Justice Minister Jreissati Issues Memo Against Temporary Arrests over Social Media Posts

Justice Minister Salim Jreissati issued a memo addressed to State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud asking to stop all sorts of temporary arrests over social media posts criticizing leading politicians and to refer such cases to the concerned juridical bodies. This doesn't mean that you can escape punishment if you bash the President but it should hopefully stop the cyber-crimes bureau from detaining and interrogating online activists and users over Facebook posts. Unfortunately and based on…

More Powerships Coming our Way

It looks like the government is set to approve a new plan consisting of three stages and bring in two additional powerships in Stage 1 to supply electricity to the power grid in Lebanon. The powerships will provide an extra 800 to 1000 MW and significantly reduce power-cuts. Stage 2 will consist of investing in renewable energies and we should have two new power plants in Zahrani and Salaata in Stage 3. Needless to say,…
Critiques

No We are Not Getting an Apple Store in #Beirut Soon

4 weeks ago
Update 2 (28/03/2017): I received the following statement from TALACO’s General Manager: Statement of Denial and Correction A number of websites have published reports to the effect that “TALACO” will open an “Apple Store” outlet ...
Beirut

AUB Pays $700,000 to Settle Lawsuit

1 month ago
Now that’s a first! The American University of Beirut has agreed to pay a financial penalty of $700,000 to settle a lawsuit after being accused of assisting three organizations linked to Hezbollah. One example was ...
Automotive

Gap in City Mall Bridge Kills Motorist

1 month ago
Two days ago, a motorist named Badih el Mir fell into a gap on the City Mall Bridge and died instantly. The 70 year old man used to drive his scooter to skip traffic and ...
Critiques

(Updated) AUB’s Insight Club Controversial Lecture on Homosexuality

1 month ago
Update: The lecture has been cancelled. Here’s the [memo]. The Insight Club is hosting a public lecture on Thursday 23rd of March at the Issam Fares Lecture Hall – AUB (near AUBMC) at 5PM on ...
Critiques

Events that Took place Yesterday

1 month ago
If you scrolled through your Facebook yesterday or flipped through local TV stations, here are the events that were taking place at almost the same time: – Lebanese protesting against the government’s planned new taxes ...
Animals & Wildlife

Three Baby Tigers Stuck in a Tiny Box for 1 Week at Beirut’s Airport

1 month ago
Even though keeping exotic pets was finally banned in Lebanon back in September 2016, there are still lions & tigers (and even bears) being smuggled illegally and showing on social media. The latest incident involved ...
Critiques

Where Does Our Tax Money Go?

1 month ago
The parliament approved yesterday a 1% increase on the value-added tax (VAT) and other taxes as well in order to fund the long-awaited new wage scale. The scale has not yet been approved and some ...
Critiques

The Lebanese Nationality Program: Good Initiative, Bad Law

1 month ago
The Lebanese Nationality Program is a program launched by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and aimed at helping people of Lebanese heritage around the world to regain their Lebanese Nationality. The program ...
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