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How Long Till The Lebanese Traditional Dekkene disappears?

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I spotted this cool post on Al Rifai’s page talking about the Lebanese Dekkene and whether they’ve become an endangered species. This brought back a lot of memories indeed as the dekkene was the only place we’d go to as kids to buy sweets, specially when I used to go to my village to spend the weekend. Buying a Unica and a Bonjus after a football game or getting these potato chip bags for 200 Liras with a Pepsi or a Coke were enough to please any kid back then.

Going back to the original topic, I don’t think Dekkenes can last in Beirut as the rent is too high and the competition is fierce but they are not going anywhere outside Beirut, specially in the remote areas. The only problem is the owners are already old and the new generations are generally not that enthusiastic about running a Dekkene anymore. Nevertheless, I know few of them who decided to renovate the Dekkene and grow their parents’ business.

In all cases, I will always cherish these Dekkene visits and even though I go to supermarkets more often these days, I do pass by a Dekkene whenever I am on a field trip or wish to buy a couple of things.

If someone were to ask us what one of our golden memories as a child growing up in Lebanon was, a majority of us would have answered: Trips to the corner store or as most of us know it – the “Dekkene”. Endless trips with your friends or even with your grandparents where a 1,000 LL could have probably bought you half the store. It was part of everyone’s childhood experience whether you actually lived in Lebanon or you were visiting for the summer. Nowadays, it has us wondering if the younger generations have the same memories to recall as we did, especially since the supermarkets, emphasis on the super, are piling up and no one feels the need to go to these corner stores anymore. As the shiner package and the brighter lights of new establishments taking over the minds of the younger generation convincing them that the corner store isn’t good enough anymore?

Read the full article [Here].

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ABAAD Campaign For The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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ABAAD is a Lebanese NGO aimed at achieving gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. Their slogan for this year is “Through violence … Nobody comes out ahead. The ultimate responsibility is putting an end to violence against women” and is being endorsed by President Michel Sleiman.

Unfortunately crimes against women and girls in Lebanon are still happening and the latest victim was Nisrine Rouhana, who was kidnapped, tortured, shot dead and then thrown in the Nahr Ibrahim river by her husband.

There are no excuses for a man to hit his wife or daughter. Any man who does that is a coward, not a real man.

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Ten Things You Should Know About Lebanese Singer Sabah (Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali)

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1- She has participated in over 80 movies and over 25 plays.
2- She has produced more than 3000 songs.
3- She was known as “Al Chahroura” because she was from Wadi Chahrour and her uncle who was called “Chahour Al Wadi” .
4- She got married at least 7 times.
5- She performed in the world’s most prestigious halls like L’Olympia in Paris and Sydney Opera House in Sydney.
6- A TV series “Al Shahrourah” based on her childhood and her life’s most significant achievements was produced in 2011 with Sabah’s personal approval.
7- There’s a “Sabah Forever” bag collection made by Sarah’s bag.
8- She’s one of Lebanon’s cultural icons which include Wadih el Safi who passed away last year and Fairouz who turned 79 few days ago.
9- She produced her first song in 1940 and had a six-decade long career.
10- Here’s what Sabah said about death once:

“I’ve been waiting for death for a long time now. I want it. I want to know its secret. I want to know what comes after it. Everyone I’ve playes with, lived with and sang with are gone, what’s left anymore? They’ve even destroyed Lebanon. I’ve got to leave this life.”

I was never a big Sabah fan but I love some of her old songs and cannot but respect an artist who managed to last this long in the entertainment business and be admired by so many around the world. May she RIP.

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