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Canadian Government Stripped A Lebanese Family of Their Canadian Citizenships And Fined Them $63,000

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I am almost done with my immigration papers for Canada yet I’ve never considered cheating or going there just for few days then lying about my stay. If the Canadian government is welcoming us and offering us new opportunities, it’s not an excuse to steal their money and lie to them to get the citizenship.

Apparently the Canadian authorities identified more than 3,000 citizens and 5,000 permanent residents under suspicion in ongoing large-scale fraud investigations, and I am pretty sure there are a lot of Lebanese families among them.

Ottawa has stripped a Lebanese family of their Canadian citizenships — and handed them a $63,000 bill — after they were caught blatantly lying about living in Canada, part of a government crackdown on bogus citizens that could extend to thousands of cases. The family — a father, mother and their two daughters — signed citizenship forms claiming they lived in Canada for almost all of the previous four years when they really lived in the United Arab Emirates, a fact even posted online in the daughters’ public résumés on LinkedIn.

The bold nature of the fabrications — that successfully won them citizenship in 2008 and 2009 — and their attempts to fight Ottawa’s decision brought rebuke from both the government and the Federal Court of Canada: not only have their citizenships been revoked, but they have been ordered to pay all of the government’s $63,442 in legal bills.

It is a punishment historically associated with only the most egregious cases, usually accused Nazi war criminals who hid their involvement in atrocities when fleeing to Canada after the Second World War. This case is only the beginning. The RCMP has targeted about 11,000 people from more than 100 countries suspected of fraud by misrepresenting their residency in Canada. [Link]

Drunk Woman Roaming Beirut Streets

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I really don’t understand the Lebanese people anymore. First they film and make fun of a topless (mentally ill?) woman and now they harass a drunk girl walking in the middle of the highway instead of calling the police?

The good thing is that the guy who filmed her apparently ended up calling the police, but that’s not enough as he shouldn’t have filmed her and tried to calm her and keep her away from the cars if he wanted to really help.

Movie + Pictures: Massive Attack Show Support For Syrian Refugees & Palestinians in Gaza During Byblos Concert

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Here are some of the supporting messages (with a couple of spelling mistakes) that were shown during Massive Attack’s concert at the Byblos International Festival.

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Pictures via BlogOfTheBoss

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I have no idea what they meant with the below picture as I didn’t see the end of it in the video or anywhere else.

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Update: Here’s the rest of that picture.

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Facts About Unemployment In Lebanon

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These stats below were compiled and shared by the The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform as part of their campaign for electoral reform. The [CCER] was founded in 2006 and includes more than 65 civil society associations and two coalitions covering all of Lebanon.

Here are some of the facts related to unemployment in Lebanon:
Around 30% of university graduates in Lebanon are unemployed.
77% of Lebanese immigrants are aged 35 years or below.
More than 50% of Lebanese capable of working are without a job.
50% of the jobs are without a work contract.
40% of males and 20% of females leave Lebanon after 1 year from graduating.
The unemployment rate among the youth is double the global unemployment rate.

There are other videos with interesting stats related to education, the electoral law, women rights in Lebanon and others.

Tweet Your Complaints To The Lebanese ISF #مش_عالرسمي

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The Lebanese ISF is opening up to the Lebanese people and asking them to tweet their complaints and questions. The complaints don’t have to be formal ones and you can write in whichever way you like. I’ve followed up on some of the tweets and their replies seem to be fair and balanced so give it a try if you have something you wish to complain or inquire about.

They already promised to investigate the picture that I posted earlier today of a woman tanning on top of a car.

Nokia Appoints Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus As President of Nokia’s Technologies Business

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Nokia appointed Ramzi Haidamus as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team few days ago. Ramzi used to work with Dolby Laboratories where he helped the business grow from a USD 72 million private business into a nearly USD 1 billion thriving public company. He was featured on Forbes as one of the top 10 highest paid marketing executives.

Read the full story [Here].

PS: The story was originally posted on blogoftheboss

Footage of Pointure Antelias Robbery

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The report says the thief tried for almost one hour to break the glass and go in and the owner is saying the police should be doing an extra effort in patrolling the streets but I have to ask here:

- How come no alarm went off as he was tried to break the front door?
- How can the police catch thieves without any alarm or alert sounds?

I think the best way is to have more police patrolling the streets and enhancing the alarm systems of all shops and linking them to the police station.

Walid Jumblatt And The Islamic State’s New Caliphate “Rolex?” Watch

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Ever since the new Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance, everyone’s been speculating, including Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, over the brand of the watch he was wearing. Some are saying it’s a Rolex, while others are claiming it’s an Omega or a Tag Heuer or even an Al-Fajr WA-10S Deluxe watch.

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The Al-Fajr watch is apparently Swiss made and is pre-programmed with the correct prayer times for all the world’s major cities. You can also set the date according the standard international, or Gregorian calendar, based on the birth of Christ, or the Muslim calendar, dated to the Hejirah. The compass found on the watch shows the direction of prayer (Kiblah).

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The funny part is that this self-proclaimed Caliph was denouncing the West in his speech. The sad part is that people nowadays seem more interested in the brand of his watch rather than the persecutions, massacres and atrocities his group is committing.

Three Lebanese Families Killed In The Air Algeria Crash

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At least 20 Lebanese nationals were on board of the Algerian flight AH5017 that went missing on Thursday between Burkina Faso and Algiers. Here are the names of the victims as compiled from MTV and Naharnet:

Randa Bassam Daher and her three children
Joseph Jerjes al-Hajj
Fadi Rustom and his son-in-law Omar al-Ballan
Mohammed Akhdar
Fady Sioufi
Monji Hassan, his wife Najwa, their four children
Bilal Dheini, his wife and their three children

Unfortunately, there were no survivors from the plane crash which is the third in the past couple of months. BBC showed a video of the wreckage site in Mali and explored the odds of having a cluster of plane accidents so close together.

Sincere condolences to the families of the victims.