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Pictures Of The Skybar Beirut Fire

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A big fire broke out around 2am today at Skybar Beirut causing some major damages. I’m not really sure what happened as I was unable to get in touch with anyone yet but I read in the Daily Star that it could be due to an electrical short circuit.

Skybar was scheduled to open next week but I’m not sure they can fix all this mess in time. I will keep you posted as soon as I have updates but I’m sure we will be partying there this summer :)

PS: I’ve shared a status earlier on Facebook and I will repeat it here. Making jokes out of this sad incident is like shooting yourself in the foot. Even if we don’t like the place and think it’s for the fancy people (which is not the case), Skybar Beirut is an international touristic attraction that everyone wants to visit and enjoy. Skybar has shaped and revolutionized ‪#‎Beirut‬’s nightlife scene.
More importantly, tens if not hundreds of families will be affected by this fire not just the party goers so think about that before making silly jokes.

Update1: Skybar probably won’t be open this summer unfortunately. I am not sure yet if they will relocate to another place.

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PS: I don’t know who took the pictures above. MTV has more pictures [here].

A Happy Story From Zahle This Time

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When I wrote about the 7 year old child that got killed by a pitbull in Zahle last week, I attacked those who are training dogs for illegal fights and stated that this practice is unfortunately very common in the area, but what I didn’t say and should have is that there are as many people in Zahle that love dogs and take great care of them. The dog (Max) in the video below could have easily drowned in the frozen Berdanoui waters but his owner and a couple of Zahle guys rushed to his rescue and saved him in time.

Unfortunately, animal abuse is still very common in Lebanon and most of the incidents reported are bad ones but there are good people out there still trying to do the right thing. Only yesterday, I wrote about a hyena that was killed and another snatched from his mother in Akkar, and I’m following up on the story with a couple of friends to see if they will be able to bring the hyena cub back to his mother, but they told me it’s almost impossible for that to happen now that the hyena has formed bonds with other animals and humans. Nevertheless, it’s still better to take the hyena from this ignorant hunter and put him in a safe shelter.

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What I Told NPR About The Lebanese Sisters Show

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It’s not everyday that you get interviewed by one of the most popular radios in the US (NPR) and I thank Alice Fordham for that opportunity, even though I wish it had been for something more interesting.

As you all know, there’s a new reality TV show called The Sisters being broadcasted on LBC SAT (Not to be confused with the local LBCI) starring three Lebanese sisters, Alice Nadine and Farah. I’ve heard before about the sisters because of their instagram account (not blog) but I don’t know them personally so I did an effort to watch the first episode but I couldn’t last more than 15 minutes.

The reasons why I didn’t like The Sisters as explained to NPR are as follows:

1- The show has fake written all over it and is very far from what reality TV is supposed to be. I’ve never liked the Kardashians but it does reflect how the family lives and real-life problems as silly as they may seem. The story lines are also empty and meaningless.

2- The show is culturally empty and portrays Lebanese woman in a negative light. Of course no one is expecting the sisters to be role models for our society but they could have at least made an effort not to look that silly and dependent. I honestly blame the producers here and whomever wrote that script.

All in all, I have nothing personal against the Lebanese Sisters and I don’t mind reality shows but I just think they could have done a much better job, specially that it’s the first show of its kind in Lebanon.

Here’s the [full NPR article].

PS: I recommend you also read Nancy’s take on the Lebanese Sisters as she perfectly summed it up.

How Did Zein El Atat Become A Goodwill Ambassador? WTF Did I Miss?

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The UN An organization has apparently appointed Zein el Atat as an ambassador of goodwill for human rights for the International Human Rights commission. This guy was banned at some point back in 2011 and how he’s selling his products in pharmacies and is a good will ambassador? How is that possible?

Update: The organization has no relation to the UN which is good news. I wonder how that entitles him to get a diplomatic passport though

Update 2: Organization is fake according to this article.

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Catchy Headlines To Make A Pointless And Useless Story Go Viral

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I am sure you’ve all clicked on such titles only to find out the story is lame and stupid. I wouldn’t go as far as to say “Journalism is dying” in Lebanon but the amount of pointless and stupid online stories that are being published is increasing dramatically and we are to blame as well as the journalists.

PS: The above titles were all made up so don’t go looking for them :)

#CharlieHebdo: Lebanese Demonstrate In Beirut And Paris In Support Of Freedom Of Expression

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Lebanese regrouped at Samir Kassir Square in Downtown Beirut at 4pm today to honor victims of the Paris attack and in support of freedom of expression. Lebanese flags were also spotted in the massive Paris unity rally that attracted around a million people.

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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.