Category Archives: Lebanon

How Lebanese TV Reporters Covered The Burj Barajneh Bombings

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Al-Manar TV Reporter Ali Rasslan decided to visit Haidar, a three-year boy who got injured in the Burj Barajneh blast and ask him about his dead parents. The reporter was clearly aware that Haidar was orphaned after both his mother and father died in the explosion that took place on Thursday in Bourj al-Barajneh, yet he thought it would be a smart idea to visit him at the hospital while he’s laying in bed injured and ask him about his parents’ whereabouts.

To make things even worse, he started by asking the poor kid who’s seriously injured and still traumatized from the blast if he’s ok! Eh walla he’s doing just great. He just survived a terrible bombing, he may have lost his right eye, he just lost both his parents and is laying in a hospital bed instead of playing with his friends or watching TV. He’s having the time of his life I’m sure!

Needless to say, most of the TV reporters here in Lebanon cover the events in an unethical and inappropriate way. This video just happened to be gone viral and caught my attention. Nada Andraos was asking one of the mothers if she saw her dead child’s body. Georges Saliby was asking a kid if he has anything to tell his deceased parent at the worst possible time etc …

I think the Lebanese media needs to take lessons from the French and watch how unfortunate incidents are covered properly.

Check out the video [here].

Here’s a video showing MTV interviewing Haidar and another child Mohammad at the hospital as well (Starting Minute 7:00)


And here’s Al-Jadeed report (Starting Minute 8)


Why Don’t We Have A Facebook Safety Check For Beirut?

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Paris Terror Attack

Facebook enabled yesterday the “safety check” following the Paris terrors attacks whereas people in the affected area can mark themselves as safe which will send an alert to their friends and followers. The Paris attacks are quite shocking and the death toll is still on the rise unfortunately. All of my friends there are safe but they still can’t believe what’s happening.

Speaking of alerts and attacks, I think it would be quite useful if we have this feature for Beirut and for the Arab World as well. We’ve had over 20 bombings and attacks since 2014 and at least 10 of them were against civilians unfortunately. That way, and since the Facebook penetration in Lebanon is extremely high and lines are usually down after bombings, those who are in the affected area can let their friends and family know that they are safe.

Someone once came up with an app in Lebanon to notify others that you are still alive but Facebook Safety Alert is much more efficient.

There Were No Fireworks in Tarik el Jdeede After The #BurjBarajneh Bombings

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After yesterday’s bombing, shared a video on their FB page showing fireworks in Tarik el Jdeede area and linked them to the twin suicide blasts. There were indeed fireworks but because of a wedding that was taking place at the same time and they just happened to take off few minutes after the blast. An apology was issued later on by on their FB page and the person who spread the story was apparently fired.


Moreover, the same page shared an hour later a picture of a young man from Tarik el Jdeede donating blood to the victims in one of the hospitals.


I know this might sound a little cliché but the last thing we need is more hatred and sectarianism among the Lebanese, especially when based on false stories and I’m glad da7ye did rectify the story and apologize. Terrorism knows no religion and kills innocent people irrespective of their religion, age, gender or race. In times like these, we need to spread unity and hope and praise people like Adel Termos, who rushed to tackle the terrorist and scarified his life in order to save tens of others.

#BurjBarajneh Bombings: A Terrorist Attack Against Innocent Civilians

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bomb1 Picture by Hasan Shaaban/Reuters

I don’t care if Burj al-Barajneh is controlled by a political party or not, today’s suicide bombings were directed against innocent civilians in a busy area of a southern Beirut suburb. At least 40 people were confirmed dead so far and 200 were injured in the blasts. This is the first blast to target Beirut’s suburbs since June 2014 and the deadliest attack in the past 10 years if I’m not mistaken.

My thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy. Let us show some respect for the dead in these times and avoid any unnecessary comments.

Here’s a video showing the minute when the second blast took place. Fortunately for us, a third suicide bomber was apparently killed during the first two blasts.


And some pictures from the blast:



Jedbé Bush

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Jeb Bush and Ben Carson have been rivaling Donald Trump for the past few weeks in the stupid department and it looks like Bush is winning big time.

Here’s what he said about Christians in Lebanon:

During the fourth Republican debate, in a call for greater US leadership in the Middle East, Bush declared: “If you’re a Christian, increasingly in Lebanon or Iraq or Syria, you’re gonna be beheaded.”

This reminded me of that infamous Telegraph article where the author quotes some elderly man who warned her not to go to downtown Beirut because “there are Muslims there”.

Lebanese Car Makers W Motors Just Launched A Second SuperCar: The Fenyr Supersport

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Three years after launching the world’s most exclusive super-car, the Lykan Hypersport, with only 7 units produced, Dubai-Based W Motors has just unveiled at the Dubai Motor Show yesterday their second super-car: The Fenyr Supersport.

The Fenyr Supersport won’t be as exclusive as its predecessor as 25 units will be produced and the price tag will be around $1.6 million but that’s not confirmed yet. The car is powered with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine and develops almost 900 horsepower (vs 770 hp for Lykan). The Fenyr Supersport can get from 0 to 100 in 2.7 seconds (vs 2.8 seconds for the Lykan) and has a top speed exceeding 400km/h or 248 mph (vs 245 mph for the Lykan). The whole car-body “is crafted out of carbon fiber and complemented by a tubular light-weight aluminium chassis”.

The Fenyr looks awesome but I hope we will get to see it perform on a track, unlike the Lykan Hypersport which we’ve only seen in pictures and flying through buildings in the last Fast & Furious movie.

Here’s how the Fenyr compares to other super-cars:

Fenyr Supersport: V6 4.0 liter 900hp 0 -100: 2.7s top speed: 400 kph
LaFerrari: V12 6.3 litres 963hp 0-100: Less than 3s top speed: 350 kph
Bugatti Veyron: W16 8.0 litres 1,001hp 0-100: 2.7s top speed: 407 kph
Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: V12 750hp 0-60: 2.9s Top Speed: 355 kph

Here are few exclusive shots that I took at the Dubai Motor Show yesterday right after the official unveiling. The interior wasn’t revealed yet by the way.




And this is a picture of the old Lykan, the closest thing to the Batmobile.


How Syrian Child Refugees Survive Beirut’s Streets

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Childhood has been put on hold for tens of thousands of refugee children who work long hours in detrimental conditions and sleep on the street to provide for their families. This catastrophic lifestyle poses serious risks on their physical and mental well-being and they need every help they could get, but unfortunately we all know Lebanon is incapable of handling the situation.

What we can do as Lebanese though is treat them nicely, offer food, work with NGOs to get them out of the street, enroll them in schools since they are for free this year etc …

Check out the full Guardian report [here].

That’s Bilal, he’s been here for four years. His father is dead, he lives with his mother and sisters. If he doesn’t get money, his sisters will beat him.

Moussa, he’s 14 years old. He works to get money for his father.

Bambi and Khaled. They work for themselves, nobody takes money from them. They sleep on the streets, they are homeless. They don’t have anyone to take care of them.


Leave The Beirut Marathon Alone

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I’ve been hearing a lot of attacks on the Beirut Marathon in the last couple of days, and how it’s portraying a fake image of Beirut and it’s a waste of money. A lot of people were complaining about the fees as well (40,000 LL for the fun run) saying that it’s a rip off and should be free. To be honest, 40,000 LL is indeed expensive but most of the tickets that are sold are usually sponsored by banks, NGOs and companies and most of the runners end up paying nothing or as little as 10,000 LL to participate so this is really not a big deal.

As for the Marathon itself, I really don’t understand why anyone would attack such a beautiful and successful event, especially after the BMA got promoted to be a SIlVER Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federation which is a major achievement noting that there are only 26 other exclusive silver races in the world.

This is what I wrote last year about the same topic:

I love the Beirut Marathon and everything it stands for. I look forward to it every year and I try to promote it in the best way possible as I truly believe it’s a great sporting event that all Lebanese should take part in. It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to organize successful marathons one year after the other and to attract more people, and the Beirut Marathon Association has managed to do all that and more. Moreover, BMA’s president May El-Khalil is an inspiration to many in Lebanon and around the world and she is one of the key reasons behind Beirut Marathon’s success and I highly respect and admire this lady.

The participants are running for unity, fun, glory, achievement, promoting wellness and healthy living, for causes and charitable organizations and more importantly for the benefit of Lebanon and all the Lebanese. Every year, we have new causes to run for, inspiring runners to look up to and new challenges to overcome.

The Beirut Marathon is something we should be proud of and take part in or at least encourage if we don’t like to run or walk.


The BMA has nothing to do with the garbage crisis but it’s a good occasion to spread awareness on this issue as well as others. If you don’t like running or think it’s a silly event, there’s no need to bash it and call it useless especially that it’s one of the very few things that still brings people together in Lebanon. We run for fun, for causes, for NGOs, for peace and most importantly we run together.

Last but not least, if you think that the Beirut Marathon is showing a fake image of Beirut, then you obviously haven’t been to Beirut recently.