Category Archives: Lebanon

Georges Wassouf Singing Again

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I am glad to see that he’s recovering well from his stroke and I wish him all the best, but he’s no longer the Wassouf we all know and I wouldn’t bother watch him perform live anywhere. Abou Wadih is one of the very few Arab singers that I listen to.

Khod Nafas: Join The Beirut Yoga Festival

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Remember the picture of that woman doing yoga in the middle of the street in Achrafieh? Well it wasn’t a random act but a stunt to promote the first yoga festival in Beirut which will take place in Pleine Nature in Mansourieh on the 20th of September 2014.

Check out more info on [Facebook] and the [website].

Update: I didn’t give the location much importance at first, but it’s pretty weird that it’s not in Beirut as pointed out by Nour specially that it’s the first Beirut Yoga Festival.

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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decision brought rebuke from both the government and the Federal Court of Canada: not only have their citizenships been revoked, but they have been ordered to pay all of the government’s $63,442 in legal bills.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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Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta From the American University of Beirut In Gaza To Provide Medical Care

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Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta is the head of the Plastis Surgery division at the American University of Beirut and this is his 4th trip to Gaza to help the injured Palestinians. That’s really brave of him to go to Gaza as the Israelis are even targeting hospitals. I wonder how he managed to get to Gaza though.

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