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Ten Things You Should Know About Lebanese Singer Sabah (Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali)

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1- She has participated in over 80 movies and over 25 plays.
2- She has produced more than 3000 songs.
3- She was known as “Al Chahroura” because she was from Wadi Chahrour and her uncle who was called “Chahour Al Wadi” .
4- She got married at least 7 times.
5- She performed in the world’s most prestigious halls like L’Olympia in Paris and Sydney Opera House in Sydney.
6- A TV series “Al Shahrourah” based on her childhood and her life’s most significant achievements was produced in 2011 with Sabah’s personal approval.
7- There’s a “Sabah Forever” bag collection made by Sarah’s bag.
8- She’s one of Lebanon’s cultural icons which include Wadih el Safi who passed away last year and Fairouz who turned 79 few days ago.
9- She produced her first song in 1940 and had a six-decade long career.
10- Here’s what Sabah said about death once:

“I’ve been waiting for death for a long time now. I want it. I want to know its secret. I want to know what comes after it. Everyone I’ve playes with, lived with and sang with are gone, what’s left anymore? They’ve even destroyed Lebanon. I’ve got to leave this life.”

I was never a big Sabah fan but I love some of her old songs and cannot but respect an artist who managed to last this long in the entertainment business and be admired by so many around the world. May she RIP.

[YouTube]

Why Are We Lebanese So Easily Offended?

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Lebanese flag shoes are being sold at some mall apparently to celebrate Lebanon’s Independence day. I am pretty sure this happens everywhere around the world with all types of flags, whether it’s a national day, a sporting event or any occasion. I remember seeing flip flops and even boxers with flags all over them during the World Cup, so it’s not big deal and it’s definitely not insulting or disrespectful to sell Lebanese flag shoes.

And I beg everyone to stop asking the authorities to censor stuff because this is the last thing we need.

Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014: 1500+ Participants, 50 Speakers And 25+ Startups Over Two Days

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The BDL is organizing #Accelerate2014 and bringing over 50 startup industry veterans from all around the world to put “Blueprints for Success for 1,000 international entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals”. The list of speakers is very interesting and there are a lot of events, talks and competitions to look out for. I just got back from Dubai today so I missed out on the first day but I will be there tomorrow hopefully.

One of the events I was looking forward to attend today was the “Lightning Round – Startup Competition” as part of the Seedstar World Competition as it’s always nice to hear about new ideas and startups. This year, 28 startups took the stage for 1 minute to pitch their idea and 8 made it to the final round tomorrow.

Here are the 8 finalist startups:
Cardio Diagnostic: FDA Approved wireless heart monitor that helps connect patients with doctors.
Saily: Helps you sell second hand items easily.
Yellow: Bitcoin payment solution for money transfers in your currency.
Ki: Password manager app.
Presella: Online e-ticketing platform that enables anyone anywhere to become an event organizer.
GoEjaza: Helps you plan your trips.
Feedeed: Getting fast professional services online
Tari2ak: Real-time traffic conditions app.

Here’s a link to the full schedule [Here].

Justice Minister Rifi On The Arrest of Bearded Lebanese

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It’s great to hear that Rifi is against arresting people for just having a beard, but this goes beyond Tripoli and concerns non-religious people who just like to grow a beard. Clear instructions should be given to all security forces to treat respectfully any (unarmed of course) suspect and apologize to those held by mistake.

“Whoever did not fight against the Army should be released and we refuse to accuse or detain any conservative person under the pretext of him being bearded,” the minister said at the Harba Mosque in the northern city of Tripoli, where he had toured damaged shops and met with several people there. “In Tripoli we pride ourselves with our religion and our commitment to it.”

There have been numerous reports that some of those arrested in the crackdown were targeted for their facial hair, due to the association of wearing a full beard with jihadis. However, Salafis – who also are known for maintaining a full beard – protest that they are unfairly being lumped in with militants.

“As a minister, I will give this case priority and speak to the Army commander about [young men who were falsely detained] and we thank the commander for his recent remarks when he said Tripoli residents were not terrorists but supported the military,” Rifi said.

[DailyStar]

2014 Good City Index: Beirut Among The 50 Most Inspiring Cities in the World

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The GOOD City Index includes a list of 50 cities from around the world that best capture the elusive quality of possibility. Beirut was ranked 9th in 2013 and is in 10th position this year. The report describes Beirut as a city of possibility, in various fields such as civic engagement, street life, connectivity, green life, diversity, work and life balance and others.

I know that things aren’t at their best in Lebanon, but we have to keep hoping for the best and keep pushing for change despite all the obstacles. More importantly, we need to defend our liberties and freedom of expression because without them, Lebanon would be lost forever.

You can check out Beirut’s profile [Here].

The last bastion of the liberal Middle East, Beirut is where the rest of the Arab world comes to let their hair down. While there is much more to the city than drinking cocktails on the beach, the fact that one can even do that legally is an important aspect of life in Beirut. More importantly, Beirut is one of the region’s only cities where people are free to embrace secularism, gay rights, and free artistic expression. Residents of Lebanon are constantly reminded that they are living in the midst of ongoing regional and political turmoil. However, this uncertainty has done little to slow Lebanese-funded construction. Nor has it impacted infrastructure, park development, or partnerships with cities like Geneva, London, and Paris aimed at making the city a better place to live. In 2014, Beirut’s startup scene thrived: Displaced Syrian artists established new studios in the city, the arrival of Uber ameliorated the city’s notorious traffic problem, and green activists proved Horsh Park could be a place for tolerance. Clinging to its outlier status in a region of uncertainty, Beirut will continue to be a beacon of possibility.