A great start to the monthlong crackdown across Lebanon planned by the ISF and Lebanese Army!
A great start to the monthlong crackdown across Lebanon planned by the ISF and Lebanese Army!
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.
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 stationâ€™s property.
The television station also said that the armyâ€™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
I can’t believe he kept on going and didn’t stop instantly. [YouTube]
Warning: Video may not suitable for sensitive viewers or children!
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 email@example.com
I will also gladly pick up some donations and deliver them if you feel Catharsisâ€™ office is too far. Just email me at Najib@blogbaladi.com
Some of the stuff needed is very basic and itâ€™s quite shameful that prisons are unable to provide them.
Hereâ€™s the list:
Sink Mixer (Ø®Ù„Ø§Ø· Ù…ØºØ³Ù„Ø©) (5)
Aspirateur (for Rooms) (5)
ACs 18 000 BTU (3)
Shower mixer + Shower (Ø®Ù„Ø§Ø· Ù„Ù„Ø¯ÙˆØ´ Ù…Ø¹ Ø¯ÙˆØ´) (5)
Kettlers (5) (Ø¥Ø¨Ø±ÙŠÙ‚ Ø³Ø®Ø§Ù†)
Water Dispensers (Ø¨Ø±Ø§Ø¯ Ù…Ø§Ø¡ Ø³Ø®Ù† ÙˆØ¨Ø§Ø±Ø¯ ) (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 (ÙÙˆØ· ØµØÙŠØ© ) (as much as you can get)
Laundry detergent (Ø¯ÙˆØ§Ø¡ ØºØ³ÙŠÙ„)
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)
Sheherazade in Baabda is a play performed by the women inmates of Baabda prison, in an attempt to change the way the public perceives prisoners, and let them see them as real people combating stereotypes and misperceptions that limit the prisoner to a sinner, criminal, or loser. [Link]
The play was first shown on the 10th of May in Baabda, and on the 26th of May at Babel theatre. Due to its great success, it will go on in July 2012 at â€œThe Venueâ€ in Beirut Souks. I will provide you with further details later on this week.
The woman behind this project is Lebanese actress and drama therapist Zeina Daccache , founder of the nonprofit organization Catharsis, whose objective is to bring theatre and drama therapy to society. You can read more about her [Here] and watch LBCIâ€™s report [Here].
You spot this billboard shown above when you are going up City Mall’s very illogical bridge.
This one is on your way back from Nahr el mot towards Jal el Dib.
Both pictures are courtesy of Beirut Drive-by Shooting
Picture from NowLebanon
I was reading this morning that “the Lebanese Army and police are set to begin a monthlong crackdown across Lebanon with the aim of arresting people with outstanding warrants” and that “this measure, which has been IGNORED for a while, is going to be reintroduced in order to keep peace and order.â€ [DailyStar]
Ignored this measure? What the hell did I just read?
It’s no surprise that we find Lebanese flags at the Euro 2012 competition that’s being held in Poland and Ukraine this time, specially in Ukraine. A lot of Lebanese tourists go there, not just for sightseeing and football though.
The “Live Achrafiehâ€ festival was launched back in 2010 and every edition since then has been drawing more crowds. The festival starts in the afternoon with a childrenâ€™s fair, filled with multicolor folkloric parade, games, face painting, animation, and endless childrens activities. Then as the sun sets down, Sassine Square transforms into a music festival.
The good thing about this festival is that it features famous singers, Najwa Karam this year, is very well organized and is open for all to attend.
You can check out more about the festival and Achrafieh as a whole on [LiveAchrafieh.com].
I was told by a friend who just graduated from AUB that there was a brief protest during the commencement against giving a certain Donna Shalala, whose from Lebanese descent, a honorary degree. I found the video this morning and looked up Donna Shalala to see what this is all about.
From what I read, Donna is a highly respected Lebanese-American who has “four dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors, including the 1992 National Public Service Award, the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award; in 1992, Business Week named her one of the top five managers in higher education; in 2005, she was named one of â€œAmericaâ€™s Best Leadersâ€ by U.S. News & World Report” [Miami University]. Added to that, “President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationâ€™s highest civilian award; and in 2010 she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, which recognizes individuals for outstanding dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Womenâ€™s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.”
She’s one of America’s best leaders, President of Miami University and a member of three corporate boards. She’s the first Arab-American to serve in a Cabinet position and the USA’s longest serving Health & Human Services Secretary and we are labeling her as a Zionist because she visited “Israel” and has honorary degrees from there??
I don’t get it.
The Hezbollah paintball team: Picture taken by Bryan Denton
If that’s not some cool PaintBalling, I don’t know what is. I played once with a group of guys who had their own suits, masks and even walkie talkies. And for the record, it’s not just with Hezbollah guys but with every Lebanese who’s been at some point engaged in a militia. I was told once by a friend about an ex-Lebanese Forces Special Units member (an expat now) who beat 4 foreign army men in a paintball game all by himself.
I wish they’d told us what’s the name and exact location of that paintball place. All they mention is that it took place ‘in a grungy, bunker-like basement underneath a Beirut strip mall”.
As my eyesight returns and readjusts to the dim arena light, I poke out from my position behind a low cinder-block wall. Two large men in green jumpsuits are bearing down on me. I have them right in my sights, but they seem unfazedâ€”even as I open fire from close range, peppering each with several clear, obvious hits. I expect them to freeze, maybe even acknowledge that this softie American journalist handily overcame their flash-bang trickery and knocked them out of the game. Perhaps theyâ€™ll even smile and pat me on the back as they walk off the playing field in a display of good sportsmanship (after cheating, of course).
Instead, they shoot me three times, point-blank, right in the groin. [Link]
If you want a really good Lahm Baajine and live in Jounieh, that’s the place to go to. It’s one of the busiest bakeries in the area especially on a Saturday morning. I had to wait for like 15 minutes to get my Lahm Baajine last time I went.
Added to that, the staff is really friendly and the place looks neat.
Furn Beaino is located next to Habana pub in Sarba right before the large Wardieh gas station.
Another place that serves good Lahm Baajine is Emperor Afif in Faraya.
One of the few things I love about summer in Lebanon is that schools are off and there’s considerably less traffic in the morning on my way to Beirut.
However, and like everything else in Lebanon, someone decided to f*** up the maritime road at a specific spot forcing all cars to go slowly and stay on the extreme left to avoid falling into that huge set of potholes.
I wonder who wakes up in the morning and decides to dig potholes and screw up roads in a relatively good condition?
Wicker Park is an event organized by Lebanese NGO â€œLebanon Green Againâ€, that was founded in 1968 and been working since then to spread awareness on nature and how to preserve it in Lebanon.
The 2nd edition of the Wickerpark Festival 2012 will be held on June 29th and 30th in an open-air venue in Batroun right by the sea. The first edition last year was a success and helped raise money to replant trees in fire-ravaged areas in Lebanon. This year, they’re focusing on repopulating Sea Urchins.
The artists that are participating in this year’s edition of Wickerpark are:
- Karl Mattar
- Sae Lis
- Who Killed Bruce Lee
- The Flying Circus
- Zeid & The Wings
- The Beirut Groove Collective
While some Lebanese are too busy burning tires and polluting the environment, others are actually trying to promote a greener Lebanon and preserve whatever is left of this country. This is why I ask you all to spread the word and support this event. You can buy tickets at Librairie Antoine for 30$.