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If you are 99 and your father is still alive, you can pay on credit lol! via Annahar
I compiled these funny pictures from last week into one post.
Classy Driver – Thanks Rachel!
Tripoli kind of love – via Lebanesememes

Eyeless on Tehran - Iran’s aim is Arab fragmentation, but America won’t see it

There has been much partisan discussion in Washington over the Obama administration’s efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. However, a different concern emerged this week in newspaper articles and commentaries, namely how the actions of pro-Iranian Shiite militias in Iraq were undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS.

In a column for the Washington Post, David Ignatius echoed this view, noting that Iraqi Sunnis were wary of cooperating with the government of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, because it had allowed Shiite militias to operate in mainly Sunni Anbar Province.

The region crumbles and Lebanon trembles

As prospects for the emergence of new sectarian and ethnic entities rise in the Middle East to replace illegitimate, authoritarian states, it is necessary to ask what will happen to Lebanon, the only Arab state that has sought to build its political system around a formula for sectarian compromise.

Lebanon’s most pressing danger is the presence of some 1.5 million Syrian refugees in the country, most of them Sunnis from areas the Assad regime considers vital for its political survival. Many have fled Homs and Qalamoun, which sit on vital communication lines between Damascus and the coast. These are both places the regime intends to retain, even as it has given up on far-flung districts that it has no real hope of controlling, such as Syria’s north, northeast and east.

The Problem With Arabic

Anyone who has put their minds to Arabic will know that the initial major issue is WHICH Arabic to learn, classical or dialect and if dialect, which one. Do you study the written language you can find in books, or the daily conversation Arabic which has no written form?
 

Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – February 18th 2015

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Yet another round of cool events from Lebtivity. I hope this “Storm Windy” that Lebanon will be witnessing as of tonight won’t affect any of your plans!

Who Killed Bruce Lee Pays Tribute To Warda Al-Jazairia

Lebanese indie-electro-dance-rock band Who Killed Bruce Lee paid tribute to Algerian Singer and one of the Arab world’s most famous Divas, Warda al-Jazairi with this “Batwanniss Beek” awesome cover.
Warda died in May 2012. Batwannis beek is one of her most popular songs.
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The solution in Syria is bigger than Assad

When the United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, declared last week that president Bashar Al Assad was “part of the solution” in Syria, he knew he would raise a firestorm.

Opposition groups have accused the envoy of going back on the Geneva framework for Syria, which calls for the establishment of a transitional government to replace Mr Al Assad. In other words, they outline a solution without him.

It could be that Mr de Mistura was simply reflecting the changing mood internationally, as Mr Al Assad’s removal is no longer a priority while the fight against ISIL escalates.

What’s Wrong With Ziad El Rahbani?

I think it’s about time Ziad el Rahbani stops talking about Fairouz or maybe stops giving interviews for good. I can’t believe he came out and said Fairouz is a fan of Qaddafi and Hitler! What’s wrong with this guy? Is he trying to tarnish his mother’s reputation? The sad part is that all media ignored most of the interview and put that statement in their headlines even though Fairouz clearly disapproves of it.

Vintage Arab ads 1968 (Part 4)

Below is the 4th (and sadly last) batch from the 1968 ads found in Annahar newspaper!


Perrier


Pyrex baby bottles

How one tweet ruined my life

This is the first time I speak about my ordeal with Twitter mobs in public, and I do it with a sense of duty and to raise awareness about the dangers of this kind of online bullying, in hope that we could learn something from this unpleasant episode.

WKBL Just Covered Warda’s Betwannis Bik, and It’s Fucking Epic

Who Killed Bruce Lee are awesome, y’all know that. The boys make it possible for me to enjoy something not purely electronic, and that in itself, is quite the statement coming from me. I love Warda. When I was a little kid, I had a video cassette (VHS!) with a recording of Warda’s “Betwannis Bik” at a live show. I watched it so many times, that the tape was no longer usable by the time I was 9 years old.
So, when Wassim told me what they were cooking up, I was absolutely ecstatic, and this morning, finally, as I was boarding my flight to Berlin, I got the link!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s quite the energetic, soulful tribute to a musical legend that has passed on, but will always be in all of our most intimate playlists.

Haiifa MJK the Arab Transvestite On Instagram


No I’m not referring to the actual superstar Haifa Wehbe. Meet @HaiifaMJk on Instagram ,at first you’d probably guess this is yet another one of those hundreds of women in the Middle East obsessed with looking and acting every inch like Haifa, with her signature black hair, bee stung lips, colored lenses, striking curves and seductive demeanor.

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