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تحيا المهرجانات فلنسقط “داعش”

…فكيف بالأحرى القرار بإبقاء المواعيد كلّها بعد تفشّي الجراد الأسود، وانتشار رسل الموت الأعمى؟ إنّه حسم مسبق للمواجهة بين الحضارة والبربريّة، بين صورة المجتمع المنفتح المتعدد الهادئ العقلاني الذي يتذوّق الإبداع ويقدّر الجمال، وبين الانحطاط بأبشع صوره نتيجة القهر والانغلاق والديكتاتوريّة والاستلاب الحضاري. المجتمع مطالب اليوم بخوض المعركة في مواجهة الظلاميّة، وإحدى الجولات الحاسمة في هذه المواجهة ضد التتار تدور في البترون وجونية والزوق وإهدن وأسواق بيروت والأشرفيّة، فضلاً عن بعلبك وبيبلوس وبيت الدين. علينا جميعاً أن نرتاد هذه المهرجانات، ليس فقط من أجل المتعة الفنية والثقافيّة، بل كمن يذهب إلى صناديق الاقتراع. لندعم الثقافة بوجه الانحطاط. تحيا المهرجانات، تسقط «داعش»!
via تسقط «داعش» | الأخبار.

Amal in the tabloids


Lebanon always makes headlines for the wrong reasons. But thanks to one 36-year-old lawyer, we finally graduated to the supermarket checkout lane. 

Ahmad Kaabour – Tnein Tnein

I loved this clip by Future TV! It’s been a while since they last produced a video of this caliber. It reminded me of the jingles they used to make in the ’90s.

Security Guards and Valet Parking

In Lebanon, I’d say half of the population parks the cars of the other half. And when they are not parking cars, valet youngsters roam around the streets with scooter bikes reserving spots for potential customers.
You also have another sizable portion, serving as security guards for residential areas, political figures, and other “big projects”. Say, Saifi village, or very recently now the Sanayeh gardens. Imagine! Who would have thought that a garden needs a security guard? But in Lebanon all gardens (and there are maybe 3 in total with a maximum of 5 trees in them) have security guards.

Of FreeCell and Phone Chargers: A Lebanese Parable

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 6.11.43 PMLebanese politics often resembles a game of FreeCell to me. Or, for the millennials among us: 2048, which I often catch my students playing on their phones before class begins. For long stretches, the board is locked down. There is an occasional opening, a small shift in the grid, but it comes to nothing. Hardly anything moves for several rounds as the prospect of a game-ending rigor mortis looms.

Idiot of the day

This is terrible yet funny! According to LBCI,  some guy decided to fix his building’s overloaded sanitary sewer near Ballouneh last night by dumping some (too much) carbide into it, a substance that is sometimes used to make explosives, which unfortunately led to blowing up the sewer and part of the building!
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Slashing internet prices in Lebanon is still not enough

Following the announcement of the ministry of telecommunications on their plan to lower internet prices and boost speeds last month, we all thought it would now be affordable for us to get the high speed connections we always wanted, and this was proven true after some ISPs started rolling out their plans with 4Mbps subscriptions for as low as $19.

Casey Kasem: How Lebanese Culture influenced His Storytelling Style and Life outside Radio

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Kasem was a proud Lebanese American. Born in 1932, Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was the son of Lebanese immigrant parents. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and had a large extended family. As a Lebanese American father, he wanted his children to learn about their background.

Lebanese war art

I recently stumbled upon a familiar sight at a Middle Eastern art exhibit in Chelsea, New York. It was a view anyone living in Lebanon during the 2006 war may have seen.

The piece by Ali Cherri was projected on the wall at the center of the gallery:

Video of Jounieh 2014 fireworks

For those who missed Jounieh’s fireworks show Friday night, I found the below video of it from MTV Lebanon. (Start watching at the 4 minute mark)
Also, make sure to check these 10 cool photos of the show compiled by Ralph.

Ramadan Kareem

Wishing you all a blessed month! Do you remember this Ramadan series from the ’90s by Abbas Chahine?

George Basha – Casting not all black and white

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Mr George Basha, of Lebanese descent, described his difficulty watching Underbelly episodes that feature Lebanese characters performed by people who aren’t Lebanese.
"We’re one of the biggest multicultural countries in the world; let’s start showing it that way," he said.
The next Point of View forum is in August and will explore "myth making versus real stories" with filmmaker and academic Karen Pearlman.

Extending my best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they observe RAMADAN’s rituals and fasting

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إخوتي الأعزّاء وأخواتي العزيزات، بمناسبة حلول شهر رمضان الذي تتألّق فيه وتتجلّى لدى المؤمنين فضائل التقوى والعفّة والإحسان والبرّ والصبر وصفاء التأمل ونقاء الضمير وذروة التواصل، أهديكم أحبّائي تمنياتي الطيّبة بالإبتهاج بوهج النعم المتجلّية خلال هذا الشهر الكريم والتزوّد بخميرة من البركات الدافقة والنهل من فيض الإلهام الهادي والمسدّد للخطى. كما آمل أن يساهم هذا المسح الروحيّ في انقشاع الرؤية واستدلال الحلول للمشاكل الشائكة لتثبيت السلام والأمان والاستقرار في وطننا الحبيب لبنان. رمضان مبارك.

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