Lebanese Dr. Issam Khalil and Dr. Alfred Naaman Introduce New Product To Dentistry

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The LBCI report caught my attention but for some reason, they didn’t mention the name of the product. I tried looking around and found a useful link to what is presumably the doctors’ invention. It’s called [MM‐MTA™] and as mentioned in the source I found, has been developed in collaboration with Dr Issam Khalil and Dr Alfred Naaman from the Laboratory of the Medicine and Dentistry University of the Saint-Joseph Faculty, Beirut, Lebanon. The source also mentions that Dr Issam Khalil won the Paul Calas Prize in 2008 with MM-MTA™.

You can read all about it [here]. If any of the information posted is inaccurate, please do correct me as I am not into medicine but I thought it would be nice to highlight this important achievement by two Lebanese doctors.

Fadl Shaker Fake Picture In Prison

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Al Mayadeen posted on their page that Fadl Shaker has been arrested by the Army intelligence, a news which was shared by Lebanonfiles and included a picture of Fadl Shaker inside his cell.

The news turned out to be unfortunately wrong and the picture a fake one, and so both sources removed them.

This is not the first time fake pictures are shared on Lebanese media outlets, so here’s a link I posted few months back on [how to verify if a picture is false or not]. It’s very simple and could avoid the embarrassment of having to delete the news later on. It took me 30 seconds to realize the picture is a fake one so it’s not that time-consuming specially when your credibility is at stake.

Meet Lebanese Rima Najdi, AKA Madame Bomba

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Rima Nadji is a Lebanese performance artist who is revolting against the situation that we Lebanese have put ourselves into. “She is protesting against the normalization of suicide bombing in Beirut and She knows that some people may take a glimpse at her and smile, or think this is a joke, but it is not. This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death.” [Source]

It is definitely a weird way to protest but a very powerful one. We should not get used to suicide bombing and car bombs in Lebanon, we should not behave as if nothing’s happening because all of us are targeted at the moment. Let’s all keep in mind that we are only victims, not martyrs of these explosions. [#NotAMartyr]

Madame Bomba at Torino pub in Gemmayze

Quick Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a short story by James Thurber. The movie is about Walter Mitty, an average man whose daydreams take him to a world of adventure, heroism and romance. Honestly, I had high hopes for this movie but I didn’t think it was that great. The story is nice, the plot is interesting, the views are breath-taking but the movie is slow-paced and a bit boring. Mitty’s character is quite interesting and you get attached to it but then I lost interest at some point and wanted the movie to just end. The end was nice and emotional even though it was predictable.

It’s definitely a feel-good movie and I don’t regret watching it, but I thought for some reason it would be much better than that. I do agree with Patrick though that the movie’s soundtrack is amazing!

Our Lebanese Cedar Is Our Identity: Adopt A Cedar Tree

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Picture via CedarsBox.com

As most of you probably know, Lebanon is known for its Cedars yet today cedar forests cover only 0.0002% of Lebanon’s surface, mainly due to the climate change, over-harvesting and of course the lack of initiatives from Lebanese authorities. Luckily though, a number of local NGOs and the private sector have been working for years to preserve Cedar forests and expand them by planting new cedar trees. One of the most recent initiatives is the “Adopt A Cedar Tree” which is a collaboration between Byblos Bank, Jouzour Loubnan and Cedars Box to plant thousands of Cedars in Kfardebian, Zaarour, Ehden and Ehmej.

I received a complimentary Cedars Box as a gift on Christmas and already planted it in Kfardebian. I was given precise GPS coordinates and an official certificate of Adoption soon after I filled all the needed information. I will share a picture of the tree as soon as I visit it.

If you want to know how you can adopt a tree, click [Here].

History Of Car Bombs In Lebanon

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According to this 1992 article from Time Magazine entitled “Lebanon: The Terrible Tally of Death”, our country has witnessed 3,641 car bombs during the 1975-1990 civil war period, which resulted in the death of 4,386 people (including 241 U.S Marines and 58 French Paratroopers).

I thought the number was pretty high and so did Karl (see below conversation) because 3641 car bombs during 15 years (almost 5475 days) means 1 car bomb every 1.5 days which is incredibly high. Having said that, another source “The Atlas Group” mentioned that only 245 car bombs, which is more reasonable, took place. From what I recall, the highest number of car bombs took place during the Elie Hobeika era.

Let’s hope we will reach one day in Lebanon where car bombs will become part of our history only.

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