The National Campaign “Ardi Mesh Lal Bay3″

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Al Fersan Al Arbaa singing “Ardi Mesh Lal Bay3″ as part of the National Campaign launched by several ministries in Lebanon.

This is a very serious matter in Lebanon, specially in regards to Lebanese Christians, but nothing’s being done about it except songs and pointless campaigns apparently. There’s nothing wrong about selling lands to non-Lebanese but there’s a certain percentage that shouldn’t be exceeded which is not the case.

Since the Church is obviously concerned about this matter, they should consider opening a fund to buy lands from people who are desperate to sell and in need of money.

New Graffiti Spotted in Beirut

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I spotted this new graffiti on the way up to Sassine Square in Achrafieh. It looks like Yazan’s work but I can’t really tell what it says.

Update: It’s the work of Graff’me Lebanon as pointed out by Hadia and it says Unity and “وحدة” as pointed out by Nathalie but what’s the red dot for?

Update2: Here’s an email I got from the director of the Project Graff Me Lebanon

The photo you posted on your blog is done by ZEPHA, its one of the walls part of our project we realized last week, there is also another piece by italian artist Zeus under the cola bridge going towards salim slem,

Three other amazing walls were done by artists TILT, RESO and KATRE, all from france, at Ain El Remeneh Public School Chafic S3ed, in Pierre El gemayel Street,

Other works in this school include lebanese artists: Phat2, Eps, Zed, Kabrit, Bros Crew, Moe and many others…

We did workshops too for the students in this school,

And we are also having an exhibtion with the above mentioned artists in Gallery 169 starting the 27th of november in saifi village

Soon we will have another big wall made by Lebanese Artist, location to be revealed probably in a couple of weeks.

Update3: Here’s what the red dot means as per the artist

“When we think of a certain theory of convenience, in which is distributed a center and a periphery, we ask ourselves, deep inside, the work of Zepha (Vincent Abadie Hafez) wont be consistent of reversing usual values: From the perimeter, do the center, from the line, mark the dot (this one dot is like a starting point, originally of all paintings) kind of negativity of the communal hierarchy accepted, concluding to a deletion of this same hierarchy: Everywhere the center, no where the periphery, hypothesis of a point abounding, scored and emerging the multitude.
Dot=Beginning of everything
Red=Blood=life= heart… ?

Each may have his explanation, why explain, is there only one explanation? each should feel the piece, look at it through his own personal story.”

Lebanese Judge Sentences A Lebanese Woman To 3 Months In Jail For Beating Up Her Filipino Domestic Worker

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Drawing By Maya Zankoul

This is the second time a Lebanese Judge sentences a Lebanese woman to jail time and paying a fine for mistreating her domestic worker. It’s definitely a step in the right direction even though the incident took place back in 2008. The embassies of Madagascar and Ethiopia should follow the Philippines’ example by protecting their workers and filing lawsuits and even blacklisting Lebanon if needed.

You can read the full story [Here].

BANFF Mountain Film Festival In Beirut

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world and is a founding member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. The festival will showcase the best film productions in climbing, snowboarding, cycling, skiing, kayaking and mountaineering at Metropolis Empire Sofil on November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm.

You can check out more details [Here].

For the third year, l’Association du PolyLiban will be organizing the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Beirut. The BANFF festival will showcase the best film productions in climbing, snowboarding, cycling, skiing, kayaking and mountaineering selected from last year’s festival.

If you want to discover new mountain activities , don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch more than 15 movies for a duration of four hours over two consecutive nights!

Join us to witness the finest outdoor adventure films on big screen.

Come celebrate the great diversity of the mountains with the ever growing community of Lebanese outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.

Furthermore, you can get the chance to participate in the “PolyLiban Photo Exhibition” which aims to promote the Lebanese natural heritage through outdoor sports while raising awareness about the importance of preserving the natural environment. []

Thanks Karim!