It’s too bad as there are a lot of Coldplay fans in Lebanon, including myself. One of my favorite all-time albums is Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head”; I could listen to it almost everyday and not get bored of it. Let’s hope things calm down and we get to see them live next summer in Beirut.
Ixsir is one of my favorite Lebanese wines and its winery is definitely worth a visit.
A couple of hours ago, we learned that the Aazaz abductees have become in the custody of the Turks and they should be in Lebanon within 24-48 hours. This is indeed good news but there are other Lebanese prisoners in Syrian prisons and hostages that need to be freed as well and they should be given the same attention as the Aazaz pilgrims. [Link]
A team of reporters from Sky News Arabia has gone missing in the contested city of Aleppo in northern Syria, the Abu Dhabi-based channel said Thursday.
Sky News Arabia said it lost contact on Tuesday morning with reporter Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian national, cameraman Samir Kassab, a Lebanese national, as well as their Syrian driver whose name is being withheld at his family’s request.
Sky News Arabia chief Nart Bouran said the crew was on assignment primarily to focus on the humanitarian aspects of the conflict in Aleppo. The channel appealed for any information on the team’s whereabouts and for help to ensure the journalists’ safe return.
These men should be put in prison for what they’ve done. What a bunch of savages!
Here’s the original story as shared by Beta Lebanon:
A frantic phone call about a dying fox today, and 2 of our volunteers rushed straight to the scene.
To their dismay, the fox was not on the side of the Nahr el Mot highway as they were told; he was on the trunk of a car with men surrounding him as you can see in the photo. Their plan, original plan hadn’t we interfered we must say, was to tie him up on the hood of the car, drive around showing off their “trophy” and eventually sell him.
Our volunteers tried to rescue the fox, but the proud men there tried to intimidate them and scare them off, especially that they were 2 women. And one very enthusiastic man stopped them, angrily screamed at them, cursed them and asked for money in order to surrender the poor fox.
We strongly stand against the selling and buying of any animal, let alone a wild victim agonizing in front of our own eyes.
Shouts, screams, curses, but still, our volunteers tried to calm down the man and rationally explain to him that he cannot claim the fox, a wild animal that belongs to the Lebanese wild.
We are often faced with hostility during our rescues, but the same man took “aggression and ignorance” to a whole new level!
It was simple! Our volunteers refused to give up and started calling backup. So the man held the fox by the tail in one hand and a knife in another hand, and tried to skin the fox alive!
This is when you run out of patience and constructive discussions! Our volunteers aka “task force” took action, screamed, shouted and threatened, came near the fox and took him by force, and kept on threatening until the man was scared off and fled the scene, needless to say without the fox.
The fox was quickly transported to a clinic, and currently tests are being done to determine his case.
But the fox is in extremely critical state and the prognosis doesn’t look good so far!
We will keep you posted!
The fox was rescued on time before getting skinned but he was in a critical state as his spine was broken and eventually died.
The crew on board the Polarcus Adira in the Mediterranean Sea – Picture from The DailyStar
I was reading an article on the “serious concerns over transparency in Lebanon’s oil and gas process” and they mentioned Lebanon’s ranking in the ‘public trust in politicians’ category as per the The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014. I looked up the report and we “proudly” ranked last in that category.
Moreover, the report stated the below as the top 4 problematic factors for doing business in Lebanon:
- Government instability/coups
- Inefficient government bureaucracy
- Inadequate supply of infrastructure
This being said, let’s pray that oil and gas companies will never sign any contract with the Lebanese authorities until further notice.
Here are few excerpts from the original article as well:
Lebanese politicians are the least trustworthy in the world, or so its people think — in last month’s World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report the country scored 148th out of 148 in the ‘public trust in politicians’ category. The oil and gas industry is among the world’s most secretive, with Middle Eastern countries among the least forthcoming with their information, according to the pro-transparency group Revenue Watch.
A senior source with knowledge of the negotiations told Executive that Bassil has controversially been contacting oil and gas companies, seeking to meet them personally. This is highly unusual and potentially suggests Bassil’s role in the process needs evaluation. “I have never seen this anywhere in the world, not even in deeply corrupt countries like Nigeria and Algeria,” the source said. Several of the largest companies in the bidding round have expressed their discontent at Bassil’s conduct, the source added. “The companies are saying that it is not the way it should be done. [Source]
Michel Daher is the founder and chairman of Daher Capital. He also founded Master Chips and Poppins, two of the largest FMCG companies in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the very first hedge fund in Lebanon and Master Capital Group, the largest independent non-bank affiliated financial services company.
Michel Daher is the first Lebanese to ring the Wall Street Stock Exchange opening bell in 2010, and the only other Lebanese person to ring that bell after Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh.
Lebanese businessman Michel Daher rang the opening bell of the Stock Exchange on Wall Street for the second time in three years. The real estate mortgage firm Stonegate, in which he is the main investor, had achieved a record launch of two global stock underwriting processes within three years.
Daher had restructured Stonegate and invested in making it one of the top fastest-growing enterprises in the US, according to the ‘Inc.’ magazine. This helped revive the US housing market after the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2008. [Source]
I’ve seen at least two Lebanese channels share these studies and discuss them but a simple looks at the original article and graph show that we have 5,000,000 unmarried women in Lebanon (And 1,750,000 women in the UAE). I know that’s probably a typing mistake but it says a lot about this so-called study.
More importantly, this whole concept of “عنوسة” should not be even considered as it is demeaning to women. If a woman is 40 years old and still single, it doesn’t mean she’s unhappy and couldn’t find the right guy for her. Marriage is not an obligation and women are free to do whatever they want with their lives.
Last but not least, I still think the 8 to 1 ratio in Lebanon is exaggerated and wrong.