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Is Farid (Chehab) "unique"? Yes you "bet".

My recent post regarding the crossing over of some figures from advertising to environmental consciousness was hailed by some, and not liked by others - and for a reason - I was mentioning specific people, including Farid Chehab, the honorary chairman of Leo Burnett MENA.

Patrick Seale: an appreciation

The word from London is that the British journalist Patrick Seale is gravely ill. For those who know him or simply have read or heard him, the news is most regrettable.

When it comes to the Middle East, Seale has been a clarifying presence for some five decades.

Seale has been a contested figure for at least part of that time. His critics charged that his closeness to the regime of Hafez Assad often drifted into advocacy. Perhaps, but Seale was no fool. He knew that the heart of the Syrian regime was made of lead, and he put the access he received to good use. Seale’s biography of the late president, despite its frequent praise and omissions, remains a classic.

Beirut River Crocodile Captured

via LBCI
I am not sure if it’s the same crocodile they’ve spotted before, as I heard that there may be more than just one.
Update: Check how big that crocodile turned out to be lol!
Update2: Jason from Animals Lebanon just told me the crocodile measures 130cm.

Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987)

I had posted about this movie back in 2010 and couldn’t find it anywhere in Lebanon. It’s a documentary that sheds the light on the fancy living of the Bustros family in war torn Beirut, and how “the biggest problem faced by the Bustros family was that the chandeliers occasionally vibrate from the distant explosion of bombs and artillery.” [NYTimes]

Stop Brand Bashing on Social Media

Sometimes I feel like doing some public brand bashing like most of people do on social media but i won’t, and not because I work in social media and always deal with different brands.

Lebanese Civil Defense volunteers Have Every Right To Protest

I am not for implementing the new wage scale proposed by the Unions but fire fighters have every right to protest and block roads. These men have been working and risking their lives for years for a miserable $200 monthly nothing in return. I don’t think it’s too much if they turn them into full employees and finance a much needed restructuring of the Civil Defense units and branches.
Civil Defense volunteers are not government employees who take bribes and do nothing all day. They volunteered to save lives and should not treated that way. If a salary increase is not feasible, they should be at least equipped with the proper tools to do their job.

The Miracle Machine: Make Your Own Wine at Home

We have heard of  machines that brew beer at home but what about brewing your own wine? The Miracle Machine is the world’s first affordable accelerated winemaking device for the home.

The Grandparents Frame by JOHNSON’S Baby

My brother and sister-in-law live abroad and just had a baby girl a month back. Ever since, my parents who are now grandparents ask me almost every day if my brother sent me any new pictures or videos of the baby. I taught them how to use Skype on the iPad but the picture is not always crystal clear because of the internet connection, and it’s a hassle to regroup pictures from different sources in one place, so this Grandparents App is a really nice and simple idea.

Let’s Have Some Sushi Cupcakes

Have you heard about the edible cupcake wrappers made from Nori seaweed? Traditionally these wrappers are made from paper or plastic, but things are changing… you can now eat the cupcake and the wrapper with it. I am not sure seaweed would be a good mix with cake, but I can imagine some rice and raw fish on them, some vegetable maybe?

Edible Water Drops: Yes They Exist…

If you’re an advocate for saving the environment, then these edible water drops may help play a part in avoiding the ever-growing pile of plastic water bottles in landfills?

Hamburger Gourmet: A Book to Have if You Love Burgers

Reflecting the recent trend for burgers of every stripe and description, Hamburger Gourmet is a colorful book that takes you from the beautiful simplicity of a classic beef burger to the burgers made of everything from chicken to quinoa.

Lebanese Kid Hits His Mother On Future TV

WTF is wrong with this kid?

A Week in Images by Al-Akhbar

 Haysam Mousawi. Akhbar Newspaperimages: Haysam Mousawi. Akhbar Newspaper
Beautiful well picked images from the world and Lebanon, every week on the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. The above one is one of the collection of the last week in March. Haysam Mousawi’s image is about the violence against women in Lebanon. Yes, sadly, still and in 2014.

He is not in need of (Syrian) laborers

"He is not in need of laborers - and thank you".

The World’s Tiniest Sushi – On a Single Rice Grain

Fine dining may have a tendency for skimping on portion sizes, but Tokyo sushi chef Hironori Ikeno has shrunken his craft to a whole new level of tiny. Mr Ikeno, who appears on a video by Reuters, has spent 13 years perfecting the art of scaling his sushi pieces down to a single grain of rice.

Half Naked Man Spotted At Today’s Protests In Beirut

Am I human? Am I Lebanese? I’m an ass. Picture via LBCI
The Syndicate Coordination Committee organized a general strike today in protest against the failure to refer the new wage scale to parliament for approval.

FAIL: Very Ambitious Hyundai

“When I Grow Up I will be FJ Cruiser”. I really want to know who comes up with these stickers.

Busy? The Yacht Induction Cooker is For You

An innovative kitchen appliance that uses the power of a magnetic field to heat up pots, the Yacht Induction Cooker allows of an automatic cooking system that many people, especially busy ones, will appreciate.

Designed by Lee Dawi this cooker looks futuristic as it sounds.

‘Cut Food’ Mouthwatering Shots of Your Favorite Bites

You’re going to get hungry after looking at these pictures… mouthwatering shots by food photographer Beth Galton and food stylist Charlotte Omnès of your favorite foods cut in half. The series is called ‘Cut Food’ photo series.
Cup of hot coffee, a bucket of pop-corn, packets of mashed potatoes, and sumptuous stuffed turkey… strawberry jam donuts… and more…

Russia kept Assad in power, but now it’s stuck with him

There has been speculation lately as to whether Russian president Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea were improvised, or whether they were the result of a longer-term strategic plan. A similar question can be asked of Russian behaviour in Syria. When Mr Putin decided to bolster the regime of President Bashar Al Assad in 2011, did he have an endgame in mind?

Egypt’s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, apparently feels that the answer is no. A Lebanese politician who recently spoke to him says that Mr Fahmy’s impression from speaking to Russian officials was that Moscow is at an impasse in Syria. Mr Putin has blocked all efforts to undermine Mr Al Assad, but that does not mean he has been able to impose a solution of his own.

Lebanese Parliament Votes On New Rent Law – Old Rent Law Abolished At Last

I really can’t believe it took this long for the parliament to drop the ridiculous old rent law, but they’ve finally done and I think the new law proposed is fair for both tenants and owners. For those of you unaware of the old rent law, it was enacted after World War II and is one of the weirdest laws still in existence, as it gave more rights to the tenants over the owners, and kept the rents at the same fixed price as originally agreed. As a result, there are still people paying 400$ a year for an apartment in Beirut while market rent prices are at their highest level.

Fares Karam El Ghorba Song Stolen by an Israeli Singer

Sadly enough, he got more hits than the original song.

Sidon Teacher Forgot Her Baby For Hours In The Car

Source: DailyMail
A school teacher in Saida forgot her baby inside the car during the day and by the time she realized that, the baby boy was already dead. That’s just terrible news and the mother apparently had a nervous breakdown following the incident.

Hezbollah Involvement in Syria Fans Flames of Sectarian War

Articles & Op-Eds Andrew J. Tabler Also available in العربية NOW Lebanon
April 1, 2014

The Party of God is not only hurting its domestic standing in Lebanon, but also inviting a wider regional conflict it cannot control.

TeleLiban Relaunching With A New Logo

TeleLiban is undergoing some major renovation and will reopen soon with a new logo and a new team. They are already on [Facebook], [Twitter] and their [website] is under construction.

Sanayeh Garden Renovation

Sanayeh Garden is currently being renovated by Azadea Foundation and is set to open again in May 2014 if all went as planned.

Lebanese “President” Equates Atheists to Terrorists

The million dollar quote is: “Peace will defeat war. Faith will defeat fundamentalism and atheism.” [0:30-0:34]
Wow… Just wow… The so-called President of the most “open and free” country in the Arab World just equated filthy religious extremist terrorists who kill our soldiers, to me, and people like me: those who don’t believe in his or any god, or any other regressive, counterproductive fantasy that makes people violent, oppressed and uninformed.
Before we begin, allow me to remind our soon-to-be-retired president of the constitution he swore to protect when we was OK-ed as a weak enough president to not upset any of the warring Lebanese factions.

Odds and Ends

Mountains above Beirut Things are warming up in Beirut. Nothing has exploded recently, but car bombs seem to be getting dismantledon a rather frequent base. The pressure is building up. And the overall well-being of people is not ‘well’. And so this is a post about the things we deal with on a daily basis.

Ma T2oulo Mabrouk Ba3ed: Domestic Violence Law Approved Without KAFA Amendments

Via Almaza
When I first read that the domestic violence law got approved without any amendments, I thought the parliament passed the draft-law including Kafa’s remarks without amending it, but as it turns out, they only voted on the original draft-law and not the crucial modifications requested by KAFA. One of the KAFA lawyer went as far as calling the law a “farce”.

The Lebanese Parliament Passed a Law that Put Women at Further Risk

The only finger and the only vote that Lebanese Parliament deserves!Manal, Roula, Aminah, Latifah, Sonia, Christelle, Marguerite, and all the women who died of domestic violence will not rest in peace, because today the Lebanese Parliament passed a joke of a law, a joke that now legalizes marital rape. No women will leave or face her husband while her children remain at risk… no women will dare to speak up knowing that if she protects herself, her children will be the next boxing bag.

Interview with Bassam Haddad for Guernica Mag

bassam-1 crp copy 2A couple of months ago, I caught up with my friend Bassam Haddad, Director of Middle East Studies at George Mason and a co-founder and editor of Jadaliyyaand interviewed him for Guernica Magazine. The introduction is below, followed by a link to the main body of the piece.

Municipality without a website or public budget

Yes that's right, Beirut a city with over a million residents and among the most influential in the region, has no official website. And it has been offline for over three years, according to this amusing post which noted the phenomenon back in February 2011. This is not an April Fool's Joke. Check it yourself.

Almaza, Al Rifai, Exotica, Himaya and Ksara Show Support to KAFA’s #NoLawNoVote Campaign

The parliament just ratified the law to protect women from domestic violence without making any amendments. Congrats to all the Lebanese!
Update: The law was passed without the amendments requested by KAFA, so it’s not what we were hoping for but definitely a step in the right direction.
Update2: Here’s the statement released by Kafa.

From advertisers to eco-warriors? Ironic.

You see what happens when you finish an illustrious career in advertising? After spending decades raking money selling unneeded things in non-recyclable plastic bottles, advertising high end fashion made in sweatshops, and so on - you end being an eco-warrior. At least this is what Farid Chehab - previously from H&C Leo Burnett (where C stands for Chehab!) - did.

Check Out Kareem Rifai’s Mashkal Flowchart

Believe it or not, I’ve never gotten into a fight in my life. It’s not that I don’t have any wasta or am not strong enough to beat someone up (I played Rugby for two years), it’s just that I don’t like resorting to violence to solve anything.
via Gino