Monthly Archives: June 2012

Lebanon needs a new airport

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Picture from Al-Akhbar

Everytime some Lebanese want to protest against the government, they block the airport road and burn tires.

Everytime there’s no electricity, or gas prices went up, or food prices went up, they block the airport road and burn tires.

Everytime two families clash in the Beirut suburbs even if for personal reasons; they feel the urge to block the airport road.

Everytime an idiotic motorist or driver dies on that road, his friends and family members burn tires and block the road.

For the past week, the families of the kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims in Syria have been blocking repeatedly the airport road and refusing to re-open it before their families are back. We all want their husbands and fathers and sons to go back but WTF does the airport have to do with all this? How is blocking the airport road helping their cause? Are they scaring away tourists (As if there’s any)? Lebanese expats? Syrians coming through the Beirut airport?

Why can’t everyone just leave that freakin’ airport road alone? No one should be allowed anywhere near this road for all I know.

In fact, and given the importance of that airport to the Lebanese economy and Lebanon as a whole, I seriously believe we should build at least another airport in areas where tire burning and blocking roads are not that common.
We already have an airport in Hamat which can be used as a start. It’s big enough and could serve as a secondary airport. Maybe then if we have a 2nd airport, those blocking the Beirut airport road will stop doing so realizing that there’s another one.

It’s really absurd that we have to post about such an issue. Only self-hating Lebanese would do things that could harm our economy and the well-being of others.

Hamat airport

May Daouk’s 19th century Villa in Achrafieh, Beirut

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Now that’s a thing of beauty!

When interior designer May Daouk moved back here from New York with her sons ten years ago, she was exceptionally lucky to find a charming single-story late-19th-century villa, belonging to one of Beirut’s leading families. Situated in the smart Achrafieh district and featuring a sea view and a tree-shaded terrace, it has a tranquillity rare in this frenetic city. [AD]

Sports Against Violence event in Achrafieh Sassine

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The “Sports Against Violence” committee organized its second edition on the 9th and 10th of June 2012 in Sassine Square, Achrafieh.

Picture taken by Naziha

Having said that, can someone explain to me what part of eating a snake alive in front of children and parents constitutes a non-violent act or is appropriate for such an event?

For those of you who wish to watch a video (WARNING:VERY GRAPHIC) on how army commandos eat live snakes, click [Here].

PS: Gotta love the little kid with the mohawk.

Beautiful Beirut

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Picture taken by stencilage, on Flickr

I’ve been checking for the past 20 minutes amazing pictures of Beirut and Lebanon on They have a thread dedicated to Beirut and it’s updated almost daily with new pictures.

I picked up few of the latest posted pictures. You can check out the rest [Here].

Picture taken by stencilage, on Flickr

Picture by LAXFlyer

Picture Courtesy of Solidere, Beirut.

Beirut replaces Abu Dhabi as most expensive city in Middle East

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A woman looks down upon central Beirut from the top floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut. Picture by Cormac Walsh

The Middle East sees its ranking fall in Mercer’s 2012 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey due largely to a drop in rental prices.The survey found that Beirut is the most expensive city to live in this year within the Middle East, moving up eight notches to number 67.

Mercer’s survey factors in the cost of living for 214 cities globally. The consultancy compares the price of more than 200 factors in each location, including housing, transport, food and clothing costs. [Link]

Beirut has become so expensive that even expats no longer can afford it. Maybe we should stop building 1000 square meters apartments for Arabs to rent/buy and start building reasonable flats with rational prices for Lebanese and the average tourist.

Government websites hacked … again

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Two Lebanese government websites were hacked Saturday by a group aligned with the online hacking community known as Anonymous. The group Raise Your Voice (RYV) took down the websites of the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform ( and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers ([Link]

Last times were back in March and April.

Speaking of electricity, Lebanon Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said Wednesday evening that power blackouts “could reach 15 hours per day. At this rate, the government will most definitely put an end to the hack attacks as no one will have electricity to hack in the first place.

Hotline for Lebanese expats

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The Foreign Ministry will establish a hotline for the Lebanese expats across the world to enable them to contact the Lebanese authorities in case of emergencies, As Safir newspaper reported on Thursday. [Link]

NowLebanon’s Lousia Ajami believes this initiative to be useless as “the government does very little to help citizens within Lebanon“, but I beg to disagree here.

In fact, I am surprised that it took them so long to come up with a hotline with everything that’s been ongoing with Lebanese in the Arab world and elsewhere. Only yesterday Lebanese interpreter Helen Assaf was detained in Libya along with members of the International Criminal Court, due to an alleged threat to national security, which is probably not true and pure B.S.