Category Archives: Information

Books not Boots: UK Embassy Donates $50 Million To Public Schools and Educational Projects In Lebanon

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Public schools in Lebanon can accommodate up to 300,000 students and there are 275,000 students expected to enroll in the 2014-2015 academic year. The remaining 25,000 are usually allocated to refugees however there are 400,000 Syrian refugees wishing to enroll in public schools next year, which means that the majority of Syrian children in Lebanon will be left out of school and with no education.

In order to help us cope with this catastrophic situation, British Ambassador Tom Fletcher announced during a tour of one of the public schools in Beirut’s suburbs that the UK is donating almost $50 million dollars for schools and related projects in Lebanon. This will help over 400 public schools accept further Syrian students and will allow every child in Lebanon to have a set of textbooks.

Education is the strongest weapon against terrorism and extremism and it is our responsibility to help out these vulnerable Syrian students.

kid This young Syrian boy never went to school. He fled his country when he was four, and enrolled in school in Lebanon as a kindergarten student last year. This year, he was not allowed to enroll in school. Even though he can’t read or write, while the rest of the children were drawing the cliché smiling suns and square houses, he chose to redraw words he saw on the walls around him. He drew from right to left, like Arabic, but it was the months of the year in English. Picture by Gino

A Kim Kardashian Inspired Lebanese Campaign To (Try To) Break The Lebanese Government

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No one’s breaking the Lebanese government and when we had the chance as Lebanese to say no, only few of us went down and got beaten up while trying to say no to the extension. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt for politicians to eat the crap we’re apparently eating everyday according to our Health Minister lol!

By the way and speaking of Kim Kardashian, let’s just keep in mind that her ugly plastic ass made the headlines around the world while the Rosetta mission was making history by landing on the surface of a comet. This is very similar to what’s happening in Lebanon lately, whereas we ignore important topics and get distracted by silly things or come up with silly things to promote noble causes but end up forgetting all about them (Just like that Ice Bucket Challenge).

This #Telhassotize reminded me of the “Strip for Jackie” campaign. Where is Jackie anyway?

Lebanese Karen Shammas & Nacif Elias Win Medals At The 2014 Phuket Asian Beach Games

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Karen Shammas was competing in the Sambo competition and won a silver medal after beating Korea and Syria in the quarter and semi finals respectively. As for Nacif Elias, he won a bronze medal in Jiu Jitsu after winning 3 games out of 4. [Sports-961]

Nacif has won a silver medal for Lebanon as well at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon back in September.

Congrats to both athletes!

London’s ‘Gherkin’ Tower Sold To Lebanese-Brazilian Billionaire Joseph Safra

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Joseph Safra is presumably the richest banker in the world and is the top ranked Lebanese in the world’s richest Arabs list.

The Safra Group bought the Gherkin for a bit over 1 Billion Dollars.

London’s Gherkin skyscraper has been sold to investment giant the Safra Group in a deal reportedly worth £726m. BBC News spoke to a consultancy firm ahead of the sale to gauge how much the capital’s iconic skyline might now be worth.

It is estimated that 10 of the buildings that make up the city’s world-renowned skyline could be worth more than £7.2bn ($11.4bn). [BBC]

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The Ethiopian Worker Who Jumped Off The Fourth Floor Is Recovering And Will Be Fine

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I am sure you all saw the video of the Ethiopian housekeeper who tried to commit suicide in Salim Salam. Well the good news is that she did not die and is recovering at the hospital right now. Unfortunately though, we still don’t know why she decided to jump as her employer is denying the fact that he didn’t book an airline ticket for her to go back home.

As I mentioned earlier, this is all due to the Kafala system which should be dropped once and for all in Lebanon. Lebanese families should no longer be allowed to treat foreign workers as their slaves by confiscating their passports, refusing to pay them and keeping them in the house.

Once Berkotan recovers, she will go back home to her family.

The Islamic State Versus Lebanon

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I don’t think we will have a new civil war in Lebanon and I strongly believe the Lebanese and the Army (Add to that the Lebanese Pot Farmers) will keep Da3esh away from here.

While the Islamic State and the Al Nusra Front lack the capacity for a full scale invasion, many fear their car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings might prove so destabilizing that the nation might once again spiral towards sectarian civil war.

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AUB Among The Best Five Arab Region Universities

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The American University of Beirut was the best ranked in Lebanon, followed by the Lebanese University in 37th spot, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth in the 50th spot and finally the Lebanese American University which was ranked 52 out of 91 universities. The rankings seem pretty reasonable except for LAU which I believe should be at a much higher position.

You can check out the full list [Here] and the methodology followed [here].

The inaugural U.S. News Best Arab Region Universities rankings are the first in-depth assessment of schools in the region. This 1.0 version of the rankings is the beginning of a long-term project to develop surveys and rankings for the region.

U.S. News believes that the 2015 Best Arab Region Universities rankings will allow prospective students, parents, policymakers and employers in the region to accurately compare institutions – something that had not been possible in the past due to a lack of standardized educational data. Arab region universities will also be able to use these rankings as a way to benchmark themselves against schools in their own country and region and discover top schools from other countries to collaborate with.

The rankings – which are based on bibilometric data and research metrics provided by Scopus, part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio – focus specifically on institutions’ academic research output and performance and not their separate undergraduate or graduate programs.