Lebanese Rodolphe el-Khoury Named New Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture

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It seems I missed out on yet another achievement for a Lebanese abroad, as Rodolphe el Khoury was named the new dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture back in May 2014. El Khoury is born in Beirut and has taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Hong Kong, Princeton University and Columbia University among others. [Source]

Having said that, we now have Lebanese heading the school of Architecture and Planning at MIT, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Thanks Rula!

Lebanon Tops The List of Countries By Net Migration Rate

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The net migration rate indicates the contribution of migration to the overall level of population change and does not differentiate between economic migrants, refugees and other types of migrants. Of course it’s not surprising to see Lebanon on top given the number of Syrian refugees entering the country everyday.

In terms of other Arab countries, Qatar came second, followed by Jordan in fifth spot, then Bahrain and UAE in 9th and 10th respectively.

The list was posted on Wikipedia and was taken from the CIA website.

Thanks Oday

Beirut Bar Association Removed Fattouche’s Name From Its List, Pharaon To File A Lawsuit Against Him

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According to LBCI, the Beirut Bar Association has removed the name of MP Nicolas Fattoush from the list of lawyers, while Al Jadeed reported that Pierre Michel Pharaon has filed a slander lawsuit against MP Nicolas Fattoush before the public prosecution. Fattouche did ask for it specially about violating the client-lawyer confidentiality during his press conference and by insulting an employee of the Justice Ministry as well.

I think it’s time he apologizes for what he did and admits he’s wrong, but I doubt that’s gonna happen.

PZZA.Co Now Serving Gluten Free Pizzas

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I passed by Pzzaco yesterday to try out their new gluten-free pizzas before they start serving them today. I have to say I wasn’t expecting to like it but it wasn’t bad at all. Of course it’s not as good as the normal crust but it’s a great compromise if you are on a gluten-free diet or are gluten intolerant. I personally tried the Marguerita gluten-free pizza but it’s available for all pizzas except the Calzone, at least for now.

I love Pzzaco and I think their crust is one of the best in town, so go try it out!

Aside from the gluten-free option, Pzzaco has two new delicious items on the menu, an oven baked pumpkin ricotta and spinach cannelloni and the heavenly Nutella, Marshmallows and M&Ms pizza.

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Fattouch Denied Hitting Anyone, Manale Daou To File A Lawsuit

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Zahle’s MP denied that he hit the girl and stated that he only raised his voice at her, which is also against the law of course. In all cases, Manale Daou has filed a lawsuit against Fattouche, which is the right thing to do, so let’s hope justice takes its course.

US President Obama got asked to show his ID while voting in Chicago two years ago. Imagine the same scenario happening in Lebanon with Fattouche in Lebanon.

Samir Kassab Is Also Lebanese And Is Still Missing In Syria

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We all want the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers to be freed, and it is a matter of utmost importance, but we should give the same importance to any Lebanese kidnapped in Syria, whether they are soldiers, journalists, activists or just normal citizens. Samir Kassab is a Lebanese and the Lebanese authorities should free him the soonest possible, specially that there are no politics involved here.

It’s been a year already and no one knows where Samir is.

One year after Lebanese cameraman Samir Kassab was kidnapped, his family still wakes up each day hoping that their son, brother, and fiance will return to them. “Since then, we have no confirmed information regarding his situation,” Georges Kassab, Samir’s brother, told The Daily Star. “We heard from someone who said they saw him together with his crew – though nothing is sure.”

Kassab was kidnapped with his Sky News colleagues Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian, and a Syrian driver whose family asked that his name not be printed, while working near Aleppo on assignment last October. [Link]

Lebanese Celebrities That Wore Oscar De La Renta

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I didn’t know much about Oscar De La Renta until he died and I didn’t even notice he was the one who designed Amal Alameddine’s wedding dress even though I did write about the wedding and posted pictures even. In all cases, I was reading about him a bit and I ran a quick search to see which Lebanese wore Oscar de la Renta dresses and found Elissa, Haifa and Amal. There’s also Shakira if you consider her somehow Lebanese lol!

I am sure there are others but those are the ones I found with the help of my good friend Serah.

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Elissa

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