Misc

All and nothing

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.

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.

Little Abbas’ Father Apprehended By The Lebanese Police

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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.

WTF?

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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.

Kifbetwaffirmay - saving water in a laudable initiative.


Photo credit G.H.

At a time when we are suffering major water shortage and that someone came up with the idea of buying water from Turkey (what an irony!!!), there's an intitiative circulating in town from the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water and the EU Kifbetwaffirmay (a website, twitter account already exist).

Update: Air Arabia Removed The Video Showing A Wrong Map For Lebanon

Air Arabia decided to remove the video showing a wrong map for Lebanon, however I was checking their promotions for other countries like KSA and Egypt the maps don’t look very accurate as well.

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Asks Schools To Respect Religious Freedom

This statement comes one month after the Sabis controversy and clearly states that Sabis School has to amend its regulations and cannot by law ban the display of religious symbols. Personally speaking, I’d rather see secular schools in Lebanon and I wish Lebanese students would learn to co-exist away from religious and political considerations. However, the problem with Sabis is that it made an exception for veils which doesn’t make sense coming from a secular school.

LOL: Mooo Ra7 To2ta3 …

I wonder how he fit the cow in this tiny car lol!
Thanks Manal!

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