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Lebanese Singer Elissa on the Pope’s resignation

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Pope Benedict XVI is almost 86 years old, had a stroke in 1991 that reportedly temporarily affected his vision. He fell in 1992 and 2009, and also had either arthritis or arthrosis, a similarly painful and debilitating joint condition. His doctor also advised him against taking any more transatlantic trips. [Source]

Here’s what came in his resignation letter:

Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. [CNN]

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As you can see, his arguments are not convincing at all and very doubtful.

On a serious note, the pope’s resignation might pave the way for electing the first black pope in the Catholic Church’s history. Read more about Cardinal Peter Turkson [Here].

Qatar stops issuing Visas to Lebanese citizens

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I read yesterday the below statement on Naharnet but don’t know the reason behind it nor if it’s official or not. Back in September 2012, rumors spread that Qatar halted visas for Lebanese Shiites due to Hezbollah’s stance but the Qatari PM quickly denied it.

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour to MTV: The Qatari decision of halting issuing visas to Lebanese citizens is temporary.

Police Van overturns in Karantina

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The accident caused a huge traffic that stretched from the Dora highway all the way back to Jounieh. Added to that, a police adjutant, by the name of Hashem H (May he R.I.P), was killed and over 10 inmates were injured. When I first read the news, I thought I would be looking at an armored vehicle, not a Hino van with a custom-made box to fit the prisoners. If the container where the prisoners are kept is not designed properly to keep the van balanced, it could overturn very easily.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we should buy armored vehicles for the police, but if we can’t afford them, we should be driving more carefully and slowly, because according to LBC’s report the convoy was flying.

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More on the cement Truck that fell off the Nahr al-Mot Bridge

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As it turns out, the cement truck driver had a heart attack while driving which made him lose control of the truck. Looking at the LBC report and the images, we truly avoided a real disaster today.

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

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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

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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?