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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!

Lebanon Not So Stable And Secure

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Just when we thought things had calmed down in Lebanon, suicide bombers are back to remind us of how fragile the situation is. The only “positive” aspect of the last two bombings is that the ISF were able to stop these terrorists before they reached their final destination and avoided Lebanon a true massacre.

Respect to the ISF and Lebanese Army martyrs.

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Bourj Hammoud Brawl Update: Man Hit By The Big Gas Cylinder In A Critical Condition

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The fight that started in Burj Hammoud yesterday resumed today for a short while before the Lebanese army intervened. Five Syrians were so far arrested and the man who was hit by the gas cylinder (Elias Kalache) is not dead but is in a critical condition.

I still can’t believe someone actually threw a gas cylinder from the roof on a group of people. This is just crazy!

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]