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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

Gaza is Calling You غزة تناديكم

(حبر ورصاص على ورق ink and pencil on paper)
رسم من أرشيف 2008from my archive 2008

Angelic

: Of Fury I

2006 - Lebanon

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

SONG (re)CYCLE

Here we go again...

Holidays Part 4

Playing backgammon in front of the butcher in al-Zarif I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place.

That poor Syrian kid got beaten again!!

Al Jadeed TV interviewed the parents of both Abbas and Khaled last night. Abbas’ father defended himself by claiming that who recorded the video are actually a group of teens and that he got upset when he saw it. It was all fine until the correspondent moved to Khaled’s mother and asked her how did she react to what happened, the woman then explained that she took the kid to his uncle who beat and kicked him because of that video! (Start watching at the 9m00s mark)
I’m surprised the correspondent remained calm and didn’t even argue about it with the woman.

Dubai’s Luxury Chocolates Delice Opens Now in Harrods

Dubai based luxury chocolate and confectionery brand Delice, just launched at the most exclusive Chocolate Room in the world at Harrods’ London. Delice has confirmed that the London based luxury store will become the city’s sole retailer for this Mediterranean inspired collection of confectionery, delicately handcrafted by its team of connoisseurs in Dubai. A unique »more...

Subway: Why Lebanon Hasn’t Taken to Subway… I Like It

I’m not sure why our country hasn’t taken to Subway. The restaurant’s food is fresh, fulfilling and relatively healthy, surely healthier then all other fast food ideas. My Subway story started back during my university years; a branch opened on the Zalka highway and I remember passing by every other day of the week to enjoy »more...

Flare Pan: Cooking Just Got Faster

A new pan called “Flare Pan” cooks 30% faster than standard pans, due to a new design inspired by jet and rocket engines, which mean it has a series of tapered fins which captures and channels heat from the flame, resulting in efficient and even heat distribution. Developed by University of Oxford engineer Thomas Povey »more...

Malak Al Taouk Has a New Logo

I spotted Malak Al Taouk‘s new logo in Kaslik yesterday and it looks much nicer than the old one. I don’t know why I’ve never liked this place even though a lot of my friends love it. I’ve only tried it once some 6 or 7 years ago and that was it.

Arz Water

I spotted the new slogan on Facebook and I thought it was a new bottled mineral water brand but it looks like it’s been out for years. That’s pretty weird because I never spotted it in any supermarket. I’ve tried most of the brands we have in Lebanon and my favorite has always been Tannourine.

Décalages (13 July 2014) -full show-

Sunday 13 July 2014, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm) 1. Toufic Farroukh (feat. Rima Khcheich) 2. Rim Banna 3. Tamer Abu-Ghazaleh 4. Kamilya Jubran 5. Wild Beasts 6. Damien Jurado 7. Traffic > Listen to Part 1: decalages 13 juillet (part 1)  8. Blind Faith 9. Bill Callahan 10. Lou Reed 11. The Velvet Underground 12. The Beach Boys 13. The Band 14. Bob Dylan (1989) 15. Bryan Ferry (Bob […]

History will judge, oh - and airplane crashes.

Now that tragedy has struck again for Malaysian airlines after the first disaster of #MH370 (the current one is the downing of one of their planes #MH17 over Ukraine), I was really - and I mean really - eager to see how Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein was going to handle this one. Tough luck, in a country not exactly known to be a full democracy, Hussein was actually discharged from his post.
Considering he was also the minister of defence (and from what I understood still is), he is also - no, no, nothing to do with corruption and nepotism - the cousin of Najib Razzak, the prime minister. So going as far as discharging him from his post truly speaks volumes about how bad the situation was and the ultimately bad job he did.

Ellie Goulding live at Biel next week

Compared to all the artists coming to Lebanon this summer, Ellie Goulding’s concert on July 23rd at Biel is definitely going to be the biggest act this season!
I already got my tickets from Mix FM and you can reserve yours online at Ticketing Box Office or at any Virgin store in Lebanon.

Little Abbas’ Father Apprehended By The Lebanese Police

[YouTube]
Based on reports from Al-Jadeed and LBCI, the security forces have identified the people behind the video that went viral earlier today and was showing a young kid beating another child and being encouraged by his parents. Moreover, LBCI just reported that the Internal Security Forces’ cyber crimes bureau raided the al-Raml al-Ali area in Dahieh to arrest the father of the minor Abbas. T.
This is great news and I am glad this video went viral and these people were arrested. I don’t get if it was the father or some relative or a total stranger who did this, they must be punished accordingly because this is a crime against an innocent child.

My Trip To Jordan: Part2

In case you’ve missed Part1 of my trip to Jordan, you can check it out [here]. I’ve shared in it my experience at the dead sea, at the Baptism site (Al Maghtass) and Ma’In resort. The second part of our trip was the most interesting one as I got to experience Petra by day and by night, spend a whole afternoon in the desert, watch the sunset at Wadi Rum before heading to Aqaba.

Just how sick can people get?!

I assume the older kid was already bullying little Abbas before these sick parents decided to teach him how to really beat people up!
Thanks @TrellaLB
Update:
The internal security forces have identified the people behind this video and arrested them tonight at El Ramel El Ali.

WTF?

[YouTube]
The video is uploaded by YaSour but it doesn’t say if it’s in Lebanon or not. They do sound Lebanese though.
What the hell is wrong with people?
via Trella

The Middle East Friendship Chart

Here’s a useful guide done by Joshua Keating and Chris Kirk to explain who’s on whose side in the Middle East. For some reason, Lebanon does not exist on their list but Hezbollah is mentioned.
You can check out the full chart [Here].

Two Lebanese-Australian Killed in The Malaysia Airline Crash in Ukraine

Update: According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two victims are Egyptian-Australian and not Lebanese.

My Trip To Jordan: Part1

As mentioned previously, I was in Jordan for a week back in May along with a couple of bloggers and media people courtesy of the Jordan Tourism Board. Before talking about the trip, I have to say I am quite impressed by the initiatives taken by Jordan to promote tourism in their country and through the JTB as opposed to what the Tourism Ministry does in Lebanon.
Moving on to the trip itself, and given that it was 1 week long, I thought I divide it into 2 parts:

The phallic symbol in AIR-bnb new logo


It took about a couple of hours before the new Airbnb logo would become the ridicule of the design community - much has been read into it: A phallic symobl, check, a widened vagina, check, boobs, check, and the list goes. The fact that is resembles closely two other logos (N3twork and Automation Anywhere) does not help.

ISF Clarification Regarding The Highway Picture That Went Viral

via YasaLebanon
I am sure you’ve all seen the above picture by now. As confirmed by the ISF, it is not a fake photo but a real one and there are reasons why the ISF motorist did not stop the young man.

The Lessons of History: Thoughts on the events in Gaza (part I)

While Israel is pounding Gaza and killing in the hundreds, demonstrations in support of the Palestinians and Hamas’ fight are taking place all around the globe. Of course this doesn’t reflect dominant public opinion in the West that still is apologetic of Israel’s actions. Not one official state declaration has condemned the Israeli attacks. If anything, the few who bothered to issue a statement reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself as it was perceived to live under a constant threat of rocket shower. Check here if you want to have goose bumps.