Category Archives: Critiques

Works Already Underway at Ramlet el Baida: Beirut’s Only Public Beach

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Ramleh Baida2 via Sara Bou Kamel

Works are already underway at Ramleh el Baida, whereas excavators were spotted destroying one of the entrances to Beirut’s legendary coastline. It’s only a matter of time before Beirut’s last public beach no longer becomes accessible to the public.

A year ago, Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter vowed to prevent the closure of Beirut’s only public beach but privatization is already underway and Beirut Municipality and the government are the ones to blame.

This beach belongs to the people and should remain public instead of being turned into luxury projects that cater to the wealthy.


For All Those Complaining About the Valet Parking, Stop Using it!

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“Mich Chatir 2ella bil na2”!

That pretty much sums up the below report on Valet Parking in Lebanon. Everyone MTV interviewed was complaining about the valet parking services and sharing their bad experiences but none of them was apparently willing to stop using the valet, as if there are no alternatives or someone is forcing them to do so.

I stopped using the valet two or three years ago and it’s much easier than you think. There are parking lots almost everywhere I go and when there aren’t any, I order an Uber or take a “service”. If I’m with my family and can’t park too far (wedding for example), I drop them first and then go park wherever I want. Sometimes I even park where the valet is supposed to, keep the keys and ignore them. Most of the valet parking guys are assholes and even when they are not, they couldn’t care less about your car.

If you can’t stop using the valet service, then you are probably a show off or a lazy bum or simply couldn’t care less about your car.


Beaten Sea Turtle is Doing Better

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Here’s a quick follow up on the giant marine turtle that was hit on the head and pulled out of the water to be used as a photo prop. The turtle’s skull is damaged but he is in safe hands now and was moved to a pool to recover.

This sea turtle cannot eat on his own or dive under the water. Days ago he was carried on shore, used as a photo prop, and beaten on the head with a stick. The blows were so strong that his skull is damaged.
To better care for him we bought a large pool and sun shade. The pool was set up this morning next to the port and sea water pumped in. By noon the turtle was moved in and looking more relaxed.
The Ministry of Agriculture and the Civil Defense have been great in caring for this turtle. [Animals Lebanon]

The turtle will be set free once the recovery process is over, but no one can guarantee the animal’s safety as long as there are no sanctuaries for these endangered species and there’s no law to protect them. Till now, the Lebanese parliament hasn’t approved the law to protect all animals that was submitted by Animals Lebanon and got approved by the Council of Ministers.

That Singer We’ve All Been Laughing at is Apparently A Crook

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Nabil Harfouche, or as I like to call him Moustachio, is apparently involved in a very serious corruption case that was raised last year by Rima Karaki. If we were to believe Rima’s report, and it’s honestly hard not to, Nabil and his partner Naji Sfeir were running a Christian charity and stealing money from people for over 10 years. The charity was closed down last year from what I heard but I can’t find the news anywhere.

The other theory is that Nabil is so handsome and his voice is so beautiful that he decided to give up everything and kick off his music career.


Probably The Worst & Cruelest TV Prank Ever

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Egyptian pranksters seem to have a talent for coming up with the most f*cked up pranks ever! As if Ramez Galal’s pranks were not evil enough, there’s a new prank show called Mini Daesh (Seriously?) where they trick celebrities into thinking that they are kidnapped by a terrorist group.

Actress Heba Magdi was the first victim and she was weeping and begging for life while men were pointed guns at her and trying to put a fake suicide vest over her shoulders. The actress looked clearly shaken and traumatized by the experience.

I have nothing against pranks but there’s nothing even remotely funny about this one. I have no idea who comes up with these twisted shows but they should be stopped.


PS: Speaking of Ramez Galal, Steven Seagel knocked Galal out after her tried to prank him a month ago.

Rare Marine Turtle Almost Killed By People Taking Selfies in South Lebanon

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Selfie-Turtel-Lebanon via GreenArea

A sea turtle was reportedly pulled out of the water at a Rmeileh beach and people started taking selfies with it and stepping on it. To make things worse, the turtle was hit repeatedly on the head and a parent forced his kid to walk on the turtle. The giant sea turtle was later on rescued by the Civil Defense after being contacted from GreenArea. The organization also contacted the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture as well as Animals Lebanon.

This is a clear violation of Agriculture Law 1/125 that prohibits the poaching of marine animals. Unfortunately, this is not the first time sea turtles are killed in Lebanon.

I will never understand why people willingly harm such beautiful creatures. What’s the point in hitting a sea turtle on the head and leaving it to die? Where’s the fun in that? Seriously? Would you like someone to hit you on the head repeatedly and take selfies?

turtle sea

Nadine from Newsroomnomad first reported the story and posted a lengthy article on this matter. I recommend you read it [here].

Verdun Bombing Update: Canadian Embassy Denies Sending Any Security Instruction

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Few minutes after the unfortunate Verdun bombing occurred yesterday night, everyone started sharing a security instruction supposedly sent by the Canadian Embassy and the UN to their staff “warning them to stay away from all Beirut restaurants, avoid going to Beirut and in particular avoid visiting Hamra areas”.

I asked some Lebanese-Canadian friends I know and none of them got the message. I also checked their website and didn’t find anything. It turned out to be a fake one as clarified by the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon below. I am not sure about the UN though.

What’s funny is that a lot of Lebanese were outraged by the fact that foreign services or embassies would know more than us about potential terror threats in Lebanon. In all cases, I think someone needs to investigate where that rumor came from because all the local media shared it without even checking. Till then, I recommend you check the official websites of every embassy for travel advice:

The UK has a very accurate and up-to-date travel advice section [], the US Embassy as well [] and the Canadian Embassy of course [].

Canada warning

They Are Building a Hospital Near Horsh Beirut!

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hospital via Nahnoo

Horsh Beirut was closed to the public for more than 20 years by the Beirut Municipality for fear of vandalism and poor maintenance, and due to the lack of resources to protect the park. As soon as it reopened all week long to the public, a construction site popped up right next to it. Apparently, a new hospital is being built there.

Beirut Governor confirmed the news and said he will hold talks with the NGO Nahnoo regarding that matter.

There’s nothing really to talk about here! Let us leave the damn park alone and expand green areas around it. That’s the only rational thing to do. Instead of building new hospitals, let the municipality invest in renovating and improving the present ones.

Lebanese Police Cracking Down On Celebratory Gunfire

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The ISF launched a hashtag #بتقبل_تقتل asking online Lebanese users to report people firing guns in the air and endangering innocent people, and they’ve already managed to arrest 3 people in Beirut and Akkar. Of course we are all glad they are arresting people finally but I wish they would have taken preemptive measures before the municipal elections.

Launching hashtags and online campaigns right now will not bring back the innocent people who were killed or injured in the past few months or years even. The authorities have to be very strict about this matter as those who shoot guns in the air are criminals.


sle7 via Sakkir el Dekkene