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Illegally Held Chimpanzee In Lebanon Freed After A Nine-Year Struggle!

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Animals Lebanon recently took up the case to free Charlie, a nine year old chimpanzee that was smuggled into Lebanon in 2005 and sold to Animal City zoo, and they finally managed to free the animal yesterday after a court ruling. Charlie is the last known chimpanzee in Lebanon. He will be moved to approved chimpanzee sanctuary where he could get expert care and live with other chimpanzees in a natural enclosure.

Few days ago, Animals Lebanon also managed to rescue a neglected lion and two tigers from a zoo in Lebanon.

Thumbs up to Animals Lebanon for their awesome work!

What’s Inside The Lebanese Parliament Drawers?

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Here are few examples of bills buried in the Lebanese Parliament drawers and that need to be tackled ASAP!

1- Retirement Benefits Bill
2- Civil Status Laws Bill
3- Mental Health Bill
4- Women Citizenship Bill
5- Anti-Corruption Bill
6- Anti-Censorship and Freedom of Theater and Cinema Bill
7- Penal Code Revision
8- Labor Law Revision

For those interested, Gino who first wrote about this gave a brief explanation of every bill.

To learn more about the Lebanese Economic Association who’s behind this video and many others, click [Here].

Britain’s Favorite Take-away Is Lebanese

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A Lebanese Diner called The Cedar has won the title of Britain’s favorite take-away, after receiving the most positive votes from millions of reviews of more than 9000 eateries. The Cedar Chef and Owner Sami Khoueiry says all his recipes are 100% home made and approved by his mother.

A chef who turned down a job at five-star hotel The Dorchester to set up on his own in west London was today celebrating after his restaurant was named Britain’s favourite take-away. Lebanese diner The Cedar, in Maida Vale, received the most positive votes from millions of reviews of more than 9,000 eateries posted by users of online delivery website hungryhouse.co.uk. Owner Sami Khoueiry put The Cedar’s secret of success down to the secret recipes his mother taught him as a child growing up in Beirut. [Link]

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Lebanese Parliament Approves The Employment of Civil Defence Volunteers

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Civil Defense volunteers protested in a weird way today to claim their rights by swimming deep into the sea in Ramlet al-Bayda and threatening to drown if the parliament doesn’t approve their full-time employment. Some of them were rescued and hospitalized and the parliament ended up approving the draft-law for their employment.

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Pictures via CivilDefence

Lebanon Among The Top 20 Countries With The Largest Flows Of Remittance Payments From The U.S.

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Migrants to the United States are responsible for sending almost a quarter of the global total of intentional remittances. While the countries with the biggest flows are Mexico, India and China, Lebanon is in 14th position and sent over 1.5 Billion Dollars in the year 2012.

The map was done by Pew Research Center based on data from the World Bank.

Read the full article [Here].

u.s. 2012 remittances table
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Lebanese Economist Rand Ghayad’s Research On Long-Term Unemployment

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Rand Ghayad is a Lebanese Economist who will shortly be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University. He published a paper back in 2012, along with his doc­toral adviser William Dickens, which offered a new take on long-term unemployment and found that “the long-​​term unem­ployed were qual­i­fied for jobs but were ranking lower than other poten­tial can­di­dates because of the length of time they had been out of the workforce”.

Rand’s paper was described by the Atlantic Post as “pioneering”, and was cited recently by US Senator Rand Paul, to which Ghayad responded. More importantly, this new theory on unemployment has caught the attention of US president Barack Obama who invited Ghayad to attend a meeting by Gene Sperling, Obama’s National Economics adviser.

For those interested in economics and the topic of unmeployment, here’s a [Link] to Ghayyad and Dickens’ paper, which was originally written for the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston.