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History Of Car Bombs In Lebanon

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According to this 1992 article from Time Magazine entitled “Lebanon: The Terrible Tally of Death”, our country has witnessed 3,641 car bombs during the 1975-1990 civil war period, which resulted in the death of 4,386 people (including 241 U.S Marines and 58 French Paratroopers).

I thought the number was pretty high and so did Karl (see below conversation) because 3641 car bombs during 15 years (almost 5475 days) means 1 car bomb every 1.5 days which is incredibly high. Having said that, another source “The Atlas Group” mentioned that only 245 car bombs, which is more reasonable, took place. From what I recall, the highest number of car bombs took place during the Elie Hobeika era.

Let’s hope we will reach one day in Lebanon where car bombs will become part of our history only.

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Lebanese Ship Accused Of Dumping Dead Cows In The Baltic Sea

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Denmark and Sweden have been investigating for days how fourteen dead cows ended up on their shores and it seems it was a Lebanese ship who dropped the dead cows in the sea. Not only did they do that, but the ears were cut off to remove the earmarks identifying the animals.

Dumping slaughter waste is illegal in the Baltic Sea and the crew could be charged with animal cruelty. Swedish police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford said and I quote that “She’s been working in the police for 40 years and had never dealt with such a crime”.

Maybe we should invite her to visit Beirut’s slaughterhouse and see what goes on there.

Fourteen dead cows that washed up on the beaches of Denmark and Sweden were probably dumped overboard by the crew of a Lebanese ship after it encountered bad weather, Danish police said Friday.

“The police suspects that (the source is) a Lebanese ship that was transporting live cattle from a US port to Europe,” the South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police said in a statement.

“The ship ran into a storm in the Bay of Biscay, in which a number of cows died,” it added.

The animals, the first of which was found on December 31, also had their back legs tied together and their stomachs cut open. The ears had been cut to remove the earmarks identifying the animals, police said.

“The reason the stomachs had been slit open was probably to ensure the animal sank, and the back legs were probably bound so that a crane could grab and hoist the cow overboard,” it said.

The Lebanese ship’s crew had asked to unload the dead animals in a Russian port but were turned down, after which they most likely dumped them around 18 kilometres (11 miles) off the Danish island of Bornholm, police said. [RawStory]

Help Rebuild Lebanon’s Torched Al Sa’eh Library

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I’ve been supportive of every initiative to help rebuild Al Sa’eh library in Tripoli, and I loved the book drive that was kicked off on January 8th and will last till the end of the month, but I was surprised to read about a campaign to collect $35,000 for the library to buy new bookshelves, a new front door and paint the wall .

Don’t get me wrong as I am not doubting the campaign but I thought one of Tripoli’s MPs or politicians would happily fund the project to restore the library as it was. I mean $35,000 is a ridiculous amount for billionaires like Mikati and Safadi, who happen to be from Tripoli.

We shouldn’t have to start crowd-funding campaigns for Al Sa’eh library. Since all parties condemned the incident and showed their support to Father Sarrouj, let them allocate a decent amount of money to repair the library and bring it back to life! Most MPs probably spend 35k on fuel for their convoys so it wouldn’t hurt their pockets if they donated money to rebuild Lebanon’s second biggest library.

Unfreakin-believable!

PS: If you wish to help or donate, click [Here].

How People In Muslim Countries (Including Lebanon) Want Women To Dress In Public

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The majority of people in seven predominantly Muslim countries prefer women to completely cover their hair, and not necessarily their face, in public according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

According to this study, woman #6 who was without any headscarf, was chosen by 49% of respondents in Lebanon. Second most popular choice was woman #4.

I don’t know why buzzfeed chose to display this specific finding only as the original study is a more thorough and interesting one. In fact, it’s a comparative study between the Tunisian Citizens and 6 other different countries in regards to Gender Relations, Social Individualism, Secular Politics, Form of Government, People’s Wishes Versus the Shari’a , National Identity and National Pride, Concerns with Western Culture and Conspiracy, Religious Tolerance, Mosque Attendance, Likeability of and Attitudes toward Violence against Americans.

Here are additional findings related to Lebanon:
– Only 35% of Lebanese are proud of being citizens of Lebanon.
– 69% of Lebanese reported love as being an important basis for marriage (Against 7% in Pakistan).
– 44% disagree or strongly disagree that men make better political leaders than women.
– 50% of Lebanese like Americans as neighbors.
– Only 19% of Lebanese think it’s good that the army rules.
– 73% of Lebanese think life is unpredictable and dangerous in Lebanon.

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Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street is about a young stockbroker called Jordan Belfort who began his Wall Street career as an intern at a highly reputed investment firm, before losing his job following the Market crash in 1987 “Black Monday”. However, the young and enthusiastic Belfort does not despair, and soon after being introduced to the world of penny stocks, starts making millions and decides to kick off his own business. He recruits some of his friends, including a drug dealer, and that’s where everything spins out of control. Drugs, Sex, Corruption, Dirty Money, Excessive spending, Crazy Parties, Excessive Substance abuse, Hot girls, Troubled family life etc …

Martin Scorsese made sure to document every aspect of Belfort’s rise and downfall by delivering a 3 hours long movie. Just like in Goodfellas, it’s a story about a young man working his way up to become rich and powerful, except this time it’s Wall Street and not the mob and the guys wear suits and work in offices.

There’s a bit of everything in this movie, from drama to humor to action, and I thought it was an absolutely thrilling and excellent movie! Leonardo DiCaprio played his character to perfection and deserves an Oscar for his performance (My favorite scene was when he’s totally wasted and crawling to his car). Belfort’s partners are hilarious and perfectly chosen too, specially Donnie Azoff who’s played by Jonah Hill. Naomi Lapaglia, Belfort’s wife is played by Margot Robbie and is unbelievably hot.

The movie earned an 8.7/10 on IMDb. Personally, I’d easily give it a 9/10.

Note: I unfortunately watched the censored version which is only 2 hours and 30 minutes long, but this post says the full version will start showing as of today in Lebanese theaters.