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FAIL: Army Storms Into Battlefield Vegas

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Lebanese media and journalists have become so unprofessional in this country that it’s really hard to believe any of them. The above picture was apparently shared by an LBCI reporter called Maroun Nassif (I couldn’t find the post though) about a weapons cache found in Saida, but someone made the link to one of Dan Bilzerian’s pictures and the Lebanese-Forces website quickly posted it and trashed the journalist. The picture is indeed taken from Battlefield Vegas which is one of the largest shooting ranges in the US.

Assuming that the journalist did upload the photos, since there’s always a possibility in Lebanon that someone photoshopped them in the first place, it’s good to know that he deleted them. In all cases, here’s a post to remind all journalist in Lebanon on how to verify is a picture is authentic or not.

On another note, the sad part from this story is that there are bigger weapon caches than the one above being found while the Lebanese Army is still waiting for the billions in supplies and equipment that they were promised.

Lebanese Amale Andraos Appointed Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture

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Lebanese architect Amale Andraos has been appointed as the new dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning at Columbia University (GSAPP) in New York City and will assume the position on September 1, replacing Mark Wigley who announced his retirement last year.

Amale is presumably the first woman to become a dean at the school.

An associate professor at GSAPP and a principal at the New York-based firm WORKac, Andraos is a leading voice on urbanism and globalization, and related environmental and social concerns. She has worked on such noteworthy projects as the Blaffer Museum in Houston, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan, and the Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Andraos earned an MArch degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1999, and later worked with celebrated architect Rem Koolhaas (GSD Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design) at OMA in Rotterdam and New York.

“The GSD was the first instance of a truly open, diverse, global and engaged model of education I experienced,” Andraos said. “It was the most formative in what I looked for later in practice and teaching, and I am looking forward to continuing to build a strong conversation between the GSAPP at Columbia and the GSD, at an exciting and important moment for the field.” [Link]

Brazilian Football Team Not Coming To Lebanon Anymore?

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Annahar is saying Brazil may call off the friendly game they had planned with Lebanon on September 4, mainly for security reasons.

Since this is just the Olympic team, I don’t think they will need that much protection but safety comes first I guess. In all cases, I hope they will make because a lot of people are excited about this game in Beirut.

Lebanese Mahmoud Bazzi To Be Deported From The US

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Mahmoud Bazzi was arrested 3 weeks ago by the US authorities and will be deported to Lebanon after he dropped his opposition during an immigration court hearing in downtown Detroit.

Bazzi has been living in Detroit for over 10 years now and used to work as an ice cream man. He will get away from his crime if he comes back to Lebanon unless he flies through Europe and gets arrested there. So far, he’s been denying the charges and claiming that “he falsely confessed to the slayings because he feared a Lebanese militia would kill him unless he lied”.

I wish we’d give that much importance to justice in this country instead of promoting killers to become political leaders and MPs.

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Pte Thomas Barrett (left)and Pte Derek Smallhorne were abducted and shot dead in 1980 in south Lebanon – via Irish Times

Huffington Post On How Lebanese Journalists Handle Rumors

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Journalists all over the world, not just in Lebanon, are handling rumors in a much worse fashion than 10 or 20 years ago. Speaking of Lebanon, there isn’t one single source I can follow blindly, and there are more and more competing news portals and websites that just want to get more hits by publishing unreliable information and unfounded news. Most of them depend on rumors and gossip which is quite sad.

Take for example the current Arsal battle between the Lebanese Army and Islamists whereas we’re seeing so many fake pictures and videos of dead Islamists and army soldiers. There’s even a video of a decapitated army soldier that’s been shared that has nothing to do with the current fight and took place in Syria two weeks ago apparently. This led the Lebanese Army to issue an official statement asking everyone to verify their sources and stop sharing misleading information.

Magdad Rumors are Poison via @MagdaAbuFadil

This being said, check out this nice article on the HuffingtonPost were Media consultant Dalal Saoud, former Arab affairs editor at CNN and one-time reporter at LBC TV Octavia Nasr and Télé Liban talk show host Shada Omar share their opinions on this matter.

Special thanks to the author Magda Abu-Fadil for mentioning BlogBaladi in the article!