Category Archives: News

Gunmen kidnap 2 students in Dohat Aramoun

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It was reported this morning that four gunmen kidnapped 2 students outside al-Iman school in Dohat Aramoun. Some are saying there are lawsuits and problems between the mother and father and she hired the gunmen to kidnap the children from their grandparent but she denied it.

It’s just sad how easy it is to get gunmen to kidnap people in this country. We are talking about a 7 year old and a 4 year old who probably got traumatized for life now.

Failed Assassination Attempt on Ahmad Doughan

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The Ahmad Doughan I am talking about is not the Lebanese singer but a Bulgarian Opposition Leader who should count himself extremely lucky for having escaped this attempt. Going back to the Lebanese Ahmad Doughan, here’s a song he wrote exclusively for BlogBaladi.


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“The Bride” Storm Day1: 4 dead and 55 injured

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The storm hit Lebanon hard in its first day leaving 4 people dead and tens injured according to the Red Cross [Source]. The victims I know about are 3: A young baby in Iqlim al-Kharroub who died after rainwater flooded Bedouin camps, a man identified as Joseph Antoine Sfeir who got killed in a car crash on the Zhaimeh-Mansourieh road, and a van driver who died when his vehicle collided with a car on the Dahr al-Baidar road. [Naharnet]

After seeing the disastrous outcome of the storm today, the minister of education decided to close down schools and nurseries all over Lebanon for the next two days, but I honestly think everyone should stay home until this storm calms down because the authorities/municipalities/ministries are not capable of keeping us safe.

TIME’s Top 10 of Everything 2012

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Top 10 pictures of 2012. Picture taken by Goran Tomasevic. Azaz, Syria. Aug. 15, 2012.

I always enjoy reading Time’s Top 10 lists from year to year. Check out the 55 wide-ranging lists [Here].

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The HuffingtonPost has a bigger album of 2012′s best pictures that you can check [Here].

Annahar releases Mobile App and gets hacked

Annahar Newspaper has finally launched a mobile App for Android and iOS platforms. I downloaded the app and I like the layout. It’s very easy to browse and you can instantly share/submit articles and photos. Added to that, I read on ameinfo.com there’s an interesting feature within the app, which is the historical oath of Gebran Tueni that starts playing as soon as Annahar newspaper logo is scanned.

Unfortunately for Annahar though, they got hacked the same day the app was released and apologized to their readers for the inconvenience.

Lebanese women can now have 60 days of Maternity Leave

The council of Ministers has Approved during his session on October 10 2012, the amendment of article 15 of the Public Code of Contractuals , Nizam el Am lil Oujara2. Now, a woman contractual in the public sphere can benefit from a 60 day maternity leave instead of a 40 days maternity leave! [Source: RitaChemaly]

I think it’s time Lebanese men start asking for a paternity leave. 60 days for women and nothing for us? Wayniyye el Dawoule?

An Anti-Pope demonstration planned in Lebanon?

I’ve heard of Anti-Pope protests due to the Vatican’s views on homosexuality, abortion, contraception or even Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on Islam, but organizing a protest due to some report on corruption and immorality in the Vatican seems to me a bit silly. What exactly are these people trying to prove? That out of all the people who visit Lebanon, the Pope is the last thing we need here? Really?

I am against banning the protest or threatening its organizers but I think there are far more important issues to protest against than corruption in the Vatican.

Pope benedict XVI will be visiting Lebanon on September 14th, and we intend to voice our frustration with his political deceit and lack of rectitude to the man himself (Peacefully). Join us if you are fed up with the Vatican’s corruption and immorality. Show the world that the Likes of Pope Benedict are the last thing we need in Lebanon, or anywhere for that matter. Please share the event and invite your friends. [Event]

Via NowLebanon

Lebanese Silvio Chiha wins gold at water skiing championship

Lebanese water skier Silvio Chiha snagged the gold medal Monday at the Asia-Australasia Oceania (AAO) water skiing championship in Chuncheon, South Korea, the state-run National News Agency reported Wednesday. [DailyStar]

The final ranking of the competition came as follows:

1-Silvio Chiha (Lebanon)
2- Cha Bum-Kun (South Korea)
3-Josh Briant (Australia)
4-Kim Don John (South Korea)

via LBC

Gretta Taslakian (unjustly) banned from The Olympic Village

According to an article from L’Orient-Le Jour, Lebanese athlete Gretta Taslakian was banned from the Olympic Village in London for wearing the Irish team’s uniform during a training session and flew back to Lebanon on Tuesday.

L’Orient-Le Jour contacted Gretta who denied that she was wearing the Irish uniform and said it was simply a green Nike jacket. She added that she still has the jacket and it has nothing to do with the Irish team except the color maybe.

Now the interesting part is that Gretta’s coach, Vahé Abrahamian who is still in London, apparently informed the Olympic committee that Gretta was indeed wearing Ireland’s uniform during a training session and showed them pictures. I don’t have any of the pictures but why the hell would a coach do something like that? Why didn’t he simply inform her that she shouldn’t be wearing the uniform or a jacket of the same color?

Last but not least, so what if she wore another country’s uniform? Doesn’t that fall under the “Olympic spirit” slogan? I don’t recall that happening in any of the previous Olympics. Actually according to L’Orient-Le Jour, it may be the first time ever an athlete is banned for such a reason. They also pointed out on how the Kenyan runner Kemboi, winner of the 3000m race, wore the French uniform while parading around the stadium and no measures were taken against him.

Gretta is a great athlete and has won gold medals for Lebanon in Asian and Arabic tournaments and deserves much better than that!

Read the full article [Here]

PS: Antoine Chartier, president of the Lebanese Olympic delegation, did not yet comment on the matter.