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Beirut Madinati Candidates Announced – Nadine Labaki on The List

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Beirut Madinati just announced today at 4PM their candidates’ list for the Beirut Municipal elections at Ain el Mraisse in Beirut. Half men, Half women including technocrats, social activists and Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki.

To be honest, I am not familiar with most of the names on the list but I’m sure they will add soon a small bio for every candidate on their website. If you missed my post on Beirut-Madinati, check it out [here].

Here’s the full list:

President of the list: Ibrahim Mneimne رئيس اللائحة المهندس ابراهيم منيمنه
VP: Tarek Ammar نائب رئيس اللائحة طارق عمار
Ahmad Kaabour احمد قعبور
Amal Sharif امال شريف
Iman el Hassan Ghandour ايمان الحسن غندور
Houssam Hawa حسام حوا
Rana el Khoury رنا الخوري
Rita Maalouf ريتا معلوف
Serge Yazeji سيرج يازجي
Abdel Halim Jaber عبد الحليم جبر
Farah Kobeissi فرح قبيسي
Carole Chebli Tueni كارول شبلي تويني
Livon Telfizian ليفون تلفزيان
Mark Jaara مارك جعاره
Maria Manoug ماريا مانوك
Marwan El Taibi مروان الطيبي
Mona Hallak منى الحلاق
May el Daouk مي الداعوق
Nadine Labaki نادين لبكي
Najib el Deek نجيب الديك
Nada Al Dalal Doughan ندى الدلال دوغان
Nada Sehnaoui ندى صحناوي
Walid El Alami وليد العلمي
Yorgui Tayrouz يوركي تيروز

Yorgui Teyrouz: The Man Behind DSC Lebanon Running With Beirut Madinati

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I learned this afternoon that Yorgui Teyrouz, a civil rights activist, the founder of Donner Sang Compter Lebanon and a good friend of mine, is running on the Beirut Madinati list for the Beirut municipal elections.

What Yorgui has accomplished in the past few years is quite astonishing. He has been working relentlessly and has sacrificed everything to make Donner Sang Compter work and help save the lives of thousands of Lebanese in need of blood. Just to give you an idea of the work DSC Lebanon has done in the past 5 years, they were able to recruit more than 15,000 blood donors, 250+ committed volunteers and saved more than 50,000 lives.

Best of luck to you Yorgui and you can surely count on my support!

If you haven’t heard yet about Beirut Madinati and why I support it, here’s a [post] I wrote few days ago. If you wish to help, feel free to volunteer [here], follow them on [Facebook], [Twitter] and subscribe to their [YouTube] channel.

World-Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65

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The world-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid has dies aged 65. She had a heart attack today while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. Hadid is considered the world’s top female architect and is well known for her futuristic designs. She is the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first woman to win the Design Museum (the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre) Design of the Year Award and the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal, Britain’s top architecture prize.

Zaha Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut and received an Honorary Degree in 2004 from AUB. The Zaha Hadid Architects’ AUB Issam Fares Institute, which serves as an international think-tank for Middle Eastern affairs, was listed among the 9 best new university buildings around the world. Beirut Souks’ Department Store is also under design by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zaha Hadid will be dearly missed as a role model for young generations of architects, men and women.

AUB Issam Fares Institute

Valrhona Easter Contest 2016: Lebanese Pierre Abi Hayla Wins 1st Prize

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Pierre Abi Hayla, from LE NOIR Atelier Du Chocolat, took part at the Valrhona Easter Contest 2016 and won the first prize. His Easter egg, “Egstrate” (Egg + strata which means geological layer), consists of seven layers of chocolate and includes Valrhona’s four colors (white, milk, dark and Dulcey).


Valrhona is a French premium chocolate maker and is considered one of the best chocolate manufacturers on the planet. Valrhona focuses mainly on high-grade luxury chocolate marketed for commercial use by chefs as well as for private consumption. You can find Valrhona in high-end supermarkets in Lebanon.

eggs1 Eggs by Yoann Rolland (France) and Amanda Snouffer (USA)

If you are interested, check out the rest of the eggs submitted. They’re all handcrafted and are quite amazing!

Let’s Take a Moment To Applaud The Person Who Translated/Published This Story

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Let’s take a moment to applaud the person who read this story, thought it was worth sharing and took the time to translate and publish it online, and I’m not just talking about MTV here. I think it’s about time we come up with the Durex D’or awards, to congratulate these people and shed the light on these life-changing and mind-boggling stories.

If you want more “insights” on the “Mystery ejaculator at a Hanoi swimming pool”, here’s the original [link].

After reviewing the CCTV footage closely, we observed an unknown male on a balcony overlooking the pool who is now a person of interest,” commented the security manager at the condominium. The manager refused to confirm speculation that the man was caught on video ejaculating into the pool, but a witness at the party claims this was the case. “I was lying on a sun lounge and taking a nap, when I was woken by a feeling of liquid hitting my back,” reported Ms Chau Thi Tuyen, who attended the party with friends. “At first I thought it was suntan lotion, but I looked up and caught a glimpse of a naked man on a balcony.”

PS: Other reports are saying a fish got pregnant in the process as well.

16 Lebanese Army Soldiers Released By Al Nusra Front, 9 Are Still ISIS Captives

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nusra4 Via Al Jazeera

Sixteen Lebanese soldiers were released today by Al-Nusra Front after a year and a half in captivity. The soldiers were freed in exchange for 13 prisoners and 5 women, including Saja al Duleimi, Baghdadi’s ex wife. Earlier today, The body of slain soldier Mohammed Hamieh was handed over to the Lebanese authorities. Nine soldiers are still being held by ISIS.

I wish we didn’t have to negotiate with terrorists to free our soldiers but what matters right now is that these soldiers are back to their families. Moreover, the Lebanese authorities should work on releasing the remaining 9 soldiers and take the necessary precautions to avoid future abductions in Arsal and its outskirts.

What these families went through was unbearable and unacceptable. I’m very happy that their wait is finally over and I hope that the fate of all the disappeared and missing people in Lebanon be clarified once and for all, especially those who went missing during the Civil war and are in Syrian prisons.


Will Lebanon Shutdown Its Airspace Or Not?

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Update: All flights will take off on time today but might take longer than usual, few airlines cancelled scheduled trips to Beirut.

Lebanon received an official memo from the Russian navy asking to shut down its airspace for the next couple of days but Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter stated that Lebanese authorities have refused so far the request. MEA also assured that all its flights will take off at scheduled times on Saturday and that some flights might take longer than expected due to a change of routes.

Nothing is clear yet but Lebanon’s air traffic will probably experience some disruptions over the next three days due to the Russian military drills in the Mediterranean Sea.

Bringing air traffic to and from Beirut’s airport to a complete halt is disastrous to say the least, and we should refuse this request at all cost. I guess Putin can wait a bit longer before sending all these terrorists to God 🙂

Beirut Hunger Strikers’ First Dish Is Mloukhieh

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I’m glad that the protesters have finally decided to stop their hunger strike. Their decision to go on an open-ended hunger strike was a brave one but badly timed in my opinion as it is a dangerous protest tactic that can result in death and should only be used as a last resort. They did prove however that the Environment Minister couldn’t care less about their lives (and our lives). In all cases, I’m glad all of them resume eating normally.

To end this post on a positive note, a woman called Jeanne D’arc Tarazian who lives in Dora overheard one of the hunger strikers say during the press conference that he woke up one day dreaming of a hot Mloukhieh dish, so she prepared a whole pot and headed to Martyrs Square asking for Hassan to serve him the Mloukhieh. How awesome is that 🙂


Eleven protesters who have been on hunger strike for two weeks to urge the environment minister to resign declared that they would resume eating as a result of “pressure” from from police and other activists.

In a news conference Thursday from their protest site in Downtown Beirut, Waref Sleiman, the group’s spokesperson, said police told him after his detention one day earlier that he would only be released if he and the others end their hunger strike. He added that their deteriorating health conditions also influenced their decision. [DailyStar]

How Beirut River Looks Like These Days (Wel Kheir La 2eddem)

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maytham garbage via Maytham

If you are still wondering where all this garbage is going nowadays, go to the Beirut River and see what’s happening there. It took us years to get rid of the Karantina garbage mountain (technically it’s still there) yet we managed to build a new one within 3 weeks. The smell is already unbearable there and is becoming even worse as trash is piling up everyday. I wonder if the Beirut River Crocodile has decided to move out or not yet.

For those of you who still don’t know how our politicians got us into this mess, check out this great piece by [Matt Nash].


trash1 Picture by Greg Demarque for Executive Magazine