Monthly Archives: June 2012

Inflation in Lebanon

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This production is part of the Lebanese Economic Association project (TheLEAproject): Upgrading Lebanon’s Economic Analytical Capacity; a project funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada. It is a short animation explaining what is Inflation, what is the CPI, how it is calculated and how Inflation should be measured more accurately in Lebanon.

Illustration and Animation are done by the one and only Maya Zankoul.

Raw Kibbeh banned in Ontario, Canada

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If that’s not a valid reason to go burn tires in front of the Canadian embassy, I don’t know what is!

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit inspectors are forcing Lebanese restaurants to take a popular traditional food off their menus because it is made with raw ground meat.

Kibbeh, a signature ground meat dish, has been served at Lebanese restaurants for years, but a report of contaminated raw kibbeh in Ottawa late last year has health inspectors taking a tougher stand. Restaurant owners say the sudden crackdown is costing them sales and upsetting longtime customers. [Link]

via JadAoun Challenging Lebanon’s censorship bureau

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MAMNOU3! is a Lebanese web-series about the day-to-day inner workings of the country’s censorship bureau. This is probably the best way to challenge this bureau’s decisions and make fun of them. It’s a great idea and Mustapha from the BeirutSpring convincingly tells you why.

There are already ten episodes filmed and prepared that will be released soon. You can check out more about Mamnou3 on their website [Here] and Facebook Page [Here].

Attack on Al Jadeed TV

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Al-Jadeed TV on Monday evening said that unknown masked men attacked its headquarters in the Beirut area of Wata al-Msaytbeh, hit a number of security guards and burned tires on the television station’s property.

The television station also said that the army’s intelligence service arrested one of the assailants, identified as Wissam Alaeddine.[NowLebanon]

Picture of Wissam Alaeddine, one of the suspects in the attack.

All pictures courtesy of Zak Yahya

How can we help improve the situation of the women inmates residing in Baabda prison?

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Picture from TheDailyStar

Built originally to accommodate 30 inmates, Baabda prison now holds around 60 to 70 women at any time in cramped quarters. Some are imprisoned for murder, many for drug-related crimes and robbery, and many still await sentencing. [Link]

Needless to say, the prison conditions are no better than other prisons across Lebanon and the inmates are in need of many basic items. For that purpose, I received a list from RAGMAG, containing some of the needs the women inmates gathered and handed to Catharsis, the Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy. Catharsis is a non-profit organization that has been working for years on creating a bridge between inmates and society. They are the ones behind Sheherazade in Baabda play, that is performed by women inmates.

If you feel you can help in anyway, Catharsis will be receiving your in-kind donations on June 25 & 26, 2012 at Catharsis Office in Kaslik, KBC center, 3rd Floor, and will deliver them to Baabda Prison on the 28th of June 2012.

You can also email them at

I will also gladly pick up some donations and deliver them if you feel Catharsis’ office is too far. Just email me at

Some of the stuff needed is very basic and it’s quite shameful that prisons are unable to provide them.

Here’s the list:
Sink Mixer (خلاط مغسلة) (5)
Aspirateur (for Rooms) (5)
ACs 18 000 BTU (3)
Shower mixer + Shower (خلاط للدوش مع دوش) (5)
Ventilators (5)
Kettlers (5) (إبريق سخان)
Water Dispensers (براد ماء سخن وبارد ) (5)
White Paint for the room walls (as much as you can get)
Shampoo (as much as you can get)
Facial Tissues (as much as you can get)
Feminine Pads (فوط صحية ) (as much as you can get)
Toothpaste (100)
Toothbrush (100)
Soap (200)
Laundry detergent (دواء غسيل)
Sponges for the shower (100)
cleaning sponges (20)
Trash bags (80 packs)
Toilet paper rolls (100 packs)
Towels for the shower (100)
Plastic or melamine mugs (100)
Trash Cans (10)
Shower curtains (5)
Insect Killer (Baygon) (10)
Melanine (for the kitchen)
Notebooks and pens (100)