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Baghdad Airport Deputy Head Arrested Over MEA Incident

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the arrest and dismissal of Samer Kubba, Baghdad Airport’s deputy head as well as all “those responsible for preventing the plane coming from Beirut from landing in Baghdad”. Yesterday, Iraqi authorities forced a MEA airplane to return to Beirut because the son of the Iraqi Transport Minister had missed the flight.

Two More Reasons To Join The Protest Against Domestic Violence In Lebanon Tomorrow

The demonstration is taking place this Saturday March 8 (International Women’s Day) from 2 to 3 pm. The protesters will walk from the Museum to Beirut’s Justice Palace.
Here’s a call from the mothers of the latest domestic violence victims to join the protest:
[YouTube]
And here’s another powerful ad by March:

Great Mother’s Day Ad By Exotica

Exotica – الأمهات المتحدة

8 Reasons Why I Never Fly MEA


Small Note Before You Start Reading
If you’re one of those people who pretend that everything Lebanese is “the best in the world” and that any person criticizing them is “not patriotic” or “zionist” or whatever other buzz term you like to use on Facebook for someone who disagrees with you, then please, save yourself the heartache and don’t read this post.

The 1,500 year old schism fuelling the clash between Russia and the West

With the clash between Russia and the West escalating in Ukraine, most tend to focus on the contemporary factors fuelling the confrontation and ignore its historic roots. The truth of the matter is that the current conflict is but a manifestation of an ancient schism between East and West that has been tearing Christianity apart for 1,500 years.

Oh My God! Look at the Poor People!

How do you parody poverty? I believe it's offensive to poor people not to make jokes about them because they're poor. Poverty deprives you of many material things but it shouldn't deprive you of a sense of humor. That's still free, even if comedy has been largely commercialized. Judging by some Hollywood "comedy" films I've seen lately, the comedy writing process has been pretty much

Exotica and 3eid el Oummahat (in Arabic!)


The new Exotica mother's day ad is already making waves, and not in a good way. A lot of people are already upset about mixing politics with motherhood. Because the colors of the flowers refer to the colors of the political parties in Lebanon. And the headline goes "United Mothers" which in Arabic is close to "United Nations". For me, since Exotica already played the political card before, with the same colors concept, it is not really shocking. If you don't believe me then check this ad:

Romeo and Juliet

What’s this guy staring at so intensely? He doesn't even notice I am there.  
 
What is it in that first-floor window that got his undivided attention?  

Just Wash: A Waterless Delivery Car Washing Service

I like keeping my car clean but I hate waiting at gas stations for an hour on a Sunday morning in order to wash the car. Few malls like ABC Achrafieh and City Mall have a car wash service but it’s not a practical solution. Having said that, Just Wash looks like the ideal solution for people like me, as it’s a delivery car washing service and more importantly an environmentally-friendly one. They basically send their cleaners to wherever the client has parked his car and clean both the inside and outside for 10,000 LL.

Guess What I’m Driving?

I am going to take this beauty for a spin this weekend. It’s a dream come true and I cant wait!

The Rails That Built Lebanon

Train Stockyard in Tripoli
Here’s a nice [article] by Nicolas Photiades on how the private railroad network helped boost Lebanon’s economy in the late 19th century, and how the best way today to bring back the trains is by re-privatizing the network just like the DHP (Damas-Hama Prolongement), the company that operated the railroads for both Lebanon and Syria back in the 1950s.

Cheyef 7alak’s Unbelievable Truck Picture

I googled the above image that was uploaded on Cheyef7alak’s Instagram to make sure it’s not taken from another source and apparently it isn’t. Still hard to believe it’s true though.
Here’s a funny picture I found on their account.

Go South, Young Man

In the mid-1990s, a Guatemalan songwriter released a song called Si el Norte Fuera El Sur. Ricardo Arjona takes a few jabs at North American mono-chromic – or money-chromic – culture and war-loving politics and plays with how things would be different if North was South. In the last line, Arjona concludes that if North was South, it would be the same shit. "Si el Norte fuera el Sur, sería la

Introducing the “Events Calendar” Page on Gino’s Blog


So, I’ve finally managed to move the blog from its old location to a new, much better one, with improved layout and almost endless possibilities to play with.
The first such roll-out of a new feature is the brand new “Events Calendar” which you can find in the Main Menu above.
It’ll feature all the events I personally endorse and recommend, mainly parties at night, but occasionally with cool cultural, live and NGO/charity events I believe in as well.

Uf Chou Laziz Stunt For International Women’s Day

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I loved the quote at the end of the video.

Mothers of Murdered Lebanese Women’s Extremely Powerful Call to Action

I cannot begin to describe how brave these women are. How much they’ve suffered with the tragic and horrifying murders of their daughters at the hands of their husbands, and adding insult to injury by letting the murderous husbands stay free, even have custody of the kids.
You must go down to Adlieh on Saturday. If you won’t listen to me, or KAFA or any other concerned person, listen to these brave mothers. Do it for their daughters. Let our pig politicians and religious authorities stop this madness. Be many. Good luck!
RSVP here.

Relations between Gulf States break down amid accusations of promoting democracy and freedom of speech

The simmering tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar came to a head today following months of wrangling and bitter disputes. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain pulled their ambassadors from Qatar which they accuse of ‘promoting democracy and freedom of speech’, charges that the Qatari government strongly refutes. Qatar retaliated by accusing Saudi Arabia of running its own programme for ‘spreading tolerance and universal values’.

Beirut/NTSC in the BMW Isetta

As part of the Kehde classic car collection, Beirut/NTSC had the choice of hopping into any of the gems displayed at

Another Victory for Lebanon’s LGBT Community


Judge Naji Dahdah has become the second Lebanese judge to interpret Lebanon’s notorious Article 534 in the Lebanese penal code which states “sexual acts against nature” can be punished by up to a year in prison, in the right way.

Carcheology: Kehde & Co. breathtaking collection.

Sometimes I wonder if it is who ends up finding the wonky stuff, or they end up finding me.... As I am innocently walking in Achrafieh, I fell on a treasure trove of vintage cars right there in plain view and it is my pleasure to introduce to you the Kehde & Co. classic and sportscar gallery.

Vice News: Lebanon’s Hash Farms

Vice News’ amazing coverage of Lebanon continues, and this time, they tackle Lebanon’s cannabis farms and farmers. It most definitely isn’t the first of its kind, plenty of reports have been done on our legendary cannabis plants. What’s nice is that it reiterates what I’ve been saying for months and years on this blog: that the government cracks down brutally on harmless users and small-time farmers because they are a cash-cow for them in terms of bribes and foreign assistance, but they pussy away from the major drug lords who they’re too weak to face, and are often in league with them for a certain handsome price.

TechCrunch awards Lebanese Startups


Four Lebanese startups won awards handed out by TechCrunch, one of the world's biggest technology sites, at a pitching contest tonight.

TechCrunch editor Mike Butcher (above) was among the judges at the competition, which was held at the local startup space, Coworking 961.

Ashekman Live Graff Massive BLC Bank Ad Near Forum


So, if you were going into and out of Beirut today, between 7:00AM and 4:30PM, chances are you saw two guys on a crane painting a large canvas on a billboard.
Well, those two folks were the Ashekman twins, Omar and Mohammad, and here are photos taken at different stages of the work.
The revolution is a new method to pay with your mobile phone by BLC Bank, which by the looks of their video, isn’t just NFC, but remotely as well!

How to act British and keep your kids: a guide to Muslim parents

Two men raised as Christians have been recently convicted of murdering a soldier in London and as a result London’s mayor Boris Johnson has concluded that Muslim children who are radicalised by their parents should be taken into care. This may sound absurd but it’s not for us to judge British culture.

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet: The Best And Worst Dressed

The Oscars are one of the biggest nights for fashion as A-listers flock to the red carpet to flaunt it. And though I was expecting a bigger impact from many stars who decided to play it safe, there were also less offenders than usual, that or I’m getting soft!
Here are my best and worst dressed nominees.

Forget Stockholm: It's the Beirut Syndrome.


 Elisabeth Oldgren


Gunnel Birgitta Lundbald

Police stand down at Boutros road protest

Here's a chronology of one of two protests in Mar Mikhael this weekend to demand a park instead of a road. There was a decent media turnout and after the cameras left, the protestors decided to take over the street, despite  police warnings. Surprisingly the soldiers were quite cooperative unlike previous protests.

This is how it evolved:

The Annual Oscar Award Predictions by Lary Bs


Lary is an old friend of mine, and I’m sure you’ve bumped into him many times around Beirut. He’s the candy man at night, but during the day, he’s a film expert whose tweets I follow every year around this time. So, this year, I asked if he’d like to publish his always spot-on predictions on the blog, and voila, behold the predictions before tonight’s ceremony!