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.
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].
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.
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]
Ta2 el 7anak is the only thing that has a meaning these days in Lebanon.
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]
At the beginning of every summer in Lebanon, we are warned of water shortage and more electricity cuts. However things are looking much worse this year specially that we have over 1 million Syrian Refugees in Lebanon now. According to MP Qabbani, the situation is expected “to worsen in August and to hit bottom rock in September and October.”
In terms of electricity, Lebanon is in need of 2,500 megawatts of electricity while the current production is only 1,500 MW. As for water shortage, we’ve been barely getting any water in Keserwan for the past 2 weeks and things aren’t looking good. The sad part is that water shortage in Lebanon is purely due to the negligence and incompetence of the authorities.
Of course a lot of things can be done to save water, like stopping the car wash businesses and raising awareness on how to save water, as well kicking off new projects and finishing the dams under construction, but don’t get your hopes high.
Here’s another video shot from the sea:
And here’s one from another angle: