“Submarine” by Mounia Akl Censored in Lebanon

Here's another silly act of censorship by the Lebanese authorities. Submarine, a movie by Mounia Akl, that tells the story of a Beirut that is still dealing with a trash crisis is apparently being censored in Lebanon. The reason why the movie won't be screening is not clear but Akl is saying it could be related to the garbage scenes and Beirut being portrayed negatively. The funny/sad part is that "Submarine" is being praised abroad,…

AUB Pays $700,000 to Settle Lawsuit

Now that's a first! The American University of Beirut has agreed to pay a financial penalty of $700,000 to settle a lawsuit after being accused of assisting three organizations linked to Hezbollah. One example was a workshop titled "Citizen/Online Journalism" which was attended by representatives from al Nour and al Manar among others. AUB agreed to pay the fine but rejected claims that its conduct was intentional or reckless, and “it did not admit such…

Goût de France at Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel

On Tuesday March 21 2017, in more than 100 countries around the world, 2000 restaurants and embassies celebrated France’s gastronomy by inviting the public to a “French-style” dinner. The aim from this initiative, named "Goût de France or #Goodfrance" is to pay tribute to French Cuisine, which was declared few years back a “world intangible heritage” by UNESCO. Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel is among few hotels and restaurants worldwide selected to take part in that…

Joumana Haddad is Running in the 2017 Elections

Joumana Haddad is Lebanese journalist, activist, poet, instructor, author and the head of the cultural pages for An Nahar newspaper, as well as the editor-in-chief of Jasad magazine, a controversial Arabic magazine specialized in the literature and arts of the body. She's brave, honest, daring and an incredible woman. She "is a voice rarely heard in the Middle East – an unapologetic feminist who wants to challenge the way both Arab men and women think".…
Critiques

Beware of Sextortion

1 day ago
I’m glad Gino brought this issue up and shared SMEX Beirut’s very useful video on this matter. For those who are not familiar with this term, Sextortion is “a serious crime that occurs when someone ...
Lifestyle

Off to Hawaii

1 day ago
Hello, this is Zahi, Najib’s brother and this is my first post on the blog. I moved to the US few years ago and I am currently residing in Portland with my wife and 3 ...
Critiques

Ogero Head Promises Faster Internet by End of March

2 days ago
I missed out on new Ogero Head Imad Kreidieh’s talk at Arabnet this year but I just read an article where he’s promising to “double or triple the internet speed by end of March”, which ...
Automotive

Expect a Hellish Traffic in Hamra till mid-April

3 days ago
There are planned road works on Makdssi street in Hamra starting March 24 until April 10 and few roads will be blocked during that period. Traffic is already horrible in Hamra so I’m finding it ...
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