Category Archives: Information

A Second Lebanese Soldier Might Have Been Killed by Da3esh

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Turkey’s Anatolia news agency has reported that ISIS has executed another army soldier, Abbas Medlej, after he tried to escape. This has not yet been confirmed officially but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it. The number of kidnapped or missing soldiers is still unclear and negotiations are still ongoing.

Speaking of ISIS, I was watching this unbelievable report on an Iraqi soldier who managed to escape from a massacre. Check it out below but watch out as it contains sensitive and violent images.

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Something Is Brewing In Lebanon, And It’s Not Beer According To VICE

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I usually enjoy reading Vice’s articles but this one is not very accurate to say the least, unless they know something we don’t. Lebanon has been the Middle East’s next ticking bomb for 3 years now yet things are still relatively under control. I don’t know if it’s just me, but things have improved lately from what I’ve seen and getting ammunition and new weapons to the Lebanese Army will only help stabilize the situation.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope things will improve further.

On Wednesday, the country’s Daily Star newspaper reported that the Russian ambassador to Lebanon confirmed that the two nations are in the process of negotiating potential military cooperation. This comes on the heels of Lebanon’s request to the US in August for new aircraft to support counterinsurgency operations against the Islamic State and other jihadist groups. Saudi Arabia recently granted $1 billion to Lebanon to help its fight against the Islamic State, on top of another huge dollop of cash it pledged to the country’s military last year. Fighting from Syria’s civil war finally spilled over into the Lebanese town of Arsal in early August, bringing ISIS forces with it. The country’s Cabinet convened a special session just days later to chart a plan for getting military assistance from “brotherly and friendly countries.” In other words, Lebanon is looking for guns and ammo from just about anyone willing to supply them. [Vice]

ASUS Quoting Gebran Khalil Gebran To Promote The ZenWatch

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ASUS used one of Gebran Khalil Gebran’s quotes while promoting their new ZenWatch on twitter a week ago. The watch was one of the highlights at #IFA2014 in Berlin.

Here’s the full quote:
“Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.” ―Khalil Gibran

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Originally posted by Annahar

Roberto Merhi Could Race With Caterham F1 At Monza

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It’s not confirmed yet but Caterham F1 team has shown interest in Formula Renault 3.5 Series driver Roberto Merhi. I was told that Merhi is of Lebanese origins but I can’t confirm that. If it turns out to be true, we will have two drivers of Lebanese origin in F1, Felipe Nasr and Roberto Merhi.

Formula Renault 3.5 title contenders Carlos Sainz Jr. and Roberto Merhi could make their Formula 1 debuts later this season for the Caterham team. Caterham’s new owners are evaluating their driver options for the remainder of the campaign, having slotted in Andre Lotterer at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

No decision has yet been taken about the plans for who lines up alongside Marcus Ericsson in the remaining races, but AUTOSPORT understands that both Merhi and Sainz are being seriously considered. Merhi has been with the Caterham team at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, and told Spain’s Movistar TV that he has already been in the simulator.

“They invited me to visit the factory and try the simulator, which was great,” he said.

“And then they invited me to the circuit. There’s nothing else really. I know there may be a chance one day but right now we don’t know.

“We haven’t spoken about the possibility to race. It could happen one day but we haven’t discussed that.” [Link]

90% Of Cars Purchased In 2014 In Lebanon Cost Less Than $11,000

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Based on this report, 22004 cars were sold in the first 7 months of 2014. 43% are Korean cars, followed by Japanese (33%), European (28%), American (5%) and Chinese (1.5%). We definitely need less cars in this country, but the number is on the rise (by a considerable 7.2%) mainly due to the lack of decent public transportation.

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A Walk Inside Horsh Beirut

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Joelle from RacingThoughts had the opportunity to visit Horsh Beirut and take pictures, after a local NGO called NAHNOO got the permission to hold a picnic inside the park for 3 hours only.

As you all probably know, the Beirut municipality does not allow anyone to enter the park for fear of vandalism and poor maintenance. I wish I had known earlier about this event as I’ve never been to Horsh Beirut yet. I am going to email them and see if it’s possible to go for a visit.

Check her post [Here].

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A Faux Pas From Ashraf Rifi

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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has requested today to legally pursue a group of Lebanese who were seen burning a flag for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) in Sassine’s Square, Achrafieh. I’ve never expected Rifi to come up with a statement. If anything, those who are raising this ISIS flag in Achrafieh, Tripoli and anywhere else in Lebanon should be the ones pursued legally and arrested.

Speaking of sedition, what is the purpose of raising an ISIS flag in Sassine Square?

Beirut is Amazing City Greening Plan

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The “Beirut Is Amazing” project was launched a couple of years ago in an attempt to green up the capital. The plan is to improve and increase green spaces and provide Lebanese with more accessible and attracting streets.

Nadim AbouRizk, Vice President of Beirut’s Municipal council, has been sharing pictures of what Beirut looks like now and how it’s expected to look after the project is implemented. As you can see, the transformation looks amazing but I don’t know if this will ever be implemented, specially that the Sodeco – Mathaf road is one of the busiest roads in Beirut. Did they consider the amount of traffic closing down this road will generate? What are the alternative routes available?

I’d love to know more about this initiative if anyone has more information.

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Lebanon To Toughen Regulations On Unofficial Beauty Clinics

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It’s about time the authorities decide to close down these beauty “mini-markets” spread around the country. I’ve heard of so many cases where patients sustained serious injuries in these parlors or even died in some case.

In response to the phenomenon, the Cabinet and the Health Ministry have recently put forward a draft law to be voted on by Parliament that addresses the issue.

The head of Parliament’s Committee of Public Health, Future MP Atef Majdalani, said: “There is a need to draw a line between the regular beauty parlors, which basically deal with hairdressing and manicures, and beauty centers that carry out hair implants and beautification with Botox.” [Link]