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USEK student Elio Mechleb take on #bendgate


Image credit: Elio Mechleb - USEK


Image credit Elio Mechleb 0 USEK

Gebran Bassil busted in New York

Men will always be men, but that’s definitely not valid when you’re representing Lebanon at the United Nations in New York and meeting with the Emirati minister of foreign affairs!
This video below shows Gibran Bassil asking one of his assistants about some woman called “Caroline”, then when the Emirati minister seemed surprised about his question, he responds with a hand gesture that he was asking because she’s so hot and wishes she was present with them in the meeting!

Quite embarrassing I say!

Unica Dark

Gandour is introducing Unica Dark with this smart ad.

Ramlet al-Baida: Beirut’s Last Public Beach Might Be Turned Into A Huge Touristic Resort

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It appears that some wealthy and powerful investors have set their sights on Ramlet al-Baida and are planning to turn it into a huge private beach resort. This is a repeat of the Daliyeh scenario that saw a lot of people protesting against it but in vain. Moreover, Lebanese Environment Minister Mohamad Machnouk was against fencing the Dalieh but he wasn’t able to do anything about it.

The Lebanese Army Driving An M113 APC Over ISIS Motorcycles

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The above video was shared on Jalopnik.com and is from last week’s battles between the Lebanese Army and ISIS and Nusra terrorists. I am glad they decided to share this video not the one I posted about and condemned.

Wine Skydiving and all between

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With one of the most beautiful and diverse terrains in the Middle East, Lebanon offers a variety of different recreational activities. From skydiving and paragliding to jet skiing and hiking, we’re sure nature lovers won’t find a shortage of things to do in beirut.com’s guide to recreation.

48 Hours Around Lebanon With LG

LG is organizing a really cool journey for 10 Lebanese bloggers (myself included) around Lebanon in 48 hours. The journey will include a lot of fun activities like paragliding (if the weather permits it), camping, jet ski, ATV and sightseeing and will end on Sunday night in Beirut. We were all handed the new LG G3 on Thursday to test it out during our trip, and I will be giving away a really cool gadget once I am back so stay tuned!
I will be uploading cool pictures on my instagram so you can follow me [here] to check them out.

Lebanese Ministry Of Public Works Spending In The Past Months

Kataeb MP Samy Gemayel posted earlier today a screenshot showing how the Ministry of Public Works has spent its money in the past few months. Assuming this information is correct, it’s quite surprising to see that the least money was spent on the Matn area. Nevertheless, it is really hard to judge based on one list as we need further explanation and information on that matter from the ministry itself.

Almaza trolls Apple by copying Heineken

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I know Almaza is actually owned by Heineken, but it is still uncool.
Check here to see how other brands took a jab at Apple for the iPhone 6 Plus bendgate.

The ideal Twitter diet: eat your way to better tweets

As someone who’s on Twitter, I get asked a lot about what’s the best diet to follow in order to tweet successfully. It’s a subject that I have thought about a lot during the past half an hour, and therefore decided to write a guide for people who are too busy to design their own diets. It’s a matter of common courtesy, you owe it to the people who follow you to eat properly in order to keep them informed and entertained. So here we go.

iPhone 6 Selling at $1600 In Lebanon

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The iPhone 5s was sold at 1200$ when it first got to Lebanon.
Update: I just got an SMS that you can order your iPhone 6 from Khoury Home for only $999 with a 1-year warranty.

Almaza and Heineken: "cahet de famille" iPhone "bend"wagon....


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Everyone is now jumping on the iPhone "bend"wagon among the many brands there was Heineken with "no worries.... it happes to us all the time" - local beer brand Almaza pitched in with "we're been bending since 1933". Both used the beer cap to do the analogy. Small problem?

Toward a Syrian endgame? - The anti-ISIS campaign may lead to an Assad exit

If Iran and Hezbollah appear worried about the attacks being directed by the United States and its allies against the Islamic State, or ISIS, the reason is simple. They realize that the logical outcome of military operations in Syria is likely to be pressure for a political solution that leads to Bashar al-Assad’s departure.

The connection between the anti-ISIS campaign and the Syrian conflict was made on Thursday at a Friends of Syria foreign ministers’ meeting in New York. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal expressed it succinctly: “For as long as the strife in Syria continues, the growth of extremist groups will continue.”

Batman fans, this is for you!

If you’re a Batman fan, you’re gonna love this. The Piano guys made this epic video highlighting 50 years of Batman music, film, and BATMOBILES.
 
On a side note, Batman v Superman: Dawn of justice, the sequel to “Man of Steel” is due out in March 2016. Can’t wait!

Lebanese And Priorities (Ma Fi Metlo version)

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I had just posted a week ago on how the new iPhone 6 is the latest priority in Lebanon.

Tyre, Beirut, Sidon And Byblos Among The World’s 20 Oldest Cities

The Telegraph posted today a list of the World’s 20 oldest continually-inhabited places on earth, which included four Lebanese cities: Tyre, Beirut, Sidon and Byblos. The list also included Faiyum and Thebes in Egypt, Kirkuk and Arbil in Iraq, Damascus and Aleppo in Syria and Jerusalem and Jericho in Palestine.

Marrouche Hamra Shutdown By A Court Order For Bankruptcy

Marrouche has been open since the 1960s and is most famous for his chicken sandwich. It’s quite shameful that he’s closing.

Marrouche Hamra closed down for bankruptcy

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According to this photo by Amer Tabsh, Marrouche Hamra has been sealed with red wax today following a court order after going bankrupt.
The place has been serving one of the best chicken garlic sandwiches in Beirut for ages now and I just can’t understand how did it go bankrupt… I mean people remained loyal to Marrouche over time even though sandwiches were selling for a relatively high price (7,000L.L) because they were really tasty, yet for some reason it ended up getting sealed with red wax!

Great ads for the Ghadi News and Lebanon Debate amateurish initiative

Now here's a paradox! Ghadi News and Lebanon Debate came up with a great campaign for an amateurish initivative. But at least they are advertising it correctly. Here's some visuals of their campaign and what they mean.


"No matter how much we scream "we are thirsty", water remains water" in this context the expression means "no one is willing to make a change".

Marrouche Hamra CLOSED

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4 of the World’s 20 Oldest Cities are Lebanese

So, the Telegraph’s travel section has published a gallery of “The World’s 20 Oldest Cities“. It includes the classics like Byblos, Sidon, Tyre and Beirut, Athens, Aleppo, Damascus, Jerusalem and the embattled Arbil and Kirkuk…

Bikeathon 2014: Bike For Lebanon At The Beirut WaterFront

The Bikeathon was launched last year and is a nice initiative to encourage Lebanese to bike for peace and encourage a more eco-friendly form of transportation. It’s happening this year at the Beirut Water Front on October 5th and you can register [Here].
We desperately needs more bikes and bike lanes in Lebanon to cut down the pollution and the traffic.

The Army is being sucked into Syria

The rising number of attacks against the Lebanese Army in Arsal and northern Lebanon is a worrying reminder of what is at stake for the military. In entering the fray in Arsal, the Army has immersed itself in the treacherous dynamics of Syria’s civil war.

By trying to close off the Lebanese-Syrian border, a legitimate aim in principle, the Army is effectively participating in strangling the Syrian rebels in the Qalamoun district. The rebels rely on access to Arsal to resupply themselves and to rest. With winter coming, the rebels realize that they will have to come down from the high ground in Qalamoun, and if they are denied access to Arsal, they will have to find alternatives, leaving them more vulnerable to attack by the Syrian regime and Hezbollah.

Sayfco and Virgin Radio Have Over 3 Million Fans On Facebook

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I don’t know how Virgin Radio Lebanon managed to get almost 3.8 million likes that fast but they now have more likes than Sayfco, noting that Sayfco has reportedly spent 3 million dollars on Facebook advertising according to its president and chairman Chahe Yérévanian.

Assaad Namroud: The Last Train Driver In Lebanon

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I doubt that we will ever see trains again in Lebanon. Check out some really cool pictures of Riyak train station [Here].

Rio, I Love You (Starring Nadine Labaki) To Be Released On October 2

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Nadine Labaki is directing and starring in one segment from the movie Rio, I love you. The movie is set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and will be out on October 2nd.

Tawlet Ammiq: Great Location, Amazing Food But A Dull Venue

I went with a group of friends to Tawlet Ammiq a couple of weeks ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve been hearing a lot about Tawlet Ammiq and I remember posting once a really cool video about it, so I was excited to try it out and see how the day goes.

Annahar reviews Oum Kalthoum: It's the economy, stupid!


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The saying goes, "you can't compare apples to oranges" but apparently you can compare apples to great art, as is the case of this article in Annahar dating back to 17-7-1966 which reviews the concert of the late Egyptian diva Oum Kalthoum which took place two days prior.

Wikipedia Page: Saint Joseph Antoura “Will Be Attacked by Daech”

This page is a disaster. It’s full of mistakes and the English is horrible. Also, apparently, it costs 148,000$ a year to go to Saint Joseph Antoura. It’s hard to determine if the prankster who wrote the unpleasant “daech” comment, is the same one who made it look that bad, but I hope someone from the school fixes their Wikipedia page ASAP.

Decades later, Camp David’s legacy remains debatable

Thirty-six years ago this month, Israel and Egypt negotiated the Camp David accords under the watchful eyes of US president Jimmy Carter, leading to an Egyptian-Israeli peace settlement.

What lessons can we learn from Camp David? Lawrence Wright has tried to answer that question in a new book, Thirteen Days in September. As he shows, the messages are mixed.

Optimists will say that Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Al Sadat arrived in Camp David with maximalist positions, and that only their willingness to compromise produced a historical final agreement.