Category Archives: Middle East

The Forgotten Armenian Genocide: 99 Years Already

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April 24th may seem like another day for most people, but for Armenians in Lebanon and all over the world, it is a day of remembrance of their 1.5 million countrymen who were murdered by the Ottoman government during WWI. Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan offered his condolences yesterday “over the massacre of Armenians”, which is a first, but that’s not enough as Turkey MUST recognize the genocide and compensate for the families of the victims.

Last year, a new national stamp in Lebanon was launched in honor of the Armenian Genocide victims.

Here are few useful links on the Armenian Genocide for those interested:
[Armenian-Genocide.org]
[Armenian Genocide of 1915: An Overview]
[Genocide-Museum.am]
[Genocide1915.info]

What Every Arab Country Is Worst at …

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The above list was compiled by a website called Raseef22, and Lebanon is featured as being the Arab country where politicians are the least trustworthy.

This is indeed correct and was mentioned in the 2013 Global Competitiveness Report that I posted about back in October. There are a lot of indicators that rank Lebanon and other Arab countries that you can check [Here] (Go To Page 403).

Haifa Wehbe’s Movie Pulled From UAE And Egypt Cinemas

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Apparently the movie has caused an uproar in Egypt because of the sexually provocative scenes as well as a young boy’s infatuation with the character played by Wehbi. As for the UAE, Halawet Al Rooh’ was the third most-watched film in UAE cinemas before it was removed from cinemas on Thursday morning.

Has anyone seen the movie yet in Lebanon? Any feedback?

Answering ReThinkIsrael’s BuzzFeed Article: The 13 Delicacies That Are Israeli .. Aren’t Israeli

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ThHank you Rumzz for writing this. Read the full article [Here].

Cultural appropriation is at least inappropriate. Israel has colonized Palestinian indigenous land and displaced and dispossessed Palestinians. Now it is claiming Palestinian traditions as its own. A buzzfeed article claimed that ‘in Israel hummus flows almost as freely as water’… unfortunately, Israel has ensured that water doesn’t flow freely to Palestinians, now they’re appropriating food too! Many of the dishes that Israelis claim as their own are from the Mediterranean region common to all Arabs as well as Turks, Greeks, Cypriots, Armenians, and Persians. Everyone should enjoy the food the world has to offer, just don’t colonize and appropriate it.

According To BuzzFeed: Hummus, Halloumi Cheese, Cactus Fruit, Falafel, Shawarma, Labneh, Kibbeh and Baba Ghannoush Are Israeli Delicacies

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This BuzzFeed article by ReThinkIsrael is so ridiculous and disrespectful to international cuisines that I don’t know where to start. The author could have simply stated there are things you could eat in Israel, but to claim that these are Israeli specialties is just too much. Moreover, how can you claim that a fruit is specialty?

I scanned through the list quickly and 8 of the 19 items listed are definitely not Israeli and I am sure there are others as well. One thing that caught my attention was the Krembo, which is the equivalent of Tarboosh in Lebanon. There have been talks that Tarboosh may be copied from a Swiss company’s product (Le Petit Perrier) but I am pretty sure both came before the Krembo.

As far as Hummus is concerned, here’s a proof that Hummus is Lebanese.

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]

Lebanese-Brazilian Driver Felipe Nasr To Drive For Williams At The Bahrain F1 GP

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Williams has confirmed today the signing of Felipe Nasr as its official reserver and test driver behind its drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteria Bottas. Nasr will partake in five free practice sessions during the 2014 seasons. Felipe Nasr is a Brazilian of Lebanese descent.

Here’s what Frank Williams had to say about him:

Added team principal Frank Williams, “Felipe has a strong record of success in his career so far, and we’ve watched closely for a while. We have a history in Williams to bring new talent and give them a chance to show what they can do on the biggest stage in the world. When driving in FP1 five sessions this season, Felipe will have the perfect opportunity to show his skills, and I am confident he will be a strong addition to our squad of pilots.”

Update: Here’s Nasr’s comments after FP1.

21 Stereotype-Exploding Facts About The Middle East, 5 From Lebanon

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It’s a fun read by BuzzFeed but the author apparently ran out of ideas towards the end.

Here are the facts where Lebanon is mentioned:

1. Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey, and Morocco all have their own national beers.
2- Lebanese are obsessed with plastic surgery – 1.5 million surgeries per year in a country of only 4 million!
4- In Lebanon, you can ski in the morning and visit the beach in the afternoon. And take photos of the sights along the way.
19- One of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world is in Lebanon.
20- This is Lebanon…