Monthly Archives: June 2012

MTV’s Talk of the town: Madeleine Matar vs. Michel Bou Sleiman

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I saw the part where they started arguing and Michel leaves but then I switched to football. It was weird because Michel is a funny guy but it felt like he went too far this time. However, someone told me it was all set up and he came back towards the end of the show. That’s a bit silly and desperate from MTV and Mona Abou Hamze to be honest.

The sad part is that what Michel was saying or hinting at has some truth to it. It’s definitely not Madeleine Matar’s songs that bought her the new Porsche Panamera. I have further details but I’d rather not share them.

3-month-old Lebanese baby beaten to death

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The parents of a 3-month-old baby girl were arrested by security forces on Friday after her battered body was brought to a hospital in Beirut, Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour said. Almost all bones in her body were fractured when she was brought to St. Therese hospital in Hadath, he said. [Naharnet]

The sad part is that the baby was also beaten up and rushed to the hospital 2 months ago, but the parents said it was an accident and no one reported it to the Social Affairs Ministry or to the police.

For that sake, Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour urged hospitals to inform the ministry of similar accidents in the future. Too bad this poor baby had to die for us to take such measures.

You can watch MTV’s report on this incident [Here].

Amin Maalouf à l’Académie française

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AP Photo/Jacques Brinon

What a great honour for Amin Maalouf and Lebanon!

France on Thursday granted one of its top honours, membership in the prestigious Academie Francaise, to Franco-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, whose books seek to build bridges between East and West. Maalouf became the first Lebanese inducted as an one of the academy’s “immortals” — the 40 lifelong members tasked as guardians of the French language. [DailyStar]

Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut, but moved to Paris with his family in 1975 after the civil war broke out. His most famous novel is “Sakhrit Tanios”, or “The Rock of Tanios“, for which he received France’s premier literary award, the Prix Goncourt.

Many foreign, mainly French papers, wrote about this achievement, including,, and among others.

Amin Maalouf was featured in CNN’s Inside the Middle East January edition as one of few people in the region “who are leading the fight to protect, promote, and adapt their heritage.” [CNN]

Zaatar W Zeit Euro 2012 campaign

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ZWZ Supports Germany, Picture taken from ZWZ_Facebook

Update: Legally speaking, they are allowed to use such pictures but they are prone to lawsuits if the concerned parties find it insulting anyhow. This is what happened to Benetton’s ads back in November. [Link]

I like the posters but are they allowed to do that? Don’t you need permission to put photoshoped heads of states in your ads?

ZWZ Supports France, Picture taken from ZWZ_Facebook