targeting hospitals. I wonder how he managed to get to Gaza though.

Facts About Unemployment In Lebanon

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These stats below were compiled and shared by the The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform as part of their campaign for electoral reform. The [CCER] was founded in 2006 and includes more than 65 civil society associations and two coalitions covering all of Lebanon.

Cadbury Dairy Milk With Ritz and Lu Biscuits

I spotted those at Super Dfouni in Achrafieh. It’s quite an interesting mix specially with the Ritz but it’s a bit too expensive (2500 each).

Tweet Your Complaints To The Lebanese ISF #مش_عالرسمي

The Lebanese ISF is opening up to the Lebanese people and asking them to tweet their complaints and questions. The complaints don’t have to be formal ones and you can write in whichever way you like. I’ve followed up on some of the tweets and their replies seem to be fair and balanced so give it a try if you have something you wish to complain or inquire about.

Nokia Appoints Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus As President of Nokia’s Technologies Business

Nokia appointed Ramzi Haidamus as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team few days ago. Ramzi used to work with Dolby Laboratories where he helped the business grow from a USD 72 million private business into a nearly USD 1 billion thriving public company. He was featured on Forbes as one of the top 10 highest paid marketing executives.

Live Love Lebanon: Try Our Tanning On The Roof While Stuck In Traffic Package

via Yasa
You can’t really blame people if the traffic is going to be that bad everyday from Nahr el Kalb towards Jbeil and vice versa. A good idea though would be to get a pick up and be more comfortably seated in the back, and maybe add a Jacuzzi and a mini bar as well.

LBCI Changed Its Logo To LBن

It appears that they’ve done so in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mossul. They also had an interview with an Iraqi Sunni journalist Muslim called Dalia al-Aqidi who decided to wear a cross around her neck in solidarity with her country’s Christian minority.
To be honest, I’d expect Tele Lumiere to do so instead of LBCI but it’s a nice initiative nevertheless.

TEDxBeirut: Suzanne Talhouk Doesn’t Want Us To Kill The Arabic Language

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I just watched this old Ted talk and I wonder if it’s really worth it to love our own language that much. After all, we don’t even talk Arabic but a Lebanese dialect and if any successful book comes out in Arabic, it will probably get translated and become more popular in a foreign language.

La Maison de la Forêt In Bkassine

Has anyone been to La Maison de la Foret? It looks really nice and the prices are quite reasonable. There are cottages, tents and a nice restaurant but it’s definitly not just 1 hour drive from Beirut! You easily need an hour and a half to get to Bkassine but it’s a very good road.

Footage of Pointure Antelias Robbery

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The report says the thief tried for almost one hour to break the glass and go in and the owner is saying the police should be doing an extra effort in patrolling the streets but I have to ask here:
- How come no alarm went off as he was tried to break the front door?
- How can the police catch thieves without any alarm or alert sounds?
I think the best way is to have more police patrolling the streets and enhancing the alarm systems of all shops and linking them to the police station.

How the Lebanese conquered Brazil

1960 - Lebanese Peddlers in Saa Paulo, Brazil. LERC Archives, Roberto Khatlab Collection1960 – Lebanese Peddlers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. LERC Archives, Roberto Khatlab Collection

Eid Mubarak To All!

Picture by Muhanned

Extreme Resto-Pub Spotted in Jounieh

What is an extreme resto-pub? How is it any different from a regular resto-pub?
PS: Place looks really nice by the way.

The Loewe Meccano and the Lebanese collective memory

The current Loewe collection includes so many references to Meccano with the new creative director Jonathan Anderson taking the helm (shoes, charms, and a silk scarf seen above). I post this not as a fashion item but more like a social observation. My quest to find that point where personal remembrances become collective memories and hence induce a sense of community and in extenso a national identity will never cease. Note that Meccano made it to my "Lebanon's History Book" project.

Lebanese Basketball Teams Are Pushing For Three Foreign Players Next Season

I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.

Why Many Restaurants And Cafes Close Down In Lebanon …

You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.

Strict Swimming Pool Rules 3al Lebnené: Mamnou3 el Boumba!

Spotted in Zahle. Thanks Rachel!

Three Lebanese Families Killed In The Air Algeria Crash

At least 20 Lebanese nationals were on board of the Algerian flight AH5017 that went missing on Thursday between Burkina Faso and Algiers. Here are the names of the victims as compiled from MTV and Naharnet:

Beirut Beer: A New Beer In Town

Picture via NGNO
Beirut Beer was launched by Kassatly Chtaura few days ago but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. I’ve seen their commercials though and I didn’t like them. In fact, they sound a lot like the XXL and Buzz commercials.
I will update you on the beer once I give it a try. It’s a nice looking bottle that’s for sure.

FLOAT on Monday!


So, Float has been one of the highlights of the past 3 summers in Beirut. First year we were like 50, then the second year like 150 and last year more than 400 folks showed up. It all started with the guys at Beirut in the Mix, and at first it was just friends and friends of friends, and it still is!

Israeli sources outweigh Hamas 12 to 1 on school shelling

Source: The Washington Post

El azra2 ghab/Dominant rouge series by Tarek Chemaly


...And for everything else there's Mastercard (Tarek Chemaly)


Bathhouses by the river (Tarek Chemaly)

Solet Tapis - I see dead logos


Remember Haley Joel Osment from the Sixth Sense fame and the line "I see dead people"? Well, I guess I am someone who keeps seeing dead logos. I think (I am seriously not sure) that Solet Tapis did a logo change...

Saint Hoax’s take on the war on Gaza

Saint Hoax is a Beirut based activist who was best known for the series of posters that went viral a while ago, showing Disney princesses being forcefully kissed by their fathers to raise awareness at statistics around rape and incest.
Below are his latest posters showing his take on the ongoing war on Gaza nowadays. You can’t but respect his spot on work!
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Weighing in on the Blue Gold Project and Lebanon’s Imminent Water Shortage


What Water?
Privatizing our water? I’m sure it’d make a lot of people gasp in shock. But, wait a minute, I’ve never, in my entire life in Lebanon, gotten a single drop of water from the state run water company. Not. A. Single. Drop. Every house I’ve lived in, we either had an artesian aquifer (beer 2ertwaze), or bought cisterns of water.

Jon Stewart Brilliantly Sums Up The Israel-Gaza Discussion

I love Jon. I adore Jon. Him and Stephen Colbert are arguably my ultimate idols. The comedic gold he crunches out 4 times a week always blows my mind away. The nice thing about The Daily Show, is that it’s not mindless toilet humor (for the most part =P), but it’s also extremely insightful, super-well-researched political, economic, social and cultural analysis.

Forest Frequencies 2014!


Imagine this: a venue located in a gorgeous green area surrounded by mountains on three sides, and a view to the Mediterranean on the fourth. Two large stages with dancefloors. A chillout area. A market. Dozens of tents. Away from the bustling city and coastal heat. All that, for four days brought to life by over 50 local and international talents that span the spectrum of mainly electronic music.

PRESIDENTIAL NAP TIME

FASHAL – Taffeh El 2azan… Oh Wait…


When you see it… Thanks Ralph!

Petition against importing water


Concerning the recent rumble by the Lebanese government to import water from Turkey, when we actually have a water management problem and not a water shortage, please join me in signing this petition on change.org against such a money-wasting decision an in favor of a better management scheme!