Lebanon-Inspired World Cup Flags: #CheerResponsibly

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These drawings were done by Rawad Hajj in an attempt to remind football fans in Lebanon about more important priorities in their country like water, electricity and poverty.

To be honest, I don’t think people have forgotten about these matters, but the world cup is like going on a vacation for a lot of people, specially the football fans, and there’s nothing wrong in ignoring everything happening around us and enjoying the best football competition ever once every 4 years.

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Amal Alamuddin’s Mother Thinks Georges Clooney Is Not Good Enough For Her Daughter

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Update: Georges Clooney has apparently responded personally to these allegations and stated the whole thing is a lie.

I think it’s all gossip and rumors but there are a lot of Lebanese who still think that way so it might as well be true. Sometimes it’s not just a matter of religion but more of a tradition to marry within your group or village or sect. In all cases, it’s funny seeing all the media talking about the Lebanese society because of Amal’s wedding and bringing out stories like that one of the poor Sunni Muslim whose penis was cut off by his Druze wife’s male relatives for her defiance of their religion.

This story will definitely make Clooney reconsider visiting Lebanon lol!

Baria Alamuddin, an editor for Arab newspaper Al Hayat, supposedly wished for her daughter to marry within the family’s strict Lebanese religious sect, close family friends told the gossip site.

Coming from the Druze sect, her family’s beliefs forbid her to marry outsiders, which often results in excommunication and a social boycott. “You would think Amal has hit the jackpot with George Clooney, but Baria is not happy,” a friend of the family said. [Source]

Lebanon’s Taxi Driver Killers In The 10 Horrific Middle East Serial Killers List

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Brothers George and Michel Tanielian are believed to be Lebanon’s first serial killers. The 9 other criminals who made the list are:

Mohammed Bijeh from Iran.
Adam Omar from Yemen.
Mahin Qadri from Iran.
Ali Kaya from Turkey.
Saeed Hanaei from Iran.
Bilal Musa from Jordan.
Dr. Louay Omar Mohammed Al-Taei from Iraq.
Awdhah from Saudi Arabia.
Ali Reza Kordiyeh from Iran.

Check out the full article [Here].

Brothers George and Michel Tanielian killed 11 people, mostly taxi drivers, in Lebanon’s Metn district, earning themselves the nickname “The Taxi Driver Killers.” They boarded taxis at night, and George would sit in front beside the driver while Michel would sit at the back. Once they got to a remote location, George would tell the driver to pull over so that he could relieve himself. As soon as the driver pulled over and George began to exit the vehicle, Michel would shoot the driver in the head. They’d then rob the body and set the car on fire. Sometimes, they’d dump the body by the roadside and use the cab to carry other victims, whom they also robbed and killed. Lebanese intelligence officers once went undercover, posing as taxi drivers to catch the brothers. An agent once engaged them in a struggle, but they managed to escape. The pair were arrested after police tracked a victim’s phone that they’d sold. Along with the two of them, police arrested three other brothers as suspects, until Michel confessed during questioning that he and George had carried out the killings. George and Michel were charged before a military court and were sentenced to death.

Zoomaal’s Must See Film Challenge

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Zoomal is kicking off a challenge called “The Must See Film” to empower the film scene in the Arab world. This initiative aims at given an opportunity to filmmakers in the Middle East to present their project and get 1$ from Zoomal for every 1$ pledged by a funder. The rules are simple and explained below:

Geographical focus: Films must be directed by Arab filmmakers. We encourage everyone from the region to apply
Impact: The project needs to be innovative and/or pioneering. Where unique stories from the Arab World are highlighted. Stories that are told in ways beyond the traditional feature film are encouraged to apply.
Up to $25,000: Only projects that require a maximum budget of $25,000 will be allowed to apply in the challenge.
Not Zoomaal Prohibited: project must pass Zoomaal’s screening criteria that ban charity, religious, political, alcohol, adult, and tobacco projects, while focusing primarily on creative and sustainable development projects in the Arab world.

Based on previous challenges, matched funded challenges get 5 times more funding than normal sponsorships so this is a unique opportunity for all film makers to present their project and maybe get the needed money to finish their movie.

Check out more details [Here].

2014 Social Media Stats in The Middle East

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Here are some of the interest statistics as compiled by Hussein.

– 40.2% of the total Middle East population accesses the web,
– 88% of this online population uses social networking on a daily basis,
– In the Middle East, 65% of online users are men, 35% are women,
– 36% of the Middle East of online users are aged between 18 and 24 years,
– Jordan has the highest penetration rate of social networks across Internet users: 88%,
– The smartphones penetration rate in KSA is 63%,
– Facebook is the most popular social network with 94% of the Middle East’s social media users are on it,
– UAE has the highest penetration rate for Facebook (44%),
– 6.5 million users from the Middle East are on Twitter: 3.7 million are active users,
– Arabs produce around 10 million tweets everyday,
– KSA has a penetration rate of 33% for Twitter. It is the highest penetration of Twitter in the world,
– LinkedIn counts over 5.8 million users from the Middle East,
– UAE has the highest LinkedIn penetration with 1.6 million users: A number that has increased by 45% in only 1 year,
– There are 258 million daily views of Youtube videos. 90 million of them come from KSA.

Beirut Municipality Finally Names Street After Said Akl

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The decision to name Beirut streets after notable Lebanese was taken last year and we finally have a street for Said Akl. Too bad he couldn’t attend the ceremony given his old age (he’s already 103!).

Beirut Municipality Saturday celebrated naming a street in one of its neighborhoods after Lebanese poet and writer Said Akl, to mark his 103rd birthday. At the Sioufi Garden in Ashrafieh, the ceremony unveiled the newly named street and the memorial plaque that read: “Said Akl Street, a century of giving, creativity, honest nationalism.” Akl, who was unable to attend the ceremony, recorded an audio message about his hopes of seeing Lebanon “return to its glory.” [DailyStar]

Off To Ayia Napa

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I am currently in Cyprus and should be back on Sunday night. One of my closest friends is getting married next week so we’ve decided to go to Aiya Napa to celebrate his last single days in style. I’ll be online all the time but won’t be writing any posts before Sunday night or even Monday.

Until then, I’ll be posting pictures on my Instagram so add me if you aren’t already following me. [LeNajib]