Category Archives: Lebanon

New Lebanese Movie: Insan Hayawan Shay2 – انسان حيوان شيء

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Three students Ramzi, Sam and Sahar were sent by their psychology teacher, Nour, to a Lebanese village, Ain AL Jen, to investigate a series of supernatural activities; Khalil, a man pretending that he can perform miracles, Em Emad, a mother who can see her dead son, a house haunted by Jinn, and a pregnant woman possessed by a Demon Child Killer called Al KRINEH. Faced by their own fears and dark secrets, will they be able to solve the mystery and return to their normal lives?

The trailer is not very appealing but I don’t recall ever seeing a Lebanese movie like that, so it’s worth a try. Insan Hayawan Shay2‘s release date is set to the 16th of January 2014.

Here are the last two Lebanese movies I watched and reviewed:
[Ghadi]
[Bebe]

Lebanese Dr. Issam Khalil and Dr. Alfred Naaman Introduce New Product To Dentistry

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The LBCI report caught my attention but for some reason, they didn’t mention the name of the product. I tried looking around and found a useful link to what is presumably the doctors’ invention. It’s called [MM‐MTA™] and as mentioned in the source I found, has been developed in collaboration with Dr Issam Khalil and Dr Alfred Naaman from the Laboratory of the Medicine and Dentistry University of the Saint-Joseph Faculty, Beirut, Lebanon. The source also mentions that Dr Issam Khalil won the Paul Calas Prize in 2008 with MM-MTA™.

You can read all about it [here]. If any of the information posted is inaccurate, please do correct me as I am not into medicine but I thought it would be nice to highlight this important achievement by two Lebanese doctors.

Fadl Shaker Fake Picture In Prison

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Al Mayadeen posted on their page that Fadl Shaker has been arrested by the Army intelligence, a news which was shared by Lebanonfiles and included a picture of Fadl Shaker inside his cell.

The news turned out to be unfortunately wrong and the picture a fake one, and so both sources removed them.

This is not the first time fake pictures are shared on Lebanese media outlets, so here’s a link I posted few months back on [how to verify if a picture is false or not]. It’s very simple and could avoid the embarrassment of having to delete the news later on. It took me 30 seconds to realize the picture is a fake one so it’s not that time-consuming specially when your credibility is at stake.

Our Lebanese Cedar Is Our Identity: Adopt A Cedar Tree

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As most of you probably know, Lebanon is known for its Cedars yet today cedar forests cover only 0.0002% of Lebanon’s surface, mainly due to the climate change, over-harvesting and of course the lack of initiatives from Lebanese authorities. Luckily though, a number of local NGOs and the private sector have been working for years to preserve Cedar forests and expand them by planting new cedar trees. One of the most recent initiatives is the “Adopt A Cedar Tree” which is a collaboration between Byblos Bank, Jouzour Loubnan and Cedars Box to plant thousands of Cedars in Kfardebian, Zaarour, Ehden and Ehmej.

I received a complimentary Cedars Box as a gift on Christmas and already planted it in Kfardebian. I was given precise GPS coordinates and an official certificate of Adoption soon after I filled all the needed information. I will share a picture of the tree as soon as I visit it.

If you want to know how you can adopt a tree, click [Here].

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].