Bringing Muslims to sing inside a Church or vice versa is probably the cheesiest thing to do but it works every time in Lebanon. I have nothing against it of course and I appreciate such initiatives as it brings people from different backgrounds together but I think the Lebanese people should be the one teaching our Muslim and Christian representatives how to work and co-exist together. Muslims singing Christmas songs or Christians singing Muslim chants will not get us a president, nor a proper infrastructure nor a decent electoral law to name few.
More importantly, it will not get us a fair and just law for women being abused by men and protected in a way or another by certain religious laws.
In all cases, I respect Minister Bou Saab as he has taken great care of his town Dhour Choueir and has done a tremendous work there. I just wish he’d extend this whole Christmas-Muslim partnership to be reflected in public schools and the educational system, and that he puts aside politics that are ruining Lebanese universities in few areas in Lebanon.
I spotted this cool pie in a random place on the street in Beirut. Does anyone know why it’s there or what’s the story behind it?
I wish I knew the person who decided that this picture of Saint Paul’s Cathedral overlooking the Jounieh Bay refers to Beirut. Every time Beirut wins an award or is included in some list, they use the same Harissa shot that has nothing to do with Beirut.
If they need nice pictures of Beirut, I am more than willing to provide them tons of pictures and free of charge.
Maz Jobrani, one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy, is coming back to Lebanon to support Sanad Hospice Care yet another time. He will hold one fundraising event on December 14th at the Forum de Beyrouth at 7:30 pm. SANAD is an independent non-governmental non-profit organization established in January 2010 with a mission to provide comprehensive home-based hospice care to terminally ill patients while preserving their dignity and enhancing the quality of their remaining life.
You can buy tickets [here].
Our friend Mahmoud Ghazayel emailed the ISS asking them to send him the latest image they took of Beirut from above and this is what he got.
Click [Here] for the larger image.
Maissa Abou Adal Ghanem & Ghia Khayat Hawari launched a month ago the second edition of “Recettes de vie”, a cook book with more 200 delicious recipes collected from chefs all over the world, and that reveals culinary secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation. I was at the event and got to meet both authors who are very passionate about their book and this unique culinary experience they are offering their readers. Moreover and this is the most important part, all proceeds from Recettes de Vie 2 are distributed to non-political and non-religious organizations that defend the rights of women and children.
I personally loved the book, and so did my wife. There are so many great recipes that I am eager to try out or taste since I don’t really know how to cook.
Recettes de vie 2 was launched in Dubai, London and Paris lately. If you are interested in buying the book, check out their [website].
Arabian Business released their 2014 list of the world’s richest Arabs and five Lebanese made the top 50 list just like last year. Here are the names of the richest Lebanese in the Arab world for 2014 and how they compared to last year.
Joseph Safra (Lebanese-Brazilian)
Rank: 3 (Up 5 spots from 2013)
Wealth: $11.9 billion
Rank: 27 (Down 2 spots)
Wealth: $3.2 billion
Rank: 28 (Down 1 spot)
Wealth: $3.2 billion
The Hayek Family
Rank: 33 (Down 1 spot)
Wealth: $2.9 billion
Rank: 35 (Down 6 spots)
Wealth: $2.7 billion
Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal topped the list with $28.1 billion dollars. Check out the full list [Here].
Maybe I should be asking what that car was before it got turned into this ugly thing.
Check out this 360 degree shot of this year’s Byblos Christmas decoration as taken by Elie Chiha. Just like every year, it’s one of the most impressive and most beautiful Christmas decoration in Lebanon. I hope they keep this tradition going.
Update: Check out the official 360 Virtual Tour Byblos 2014 [Here]. It’s quite amazing!
He was wearing a seatbelt so it’s ok.