Category Archives: Lebanon

Lebanese Student Jade Bassil Got 20/20 On The French Baccalaureate

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I don’t know how she managed to pull that, but she got 770 over 760 which is even more than 20 over 20. As she said in the report, the electives helped her gain extra points, but still there are exams like the philosophy one where you can’t possibly get more than 15 or 16 (I got 8/20) unless you are a genius!

In all cases, congrats to her and I hope she’ll get a full scholarship at some respectable university.

beIN Sues TeleLiban For Airing World Cup Games

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I am sure the issue will be settled somehow soon but it looks like beIN wishes to humiliate us some more before the World Cup ends.

beIN Sports has filed a lawsuit against the state-run Tele Liban for airing the World Cup games for free and without permission, TL announced on Saturday evening.

“beIN decided to sue the nation’s television channel TL over airing the World Cup matches,” sports analyst at the state’s network Ali Alawiyeh announced right before the Brazil-Chile game kicked off on Saturday evening.

Tele Liban started broadcasting its first 2014 World Cup match on June 16, although a deal reached between the government and beIN Sports’ sole agent in Lebanon did not involve granting TL the rights to air the tournament. [Naharnet]

Jounieh 2014 Fireworks

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The Jounieh fireworks yesterday were even more spectacular than last year and I was at one of the best spots to watch them all on the roof top of Hotel Monte Cassino, which is a new boutique hotel right next to the Casino du Liban. I posted a couple of shots I took and you can find below more pictures taken from the Jounieh Festival Facebook page.

aerial Amazing aerial view of the firework by JimoTayek

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The Rasmus In Beirut

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The Rasmus have landed in Beirut yesterday and are taking part in the Jim Beam Rock Music Festival tonight at La Marina Joseph Khoury in Dbayyeh. Nine Lebanese bands will take part in that festival as well:
The Wanton Bishops
Who Killed Bruce Lee
Pindoll
Jay Wud
Lazzy Lung
Sandmoon
BandAge
Meen – Lebanese Rock
The Coolcumbers

It’s great to hear bands are still decided to come to Beirut despite the recent explosions.

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La Creperie Opening Soon

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La Creperie is one of the most beautiful and authentic restaurants in Lebanon and is located on top of a cliff offering a breathtaking view of Jounieh’s gulf. The restaurant was closed for renovation a couple of years ago and is set to reopen very soon. I don’t have the exact details or how the place looks like now but I will update you very soon with pictures and information.

La Creperie is my favorite restaurant in Jounieh. I miss sitting on the balcony and enjoying their amazing crepes and meals.

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Lebanese Fan Defects From Italian Football Team

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I guess he’s a glory hunter, or as Figo would describe him, he supports whoever is winning and getting the results, while claiming they he has been supporting them before the inception of mankind. That’s a funny video nevertheless, I hope it doesn’t get him into trouble.

Check out the 8 types of FIFA World cup fans you’ll encounter in Lebanon and the 4 other types that my friend Mohammad added.

Getting Used To Bombings In Lebanon

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Three explosions have taken place ever since I started writing this blog post almost a week ago. I don’t know why the bombings are all of a sudden back but the summer season is ruined that’s for sure and more innocent civilians and brave security members are dying. The one thing that did not change is how Lebanese react after every bombing, and how quickly they forget and move along with their lives, as if they’ve gotten used to explosions and they’ve become part of their everyday life.

If we take for example yesterday’s suicide bombing at the Duroy hotel in Raouche, here are the typical reactions that we witness on all social media channels:
- Lebanese condemning the terrorist act and supporting the Lebanese Security Forces and Lebanese Army.
- Lebanese cursing this country and wanting to leave.
- Lebanese accusing KSA/Syria/Israel/Iran/US of the chaos in Lebanon.
- Lebanese accusing Hezbollah/Hariri of what’s happening.
- Lebanese asking for the army to rule.
- Lebanese posting cheesy patriotic songs and posters and calling for unity.
- Lebanese attacking each other politically.
- Lebanese posting cheesy religious posters with a cross and a crescent next to each other.
- Lebanese sharing gruesome pictures of the wounded and dead and not caring for their
- Lebanese posing for selfies wel infijar khalfi (yes this happened but I won’t post the picture because the user deleted it).

Two or three days after the bombing, most of these these people are back to going out normally, partying, posting #LiveLoveLebanon pictures, sharing selfies and hoping for a good summer. On the other hand, few of them would find this attitude unacceptable and start calling for demonstrations and sit-ins, as well as creating hashtags and online campaigns, just the #NotAMartyr campaign.

Personally speaking, I had a birthday party at Iris on the same day the Dahr el Baydar explosion took place and I ended up going and the place was packed. Few days later when the Tayyoune explosion took place, I was watching the Brazil game and I stopped watching because I was too disgusted. Yesterday I was on my way to the Queen’s Birthday party when the Raouche blast happened and I kept going but didn’t stay for long.

What I am trying to say here is that you can never get used to explosions, but at the same time we can’t just stay home and wait for them to end. Everyone is sick of bombings, but I am also sick of Lebanese blaming other countries for these bombings. Once we stop letting others interfere in our business, once we stop interfering in other people’s businesses, and once we stop voting for people who take orders from others, then we can put the blame on others.

Until then, there’s nothing much we can do except show our support to the army and security forces and hope they can get rid of these scumbags before it’s too late. There are no hashtags or online campaigns or petitions that could help us get rid of the terrorist threat. What is needed is a proper security plan and sealed borders and I won’t bother get into details here because I am sick of repeating the same things, specially when we have malls and shopping centers still using defective bomb detectors. This being said, I ask Lebanese to stop rallying behind political parties and politicians and start looking at the bigger image, because innocent civilians are the prime target of terrorism and we should stand as one against it. Just not to sound too cliché, I am not implying for Christians to go pray in mosques and vice versa, but to simply show some respect to each other and argue in a proper way instead of cursing each other like politicians do. This sectarian hatred must go away somehow and it can be achieved if we change the way we interact with each other.

On a last note, life must go on and we must keep on enjoying it just because the terrorists don’t want us to. At the same time, we must also serve as role models for everyone around us and teach them to stay away from hatred, violence and fanaticism. That’s the lifestyle we need to get used to.

I hope you all stay safe.