Free Taxis on New Year’s Eve In Beirut

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The Lebanese Ministry of Interior and the Union of Owners of Private Taxis in Lebanon are launching an initiative to prevent people from driving under the influence of alcohol. The owners of establishments that offer alcohol should prevent their customers from driving drunk and call center traffic management in Lebanon on 1720, who in return will send a taxi to the designated place. [Source]

Check out the [awareness campaign] the Ministry of Interior has launched recently.

What Happened At Mohammad Chaar’s Funeral Is a Disgrace

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The funeral of 16 year old Mohammad Chaar, who was posing for a group “selfie” in front of the car moments that exploded in Starco, took place yesterday at the Khashoggi Mosque in Beirut. However, a brawl erupted when Grand Mufti Qabbani showed up at the mosque, and security forces had to intervene to take him out safely.

Whatever the reason is behind this brawl, it was a shameful act and a highly disrespectful one to the family and friends of the victim. The last thing they needed was someone turn their child’s funeral into a joke.

Here’s a nice [tribute] to Mohammad prepared by his friends.


We are all Mohammad Chaar

All pictures are courtesy of Annahar

Get Well Schumi!

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(FILE) Former F1 Driver Michael Schumacher Hurt In Skiing Accident

Seven-times F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after an off-piste skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel. Michael hit his head on a rock and suffered head trauma with coma that needed prompt neurosurgical treatment.

I’ve become addicted to F1 because of Michael Schumacher. I’ve seen him win back to back championships with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, supported him during his tough Ferrari debut, the horrible crash he had in 1999 then his majestic years from 2000 to 2004 where he clinched 5 consecutive championships. I enjoyed watching him race with Mercedes even though I knew he wouldn’t win a championship. I even flew to Monza in Italy to watch him live at least once in my life before he retires.

He’s been an inspiration to millions (including myself) around the world, despite few unfortunate incidents. He’s a great skier, footballer and motorcycle driver as well. He also won the Race of Champions several times along with recent F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. To sum it up and in my personal opinion, he’s the greatest driver in the history of Formula1.

Let’s hope his condition improves today and he gets better very soon.

Or as Martin Brundle said:

Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it.

PS: You can follow updates [Here].

The hospital where Schumi is being treated

Saudi Arabia donates $3 Billion Dollars To The Lebanese army

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This is definitely better than the Cessna 208 Caravan the Lebanese Army got from the US and the 70 Land Rovers from Britain.

“The king of the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is offering this generous and appreciated aid of $3bn to the Lebanese army to strengthen its capabilities,” Mr Sleiman said in his address. Hopefully money will go to the right place and help the army fight terrorist groups and control the situation better.

He said it was the largest assistance provided in Lebanon’s history and would be used to buy weapons from France. [BBC]

Cessna Caravan donated by the US to the Lebanese Army

Oil Money To Help the Lebanese Army but from a different source

Good Reads on Beirut’s Latest Explosion and Mohammad Chatah’s Assassination

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Picture taken from Reuters

Mohamad Chatah’s Open Letter to Tehran – The Wall Street Journal

A Talisman for Tolerance – Lebanon loses Mohamad Chatah – Tom Fletcher

The Death of Two Mohammeds – BeirutSpring

16 year old Mohammad Chaar is not a Martyr nor a Hero – DreamOfChange

Are You Ok? – ProBeirut

The meaning of the Shatah assassination – Rami Khoury (DailyStar)

The final, ominous tweets of Mohamad Chatah, Lebanese politician killed in car bomb – Max Fisher (WashingtonPost)

Killing Mohamad Chatah – David Kenner (Foreign Policy)

Mohamad Chatah’s killing threatens to make Syrian war explode into Lebanon – The Sydney Morning Herald