Brazilian Football Legend Pelé played for Lebanese Nejmeh SC in 1975

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Pelé played a friendly game with the Lebanese team and scored 2 goals which were never included in his tally of 1281 career goals. Here are a couple of pictures and videos I found on this game that occurred a week before the start of the civil war. Brazilian star Bebeto also participated in a friendly game with Nejmeh back in 2003.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

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Check out these 40 maps done by Max Fisher for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today. I found the above map interesting, showing how ancient Phoenicians spread from Lebanon across the Mediterranean. There’s also a map showing the Israeli and Hezbollah strikes in the 2006 Lebanon War.

The Phoenicians, who lived in present-day Lebanon and coastal Syria, were pretty awesome. From about 1500 to 300 BC, they ran some of the Mediterranean’s first big trading networks, shown in red, and dominated the sea along with the Greeks, who are shown in brown. Some sailed as far as the British Isles, and many of them set up colonies in North Africa, Spain, Sicily, and Sardinia. This was one of the first of many close cultural links between the Middle East and North Africa – and why Libya’s capital, Tripoli, still bears the name of the ancient Phoenician colony that established it.

Baabda Massive Fire: Another Reason To Fund The Civil Defense Units

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A massive fire destroyed yesterday a great part of the Betshai forest in the Baabda area. Residents claimed it was the biggest fire they’ve seen in years and some of them blamed the civil defense units and the authorities for their inefficient and late response. At this point, we are all to blame for what happened, because we are not taking the whole civil defense issue seriously.

These firefighters are volunteers who are very badly equipped (if equipped at all) and don’t get paid a penny for what they are doing. I am not saying they shouldn’t their job properly if they are volunteers, and I am sure they are doing their best, but don’t blame them when the authorities don’t give them their most basic needs to fight fires. They have old fire trucks, old equipment, no substances to fight the fires and sometimes barely any water.

The first thing that this government and the concerned ministries should do, even before electing a new president, is setting up a decent firefighting unit and making sure they are ready for the summer. Otherwise, more forests will get burned down (intentionally or not) and more ugly buildings will replace them.

Car Blocking The Dora Highway

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Based on what Annahar posted, a woman driving a Mitsubishi locked herself inside the car and refused to move aside after her car broke down in the middle of the Dora highway. She stayed in her car until the tow-truck came.

There are two questions I have to ask here:
1- How did she end up like that on the highway? What the hell was she trying to do?
2- Why didn’t the cops show up and move her aside? She should be fined for that.

How To Spend One Day In Lebanon

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I started this “How To Spend One Day In Lebanon” series of posts last year but had to stop them given the security situation at the time. However, I am hoping that this summer will be better for Lebanon so I will resume the posts in the upcoming weeks.

The 3 posts I’ve written last year are still valid and you can check them out below:

How To Spend One Day In Lebanon [Day1] [Day2] [Day3]