From what I’ve been told, the reason he did that is because of a bet he lost.
From what I’ve been told, the reason he did that is because of a bet he lost.
Good education, adaptability and networks helped Lebanese succeed outside their country. That’s a positive thing that came out of our “wasta” system for a change. Check out the full article [Here].
ON A recent flight from Beirut to Addis Ababa, Lebanese businessmen were swapping stories. “Business is excellent in Angola,” declared one. “I hear it’s good in Ghana?” inquired another. Flights out of Lebanon buzz with optimism. For Lebanese business “good education, adaptability and networks” are the keys to their success.folk, the juiciest opportunities are abroad.
More people of Lebanese origin live outside Lebanon than in it (perhaps 15m-20m, compared with 4.3m). Many have done well. Carlos Slim, a Lebanese-Mexican telecoms tycoon, is the richest man in the world. Carlos Ghosn, a French-Lebanese-Brazilian, is the boss of both Renault (a French carmaker) and Nissan (a Japanese one). Nick Hayek, a Swiss-Lebanese, runs Swatch, the biggest maker of Swiss watches.
Lebanese people have long had wanderlust. Ancient Phoenician merchants roamed the Mediterranean, setting up cities such as Carthage and Cadiz. In the past century and a half, waves of Lebanese have left for the Americas and west Africa. Lebanon’s long civil war prompted many more to pack. Some 7m Lebanese and their descendants now live in Brazil, 3m in the United States and at least 250,000 in west Africa. They do everything from running restaurants to dealing in diamonds. By and large, they find business easier elsewhere than back in their fragile motherland.
This is hilarious!
My Favorite part is at Min 8:54
“Eh bass K** Ekhta, Sami ma3o Makana BM 535 Wotwat Premiere la ta7et Double Echiqman Double Carburater Fat7a bil Sa2ef Spoiler lammi3 wou Crank Te22al”
Here’s how the boycott logic works in Lebanon:
- We love Armin Van Buuren (among others), it’s ok if he played in “Israel” (see below video). We will barely mention it on our page.
- We are not very fond of Guns N’ Roses, Boycott those Zionists! Death to Israel! Hakitfa Matata or whatever …
Like I said on many occasions, I don’t have a problem with groups boycotting artists to make a stance even if I don’t agree with them, but at least be consistent.
I read today in the news that Al-Assir asked his supporters not to burn tires to block roads. He’s encouraging eco-friendly protests. That’s the most useful thing I heard him say in a long while.
With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought I share this hilarious article from last year by RAGMAG’s Sarah Hourany:
Diagnostic Symptoms of Lebanese Mama Syndrome (LMS)
1. Replacing the son’s first name with the word “Yo2borné”.
2. Obsessive tendency to call Yo2borné every hour to check if he’s eaten and rested.
3. Correlation between her bedtime and Yo2borné’s even if this means going to sleep at 6am (when he gets back home after a wild party), or not sleeping at all.
4. Underestimation of every girl Yo2borné dates, beginning with her looks (even if she looks like Megan Fox) to her level of intelligence (even if she is a PhD candidate or a CEO of a reputable company).
5. Unfounded suspicions that Yo2borné’s wife is not feeding him. (Even if he has developed a big Kerech since he got married)
6. Irrational feeling of anxiety if Yo2borné is 10 minutes late, accompanied by dramatic imaginings of potential accident scenarios.
7. Intense and spontaneous outbursts of weeping in the following situations:
• When Yo2borné catches the flu (even if his 5 sisters are sick as well).
• If Yo2borné travels for a few short days (even if this is the case every month, and has been the case for the past 5 years).
8. Unexplained competitive behavior with his girlfriend or wife in the following fields: cooking, washing, ironing and cleaning.
9. Deep belief that human beings can reproduce themselves without a partner. (This symptom usually manifests after Yo2borné begins having cute children of his own who only have HIS geneschu nsito enno l 2ered bi 3eyn 2emmo ghazel?)
10. Permanent attempts to please Yo2borné and create a perfect world for him, ignoring the rest of the family, and normally associating “Yes” as a chronic answer to all of his demands.
Picture by Ali Shaib
Just to be clear at first, I’ve been a fan of your page even before it got so popular and I still think you guys are pulling a great job by attracting so many people (without paid ads). The only reason I posted was because you’re a fun page and the video I saw was a bit too serious.
Speaking of the SMAs, and as I stated in one of the comments, I had considered you but didn’t know where to nominate you. I even thought of asking the people behind SMA to add a category for fun and creative social media pages.
What you said clarified things and I thank you for your honest and professional reply. As far as portraying the bad habits we have in Lebanon, I can’t help but comment on such things from time to time as well and try to make some fun out of it (through memes also) and Patrick did make a valid point.
PS: I would choose you over Nemr Abou Nassar anytime.
Thanks you la 2elak too :P
GoOd MoRninG LebAnOn – thx u Nath Halawani 4 sharing
Don’t you love reading constructive criticism in early morning?
Dear Blog Baladi thx u la elak for what you wrote :) I am only answering you because it is a respectful constructive mature criticism.
- You wrote: “I was even more surprised to learn they are turning the Lebanese Memes Facebook page into some business with a mission”
Lebanese memes is not a business, it is a “just for fun facebook page” which is trying to add value to the society. We are not turning it into anything, this was our mission statement since day 1.
- You also wrote: “No Lebanese would want to spread the ways of life portrayed to foreigners because that’s not something to be proud of.”
Patrick already answered you, Any comedian is technically “spreading the ways of life portrayed” in whatever country they’re living in, good or bad. Would you like to tell this to Nemr Abou Nassar for example? Not to mention that this page is for the fans (a 100% real community – NO FAKE LIKES) and they make most of the memes so we as a Lebanese Memes community, being away from politics and religion are trying to be sarcastic about what is happening in Lebanon and hoping to change things via humor.
-You also wrote: “One last thing, I think they should remove the lame memes, not just the ones who are racist or sexist.”
I would love to remove the memes that i find lame, but i have to respect the people who find it funny :) + the fans spend time in creating a meme and then sharing it on the page. It is their way of spreading their ideas lame or not.
Thx u la elak again for what you wrote and hope that this reply will generate a good flow for your blog :)
No helmets and no plate numbers needed.
Note: Someone pointed out that this could be a parody account and not the real one. If anyone can confirm that, it would be good to know.
My eyes are hurting.
I saw this YouTube video by mistake today and was honestly surprised to learn Lebanese Memes have a YouTube Channel and are taking part in the Social Media Awards. I was even more surprised to learn they are turning the Lebanese Memes Facebook page into some business with a mission “to reunite ALL the Lebanese people (In Lebanon & around the world) via pure Lebanese humor” and an objective “to be the number one Lebanese facebook page & to give foreigners an idea about our culture and WAYS of life.”
Speaking of our culture and ways of life:
Kidnapping has become part of our culture
Mocking the Lebanese Nationality
Praising Myriam Klink
Zouk Power Plant is part of our culture?
Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the memes and think they are funny but that’s about it. No Lebanese would want to spread the ways of life portrayed to foreigners because that’s not something to be proud of. I am hoping whomever is behind that page is being sarcastic about it but it doesn’t look that way and this kind of beats the purpose of a meme.
One last thing, I think they should remove the lame memes, not just the ones who are racist or sexist.