So, I’ve finally managed to move the blog from its old location to a new, much better one, with improved layout and almost endless possibilities to play with.
The first such roll-out of a new feature is the brand new “Events Calendar” which you can find in the Main Menu above.
It’ll feature all the events I personally endorse and recommend, mainly parties at night, but occasionally with cool cultural, live and NGO/charity events I believe in as well.
It’s a super-easy way to figure out what you’re doing tonight, this weekend or throughout the month of months to come.
Events feature all the details you need, a map, a number and a link to the Facebook event with a music selection I embed so you get an idea about what to expect. I also add my personal input/previous experience.
Let me know what you guys think, and if it’s a good idea.
PS, I will only put stuff I personally would go to or genuinely endorse. This isn’t a comprehensive calendar of everything happening in Beirut!
I cannot begin to describe how brave these women are. How much they’ve suffered with the tragic and horrifying murders of their daughters at the hands of their husbands, and adding insult to injury by letting the murderous husbands stay free, even have custody of the kids.
You must go down to Adlieh on Saturday. If you won’t listen to me, or KAFA or any other concerned person, listen to these brave mothers. Do it for their daughters. Let our pig politicians and religious authorities stop this madness. Be many. Good luck!
A fighter and small-time arms dealer mentions that a box of bullets used to be 50,000LBP, but now it’s 20,000LBP thanks to funding from Lebanon’s political parties and politicians.
What’s really scary for me, is the complete hopelessness and nonchalant attitudes many of the fighters have, and I quote “if I die, I die. If I live, I live” which was a followup to a hateful threat to return Lebanon to 1975 (reference to the Lebanese Civil War) which goes to show how deeply divided the two sides are, and the level of resentment they have for each other…
Another horrifying thing you see is how the Lebanese army’s hands are tied, and how it’s being dragged into the sectarian conflict that has the rest of the country in a cesspool of religiously-fueled hatred.
One thing I was impressed with was how Vice was able to take video in Dahieh, which has always been a very difficult endeavor which could get you into a ton of trouble.
The gun that caught my attention most? The Styer Aug (known as B-44 to all you Counter Strike fans). Its price is also the same as I remember it for a story I was working on in 2012 (7000USD) so at least that luxury gun hasn’t fluctuated much like the other weapons.
The most ironic part? Both sides blame the opposite one for the arms flow. The Sunni militants admit they buy their weaponry from the Alawites, who got it from the Assad Regime. The Shiite arms dealer claims that the weapons were sent by Saudi Arabia to the FSA before ending up in Dahieh.
For more information on the most common type of street weaponry in Lebanon, here’s a post I wrote 2 years ago summing some up.
I’m sure all of you remember this ad, and in light of recent events in Lebanon, makes you kinda wish cars really were that safe.
My Dearest Readers,
It’s way overdue, but I’ve finally moved the blog from just a wordpress blog into a legit self-hosted website that runs WP. Anyway, none of that will make sense to most of you (myself included until recently) but it’ll grant me a lot more freedom in changing stuff in the blog.
Anyway, thank you for your patience, and for now, we’ll be using Ginosblog.org till everything is finalized and we can switch the original url back!
This was a hilarious online short released today in Lebanon. It’s a musical (be warned) but very funny and deals a hefty punch at several cultural and tribal norms that have to do with sexism, racism and tribal conflicts.
It’s also super trippy, with scenes that’ll make you do double takes and subtle innuendoes and puns that warrant a giggle if you do notice them.
Personally, I’m excited to see what’s going to happen next before I draw my conclusions. What did you guys think?
It’s not uncommon for the US to send its citizens residing in Lebanon warnings about the deteriorating security situation in Lebanon. What’s different in this one, is the specifics:
“…avoid hotels, western-style shopping centers, including western-style grocery chain stores, and any public or social events where U.S. citizens normally congregate…”
With the alarming rise of Al Qaeda affiliated extremist groups, it looks like things are going to get much worse. The US isn’t like Saudi and other GCC countries which use these messages as pressure tools, but usually bases its warnings on credible intelligence, which by the looks of recent happenings like discovering rigged cars and capturing Majed el Majed, seems to be quite active.
Here’s the full text:
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personnel Travel Restrictions
January 5, 2014
Following recent bombings in Beirut and other instances of violence that have occurred in Lebanon in recent months, the U.S. government strongly urges U.S. citizens in Lebanon to exercise extreme caution and to avoid hotels, western-style shopping centers, including western-style grocery chain stores, and any public or social events where U.S. citizens normally congregate, as these sites are likely targets for terrorist attacks for at least the near term.
The U.S. Embassy further urges all U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanondue to safety and security concerns. The current travel warning can be seen at this link: Travel Warning for Lebanon. U.S. citizens living and working inLebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks. The ability of U.S. government personnel to reach travelers to provide emergency services may be limited.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanonenroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearestU.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, Travel.State.Gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning forLebanon, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. You can also read the Country Specific Information for Lebanon from within this website. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States andCanada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday(except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us onTwitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App available through iTunes and Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Embassy in Beirut Lebanon is located at Awkar facing the Municipality, PO Box 70-840, Beirut and is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600. For further information, U.S. citizens may also access our website at Embassy in Lebanon.
I have always voiced my deep unhappiness with the use of the word “martyr” for someone who was actually a victim. I myself would never want to be called a martyr, but a victim, and one that needs justice dealt upon their murderers. Unfortunately, copy-pasting that term on victims, saves time and effort in terms of investigation and actually doing something about it, just like blaming Israel and/or Syria seconds after an incident. I wrote an in-depth op-ed on this back in August, which I highly recommend you read (and read the comments too).
So, tonite, we’re gonna take a commemorative selfie near STARCO, from 7:00PM till 8:00PM. RSVP here, and invite your friends.