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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

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.

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!

Message From Lebanon

Message from Lebanon to the Lebanese immigrants around the world. Now a platform to connect us all.Nice Video!Via: @funkyOzzi

Lebanese TV rivals unite for Gaza


Lebanese TV channels are often at war with one another and the battles go far beyond ratings. They range from routine verbal insults and propaganda attacks to actual war as some channels were physically shut down during the 2008 clashes between rival forces allied to various stations. 

Beirut Beer – A new beer from Kassatly Chtaura

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Looks like the spirits industry is one of the hot investments in the country right now as we keep hearing about both entrepreneurs and big companies releasing new alcoholic beverages. Over the past few years 961 beer was launched and several wineries were established in Bekaa and the north, and earlier this year we got J2 Vodka (Polish made with Lebanese water) while Almaza kept on updating their offering with both Almaza light and Almaza lemon.

Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup

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It really sucks to see Lebanese basketball suffering once more after the Lebanese Basketball Federation decided last week to cancel participating in 2014 Jones Cup in Taipei because they’re unable to cover the participation costs .
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.

Kneider sweeps the floor with Caillebotte's... floor scarpers


Phot credit - Maya Metni

For those who do not know the visual above - before it got screwed that is (oh sorry, before it was "improved upon") by Kneider or whomever does their atrocious visual - used to be by Caillebotte. It was spotted by fellow ad enthusiast Maya Metni as a supreme example how a beautiful work is added to with incredibly misplaced sense of art direction to produce such a disappointing result.

Beauty Review: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation


Foundation can be a very tricky thing during summer. Most ladies tend to opt for tinted BB creams and moisturizers. But sometimes when you’re trying to perfect that makeup base or get that all-natural no makeup look, you require a foundation that can at the least provide you with medium coverage. I’ve been testing out many different formulas lately until I fell on one of my current favorites so far; Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation.

Ellie Goulding Tomorrow!


I don’t endorse single events much anymore. With so much going on, it’s hard to zero in on the stuff you shouldn’t miss.

Humanitarian Relief in Gaza

CNN-GazaThe Craven News Network gives it to us straight.
A couple of weeks have elapsed since Gaza was drawn into the center of Mideast strife” and the chorus of outrage has grown louder, with several Nobel peace laureates calling for a military embargo against Israel and a US Secretary-of-State famous for his “who-moi” moments giving an impromptu shot across the bow from a hot mic. Will it matter? Does it ever?

Cozmo ABC Achrafieh: Another Surprise from Boubess Group

Wooden features, green leather, metallic structures, reflective ceramics, mirrors, graffiti… Welcome to a piece of architectural wonder… welcome to Cozmo ABC. I have to start by expressing my ongoing confusion when it comes to Boubess’ restaurants. I can’t understand to date how a group like the famous Boubess Empire manages to offer good food in »more...

dear reader,

this blog has not be updated for two years.

i am not posting new things on it for various things, the most important one being the work on my new website (the old one has not been updated since 2004!). it is due someday soon (before the end of 2014 let's say) at the same address than the old one: www.kerbaj.com

meanwhile, you can still check the old posts on this blog, or a replica of my "war blog" that i did during the israeli war against lebanon in the summer of 2006.
seeing what's happening in gaza today reminds me how much these war drawings become even more relevant with time.
here's the link: http://warkerblog.blogspot.com/

Eat Guiltlessly and Celebrate Junk Food Day

Forget about the diet today and give in to whatever’s calling your name: crunchy, salty, chocolaty, creamy, cheesy, sweet and savory, or all of the above! Today is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favourite junk food. Here are some ideas: Street food Burgers Pizzas Junk food is a derisive slang term for food that is of little nutritional »more...

Disturbing Christian Cult Leader Sends Innocent Women to Mental Asylum

This is disgusting on so many levels, it hurts.
1- Delusional Cult Leader
Ok, religion all in all is a group of delusions, but this guy has got a particularly terrible case of them. He thinks the “Virgin Mary” is “inside him”, and has somehow managed to brainwash the faithful in his town, including the clergy, into playing along with his delusions.

DSC Lebanon’s New Campaign: SIGN UP AND SAVE LIVES!

I’ve been in DSC since the very early days, and even though I admit I haven’t been as much help as I’d like to be, DSC’s always had a special place in my heart.
Since its humble beginnings with one man’s wish to make people dying because lack of available donor blood a thing of the past in Lebanon, DSC has achieved seemingly the impossible in just a few years.

Some of the Finest Italian Pizzas in Lebanon

Pizza, who doesn’t love pizza? This Italian classic is the second most popular food in the world, after burgers. From Italy to France, the United States to the Middle East, pizzas come in many shapes and sizes, but the end result is the same: an oven-baked, flat bread typically finished off with a tomato sauce, cheese »more...

Is There Life After Kids? By MamaRowana

This post was written by one of the coolest moms I know, and her column will feature on Mondays on Gino’s Blog!

7 Years a blogger!


This post is to celebrate my blog's 7th birthday. I have to say time flies!I still clearly remember When & Why i started blogging and I have to tell you, I still enjoy blogging!Here are seven things I've learned from seven years of blogging:

How Scott King sank American Vogue.


July Vogue issue by Scott King


August Vogue issue by Scott King

Angelic

2006 - Lebanon

My mother said,
They still looked beautiful
while they were picking them up
in pieces,
the children.