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Lebanese Rodolphe el-Khoury Named New Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture

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It seems I missed out on yet another achievement for a Lebanese abroad, as Rodolphe el Khoury was named the new dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture back in May 2014. El Khoury is born in Beirut and has taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Hong Kong, Princeton University and Columbia University among others. [Source]

Having said that, we now have Lebanese heading the school of Architecture and Planning at MIT, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Thanks Rula!

Lebanon Tops The List of Countries By Net Migration Rate

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The net migration rate indicates the contribution of migration to the overall level of population change and does not differentiate between economic migrants, refugees and other types of migrants. Of course it’s not surprising to see Lebanon on top given the number of Syrian refugees entering the country everyday.

In terms of other Arab countries, Qatar came second, followed by Jordan in fifth spot, then Bahrain and UAE in 9th and 10th respectively.

The list was posted on Wikipedia and was taken from the CIA website.

Thanks Oday

Beirut Bar Association Removed Fattouche’s Name From Its List, Pharaon To File A Lawsuit Against Him

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According to LBCI, the Beirut Bar Association has removed the name of MP Nicolas Fattoush from the list of lawyers, while Al Jadeed reported that Pierre Michel Pharaon has filed a slander lawsuit against MP Nicolas Fattoush before the public prosecution. Fattouche did ask for it specially about violating the client-lawyer confidentiality during his press conference and by insulting an employee of the Justice Ministry as well.

I think it’s time he apologizes for what he did and admits he’s wrong, but I doubt that’s gonna happen.

Samir Kassab Is Also Lebanese And Is Still Missing In Syria

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We all want the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers to be freed, and it is a matter of utmost importance, but we should give the same importance to any Lebanese kidnapped in Syria, whether they are soldiers, journalists, activists or just normal citizens. Samir Kassab is a Lebanese and the Lebanese authorities should free him the soonest possible, specially that there are no politics involved here.

It’s been a year already and no one knows where Samir is.

One year after Lebanese cameraman Samir Kassab was kidnapped, his family still wakes up each day hoping that their son, brother, and fiance will return to them. “Since then, we have no confirmed information regarding his situation,” Georges Kassab, Samir’s brother, told The Daily Star. “We heard from someone who said they saw him together with his crew – though nothing is sure.”

Kassab was kidnapped with his Sky News colleagues Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian, and a Syrian driver whose family asked that his name not be printed, while working near Aleppo on assignment last October. [Link]

Beirut-Based Mukhi Sisters Among The Top 5 Middle Eastern Daywear Jewelry Designers

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Style.com (Arabia) featured the Mukhi Sisters as one of the top 5 Middle Eastern Jewelry Designers. I don’t know much about jewelry but I’ve met the Mukhi sisters on several occasions and appreciate their work and designs. One more reason why I like them is that their designs would fit perfectly on some Game of Thrones characters and I am a huge GOT fan.

Anyway, here’s the [list] featuring all 5 jewelry designers.

Using gold, diamonds, as well as other precious and semi-precious stones, they draw on their personalities, interests and obsessions to create high-end pieces. You can describe a Mukhi Sisters piece as a statement of individuality. Some of their favorite statement and signature collections are the ones that Mukhi clients tell them are conversation pieces. Their jewelry, at once whimsical and original, conveys things both about the 3 Mukhis -Maya, Meena and Zeenat- and about the women (and lately men) who wear their designs.
Jewelry runs in the Mukhi family genes: their mother is Effat Kreidie, the creative force behind Effy’s Jewelry. Their father, Chandru Mukhi, comes from a long line of Indian jewelers in the industry since 1875. Born into a world of dazzle and sparkle, Maya, Meena and Zeenat were on intimate terms with fine gems and jewelry from an early age. With such a rich heritage, the sisters began collaborating on their own brand.

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Lebanese Hashim Sarkis Named Dean of School of Architecture and Planning at MIT

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Lebanese Architect Hashim Sarkis, a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effective in January. Hashim has published works on architecture and urbanism in Lebanon, in addition to writing about leading 20th-century modernist architects. Some of his projects include the new town hall of Byblos in Lebanon, a housing project in Tyre and a park in downtown Beirut.

This is quite an honor so congrats to Hashim! Another Lebanese Amale Andraos was appointed back in August the new dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.

Here’s what MIT’s president said about Sarkis’ appointment:

“As the longtime director of the Aga Khan Program at Harvard, Hashim Sarkis is well-known and widely admired in our School of Architecture and Planning community,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif says. “Through his collaborations at this end of Mass. Ave., he begins this new role with a strong sense of the culture, values, and aspirations of our School of Architecture and Planning and of MIT. In the best MIT tradition, he is a person of bold ideas who likes to test them in the real world of practice. I look forward to working with him to build upon the tremendous progress made by former dean Adele Naude Santos.”
“The energy and forward-looking attitude I have encountered at one of the oldest schools of architecture and planning in the country makes it feel like the youngest,” Sarkis says. “Educators of architects and planners worldwide are emulating the MIT research-based model, and it is a true honor to build on Adele’s legacy and to guide this model forward. MIT at large provides an ideal setting for such an undertaking, especially as it invests in the future of education and in initiatives like energy, environment, and innovation that are at the core of SA+P. It is especially invigorating to see the scientists and engineers reach out to the designers and to see how much they value their contribution to the One Community.”

You can read the full story [Here].

Thanks Marwan!

ABC More Smoke-Free Than Ever

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People were complaining earlier online that they spotted some people smoking indoors at ABC Achrafieh and that the mall is breaking the smoking bank law. It didn’t take long for ABC’s owner Robert Fadel to contact the concerned people and state that “he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC”.

That’s great news and thumbs up to ABC for responding that quickly and in the best way possible.

For those of you who aren’t aware, ABC Achrafieh started breaking the smoking ban in indoor areas a few days ago despite being the first establishment to embrace the law before it was even passed. Ironically, ABC was at the same time raising awareness about breast cancer! Needless to say, many of you got enraged at the new status quo, and without us even spreading the news, you flooded ABC’s page with furious complaints.

And guess what? It worked!! MP Robert Fadel, owner of ABC, contacted us a few hours ago saying that as soon as he heard about the situation, he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC. Thank you Mr. Fadel for preserving a law you were a pioneer in adopting a few years ago.

Dear supporters of Law 174: in less than 24 hours, YOU made a company retract its decision just because YOU vehemently defended your right to breathe clean air that’s guaranteed by Law 174. In the process, YOU proved wrong those who claim the law is dead and nothing can be changed in Lebanon. The law is well and alive when there are people like YOU fighting for it!! So the next time you’re sitting at a restaurant or bar and people around you start smoking indoors, protest to the owner, protest on the venue’s Facebook page, and protest by calling 1735 to report the violation. Change will happen only if you fight for your rights and make your voice heard!

Mabrouk again and enjoy your smoke-free visits to ABC!

Lebanese-American Journalist Serena Shim Killed In Turkey

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Press TV, for which Serena used to work, is not buying the car accident story and is pointing at the Turkish Intelligence. Serena had stated few days before that the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.

The Lebanese authorities should call for an open and transparent investigation into the death of Serena Shim.

A journalist working for Press TV on the Turkish-Syrian border was killed on Sunday in what are claimed to be suspicious circumstances.

Serena Shim was reported to have died in a car accident while returning to her hotel in Turkey after leaving the strategically important Syrian town of Kobani.

She was a passenger in a car that collided with a truck. But Press TV, an Iranian broadcaster, does not accept that it was an accident.

Her death occurred the day after she broadcast an item – as shown in the clip above – in which she said the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.