Category Archives: Information

Amal (Alameddine) Clooney Is London’s Most Powerful Woman Ahead of Victoria Beckham

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Amal Alameddine, who recently got married to Georges Clooney, was ranked fourth according to The Evening Standard newspaper annual power ranking list, right after George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Demis Hassabis. I am not sure how credible this list is but she sure is a powerful and smart woman and deserves to be among the ten most influential Londoners.

She may have only just married Hollywood hot property George Clooney, but wife Amal Alamuddin is already the most influential woman in London, according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.
The newly married lawyer – who changed her name last week after marrying the US heartthrob in September – is at number four, five places ahead of international fashion mogul Victoria Beckham as they both head up the Top 10.
Amal, 36, and Victoria, 40, beat off competition from leading men like British Prime Minister David Cameron and world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking and their equally-influential husbands were nowhere to be seen in the Top 20. [DailyMail]

More Flood Pictures From Around Lebanon

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mza2 Mazraait Yachou3 Pic by CivilDefense

We can’t but admire the incredible effort that the concerned ministries and authorities put every year to keep our roads flooded and more dangerous with every winter.

wow Karantina – Picture by Maher Sayah

yachou3 mazraat 1 Mazraait Yachou3 Pic by CivilDefense

Zalk Biakout 2 Zalka – Biakout by Amanda

Zalka_Biakout Zalka – Biakout by Amanda

choueifat Choueifat – Pic by Mohammad

Ekhirta Ata3it: MARCH And Lucien Bou Rjeily’s Play On Censorship Was Approved!

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I’ve posted about this matter less than a year ago and asked the head of the censorship bureau to look at the bigger image and let the Lucien Bourjeily play pass and be the first one to attend it.

Censorship is wrong as we should be given the right to choose what to watch, read and listen. In case you missed my article, you can read it [Here].

Mabrouk to MARCH, Lucien and all the Lebanese!

After a long battle with the censorship authorities, we are excited to announce that the sequel of the censored play “Bto2ta3 aw ma Bto2ta3″, “La 3younak Sidna” produced by MARCH and directed by Lucien Bourjeily was approved by General Security!

Here’s to hoping this is the first of many victories in the anti-censorship struggle in Lebanon, and that the General Security’s Censorship Bureau continues with this open-minded approach to the issue of freedom of expression.

We are proud to say we finally won a battle in our fight against censorship!

24 Syrian Babies Are Born Every Day In Lebanon

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31,000 Syrian babies were born between March 2011 and September 2014 in Lebanon according to this report. This is yet another alarming number for the Lebanese authorities and the Syrian refugees as well. However, it’s never too late to start building proper refugee camps and setting proper guidelines and launching awareness campaigns for all the refugees.

Where Lebanon Stands From The Ebola Outbreak

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The Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems at Northeastern University in Boston published a list showing the countries in which Ebola is most likely to show up. The scientists used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to come up with this table but keep in mind that this is the risk of a single imported case, not the risk of an outbreak.

Even though Lebanon is on that list, the risk is less than 25% but it wouldn’t hurt to take all the necessary precautions. On another note, I hope this map will help some Lebanese understand that a tiny part of Africa is affected by Ebola because our ignorance of Africa is proving to be more dangerous than Ebola.

Check out more info [here] and [here].

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Reducing Working Banks In Lebanon From 72 to 25 (Update: Denied By BDL)

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Update: BDL governor Riad Salameh denied some media reports that the Americans had urged him during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington to reduce the number of banks operating in the country from 72 to 25 through consolidations and mergers. [Source]

How is it possible to reduce the number of banks from 72 to 25 in just five years?

The World Bank and the U.S. Treasury Department proposed to Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh to reduce the number of working banks in Lebanon from 72 to 25 within a period of five years.

According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Tuesday, the proposal came in light of the tough measures imposed on transactions, especially those conducted by expatriates. The newspaper said that the reduction in bank numbers would give the banking sector the needed boost and increase the capital of national banks by merging their branches. [Link]

Run The Beirut Marathon In A Wedding Dress To End Early and Forced Marriages in Lebanon

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ABAAD and Esposa Beirut are asking female participants in the Beirut International Marathon to participate and run the 10KM fun run in a wedding dress in order to raise awareness on early and forced marriages in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa region. That’s a pretty cool and fun idea. I just hope women will be able to find cheap wedding dresses.

You can find more information [Here].