ISF Arrest Lebanese Man Who Beat His Wife Manal Assi To Death

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The Lebanese ISF tweeted yesterday night that they arrested Mohammad al-Nhaily, the man who killed his wife after beating her repeatedly with a pressure cooker. Manal was beaten up in front of her two daughters, Tala and Sara and the husband tried to wrap the victim in a carpet to hide his crime, as reported by Manal’s brother.

It’s definitely good news that the husband got arrested, but the law does not protect Manal and all Lebanese women against domestic violence and he might be freed soon, like Roula Yaacoub’s husband was.

Domestic violence should no longer be tolerated in Lebanon. The Lebanese government is indirectly responsible for these women’s death as they have yet to issue a law that addresses domestic violence and protect wifes and kids from an abusive father.

Manal’s husband is a criminal and should be treated as such. It’s as simple as that.


Lebanon Through The Eyes Of Ali Rafei

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Ali is a street artist originally from Tripoli. I got to know him after he did the below drawing of a Lebanese policeman with the “I love corruption” badge that went viral few months ago, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. His artworks are brilliant, impressive and send out a powerful message that can’t go unnoticed (Ex: Ministry of Tourism).

If you want to get to know about Ali’s work (Trust me you want to!), check out his [Facebook] page and read his interview with Shezshe [Here].

Here are some of my favorite Ali artworks:




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Cannelle’s Heavenly Brownies

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Cannelle is a pastry located in Achrafieh in the SNA building. People usually go there for its macarons, croissants and cakes but I highly recommend you try their brownies. The top is crunchy, and the inside is moist and fudge-like. It’s the perfect brownie for me!

If you are a Baba au Rhum fan, I recommend you try theirs as well.

American University Of Beirut Gets The Largest Single Donation In Its 147 Year History From Jamal Daniel and The Levant Foundation

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Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center

You can read more about the AUB 2020 Medical Complex [Here].

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce a donation of $32 million from Jamal Daniel and The Levant Foundation toward the University’s Medical Center expansion. This gift represents the largest single donation to AUB in its 147 year history.

The gift is in support of the AUBMC 2020 Vision, a comprehensive project that will transform the delivery of health and medical care in Lebanon and the region. The AUBMC 2020 Vision initiative includes the construction of new clinical and research facilities, acquisition of state-of-the art equipment for research, diagnostics and treatment, and the ongoing recruitment of leading physicians and specialists from around the world. It is the university’s most ambitious project since the founding of the medical center in 1902.

The extraordinary gift is from The Levant Foundation, founded by Jamal Daniel in Houston, Texas. Daniel is an accomplished international businessman with over 30 years of experience managing global investments in oil and gas, telecommunications, high technology, media, manufacturing, and real estate. He is an esteemed member of the International Advisory Board of AUB and holds other board positions including Chairmanship of the Board of Al-Monitor, a media website based in Washington, D.C., and an honorary membership of the Board of Trustees of Balamand University in Beirut. He previously held positions as a member of the Board of Directors of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and the Board of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management in Houston, Texas. Mr. Daniel has long been considered by AUB for a seat on its Board of Trustees, but he has indicated his inability to accept due to his many business commitments. [Link]

Recycling 3al Lebnené

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Ever since the Naameh landfill crisis, Sukleen has been tweeting online tips on how to recycle and how one can #BePartOfTheSolution but I don’t think that’s enough. A lot of Lebanese still don’t know how to recycle and there are barely any recycling stations or spots for them to go to. I don’t know who’s to blame really for this situation but something needs to be done ASAP.

I am preparing a post on Recycling in Lebanon and the recycling stations people could go to, so if you have any useful info I could use, please let me know.

Ski Season Is Dead In Lebanon

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It snowed in the last couple of days but not enough for the slopes to open again (At least not in Mzaar) and the sunny weather is already back. I remember hearing predictions about this winter being the toughest in years but it doesn’t feel like winter at all.

Here are pictures from the past couple of years taken by SkiLeb webcams:

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