Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sheikh Ahmad Kataya

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Before listening to that video, here’s a small summary of what that story is all about:
– A Shiite girl who said was being physically and psychologically tortured by her father was apparently taken care by the pastor of Baalbek’s Our Lady of Good Help Church, Father Walid Gharious.
– She decided to convert to Christianity three years back and the priest finally baptized the girl few days back. As a result of that, he was kidnapped on Monday by a group of unknown individuals. He was released few hours later.
– On Wednesday, unknown assailants fired gunshots at the house of a priest from the Kairouz family in the town of Nabha, and the similar incident occurred on Sunday before the start of the municipal elections when shots were fired at the Our Lady Church in Nabha. [Naharnet]

That’s the story being circulated in most papers and medias. Now go ahead and listen to what this Sheikh is saying about the girl, the priests and the pastor. This guy should be detained.

5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Lebanon

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A 5.5-magnitude earthquake was felt on Friday by the residents of the capital Beirut and some towns in Zahle, Mount Lebanon, Nabatiyeh, Sidon, Tyre and Tripoli, LBC reported, citing information provided by Lebanon’s state-run Bhannes Center for Seismic and Scientific Research. [Naharnet]

It was a 7.6 magnitude Earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami back in 551 AD along Lebanon’s coast, killing over 30,000 people. Expect to hear more about this deadly earthquake in the next few days. [Link]

Huge fire erupts in Safra carpet factory

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Picture via CEE News

Picture from Joesbox

A huge fire erupted on Friday in the fourth floor of the Byblos carpet factory in the Kesrouan town of Safra, the National News Agency reported.

Firefighters immediately arrived to the site and evacuated the five employees who work in the factory. [NowLebanon]

I don’t know if some of you know this factory but it’s huge and according to my friend, the whole building is on fire.

Here are few updates from various sources provided by Naharnet:

-“Byblos” sources told Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) that an electric short circuit could have caused the fire at the factory.

-Part of the walls of the carpet factory collapsed as the fire reached from the 4th to the 5th floor.

-LBC: All the workers at the carpet factory escaped as soon as the fire erupted at around 9:00 am.

Picture by Chahe

Photography workshop for the visually impaired at AUB

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Eyes that feel: Picture from NewsObserver

Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, in partnership with Ojos que Sienten A.C and Image Festival Association “Zakira,” are organizing a workshop “Seeing beyond Sight,” sensory photography for the visually impaired, May 21-27, from 10am to 2pm at West Hall, Auditorium A. [AUB]

The workshop will be given by by Gina Badenoch, Founder of Ojos que Sienten A.C.

I was discussing this workshop with few tweeps yesterday night and I thought it was a bad joke at first. I had no idea such workshops existed but they do and I think it’s a great opportunity that visually impaired individuals should not miss.

For those of you who know people that are visually impaired or are interested in this workshop, I strongly recommend that you register (it’s for free) by sending the below information to

Major / position:
Contact number:

You can check out more information on the AUB website [Here].