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Hilarious Netherlands football fan from Lebanon

This video was taken when Arjen Robben won a penalty against Mexico. I hope this guy doesn’t get a heart attack by the time the world cup ends!

Update:
I just noticed the video has been removed from Facebook. I will share it again once I find it somewhere else.

The fall of Slavyansk, a turning point in the war between Kiev and Ukrainian separatists

 Translation of an article published in Le Monde

The translation, with additional contribution and editing, is now published at Gleb Bazov's blog

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. 

Imperial IRS - How Fatca forces Lebanon to disregard its own laws

This week the United States began implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca. The legislation will be applied worldwide, but in many countries it has raised legal issues since Fatca can violate domestic legislation. Lebanon, whose banks have readily embraced Fatca, is one such place.

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.

Watching the Aoun movie while we wait

You have to hand it to Michel Aoun. He can say whatever he wants, no matter how foolish or contradictory, and still retain the backing of a substantial number of Christians.

Take Aoun’s latest proposal for a presidential election. The general called earlier this week for the president to be elected in two rounds of popular voting. In the first, Christians alone would vote. Then the top two candidates would go on to a second round, where all Lebanese – Christians, Muslims and others – would choose a president.

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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As Iraq fractures, is this the start of regional collapse?

Massoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, has released a statement stating that a referendum would be held to determine the fate of the disputed province of Kirkuk before its possible integration into Kurdistan. This has much wider implications than are immediately visible.

Kirkuk’s status has been a matter of dispute for decades. The late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein sought to change the ethnic make-up of the province by increasing the Arab population and driving out Kurds and Assyrians. After Hussein’s removal in 2003, the status of Kirkuk continued to divide Kurds and the government in Baghdad.

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:

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