Category Archives: Lebanon

17 Lebanese drowned in Indonesian ferry accident

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Last picture taken from the boat via AlJadeed

A lot of Lebanese families have been risking their lives and paying thousands of dollars to get to Australia and leave Lebanon once and for all. Their argument is that they are forced to carry arms and die or seek asylum and try to start a new life outside the country.

Lebanonfiles posted the names of the Lebanese who died on that boat. Most of the families were from Qab3it village in Akkar. You can check it [Here].

It’s quite sad how everyone’s talking about Syrian Refugees in Lebanon these days while there are forgotten Lebanese fleeing the country looking for a better life. How about we try to help these families stay in Lebanon?

At least seventeen Lebanese including a number of children drowned on their way to Australia in a boat accident off the coast of Indonesia, a local official said Friday.

“I only have confirmation that 17 people have died on the boat,” Ali Hussein, mukhtar of the northern village of Qabeet, where the victims are from, told The Daily Star.

Lebanese officials in Jakarta said the boat carrying at least 80 people sunk earlier Friday, 12 hours by sea off the Indonesian coast on its way to Australia. The boat was said to be carrying migrants from different nationalities. [DailyStar]

Steven Sonneveld Still Searching For His Lebanese Roots

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Steven was born in Achrafieh in 1974 but his parents gave him away to a Dutch family who adopted him and raised him in the Netherlands. I don’t know how it feels to be adopted and go look for your biological parents in a country you know nothing about and I hope he ends up knowing what happened, but all I could think of at the moment is that he doesn’t need a Schengen VISA to travel to Europe lol!

PS4 Release Date In the Middle East Is December 13

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Sony World Lebanon didn’t post anything yet about the PS4.

Sony are currently rocking the Dubai World Trade Center as they show off the PS4 in the Middle East for the first time during the Games13 conference. The biggest news so far is that they have officially revealed that their latest juggernaut will be hitting shelves in the region on December 13th, 2013, for 1699 AED (462 USD).

via Tech-Ticker

Another victim of Celebratory Gunfire in Lebanon

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I’ve already posted about the dangers of stray bullets and the need to ban celebratory gunfire in Lebanon once and for all. That’s not something so difficult to implement yet nothing is being done about it and innocent people are getting killed. If the security situation is that bad in Lebanon, let the concerned ministry start with the simplest things that don’t require security plans and could save tens of lives if not more every year.

The last victim of celebratory gunfire is a 28 year old man who was shot by accident by his friend during a wedding. This is not a tradition we should be proud of, this is a stupid act that could kill people and can easily be replaced by harmless fireworks.

I live in Detroit. Our priest at our church is Abouna Michel Cheble. Saturday night his brother in law Wassim, age 28 was killed in a wedding celebration in Baalbak. It was celebratory gun fire, and his close friend shot him on accident. Wassim left a wife, a boy age 5, and a daugther 10 months old. I know this is a tradition, all across Lebanon regardless of religion… but it costs many lives. I thought this would be a good blog idea about this topic/incident… I want to bring awareness to our people about this. I know we think we know everything but this is very dangerous.

Thank you Tom!

Giveaway: 6 Tickets To The Avant-Premiere of Malavita

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Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read about this movie, I am definitely not gonna miss it as Luc Besson is one of my favorite directors and producers. Leon The Professional, The Fifth element, The Big Blue, Joan of Arc and Tax are some of my favorite Besson movies. Added to that, two great actors are starring in that movie, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Speaking of which, do you remember the last time these two actors were in the same movie? If you do, submit a comment to this post to have a chance at winning tickets to the Avant-Premiere of Malavita.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. Malavita is a crime comedy film co-written by Tonino Benacquista and directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones. [Imdb]

I will draw two names randomly at the end of the day, each getting 3 tickets. Good Luck!

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