Category Archives: Mags & Books

Time Out Beirut Closes Down

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Update: Timeout Beirut’s website now redirects to Timeout.com

As you can see from the tweets below, someone was asking why TimeOut Beirut is now called BeirutView on Twitter and then a previous employee replied and stated that the Magazine’s co-founder sent a mass note that she’s leaving TOB/On Time as of May 30. I checked the website at the time of the tweets and it was still running but few hours later, it was shut down and the facebook page was closed down as well.

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The only reply I saw regarding that matter on Twitter was the one below but I heard people saying that they lost the license. I can’t really confirm any of the info mentioned, specially the negative comments that emerged and that I’ve heard before, so I guess we will have to wait for an official statement (if there will be any), but something must have gone wrong for the magazine to shut down like that.

Personally speaking, I rarely check TimeOut Beirut and I don’t recall the last time I’ve bought their magazine.

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Lebanese Alternative Rockers Mashrou’ Leila On The Cover Of Rolling Stone – Middle East Magazine

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The issue will be released for public on April 6 for those interested. Mabrouk to [Mashrou3Leila]!

Rolling Stone Middle East has chosen the first regional artists to appear on the cover of their next magazine issue: Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila. Set for public release on April 6, the issue will feature an in-depth look at a band that, since being formed six years ago, has risen to the “forefront of the alternative Arabic music scene,” according to Rolling Stone Middle East.

Front man Hamed Sinno and guitarist Firas Abou Fakher are featured in the magazine, shedding light on the origins of the band and discussing the struggles of being independent artists in the region. [AlArabiya]

The Outpost Magazine Crowdfunding Its Second Year

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A good friend of mine once gave me a copy of The Outpost and I really enjoyed reading it. I think it’s a very promising magazine and a quality and non-commercial one that deserves our support. What they are asking for is a meager amount for a whole year and it would be a shame not to see them reach their goal. Here’s a [link] to one of their issues if you wanna check it out.

You can read more about the campaign and help if you wish to of course [Here].

The Outpost is a Beirut-based magazine about possibilities in the Arab world. We are a ‘magazine of possibilities’ when the narrative of where we live is a daily declaration of impossibility. In Lebanon, you’re told it’s impossible to think. In Egypt, you’re told it’s impossible to speak. In Palestine, you’re told it’s impossible to live. In Tunisia, you’re told it’s impossible to win. In Saudi Arabia, you’re told it’s impossible to grow. In Syria, you’re told it’s impossible to survive.

The Lebanese diaspora: A tale of two traders

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Good education, adaptability and networks helped Lebanese succeed outside their country. That’s a positive thing that came out of our “wasta” system for a change. Check out the full article [Here].

ON A recent flight from Beirut to Addis Ababa, Lebanese businessmen were swapping stories. “Business is excellent in Angola,” declared one. “I hear it’s good in Ghana?” inquired another. Flights out of Lebanon buzz with optimism. For Lebanese business “good education, adaptability and networks” are the keys to their success.folk, the juiciest opportunities are abroad.

More people of Lebanese origin live outside Lebanon than in it (perhaps 15m-20m, compared with 4.3m). Many have done well. Carlos Slim, a Lebanese-Mexican telecoms tycoon, is the richest man in the world. Carlos Ghosn, a French-Lebanese-Brazilian, is the boss of both Renault (a French carmaker) and Nissan (a Japanese one). Nick Hayek, a Swiss-Lebanese, runs Swatch, the biggest maker of Swiss watches.

Lebanese people have long had wanderlust. Ancient Phoenician merchants roamed the Mediterranean, setting up cities such as Carthage and Cadiz. In the past century and a half, waves of Lebanese have left for the Americas and west Africa. Lebanon’s long civil war prompted many more to pack. Some 7m Lebanese and their descendants now live in Brazil, 3m in the United States and at least 250,000 in west Africa. They do everything from running restaurants to dealing in diamonds. By and large, they find business easier elsewhere than back in their fragile motherland.

Via Mustapha

I’m reading “Superman is an Arab” by Joumana Haddad

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I only became aware of Joumana Haddad in 2010 after the controversy her first book ‘I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman’ (Which by the way got translated into 13 languages and was universally acclaimed) caused in Lebanon, a book in which she challenges “prevalent notions of Arab womanhood and, in the process, shatters the centuries-old stereotype of Scheherazade, the virgin heroine of The Arabian Nights who won the king’s affections.” [Source]

I haven’t had time to read the book yet but I’ve been following up on her for some time and got her second book Superman is an Arab as a gift. For those of you who don’t know, Joumana works as a cultural editor of An Nahar and is a renowned Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women rights activist. Joumana is a ferocious critic of sexism in Lebanon and the way women are perceived and she expresses her opinions in an unexpected, captivating and daring way. Her unique take on the state of women in Lebanon and the Arab world has earned her a lot of plaudit and rewards but also a good share of death threats.

In “Superman is an Arab”, Haddad turns her attention to men, decrying the ‘Superman’ of the title, a man whose “muscles are just a facade for his insecurities”, who “confuses manhood with machismo, faith with fanaticism, ethics with stale tradition, love with possession and strength with despotism.” [Executive-Magazine]

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Picture from JasadMag, a glossy quarterly magazine dedicated to the body founded and run by Joumana.

The threats of murder, rape and acid attack are not scaring or slowing down Joumana, and her latest two articles are a clear proof of that. In case you missed them, [Dear Allah] and [What Women do not want] are awesome reads.

To be honest, I don’t know how she does it, but she’s more courageous than most women and men I know. I could go on and on talking about her but I think it’s enough that you read her articles to know what I’m talking about. She reminds me in a way of Gebran Tueni, a good friend of hers, who crossed all the “red” lines through his editorials and was one of the bravest, if not the bravest, newspaperman the Middle East has known.

In an interview with the Guardian, Joumana Haddad said that “she lives in a country that hates her”. Well BlogBaladi loves you and will do whatever it can to silence the haters.

Here’s a small brief on Joumana’s biography and achievements [Link].

Diagnostic Symptoms of Lebanese Mama Syndrome (LMS)

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With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought I share this hilarious article from last year by RAGMAG’s Sarah Hourany:

Diagnostic Symptoms of Lebanese Mama Syndrome (LMS)

1. Replacing the son’s first name with the word “Yo2borné”.
2. Obsessive tendency to call Yo2borné every hour to check if he’s eaten and rested.
3. Correlation between her bedtime and Yo2borné’s even if this means going to sleep at 6am (when he gets back home after a wild party), or not sleeping at all.
4. Underestimation of every girl Yo2borné dates, beginning with her looks (even if she looks like Megan Fox) to her level of intelligence (even if she is a PhD candidate or a CEO of a reputable company).
5. Unfounded suspicions that Yo2borné’s wife is not feeding him. (Even if he has developed a big Kerech since he got married)
6. Irrational feeling of anxiety if Yo2borné is 10 minutes late, accompanied by dramatic imaginings of potential accident scenarios.
7. Intense and spontaneous outbursts of weeping in the following situations:
• When Yo2borné catches the flu (even if his 5 sisters are sick as well).
• If Yo2borné travels for a few short days (even if this is the case every month, and has been the case for the past 5 years).
8. Unexplained competitive behavior with his girlfriend or wife in the following fields: cooking, washing, ironing and cleaning.
9. Deep belief that human beings can reproduce themselves without a partner. (This symptom usually manifests after Yo2borné begins having cute children of his own who only have HIS geneschu nsito enno l 2ered bi 3eyn 2emmo ghazel?)
10. Permanent attempts to please Yo2borné and create a perfect world for him, ignoring the rest of the family, and normally associating “Yes” as a chronic answer to all of his demands.

Communicate Magazine Top 10 Lebanese Blogs

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BlogBaladi was among Communicate Magazine’s Top 10 Lebanese Blogs in their “2013 book of tens”. The supplement includes Top 10 of viral campaigns, copycats, local videos, blogs and other social-media related topics.

Other blogs mentioned (in no specific order) include:
- Beirut Spring
- A Separate state of mind
- Plus961
- Marketing in Lebanon
- Gino’s Blog
- Toom Extra
- Joe’s Box
- Broffessional Review
- Beirut NTSC

Communicate magazine can be found in most libraries.

Salon Du Livre Beirut 2012

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I passed by the “Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth” yesterday and I was glad to see so many people attending the event. In fact, Biel was packed with visitors from all age groups and some of the exhibitors were very interesting. The “Salon du Livre” still has 2 days until it ends, so hurry up because you are missing out a lot.

In addition to the exhibitors, the scheduled conferences and featured guest speakers are very interesting. You can check out all the needed information on Le Salon Du Livre’s website [Here].

Here are few random pictures I took from the event:


365 jours pour rester positif au Liban, an Agenda featuring BlogBaladi on one of its pages


I always end up buying a Bande Dessinée


Kids playing with Lego at the Samir Kassir Foundation stand.


Tintin & CIE stand, tons of awesome figurines


Some of the stuff I bought