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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]

Lebanese Cameraman Samir Kassab Still Missing In Syria

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I don’t know why Samir’s story is not over the news like the Maaloula nuns, but he’s a Lebanese who’s gone missing along with Sky News Arabia Mauritanian correspondent Ishak Moctar back in October 2013 and there are still no news of him. Lebanonfiles reported via Al Jomhouria that he could be in the Rakka area in Syria.

Speaking of kidnappings, the Missing and Kidnapped Lebanese issue is a critical one that must be given the highest priority by any government, specially the thousands who disappeared during the Lebanese war at the hands of Lebanese militias. Their families deserve to know what happened and the authorities should work hard to close these files once and for all.

Let’s hope Samir’s case will be resolved soon as he’s just a cameraman and wasn’t kidnapped for political reasons.

Masrou2a App on LBCI

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I wasn’t expecting the post I wrote on how to detect stolen cars to get so many positive feedbacks but it did and I hope someone will pass the idea to the authorities as we need to place these license plate scanners and come up with that app the soonest. Just to be clear, what I proposed is not a revolutionary solution as the technology is old and a lot of countries use it and even have complex networks of smart cameras to help them track stolen or suspicious cars. Moreover, it seems few people have already starting working on such an app or at leastthought of it, but what I am proposing is more than just an app.

Now to answer some of the replies I got on the previous post:
– License plate recognition is not only based on a plate number but also on details related to the car and even its location. Since every car should have its plate number, switching plate numbers between cars can also be detected. After all, it’s a software that’s linked to a database and you can do the matching anyway you like.
– Politicians using convoys and fake plate numbers is a real problem to this system and I think the Interior Ministry should restrict the number of cars that are allowed to use fake plate numbers. If an MP’s son wanted to go out to party with a fake plate number and tinted car, he should be stopped.

Of course this will not stop suicide bombers as they might resort to buying and registering cars but it will definitely make it harder and more expensive for them. Moreover it will help the ISF track down stolen cars and maybe figure out where they’re setting up the cars with explosives or catch random car thieves.

Thank you Maytham for the mention and I loved the simulations done. It’s exactly what I had in mind.

Lebanon Warlords of Tripoli (Trailer) By Vice

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Vice hung out with a Sunni Commander called Ziad Allouki and his fighters for a week to discover why they’re fighting, and whether the country really is on the brink of civil war. These so-called militia commanders and gunmen “have been taking advantage lately of the lawlessness in the city to extort money from local businesses“.

That’s definitely a report I am looking forward to.

Thanks Rami for the tip!