Picture from LBC Blogs
Forget the armed groups kidnappings citizens all over Lebanon…
Forget the armed militiamen firing at each other killing innocent people in the process …
Forget the criminals, thieves and rapists …
Forget the thugs burning tires and blocking roads …
Forget the fanatics burning down KFC, Hardees and a bunch of other shops …
Forget all those minor threats to our security and meet those behind the insecurity in Lebanon:
Approximately seven activists from the Chaml civil rights group took to Parliament Street this morning dressed in wedding attire and holding placards calling for the passing of a non-religious personal status law, aka civil marriage law. Their demands were met by the same reaction. They were arrested, beaten and humiliated with one of them being subjected to sexual harassment with a use of a rifle. [Link]
Picture from LBC Blogs
Judge Nadim Zwein prohibited on Monday the airing of the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, in Lebanon due to its “great offense” to Islam. The decision was made after it was found that the movie contained several scenes that are considered to be offensive. [Link]
I am surprised it took them so long to ban it!
As I posted earlier today, I was at Rikky’s yesterday and it was a lot of fun, but I just realized that the entrance fee went from 30$ in 2010 to 60$ this summer!
The place is still the same, the atmosphere is great and I had a lot of fun, but I think 60$ is a bit too much specially that the buffet is small and food is average. I mean I had to wait at least 20-30 minutes at the grill to get a small piece of steak and an undercooked chicken breast.
Maybe it’s better if they charge us the 60$ and let waiters bring us drinks and food. Nevertheless, I still think it’s a great place to spend your Sunday at and would probably go one more time before it closes down mid-October.
What do they care if she is “presentable” or not?
Spotted in Achrafieh.
I went yesterday to Rikky’s in Faqra-Kfardebian and the whole road from Zouk to Kfardebian was paved with new asphalt. It was the smoothest ride I’ve had in ages to Faraya.
It looks like some candidates have already started their electoral campaigns!
I was leaving the house this morning when I got a phone call from Xcite, a local electronics store here in Kuwait letting me know they received the new iPhone 5 and if I was interested in picking it up to check it out. Luckily traffic wasn’t that bad and I was over at their head office 15 minutes later picking up the phone.
The new iPhone 5 looks smaller than my iPhone 4s even though it’s taller. It looks very slick and slim while the iPhone 4s which I didn’t have a problem with an hour ago now looks pretty bulky sitting next to the iPhone 5 on my desk. I have the black iPhone 5 with me which is black all over including the side trimming which is what is also helping the iPhone 5 look smaller than it actually is.
Even though I was expecting the iPhone 5 to be light based on the reviews I read online, I wasn’t expecting it to feel this much lighter than the 4s. It’s really the first thing that grabbed my attention when I picked it up and it kinda feels like the phone is hollow on the inside. The second thing that grabbed my attention was the aluminum back of the phone. To me it doesn’t look or feel like aluminum but more like a plastic. I think it’s because I was expecting the metal to have some sort of texture which is doesn’t.
The iPhone 5 uses a new nano sim card which non of the Lebanese telecom providers have released yet. So right the now the only way to get the iPhone 5 working is by cutting up and sanding down your sim card to the size of the nano card. It’s not that difficult to do and you can watch the video below to see how.
Picture taken from MyriamKlink.net
LBCI: The army detained Hassan Karaki, also known as Antar, after he opened fire at an army patrol in Beirut’s southern suburbs of al-Ghobairi on Friday.
Myriam Klink is not very happy about it and vowed vengeance.
Here’s a link to the song Antar in case you missed it [YouTube].
I don’t want to sound too optimistic but I’ve been noticing an improvement in the security situation in Lebanon recently, especially after the ISF and Lebanese Army were given a sort of “green light” to go after kidnappers and criminals. We all thought the situation is going to explode after the Pope leaves but surprisingly the army & ISF are now raiding previously “forbidden” areas, freeing hostages and capturing all criminals and terrorists.
It started with Michel Samaha’s arrest after being caught carrying explosives from Syria into Lebanon, then the arrest of 3 members of the Mokdad family accused of kidnapping Syrian citizens in Lebanon (They are now facing charges of kidnapping and terrorizing people with the force of arms, as well as owning unlicensed weapons and explosives) and recently the arrest of a large bank robbery cell suspected of Plotting Attacks against politicians, judges and officers, as well as several criminals and groups behind kidnappings, crimes, thefts and other felonies.
I had posted two days ago about Youssef Bechara, the owner of Bechara Bakeries, who was kidnapped and taken to Dahieh where his family had to pay 400,000$ to get him back. Well one of the kidnappers was arrested yesterday and 380,600$ were given back to Bechara’s family. [Link]
Like I said at first, I don’t want to sound too optimistic but I think the security situation cannot but improve if there are no obstacles preventing the Lebanese Security Forces from doing their job to the fullest.
Here’s a great promotional film about the Lebanon Mountain Trail done by Dana Smillie.
For those of you who missed it, Caroline Brooks will be hiking the full length of the Lebanon Mountain Trail in just 17 days from Monday 24 September to Wednesday 10 October to raise money to support the AMAR International Charitable Foundation and Her Centre. [Link]