Category Archives: Lebanon

A (Bloody) Car-Free Day In Tripoli

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Picture from ManalHamwi

I headed to Gemmayze today for the car-free day organized by Achrafieh2020 and everyone was having fun and enjoying their day, specially the children. Unfortunately though, the past two days have been also car-free in Tripoli due to the renewed clashes between Beb el Tebbane and Jabal Mohsen. The fights are getting worse every time and innocent civilians are paying the price every time. Nine people were killed (including 1 soldier) so far and over 50 were injured.

Students getting evacuated from school yesterday

Some of the pictures I am receiving are horrible and I’d rather not post them to be honest. All I know the Lebanese Army should either let the two sides kill each other and then intervene or storm both camps and kick these gunmen out of the city.

Sunni Muslim fighters stand with their weapons inside a building inTripoli, northern Lebanon
Picture taken from Reuters

No Electricity in Mansourieh For A Month Now!

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When I first heard the report and knowing how much MTV likes Gebran Bassil, I thought I’d ask my friends who live in Mansourieh first and it turned out to be true. They were getting 0 electricity hours for weeks and were living off the generators. As of last week things started to improve but the cable is not fixed yet.

Two questions I have to ask here:
1- I was told that a private company cut the cable by mistake or something like that. Why didn’t MTV do the extra effort and investigate the reason behind this delay? Why didn’t they contact the ministry or the municipality?

2- How come there’s no mention of this crisis anywhere in the news? I couldn’t find anything about it on the Minister’s Facebook Page or the EDL website as well.

On a last note and speaking of shortages, some parts of Keserwan are still without water due to the works in Sad Chabrou7. I have relatives who live there and have been buying water (Locally Not From Cyprus yet :P) for the past 2 weeks now.

Update: There’s apparently water shortage in MonteVerde as well, here’s why:


Gemmayze Car-Free Day: Full Program

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Here’s the full program for tomorrow’s Discover Gemmayze. This is a great event and a great initiative so I hope to see you all there!

PS: Don’t forget to use the hashtags #Achrafieh2020 and #DiscoverGemmayze in your tweets and IG Photos. I will be posting a lot of pictures on my Instagram @LeNajib and BlogBaladi’s Facebook Page.

Full Program:
Stage One Facing Tabkha
11:00 to 12:00 – DJ Marc
12:00 to 1:00 – DJ Kiks
1:00 to 2:00 – DJ Fouad
2:00 to 3:00 – DJ Chris
3:00 to 4:00 – DJ Rodge
4:00 to 6:00 – DJ Kiks/DJ MiniB

Stage Two Facing the Stairs
11:30 to 12:30 – ZUMBA With Pia Afif
12:45 to 1:15 – Elie Hajj’s Kids show for 1/2 hour
1:30 to 2:45 – Uprising (Band)
3:00 to 3:30 – Hip Hop Show
3:30 to 4:30 – Jack and the band
4:30 to 5:30 – Odd Man Out
5:30 to 6:30 – Joey & Co

Entertainement and Animations:
10:00 to 7pm – Painters exhibition near Chez Paul
12:00 to 4pm – Graffitis with Eps and M3allem
10:00 to 7pm – Wine Tasting – St Nicolas Stairs
10:00 to 7pm – Love Lock wall – St Nicolas Stairs
2:00 to 3:00 – 161st Live Painting with Bernard Renno – St Nicolas Stairs
10:00 to 4:30 – Games near the Red Cross
10:00 to 7:00 – Red Cross First Aid Classes – Red Cross Quarters
10:00 to 1:00 – Mime in all the street
3:00 to 6:00 – Stilt walkers and Laser man
1:00 to 2:00 – Fanfare
10:00 to 5:00 – Kid’s Corner near Santa Church and Corner of Dagher Villa
4:00 to 5:00 – Tribute to Maroun Naccache near Santa Church – Excerpts from “L’ Avare” de Moliere with Mike Ayvazian and Joe.

Lebanese Designers Marc Dibeh and Marc Baroud’s Wires Series Among The Best of Design Miami 2013

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The Wall Street Journal named Marc Dibeh and Marc Baroud’s Wires Series as one of five standout attractions from the annual exhibition of contemporary design, which is taking place in Miami between December 4 and 8.

Marc Baroud and Marc Dibeh, two well established Lebanese designers, are bringing forth a display of household items in a series titled ‘Wires’, where, quite literally, an industrial metal pipe is used to create each item; from a mirror, to a tray, to a series of differently designed shelves, this single tube of pipe is cut, bent, and melded into intricately curved shapes, thus cre- ating a minimalistic design that rids the eye of any excess aesthetic additions.

My favorite object by Marc Dibeh is the Love Bird. It’s a table-top lamp that has a sexy toy (Dildo) stowed in its side.

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You can read the full article [Here] and check out their works [Here].

Hekmeh Is Back!

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Sagesse was going through difficult times in the past few month and the prestigious Beiruti team was on the verge of a very dangerous fallout. Fortunately though, an agreement was finally reached tonight between the various parties in the presence of Bishop Boulos Matar (Sagesse belongs to the Maronite Bishopric in Beirut).

Based on the LBC Report above and this article, Nadim Hakim will be Sagesse’s president, Jean Hemmam will resign and Joseph Abdel Massih will be the new secretary general. Elie Mechantaf is still in the management and will handle the Basketball Committee for Sagesse.

This is great news for the players and the Hekmeh fans!


Even Riyadi fans expressed their joy over the agreement reached. Speaking of which, Riyadi (Sporting Beirut) just won the Houssameddine el Hariri tournament by beating Mouttahed in the final game.


Marijuana Trade Thriving In Lebanon

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A Lebanese farmer harvests cannabis plan
Picture from HuffingtonPost

Lebanon’s instability and the war raging in Syria are blessings in disguise for drug dealers and Hashish growers in the Bekaa. According to this article, 40 grams sell for $20 in Lebanon, $100 in Syria and up to $500 in Turkey.

Lebanese marijuana grower Abu Sami is practically rubbing his hands together with glee: the Syrian conflict has paralysed authorities at home and left the nearby border virtually uncontrolled.

“This year, the harvest was abundant, and the authorities have left us alone because they are otherwise occupied,” he tells AFP in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa region.

In the past, the Lebanese army would descend annually to destroy some of the illicit crop, but this year the harvest has gone untouched.

The area shares a long, porous border with Syria and is a stronghold of the Shiite Lebanese movement Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside the Syrian regime against a 32-month-old uprising. [HuffingtonPost]