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#NotAMartyr Campaign on CNN

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Sad Gino

The #NotAMartyr campaign was started following the unfortunate death of 16 year old Mohammad Chaar who was taking a selfie with some friends when the car behind them exploded. The bombing was targeted against ex-Minister Mohammad Chata7 who unfortunately died along with 5 other people.

The #NotAMartyr campaign spread quickly and the latest mention was in an article by CNN International Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom, whom I had the chance to meet once during the I Am Not A Tourist event at Biel.

You can read the full article [Here].

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Mohammad Chaar wasn’t looking to become a martyr — or a victim. Late last month, the 16-year-old student was just hanging out with his friends in downtown Beirut, out of school and having fun. They all took a selfie to mark the moment, and never expected that moment would become so momentous.
The car bombing targeted and killed Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese Ambassador to the United States — but several others also lost their lives.
Minutes after the blast, Chaar appeared in another picture. In it, he’s seen lying unconscious and bleeding on the pavement. He would die later from his wounds.
As is the custom in Lebanon, hardly any time had passed before Chaar, an innocent bystander, had been branded a far weightier title. All of a sudden, “victim” had morphed into “martyr.”

Lebanese Restaurant Taverna Du Liban Attacked by Taliban In Kabul

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_72362064_2abc8cfc-a4b3-495e-92e4-ccf33a11787d The restaurant’s chef, Abdul Majid, was among those injured via BBC

Apparently the restaurant was a popular attraction in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan area and a lot of foreign nationals and diplomats used to visit it. Unfortunately, the restaurant’s owner Kamal Hamade, grabbed a gun and tried to defend his beloved restaurant and guests but was shot dead by the assailants. According to BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet, Kamal “made the best chocolate cake in Kabul, the best Lebanese food and, he thought, the best evacuation plan“.

At least 16 people, including both Afghans and foreigners, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul police have said. Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman for the United Nations, said late on Friday four UN civilian personnel, who were reportedly near explosion scene at the time of the attack, remained unaccounted for. Taliban fighters claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and restaurants that cater to expatriates. [Jazeera]

Good Reads on Beirut’s Latest Explosion and Mohammad Chatah’s Assassination

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Picture taken from Reuters

Mohamad Chatah’s Open Letter to Tehran – The Wall Street Journal

A Talisman for Tolerance – Lebanon loses Mohamad Chatah – Tom Fletcher

The Death of Two Mohammeds – BeirutSpring

16 year old Mohammad Chaar is not a Martyr nor a Hero – DreamOfChange

Are You Ok? – ProBeirut

The meaning of the Shatah assassination – Rami Khoury (DailyStar)

The final, ominous tweets of Mohamad Chatah, Lebanese politician killed in car bomb – Max Fisher (WashingtonPost)

Killing Mohamad Chatah – David Kenner (Foreign Policy)

Mohamad Chatah’s killing threatens to make Syrian war explode into Lebanon – The Sydney Morning Herald

NowLebanon Mistakes Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Chamseddine For Ex-Minister Ibrahim Chamseddine

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I had kept a screenshot from NowLebanon‘s frontpage last week but forgot why until today. As you can see, they are talking about the Customs General Ibrahim Chamseddine who beat up Al-Jadeed crew, but instead of putting his picture, they put ex-Minister Ibrahim Chamseddine’s picture.

Funnily enough, the ex-minister is the son of former president of the Higher Shia Counsel, Imam Mohammed Mehdi Shamseddine, founding member of the Lebanese Forum for Dialogue and founder of the “Imam Shamsuddin Foundation for Dialogue”, a civil organization which aims at spreading culture of dialogue and peace. So basically he is the complete opposite of the other Chamseddine.

Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed

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via Chicago Tribune

Even The Onion found a way to honor this great man and they’re spot on!

“Certainly people have felt a sense of sorrow at the deaths of politicians in the past, but Nelson Mandela’s death is the only one on record that people everywhere unanimously agree has left the world notably worse off. I miss him, we all miss him—and that’s entirely unprecedented in the world of politics.” Delaney added that he could not predict who might be the second politician to be missed by humanity, but confirmed there were no viable candidates anywhere out there right now.

Steven Sonneveld Still Searching For His Lebanese Roots

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Steven was born in Achrafieh in 1974 but his parents gave him away to a Dutch family who adopted him and raised him in the Netherlands. I don’t know how it feels to be adopted and go look for your biological parents in a country you know nothing about and I hope he ends up knowing what happened, but all I could think of at the moment is that he doesn’t need a Schengen VISA to travel to Europe lol!

FAIL: Al Jadeed News App

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I downloaded the Al Jadeed News App few days ago and it seems they always show their numbers in reverse order, which means that the 18 reported kills from last night’s blast turned into 81!

I hope they fix that bug ASAP. I already reported it to them.

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Lebanese Brazilian Tony Kanaan Wins his first Indy 500

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“It is still hard to describe how it feels to have won the Indy 500,” Kanaan said. “It is something that I have always wanted to have that I have worked so hard for over the years. It was very special.” [Source]

Tony Kanaan is a Brazilian driver of Lebanese Descent. I am not a big fan of Indy 500 races but I remember seeing Kanaan’s name since ever. His best results so far were second spot in 2004 and twice third spot. He was also the driver that had led the most laps without winning before the race, with 221 laps.

Thanks Rachid