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26 Ways Living in Lebanon Can Kill You: A – Arguileh

First in a series by Noura Andrea Nassar titled “26 Ways Living in Lebanon Can Kill You”

CML gets itself a Bourjeily treatment

CML (Caisse Mutuelle Laique) which defines itself as a mutual and social protection body with the mission to offer healthcare services to its members, released one very nicely concepted TV commerial. It's witty without being overdone, funny without sinking to slapstick, and gets its point across without dumbing down its viewer. How cool is that?

Manale Daou: Hero That “MP” Nicolas Fattouch Punched Today

I would insult and call the “man” above names, but, I’m sure he’ll want to file a lawsuit and I don’t want him to beat up any more folks at the Justice Palace. So, I’ll refrain from using any insults, but will allow you to make up your own. Key words: fat, douche, etc.

MTV Lebanon’s Twitter Account Hacked

MTV Lebanon’s twitter account with over 420,000 followers (ironically, it jumped some 3000+ followers since the hack!), has been hacked, apparently by a pro-Hezbollah hacker.
The cover photo has been changed into a Hezbollah fighter with the yellow flag fluttering, and one tweet was tweeted almost an hour ago which says:

On Migration, UK has nothing against inferior species!

I am staying in Poland, come on over!

I admire HMA (her majesty's ambassador) to Lebanon Tom Fletcher, or rather - I admire Tom Fletcher from a different angle some other bloggers admire him. I admire him because he knew how to work the social media scene, how to whitewash history, how to dictate the views he wishes communicated in the digital sphere.

أسعد أبو خليل – قد تكون هجمة «داعش» فرصة لمواجهة عقائد الرجعيّة الوهابيّة أو الغاء سايكس-بيكو

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هكذا يكتب أسعد أبو خليل في مقالته الاخيرة على صحيفة الأخبار، محاولا أن يعود بنا الى ذلك الزمن، الذي دائما ينتقد صانعيه، ولكنه زمن لم يكن ولم يحصل ولن يتطور الى حالة ما، لأن قاعدته غير موجودة. فكرة خلقتها موجات الاحتلال العسكري والثقافي من اينما أتت: فارسية، رومانية، جزيرة عربية أم فرنسية. دائما طبعا كانت مجموعة خائنة أو غير واعية ساهمت في نشر مقدمات الاحتلال أو الانسحاب.

The Beirut Book | Meet the people

the beirut book, livre, david hury, tania hadjithomas mehanna, tamyras, beirut prints, livre, beyrouth, libanJ- 15 avant le lancement de The Beirut Book. Les dés sont jetés, il ne reste plus qu'à attendre que les rotatives recrachent leurs tonnes de papier et d'encre. C'est l'heure pour moi de rendre à César ce qui appartient à César. Car un livre ne se fait pas seul. Bien sûr, il y a l'auteur (celui qui fait la grimace, juste là sur la gauche).

FAP Lebanon Finally Makes it to 9GAG’s “Hot”

You can see the billboard under it has a tobacco ad, meaning that this photo was taken prior to March 2012 when the ban on tobacco advertising came into effect. As (like the French call it) an “internaut”, I chuckle every time I see FAP signs or ads. For the 0.01% of you of don’t know what “fap” means, it’s masturbating. That’s why people sometimes comment *fap fap fap* on something hot, or sarcastically for something unattractive.

The ad that goes wrong: self depreciation is an art.

I have recently come across a British show called "the play that goes wrong" - where, you guessed it, everything that could go wrong does goes wrong even more than Ziad Rahbani's "chi fechel". But what interested me the most what the ads they ran for the show inticing people to "save money - don't come", "starring Tom Cruise - subject to availability", "premium seats - only £3,950" or a strapline that went that the play was "starring no one famous", there was even logos of the "tony" "olivier" awards and underneath "they liked the show". Ads have appeared upside down in newspapers to emphasize that even the marketing was amateurish.

Lebanese Tries To Bribe A Kuwaiti Airport Staff, Gets Interrogated

According to Al-Anba2, a Lebanese was arrested after he tried to bribe a Kuwaiti airpot staff member. The passenger gave the employee 1500$ to let him in but he didn’t get away with it. Some Lebanese seem to believe they can buy their way out of everything, well that’s not the case.

KayTech Has a Rally Car To Serve You Faster

It took me few seconds to realize this is not a car rental company.

Mafimetlo vs Buzz

Mafimetlo actually made the first commercial a bit funnier now lol!

Redrock thinks outside of the unipole

So much for thinking outside the box, now is the time to think outside of the unipole. Lowe Pimo did a beautiful job illustrating the concept of "eco village" for Redrock (from Sayfco). Yes, that's a flock of birds you see protruding from the unipole (don't start shooting as a typical Lebanese please!). Whereas we have seen a lot of elements protrude from unipoles in the past it was mostly top of bottles or hairs of singers, so it's refreshing that such a concept could be executed.

Lebanese Film Ghadi Won The Audience Award At The 19th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Ghadi is one of the best Lebanese films I’ve ever watched and deserves to be awarded. Congrats to Amin Dora!
Here’s my [review] in case you missed it. You can also check this [video] from the Busan International Film which shows director Amin Dora receive his award.

Three Awesome Pictures From Wednesday’s Thunderstorm

Picture by Karim Bechara
LBCI posted more pictures [Here].
Picture by Youssef Rached Doughan

Lebanon’s Biggest Burger At Rod’s Burger In Gemmayze

Rod’s burger celebrated its second year anniversary by making a 65cm wide burger, the biggest ever made in Lebanon. The patty was 4cm thick and weighted over 8 kilos. Around 3 kilos of mayo and ketchup were used as well. The burger doesn’t look that appetizing but it’s a fun idea. I’ve heard good things about Rod’s burger but I’ve never tried it before to be honest.

Breast Cancer Campaign In Lebanon: بتذكرك بكل شي… وهلأ صار دورك تذكرها

Early detection tests for breast cancer saves thousands of lives every year, and many more lives can be saved if women are reminded to take these tests.

Ekhirta Ata3it: MARCH And Lucien Bou Rjeily’s Play On Censorship Was Approved!

I’ve posted about this matter less than a year ago and asked the head of the censorship bureau to look at the bigger image and let the Lucien Bourjeily play pass and be the first one to attend it.
Censorship is wrong as we should be given the right to choose what to watch, read and listen. In case you missed my article, you can read it [Here].

20 Signs You’re Dating An Arab Girl

1. She’s the jealous type. The last time a hostess smiled and greeted you at a bar she threatened to “cut her”

2. The first thing she’ll ask you when she’s sees a pretty girl is “do you think she’s pretty?”

New Berfumes In Town

Thanks Nicole!

Gebran Tueni Foundation Photo Contest

I love and admire Gebran Tueni and I like the fact that the Gebran Tueni Foundation is launching such a contest but they should have done an extra effort and made it more appealing and interesting. There are no guidelines or rules, the contest is way too broad and has no theme, the poster is dull, the contact email is @gmail and the Gebran Tueni Foundation website is outdated and doesn’t even include the contest.

24 Syrian Babies Are Born Every Day In Lebanon

31,000 Syrian babies were born between March 2011 and September 2014 in Lebanon according to this report. This is yet another alarming number for the Lebanese authorities and the Syrian refugees as well. However, it’s never too late to start building proper refugee camps and setting proper guidelines and launching awareness campaigns for all the refugees.

Where Lebanon Stands From The Ebola Outbreak

The Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems at Northeastern University in Boston published a list showing the countries in which Ebola is most likely to show up. The scientists used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to come up with this table but keep in mind that this is the risk of a single imported case, not the risk of an outbreak.

Reducing Working Banks In Lebanon From 72 to 25 (Update: Denied By BDL)

Update: BDL governor Riad Salameh denied some media reports that the Americans had urged him during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington to reduce the number of banks operating in the country from 72 to 25 through consolidations and mergers. [Source]
How is it possible to reduce the number of banks from 72 to 25 in just five years?

What Liz Sarkisian can teach Amal Clooney

And so it happened, the honeymoon is over. I mean literally. A woman goes to a honeymoon, her husband leaves early to start working again, and she goes back to her career and travels to Athens alone. Sounds bleak doesn't it?
Well, let's put things in perspective a bit.

DIVVY Review

I don’t usually think about a review too much, I just open a new tab and start writing. But, with Divvy, it was hard just placing it in a category to decide how to proceed from there.

Run The Beirut Marathon In A Wedding Dress To End Early and Forced Marriages in Lebanon

ABAAD and Esposa Beirut are asking female participants in the Beirut International Marathon to participate and run the 10KM fun run in a wedding dress in order to raise awareness on early and forced marriages in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa region. That’s a pretty cool and fun idea. I just hope women will be able to find cheap wedding dresses.
You can find more information [Here].

Waynon Movie Trailer

Thousands of people who disappeared during the war in Lebanon and its aftermath are still missing today. The government has done nothing to clarify the fate of the missing persons, and the families are still waiting. Waynon is about six Lebanese women representing three generations, each one still waiting for the man in her life who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and is still missing.
It will be out on October 30.
Thanks Kriks!