Beirut At Night

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I don’t know why this short movie brought back so many awesome memories of partying in Beirut. I remembered when I used to go to Rai, 37 degrees, Pacifico, Barracuda, Hole in the wall and other great places in Monot. I remembered when nightlife was booming in Beirut and Buddha Bar was the place to be. It also brought me back to Element at Sodeco and the amazing live concerts they used to project on a huge screen after midnight. I remembered how Gemmayze started with a couple of pubs and nights then became the hottest street in Beirut. Treesome, Barbu, Torino Express, Cactus, Myu, Kayan, Joe Peña’s, El Gardel and Alcazar are some of the pubs and nights where I spent countless hours drinking and dancing till dawn. I remember the nights at Kahwit el 2zez and how I used to park on Charles Malek’s avenue and walk all the way down (and then back up) the St Nicolas stairs. I also remembered the very late night stops at B018 and the endless snacks at Zaatar W Zeit, B2B back when it was still good (Picasso yum!) or McDonald’s for some little delicious plain cheese burgers, or some hotdogs outside Basement.

Many things have changed in Lebanon but Beirut’s nightlife is still the best.

Review: Her (2013)

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I just finished watching Her and I already feel like watching it once again. An outstanding movie, a brilliant concept and an odd yet captivating love story. “Her” makes you think about where we are today in terms of human interaction and relationships and where we might be going with all this progress in technology. It makes you wonder on the importance of technology in our everyday life and whether we should embrace it or not. It’s a strange love story between a man and an OS yet it feels at some points much deeper than many other real love stories in other movies.

I loved every single bit of it and I highly recommend it!

Video Showing The Suicide Bomber’s Kia Driving Around Dahieh

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We may be able to take few precautions against booby-trapped cars but there’s nothing we can do when it comes to suicide bombers. One thing that caught my attention though is that it seems as if the car got passed a security checkpoint on its way. If the Lebanese Army or ISF don’t have the proper tools to detect explosives, a good idea would be to have some kind of reader that verifies the plate number and tells if the car is stolen or not. Whether the plate number is fake or the car is stolen, matching it against some secure online database would do the trick. In fact, I wouldn’t be too worried about making that list public since all medias have access to it (don’t know me how) and don’t hesitate in posting who the car belongs to few minutes after every explosion.

Of course that’s not the ideal solution for preventing bombings but it would help detect stolen cars and cut down the chances of a potential attack.

Escape From Paradise: New Awesome Game From GameCooks

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After Birdy Nam Nam in 2011 and Run For Peace in 2012, Lebanon’s GameCooks just released a new puzzle/adventure packed game called “Escape From Paradise”.

I downloaded it few days ago and have been playing it almost daily. It’s a really fun and challenging game and there are always new obstacles to discover. The graphics are also pretty impressive and the game is very quick to load and browse. The only thing I didn’t appreciate is that it asks you if you want to skip levels every time you die two times in a row.

Escape from Paradise is made up of 5 themed worlds each consisting of 30 levels. I am almost done with Le Dezex world and about to unlock the third world.

Here are few useful links to download and try out the game:

Android:
Escape From Paradise

iOS:
Lite version: 1 world – 30 levels

Full version: 5 worlds – 150 levels and access to premium character skins

Facebook:
Escape From Paradise

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Lebanese Man Suspected of Killing His Two Daughters Leila And Zeinab then Committing Suicide At Fort Hood Texas

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It was reported a couple of days ago that a Lebanese man and his two daughters were shot to death in their home in the US, but it appears as if it is a murder-suicide case. For those of you unfamiliar with Fort Hood, it is “one of the one of the largest military installations in the world, has an on-post population of about 80,000, including more than 43,000 assigned military personnel”. Almost 70 soldiers have committed suicide since 2009 at Fort Hood

Al-Jadeed TV stated that the Ezzedine family “has expressed reservations on the initial results of the probe”, but it could be a long time before we know the final results.

U.S Army investigators said on Thursday that the civilian in the suspected murder-suicide, Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine, 43, the husband of Pfc. Carla Santisteban, 33, appeared to have killed the couple’s two children before committing suicide. The bodies of Mr. Ezzeddine and their two daughters — Zeinab Rouhad Ezzeddine, 4, and Leila Rouhad Ezzeddine, 9 — were discovered Tuesday morning in their single-story duplex-style house in the Pershing Park neighborhood of Fort Hood. [NYTimes]

An App To Tell Loved Ones After Every Bombing In Lebanon ‘I am still alive!’

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Sandra Hassan started this app as a joke but I have a feeling a lot of Lebanese will use it. I can’t wait for the “Istinkar” version she is working on for Lebanese Politicians lol!

You can download it for Android [Here].

Every time there is an explosion, we have to spend a lot of time contacting our loved ones and letting them know we’re alright, making sure they’re okay too.
Not anymore!
With this handy app, you just have to open it and tap one button and the fact that you’re safe and sound will be tweeted to the world with #Lebanon and #LatestBombing.
If your friends use this app too then you can just go to your twitter feed and filter for these hashtags to instantly get reassured about your loved ones!
We’re working on newer versions of this app that will support facebook as well.
NB: We are also working on a version for the politicians so that they can tweet out there “istinkar” of the situation with just one tap!

Car Accidents Decreased In 2013 In Lebanon

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The Lebanese Traffic Management Center published the number of accidents that took place in 2013 month by month. The total was 3204 accidents, causing 4301 injuries and 560 casualties. August was the deadliest month with 78 kills. I usually check stats on KunHadi’s website (see above) but the December numbers are missing.

Even though the number of casualties is almost the same, the total number of accidents is down by 30% from 2012 which is good news!

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Source: TMC

#NotAMartyr Campaign on CNN

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The #NotAMartyr campaign was started following the unfortunate death of 16 year old Mohammad Chaar who was taking a selfie with some friends when the car behind them exploded. The bombing was targeted against ex-Minister Mohammad Chata7 who unfortunately died along with 5 other people.

The #NotAMartyr campaign spread quickly and the latest mention was in an article by CNN International Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom, whom I had the chance to meet once during the I Am Not A Tourist event at Biel.

You can read the full article [Here].

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Mohammad Chaar wasn’t looking to become a martyr — or a victim. Late last month, the 16-year-old student was just hanging out with his friends in downtown Beirut, out of school and having fun. They all took a selfie to mark the moment, and never expected that moment would become so momentous.
The car bombing targeted and killed Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese Ambassador to the United States — but several others also lost their lives.
Minutes after the blast, Chaar appeared in another picture. In it, he’s seen lying unconscious and bleeding on the pavement. He would die later from his wounds.
As is the custom in Lebanon, hardly any time had passed before Chaar, an innocent bystander, had been branded a far weightier title. All of a sudden, “victim” had morphed into “martyr.”