Monthly Archives: May 2012

FIFA expresses concern over Lebanon security

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GOAL – BEIRUT, Concerns over safety may lead to Lebanon’s World Cup qualifiers being moved to neutral venues after the country’s Football Association received a letter from Fifa asking for clarification regarding its security procedures. [Link]

That’s definitely not good news for the Lebanese National Football team as they need all the support they can get in the final round of World Cup Qualifying. Added to that, our one-of-a-kind grass-free and bumpy football fields will be missed.

Lebanon is scheduled to play against Qatar on June 3 and Uzbekistan on June 8.

Win a (Used?) Lotus Evora GTE at Beirut Airport

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Chahe sent me this picture ten days ago from the Beirut Airport asking me why there’s a plate number on the car. For those who don’t know, lottery draws on new cars and bikes are held at the airport on a regular basis.

While checking the Scuderia Phoenicia post by Mark, I spotted the same car with an identical plate number on display in a showroom on the Dora highway. I think this is Antypas’ showroom and the picture was taken in April.

That doesn’t look right, especially that once you win the car, you still have to pay the customs duty.

Update: The Beirut Duty Free have clarified the situation by stating the following:

Dear All, Thank you for highlighting the promotion. We can assure you that the Car you mentione dand all other prizes on offer in the Duty Free are brand new and has never been previously owned or registered in any country. The below is a staement form Lotus company on the issue:

“Regarding your expressed concern on the subject of the Lotus Evora GTE edition that has been photographed at Ste. J. Antypas showroom in Dora, please note the following. Ste. J. Antypas are sub-agents for Lotus cars in Lebanon and the mentioned car, among others, was on display in their showroom as part of the launch events related to Lotus Cars Lebanon. Ste. J. Antypas are eligible to display our new Lotus cars on consignment by Lotus Cars Lebanon. We confirm that the same car that is now on display in Rafic Hariri Airport – Duty Free Zone is NOT pre-owned.”

I hope that this clreas up any concern that you may have.

Troops Shoot Dead Charbel Rahme at Madfoun army checkpoint

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Picture from NYTimes

The law is clear when it comes to failing to stop at an army checkpoint. The soldiers must fire in the air at first as a warning, then at the car and the tires and LAST if the car fails to stop they can fire at the driver. If it happens that the driver fired at the soldiers at first, then they are allowed to fire back and kill him.

Having said that, the killing of Charbel Rahme at the Madfoun army checkpoint yesterday seems reckless to me as it is impossible to get past this checkpoint. in fact, you have to zigzag between concrete blocks before and after it and there’s a soldier at the end of the checkpoint with spikes ready to deploy if someone is trying to run away.

I will not draw any conclusions before the official report is out, but according to most media reports, the driver did not shoot at the army and his car hit a concrete block and stopped. The question remains whether he was killed before his car crashed or after. He was 38 and died immediately as the gunshot struck his head.

I am not trying to defend the guy by any means, as he definitely was hiding guns or drugs or whatever in his car to flee the checkpoint, but the army can’t just go around and shoot people dead, especially after what happened with Sheikh Abdel Wahed and his companion in Halba. I mean imagine you are going fast and your brakes fail when nearing the checkpoint, you get a bullet in the head?

I sure do not envy army men these days as they are facing a lot of pressure given how tense the situation is, but the solution is quite simple: Set up decent checkpoints and train the soldiers and officers to stop vehicles without having to kill the driver. After all, what good is this guy if he’s dead? You can’t investigate with a dead man now can you?

Scuderia Phoenicia

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Scuderia Phoenicia is a Lebanese car spotter who takes pictures of the cool cars he spots and then uploads them onto his Flickr page. He’s got a pretty good collection of cars so far and I’ve realized we’ve got a pretty good amount of 458’s (pictured above) in Lebanon already. Check out the cars he’s spotted [Here]

From Lara Kay with love & kisseesssssssss

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This girl is getting sillier by the day. Check out below her response to my earlier post.

hey u,
u r pretending to be so open minded go nd see ur singer half naked on tv is this acceptable with theire vulgarity bahaviour nd worst no voice, take this also people drunk in the middle of a swimming poole .take this what bout the copy past of haifa or donno who what bout egality that u r talking bout, what bout the freedom of each person that ur r asking for so an advice go nd take care of ur own business nd stop gudging other look at urself before nd at the miror see maybe u need some botox or silicone to look better or u have to put some of in ur brain to think better at the en i m lara kay i represent myself i m not even proud to represent u sik minded here i am here i will stay nd guess what i hate as much as u hate me kisseesssssssss to all my haters nd remember (i think so i am )

Have a few drinks and then watch her videos, you will laugh your ass off!

Lebanon: Lawlessness and chaos

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Picture from MichaelTotten

I was on my way to Khaldeh the other day and while stuck in traffic, I noticed a scooter driving slowly next to a car and gazing at the woman behind the wheels. He kept doing so for almost 10 minutes before traffic finally cleared and she sped away. I kept close to the woman thinking I might be able to help her if he attempts to open the door or break the window or something but I wasn’t really sure how I would react.

Lebanese Blogger Ivy was involved in a similar incident this morning, yet things could have gone much worse for her (Thank God they didn’t) as she was followed by not just one, but “two domineering hyenas on motorbikes” as she describes them and one of them rammed his bike into the back of her car and started yelling and cursing at her. The sad part is that everyone around her just sat back and watched it all go down in the comfort of their cars. No one lifted a finger.

Read the whole story [Here].

After all the incidents that are occuring lately, from the kidnapping Mark posted about 3 days ago, to the murder in Sad el Bouchrieh and clashes in Tripoli and Beirut, I think it’s time we all seriously consider keeping a gun or a weapon in our cars (and purses for women).