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GCR: Lebanon Among Best in Education, Absolute Last in Trust in Politicians + More Numbers


So, the World Economic Forum published its Global Competitiveness Report, and Lebanon got some interesting number I’ll highlight here:

The Top-Ten Single-Digit Numbers of All Time

Even before it was published, this post has been described as 'the ultimate listicle', 'the defining new media article' and 'silly but accurate' by major news organisations and well-known pundits. The buzz surrounding the anticipated publication of the post created waves of excitement on social media and other similar clichés usually used by SM types. So what's the fuss about?

Lebanon: No Longer My Happily Ever After Story by Mama Rowana


Our leaders, Mafioso’s and “governments”all deserve to be put in the thinking corner! They need to publicly acknowledge what they have done with Lebanon for the past few decades was and still is wrong. It is what we would expect children as young as 3 to do. You’d think if a child can acknowledge mistakes and apologize then why can’t our self proclaimed “leaders”do the same? If only it were that simple.

FAIL: Who Wants A Crap Salad?

Thanks Rana!

An Untold Lebanese Refugee Story

Someone recently forwarded me an article from the Anti-Racism Movement’s website, about a new, apparently unofficial, policy to stop renewing the residence permits for the children of migrant workers in Lebanon. Here’s a clip from the piece:
Since early this summer, the General Security had decided, without explanation or prior warning, with no new decision or decree, to no longer renew the residency permits of many migrant domestic workers who reside in Lebanon with their children, most of which have been born and raised here all their lives.

Doing the #ALSIceBucketChallenge For Centuries

We have been doing the Ice Bucket challenge ever since “Kebbe Naye” was invented… The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, »more...

Mercedes Benz Publishes 48 Hours in Beirut


Hannes Thornhammar dropped by Beirut recently, and wrote up a piece on Mercedes-Benz’s mb! website.
Here’s the intro and final thoughts from the piece you find here.

Have You Heard of Edible LEGO Bricks?

Japanese artist and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created edible chocolate LEGOs – making everyone’s childhood dream come true. The bricks, which are made of milk, white, dark and strawberry chocolate, are fully functional. To create the pieces, molten chocolate is poured into precisely measured molds, which are then popped out once they cooled. The artist »more...

Safety First

Picture taken in Chekka by Rana

New Lebanese Car Plate Number App Blackmailing Lebanese

We’ve all tried, seen or heard of the infamous car plate number apps that keep popping up everywhere. I even remember a time before smartphones, when some employee in the the “Nafaa” would burn CDs and give/sell it to his/her friends to get the info.
Now, before I explain how outrageous this is, there is some sense behind it in these dark times. Rigged cars are usually stolen ones, or ones with fake license plate numbers. Perhaps an app commissioned by the Lebanese government could check for the main issues, like is it stolen? Is it fake? But, without revealing the personal information of the driver.

Roberto Merhi Could Race With Caterham F1 At Monza

It’s not confirmed yet but Caterham F1 team has shown interest in Formula Renault 3.5 Series driver Roberto Merhi. I was told that Merhi is of Lebanese origins but I can’t confirm that. If it turns out to be true, we will have two drivers of Lebanese origin in F1, Felipe Nasr and Roberto Merhi.

FASHAL – Doge Personal Ad

Taken by Rashed Merheb
So good, so romantic, much funny! And what’s with “slave origin”?

Obama’s foreign policy failures will haunt this region for years

In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001, American officials scrambled to interpret what had happened and plan an appropriate response.

Their reaction can be broken down into two phases. In the first, the United States invaded Afghanistan and expelled the Taliban regime that had hosted Osama bin Laden.

However, beyond that there was a second reading, one that came to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Key officials in the administration of George W Bush believed that the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime and its replacement with a democratic government would produce regional shock waves that would favourably transform Iraq’s Arab neighbours – above all Saudi Arabia, from where 15 of the 19 hijackers came.

Good Food Awards, Middle East: We’re Counting on Your Nomination

The BBC Good Food Middle East awards, known for celebrating the best restaurants and food brands in the UAE now enters its fifth year. In these consumer vote-based awards, end-users get to nominate their favorite restaurants and food brands, and then in the second phase, vote for the final winners, from a shortlist of the ones with »more...

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