Category Archives: Information

Multi Sim At Last!

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Alfa posted yesterday on their Facebook page that a Multi SIM is now available for all postpaid and prepaid users. This means that you can use the same Sim as Mini, Micro and Nano. This is very useful and was very much needed specially for people like me who switch between smartphones a lot. For example, if you currently have the Samsung S5 and just bought the new iPhone 6 (or even want to switch to the iPhone 5), you can easily put your Multi Sim in the new device and you’re good to go!

Based on what I’ve read on Alfa’s page, the new Multi Sim will cost 5.5$. I am not sure if Touch have the same but I couldn’t find any information about it on their page.

Where Did All The Traffic Go In Nahr El Kalb?

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I have no clue what was going on this afternoon, but there was absolutely no traffic between Dbayyeh and Nahr el Kalb. The road is always packed there and I pass by it almost everyday at the same time, yet for some unknown reason the roads were empty today. One of my friends told me that it’s due to some army checkpoint on Charles el Helou but still something was not right.

I posted the above picture on Instagram and everyone was as surprised as me, so if any of you knows what was happening please do tell!

iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus Will Be Available To Order In The UAE On September 27

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I wasn’t expecting the new iPhones to be available that soon in the Middle East but according to Apple’s UAE store, they will be available to order starting September 27th, a week after the official release date. The iPhone6 starts at 700$ and the iPhone6 Plus at around 815$.

As far as Lebanon is concerned, you can expect the iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus to be over $1000 in the first few weeks, so I recommend you wait a little bit till prices settle.

I followed the #AppleLive event yesterday and it’s great to finally see an iPhone with a big screen at last. The Apple Watch is nice but it looks big to be honest and expensive at 350$. There’s even more expensive edition that has a watch case crafted from 18-karat gold. Something tells me this edition will sell big in the Middle East.

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If you are an Apple fan, my friend Jad posted everything you need to know about Apple’s new products [Here]. You can also check AbsoluteGeek’s post [Here].

What Are We Waiting For To Free The Kidnapped Lebanese Soldiers?

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I can’t confirm the authenticity of this video but it looks real and recent. I wouldn’t be surprised if these terrorists are treating our soldiers this way specially after they beheaded two of them. I have no clue what the authorities should be doing, but what I know for sure is that they need to free these soldiers fast as time is against them.

Let’s hope we get all our soldiers safe and promptly.

The Archive Of Diab Alkarssifi: A Homeless Lebanese Man In London With A Rare Archive Of 27,000 Photographs

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A London-based Polish artist has discovered a rare archive of over 27,000 photographic prints and negatives hidden for years by a Lebanese homeless man called Diab Alkarssifi who worked once as a journalist. Alkarssifi came to Ania Dabrowska and showed her his huge collection that he had hidden for years in two carrier bags. Diab worked for 16 years as a journalist before moving to the UK in 1993.

This is quite an amazing discovery and the best part is that Ania Dabrowska has decided to kick off a project called “Lebanese Archive” and crowdfund it in order to bring to light Diab Alkarssifi’s lost archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs.

Ideally speaking, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture would contact the Polish artist and the Lebanese Journalist and offer to fund this whole project and have the photos related to Lebanon displayed in a museum or exhibition center.

The story was featured in [TheGuardian].

Arriving in the UK in 1993, after emigrating from Lebanon, Diab met Ania at Arlington House, a hostel for homeless men, where Ania was running a photography workshop and Diab was temporarily living. Invited to Ania’s studio, he arrived with two carrier bags, containing thousands of photographic prints, and negatives, part of a life-long collection, including his numerous photographic assignments, everyday life in his home city of Baalbeck on the Syrian border and in Beirut, his student years in the early 1970s in Moscow and Budapest and, most extraordinarily his collection of found images from studios in Baalbeck, Beirut, Damascus and Cairo – photographs of society, family and friends, and Arab life in Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, that he passionately accumulated over his lifetime. These images, all that survives of a much larger collection still hidden or lost in Lebanon, gives an intimate insight into the cultural, everyday and political history of this region, from 1993 to as far back as 1889. Along with Book Works and the Arab Image Foundation, Ania and Diab want to bring this extraordinary collection to life, to preserve a view of modern Arab history, tell the stories that accompany the images, and present an otherwise lost view of this huge, diverse and fascinating region.

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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]