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A Few Thoughts on the SKYBAR Incident

Woke up to the unfortunate news that a good part of SKYBAR has burned down overnight. I found out from the sarcastic statuses and conspiracy theory blog posts, not the news. For one thing, I’m sad we’re gonna miss this Sunday, after a turbulent few years with the guys at SKYBAR, I was happy to […]

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Why Tadmur (Palmyra) Broke My Silence on Syria

I haven’t shared many of this before, but I love Syria. Growing up on the outskirts of Beirut, my family and I would regularly go up to different parts of our larger neighbor to the east. I’ve made some of my fondest friends in memories in cities like Damascus and Aleppo. Seeing this now 4-year-old devastating […]

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#SATFORACHANGE C U NXT SAT Meets Caritas

The state of many domestic foreign workers in Lebanon is abysmal. The rate of abuse, lack of basic human rights and a frightening suicide and murder rate among them, is unacceptable. Luckily, many local and international NGOs in Lebanon, as well as the domestic workers themselves, are doing something about it, and hopefully very soon, […]

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Ibtasem Awesome Modular Playground and Workshop in Lebanon’s Bekaa

A lot of you always come forward and ask me how you can help with the refugee crisis in Lebanon. Every now and then, I come across a project that isn’t the typical “donate clothes” or other much-needed supplies, which I feel many of you might be interested in. One of them is CatalyticAction‘s project […]

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My Clio Got Authoshine-d!

I’m not much of a petrolhead honestly, and I rarely ever talk about car-related stuff. A few weeks ago though, my Clio needed some tender love and care, and I put it at Autoshine for the full work-up. I bought my Clio a little over a year ago, and because of my line of work, […]

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This his picture taken in June 2003 shows former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha, an ardent supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad and for whom has long acted as his unofficial media adviser. Samaha was arrested in a dramatic, high profile police operation on August 9, 2012 and subsequently indicted for plotting terror attacks in Lebanon at Syria's behest. The civil war in Syria is affecting its fragile, tiny neighbor Lebanon in countless ways and has already spilled over into sectarian street clashes, kidnappings and general government paralysis. (AP Photo)

Thoughts on the Michel Samaha Scandal

The humiliating verdict and the reactions to it over the past few days have been extremely enlightening when it comes to the fundamental problems in Lebanon: we’ve forgotten what a democracy means, the irrational political ideologues that will gladly dismiss hard evidence to back their political camp, a severely corrupt and decaying judiciary and most […]

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The Black Cat Loto Campaign Confusion in Superstitious Lebanon

When I saw that campaign while walking in Saifi the other day, I was impressed. To create a campaign with such witty sarcasm was awesome, but I also worried that it’d be severely misunderstood by Lebanese folks, and it was, in different ways. The Leila Abdellatif Factor Lebanese people are hopelessly superstitious. Our millionaire entrepreneurs […]

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Still Here, Still Bleeding: A Century Later [VIDEO + MAGAZINE + EVENT]

It’s been a hundred years, an entire century since the genocide. In that century, the Armenian community in Lebanon has been an integral part of Lebanese society, and their contributions culturally, economically, politically and socially are a priceless part of Lebanon’s vastly diverse history, heritage and culture. Lebanon has always been the place where persecuted peoples sought […]

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قانون سير أفضل لضمان سلامة المواطن اللبناني

بعد القرار في بدء العمل بقانون السير الجديد في لبنان، قررت وضع قانون سير لبناني من نوع أخر نحن بحاجة إليه، هو لضبط مخالفات المسؤولين وقوى الأمن في وطننا الحبيب دركي على الخليوي بدل تنظيم السير: ١٬٠٠٠٬٠٠٠ دركي عكس السير: ١٠٬٠٠٠٬٠٠٠ دركي صافف على الرصيف أو نصف الطريق: ١٠٬٠٠٠٬٠٠٠ موكب أمني يسبب زحمة سير للمواطنين: […]

“Ask An Israeli” Video Shows Interesting Opinions on Lebanon

I came across the video below on Reddit, and watched the entire 15 minutes and jotted down some notes which I found interesting. Now, before we continue, I ask of you to put aside the political, historical, ideological indoctrination and focus for a second on what it actually is: unedited videos of normal Israelis. The […]