Category Archives: Lebanon

917 Road Accidents In July Only!

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The Lebanese Red Cross reported 917 road accidents in Lebanon during July, which resulted in 1222 injuries and 20 casualties. This is quite a scary number and a very high one when compared to the stats provided by Kunhadi (via ISF).

We need more awareness campaigns, better roads and more importantly we need the police officers to fine heavily people who endanger others with their reckless driving or stunts.

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Lebanese-Australian Woman Accused of Bigamy And Barred From Leaving Lebanon

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A Lebanese woman called Mahassen Issa might be jailed for 6 months after she was charged with bigamy during her stay in Lebanon. The woman apparently got married during her last visit to Tripoli even though she lives in Australia where she’s already married and has two kids. Issa is saying that she got separated from her husband but no one’s believing her and now she can’t even leave the country!

What’s shocking about this story is how the woman’s family reacted to that story, by disowning her and insulting her instead of showing support. Her brother is hoping “she rots in hell” and wishes her death. Even if the woman did something wrong, which may not be the case, her family should help her out.

On another note, I wonder if the Lebanese authorities have the right to ban her from travelling knowing that she’s an Australian citizen. If anything, the Australian embassy should help her out and keep her way from prison.

Another Shark Killed in Tyre And Sold For $450 To A Restaurant

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IMG-20140610-WA0031 800kg Shark Killed off the Mina Coast Of Tripoli a month ago

A fisherman from Tyre caught a 90Kg shark on Tuesday and sold it to a restaurant for $450. That makes it 3 or 4 sharks killed last month and yet nothing’s being done to raise awareness on that matter.

We are not even sure if the sharks are dangerous to humans or not. We just hear that they were killed and thrown away or sold which is wrong by all means.

Lawziyeh

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I tried the Lawziyeh for the first time last year and I loved it! It’s basically an almond shortbread cookie but it tastes really good and is quite addictive (you can’t just have one), so if you are on a diet, stay away from them.

If you are interested in making them yourself, check out Taste of Beirut’s Recipe [Here].

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.