Why The Lebanese Army Should Not Negotiate With Terrorists In Arsal

I thought the pictures of the beheaded soldier were fake but unfortunately they turned out to be true. Sergeant Ali al-Sayyed’s body was handed over yesterday to the Lebanese authorities and his family. This is the most horrific crime against a Lebanese army soldier that we’ve ever witnessed and of and a proof that we should no longer negotiate with these terrorists.

"The Story" by Joe Bolton

After the life is lived
And the world is what it is,
There is only the story:

At Stevensport, the Sinking, River
Empties into the Ohio,
And the Ohio widens.

Or does the story perhaps precede
The living of it, as the new day
Seems to depend on the cock’s cry?

And do the dead and the unborn occupy
The same dimensionless dimension,
Or are they simply where they seem to be?

It would be easy enough to say
What happened, could you only
Bring yourself to:
______________A girl—
No, a young woman—who has lived her life
With old-time parents on a farm
On what the Indians once called the Dark
And Bloody Ground, and who
Has a perhaps somewhat imprudent appetite

Journalists banned from entering Beirut park

Citizens and journalists were held up at the park's main entrance on Saturday.

Municipal police prevented reporters from LBC and Ad Diyar newspaper from entering Horsh Beirut during a rare opening of the city's largest park this weekend, eyewitnesses said.

Beirut to Nowhere

A motorway connecting Beirut’s hilltop to the port is piercing through one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, destroying on its way a garden – the only remaining one of its kind – and a whole series of heritage residential houses dating from the 1920’s.
Via: Panos Aprahamian

DGGS vs Army National Guard: An ad theft indeed (UPDATE)

Seeing double? And considering each image is cut in half then you're seeing double-double (quadruple!)... Now that we go this out of the way, the new General Directorate of General Security ad (a product of a certain Phenomena which is no stranger to borrowing concepts) seems too close for comfort for the Army National Guard recruitment poster. I know that the US has just given ammunition to the Lebanese Armed Forces, so maybe a poster must have slipped among the goods.

Food on the Go: A Journey Around 11 Addresses I love

Who said to enjoy some good food you have to sit at a restaurant and order…? We tend to forget that some foods can be enjoyed on the go… In street food joints among others… Just a reminder to me and you that these bites have been prepared by hard working people who wake up »more...

Ultimate Lebanon Summer Guide 2014

I just got back from Lebanon a few days ago and here are my favorite places for 2014:

Wickerpark Music Festival 2014 Lineup

Wickerpark kicked off in 2011 and has been attracting more and more people every year. The festival has hosted over 30 artists and gathered over 5000 people over the past 4 years. Its aim is to promote local talent and create environmental awareness. The lineup for this year include:
- Mashrou’ Leila
- Scrambled Eggs
- How Sad
- Youmna Saba
- Charlie Rayne
- Flum Project
- Z the people & Al Jihaz
Tickets are for $20. For more info, check their website [Here].

UBER Beirut and Why I’m Never Taking A Taxi Ever Again

I’ve been obsessing over UBER all weekend, making random people download the app, for two good reasons: the concept is brilliant and the service is practically flawless.

A Walk Inside Horsh Beirut

Joelle from RacingThoughts had the opportunity to visit Horsh Beirut and take pictures, after a local NGO called NAHNOO got the permission to hold a picnic inside the park for 3 hours only.

لبنان موطن الحريّة والاعتدال لا التكفير والذمّية

المهندس حميد عوّاد*
فراغ السلطة دوّامة إعصار و”شاروق” دوّار يشفط “حشوات” من الانتهازيّين والطامعين ينهالون لملئه.
لبنان في عيون الجزّارين والوحوش الضارية التي تترصّده وتحوم حوله حمل وديع أضاع أهله فتقاطبوا لذبحه أوافتراسه.
في مواجهة مخارز الدخلاء والخوارج إشرأبّ اللبنانيّون جاحظي العيون مستشيطين غضباً.
ولصدّ انتهاكات وتعدّيات وغزوات قبائل المرتدّين إلى زمن البداوة والجاهليّة شدّوا أواصرهم لتقوى وتعصى شكيمتهم واحتموا بجيشهم وقواهم الأمنيّة البواسل الذين بذلوا من أرواحهم شهداء لإفتداء أهلهم ووطنهم.
عانى لبنانا الحبيب من أزمة ولاء: رضع أبناء عقوقون من حليبه ونكروه لصالح إدّعاء أبوّة أو أمومة غرّرت بهم لاجتذابهم من خارج الحدود.
فغدت قوّة الجذب كتلك التي “للثقب الاسود” في الفلك، لا فكاك منها حتّى للضوء.

Nicolas Amiouni Wins The 37th Rally Of Lebanon!

Nicolas Amiouni has officially won the Rally of Lebanon and has ended Roger Feghali’s 10-year run. It is worthy noting that Roger Feghali was out since day2 due to an accident. You can check out all the stages updates and pictures on [].
Congrats to Nicolas!

Palastain This Way …

I saw this picture on one of my friends’ FB page. I guess they just wrote it the way it sounds.
Thanks Lama!

Green in Summer

Greener parts of Lebanon You probably wonder where to find these green places in Lebanon. Because Lebanon is bone dry right now. Last winter was a dry winter to start with, and it hasn’t rained seriously since March. It is yellow and dusty wherever you go.  Yet some mountain areas are green, because giant aquifers inside the limestone still release water at a regular pace. Lebanon has a number of these giant aquifers.

School can wait

Some parents worry their kids won’t learn the language of their adopted country well enough. I tend to worry about the opposite. Many people ask me now whether my daughter is speaking Spanish yet. For the record, we lived in Spain for two months last year and five months this year so far.
I suppose if she had gone straight into kindergarten, then by now she would be speaking Spanish (after a fashion). She spends an hour or two once a week with a Spanish babysitter and she’s already starting to respond in Spanish. Surely I should be in a rush to help her learn Spanish as soon as possible, as young as possible. Otherwise she’ll already be behind the other kids when she starts school. Except that she won’t be starting school very soon anyway. Because it gets worse.

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