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Missing Iraqi Cash ($1.2 To $1.6 Billion) Ended In Lebanon

Stuart W. Bowen Jr., left, a special inspector general who examined corruption and waste in Iraq
After the US defeated Saddam Hussein in 2003, $12 billion to $14 billion was sent to Iraq in the airlift, and an additional $5 billion was sent by electronic transfer to support Iraq’s new government and help the economy. However, and based on an investigation led by Stuart W. Bowen, he found that between $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion had been stolen and moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping.

What’s Happening To The Iconic El-Houssami Old Lebanese House In Byblos?

I am finding this hard to believe but according to the president of Jbeil-Byblos municipality Ziad Hawat, the old famous Lebanese house in Byblos, as well as the sea castle and other ruins in one of the oldest cities in the world are in danger. Jbeil’s touristic sites have been neglected by the authorities and need proper maintenance and renovation.

Pierre Hachache Has Officially Gone Crazy Lol!

Check out what he had to say to the Lebanese soldier who defected the other day.
[YouTube]
and listen to his latest hit (NSFW).

A Walk in the Park


I had a lovely walk in the park this evening. It brought me back ‘home’.

They say that the first 15 years of someone’s life are instrumental to the formation of a person’s identity. After that, it doesn’t really matter anymore where you live or grow up; your comfort zone has been established, and you will forever feel most at ease in that society. 

Of Beirut or Fate

Somewhere it's been written.
Somewhere it's been decided.
I was born in war.
War is my fate.
I have never known Beirut without war.
I have never known Beirut without injustice.
I have never known Beirut without fear.
I have never known...
Will I die in my country?
Will I die in war?
Will I ever know?

I look at Beirut. She looks back. Envious.
Envious of freedom. Of opportunities. Of what if.
Envious of unspeakable possibilities.
And all I want is to go back.
To her chaos and ugliness.
To her carelessness.
To realize an unrealistic dream.
To give back the love she deserves.

Is love most romantic when it's unfulfilled?
Do I love you because you don't truly exist?

Achrafieh 2020: Discover Abdel Wahab & Sodeco On October 19

The car-free day in Sodeco and Abdel Wahab that was cancelled previously due to security concerns will take place on October 19 from 10 am till 7 pm.
I always look forward to these car-free days and I am definitely going next Sunday. See you all there!
Check out this [link] for more info.

Maya’s Epic Note To The Parking Ticket Guy

via MayaZankoul
That’s hilarious! Now we will wait and see if she gets a ticket or not.

#ToOurCountries By Faia And Rihan Younan

To Our countries was produced by a group of young people living in Sweden and originally from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.
Wars are still raging unfortunately in the Middle East and thousands of innocent civilians are getting killed everyday. Lebanon is still safe from a new civil war and we need to keep it that way at any cost.
[YouTube]

Living The Single Life In Beirut

[YouTube]
I am happily married because I chose to, but I’ve never understood the pressure that families and society in general here in Lebanon put on single women and men who don’t wish to get married or are just too focused on their career. Being single is not a bad thing and Jasmina Najjar tells us everything about living the single life in Beirut in this TED talk at LAU.
Jasmina is a good friend and the author of “Beirut Knights”, a book on Lebanese dating disasters. I started reading that book which is pretty fun but didn’t have time to finish yet. You can read more about the book and the author [Here].

Mercedes Benz: 48 hours in Beirut

Mercedes Benz posted on their website a nice “48 hours in Beirut” article where they went “through the mountains, sea and green between French, Arabic and English, into the night and beyond the day” and learned what Lebanon and Beirut are all about.
Check out this cool feature [Here].
Thanks Elie!

We Went Busking With Slavoj Žižek

Superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek once claimed that his lectures are more rock and roll than The Beatles in their heyday. We decided to put the idea to the test by taking the unkempt Slovenian philosopher busking and see how much money he can make by ad-libbing about politics, philosophy and psychoanalysis on the streets of London. The results will surprise you.
1 The ICA - post-superpower capitalist world order

Another Desperate Lover On The Jal el Dib Bridge (Tato will you be his gf?)

via Rita
Rima’s lover never got an answer and something tells me Tato will decline this guy’s offer as well.

Pine Nuts Shortage In Lebanon

Pine nuts prices have gone up by 40% in the past two years according to the this LBCI report. 1 pine nuts kilo costs now 100,000 LL which is quite expensive but not surprising given that pine nuts have always been pricey and they are not that available worldwide not just in Lebanon. Unfortunately in Lebanon, the problem is that there are no serious initiatives by the government or concerned ministries to grow more pine trees and we have hundreds if not thousands of pine trees destroyed every year by “intentional” forest fires.

Everything You Need To Know On Oil And Gas And Lebanon’s Strategic Environmental Assessment

Executive Magazine has been doing a tremendous job following up on potential offshore oil and gas activities in Lebanon and what the The Lebanese Petroleum Administration has been up to. The latest is a nicely summarized guide of the 900 pages strategic environmental assessment (SEA) related to potential offshore oil and gas activities that the LPA has published.

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