Israel and Lebanese shepherds

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Every now and then, we hear about Israeli soldiers, or even a commando force, infiltrating Lebanese soil to kidnap a shepherd and then releasing him few days later. I don’t know what is their deal with shepherds and whether some of them are truly spying for Hezbollah, but until now all shepherds were released and sent back to Lebanon.

Here are some of the kidnappings that took place since 2010:

July 8, 2013: A 15-member Israeli commando force on Monday crossed the border of the occupied Shebaa Farms and abducted Lebanese shepherd Youssef Hussein Rhayyel who hailed from the town of Shebaa. [Source]

July 2, 2013: Israeli troops kidnap two shepherds in South Lebanon. [Source]

May 2, 2013: Israelis Attempted to kidnap another Lebanese shepherd. [Source]

Jan 2012: Israel releases kidnapped Lebanese shepherd. [Source]

Jan 12, 2011: Israeli army kidnapped a Lebanese shepherd. [Source]

June 27, 2010: Israeli forces have kidnapped a shepherd on Lebanese territory and have reportedly taken him to the Israeli occupied Shebaa Farms. [Source]

Lebanon upsets hosts to clinch second position at the 2013 William Jones Cup

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After a shocking defeat in their opening game against Taiwan B at the William Jones Cup, the Lebanese Basketball Team defeated Japan and Taiwan A to clinch the second spot. Their next game will be the toughest one against the South Korean team. There are a lot of talented players in the team, so let’s hope they do well and get ready for the upcoming FIBA Asian Championship in August.

Here’s the full list of players in the National Team [Source]:
4 Jean Abdel Nour 198-G/F-83 Al Riyadi
5 Mohammed Ibrahim 196-G-83 Sagesse
6 Ali Mahmoud 184-G-83 Al Riyadi
7 Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 186-PG-86 Champville
8 Bachir Ammouri 201-F/C-83 Moutahed
9 Elie Estephane 193-G-86 Sagesse
10 Ali Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi
11 Rodrigue Akl 187-PG-88 Sagesse
12 Ali Kanaan 207-C/F-85 Champville
13 Amir Saoud 187-G-91 Al Riyadi
14 Loren Woods 218-C-78 Al Riyadi
15 Fadi Khatib 199-F-79 Champville


As you can see from the list and picture above, American Player Loren Woods was given the Lebanese Nationality. As for Lebanese-Australian Basketball player Julian Khazzouh, he has not agreed to join the team and the Lebanese Federation is still considering banning him for 3 years, which I still think is a wrong decision.

On a last note, I still have idea what happened to the warning that Lebanon received from the FIBA and whether we decided to continue the league or not yet for this year.

Dawawine: Beirut’s newest cultural center

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More Cultural hubs like Dawawine are much-needed in Beirut.

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A new cultural venue opened its doors in Beirut last month, tucked away on a back alley between Gouraud and Pasteur Streets in Gemmayzeh. Visitors to Dawawine – espace des arts de la scène, du son, et de l’image – will immediately be struck by the space’s conceptual and visual novelty and calm, welcoming atmosphere.

Its central location (if we compare it to the Beirut Arts Center and Ashkal Alwan) marks it out, for one. Its interior, designed by architect Jihad Kiamé, consists of an open space with various sections: a bistro (open every day from 10:30 AM to 11 PM with a European menu), a bookstore devoted to theater, cinema, music and performing arts, a library specializing in the same subjects, a 32-seat cinema, and an adjacent conference room. Big windows, sofas, high ceilings, and a terrace add to the atmosphere. The style is modern, but Dawawine is no White Cube.

Another distinctive feature is the venue’s sophisticated sound system, installed by Architettura Sonora, the renowned Italian firm that has previously collaborated with the likes of Zaha Hadid, among others. Its loudspeakers resemble space ships suspended from the ceiling, or Renaissance terracotta globes. [Now]