DSL Is Down

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The DSL connections have been down for more than 3 hours now and I am unable to reach Ogero to figure out what’s happening. It seems they were performing some maintenance but it’s taking forever.

Update: DSL was back up on August 14th around noon.

Lebanese Mahmoud Bazzi To Be Deported From The US

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Mahmoud Bazzi was arrested 3 weeks ago by the US authorities and will be deported to Lebanon after he dropped his opposition during an immigration court hearing in downtown Detroit.

Bazzi has been living in Detroit for over 10 years now and used to work as an ice cream man. He will get away from his crime if he comes back to Lebanon unless he flies through Europe and gets arrested there. So far, he’s been denying the charges and claiming that “he falsely confessed to the slayings because he feared a Lebanese militia would kill him unless he lied”.

I wish we’d give that much importance to justice in this country instead of promoting killers to become political leaders and MPs.

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Pte Thomas Barrett (left)and Pte Derek Smallhorne were abducted and shot dead in 1980 in south Lebanon – via Irish Times

#Tripoli_Loves_Beer: 10 Things Tripoli’s Mayor Should Worry About Before Banning Beer Ads

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Removing the beer ads in Tripoli may be legally correct, but I think Tripoli’s mayor should have other priorities on his agenda that are way more important than removing alcohol billboards. Here are some of them:

1- Remove all Jihadists and Qaeda-like flags from the city.
2- Fight child labor specially in the poor areas.
3- Remove all banners and flyers that harm the image of Tripoli as the city of peace and co-existence.
4- Improve the living conditions of local residents and refugees inside the city.
5- Fight poverty, improve education and help needy families.
6- Promote tourism in Tripoli.
7- Kick off more initiatives to fight pollution and preserve the environment in Tripoli.
8- Rehabilitate historic and classified structures and help preserve the city’s cultural heritage.
9- Improve road conditions inside the city and fight traffic congestion.
10- Fix the garbage collection problem to avoid more dumping sites.

And the list goes on and on …

Art Of C At City Centre Beirut: Creativity For A Good Cause

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Five Lebanese artists were showcasing their creativity for a good cause at the Beirut City Centre on Saturday. Famous Tattoo artist Hady Beydoun, Graffiti Artists Rami Mouallem and Alfred Bader, Fashion Illustrator Sandra Bakhamian, and Dispatch Beirut were all decorating a huge C letter and turning them into giant pieces of art.

I passed by to check out what they’re up to and took pictures of their art work. I love Sandra and Rami’s structures the most.

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20140809_170110 Rami Mouallem supporting Donner Sang Compter

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20140809_165324 Dispatch Beirut supporting KunHadi

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What Is Wrong With The Lebanese Basketball Teams? Why Are They So Determined To Kill The Game?

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I am really surprised that basketball players in Lebanon are still quiet over what’s happening recently. The Lebanese Federation may be obliged to take a decision soon that will literally kill basketball in Lebanon and harm first and foremost the Lebanese players. As you can see from the report, All the teams (except Riyadi) want 3 foreign players instead of 2 and their arguments are as follows:

Allowing three foreign players:
- will increase competitiveness.
- allow the Lebanese players to improve.
- lower the budgets of all the teams.

What they are basically saying is that Lebanese basketball players are overpriced and that they’d rather overpay one additional foreign player than invest in Lebanese. Honestly speaking, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard and that can ever be implemented. If anything, the teams should allow only one foreign player and the federation can always bring down the salaries for Lebanese players if they find them outrageous and high (which they are not).

If the teams are suffering financially, it’s because they’ve been spending massively on foreign players (instead of spending on young talents) in the past years in order to clinch the title, and I am sure they will do the same as soon as their financial situation improves and spend even more on foreign players since they will be allowed three.

I am really glad the president of the FLB Walid Nassar is against allowing three foreign players and I really hope he doesn’t change his mind and look for alternatives. Speaking of alternatives, here’s what I suggest:

1- Set a yearly budget range (between 750K and 1.5M) that all teams must abide by.
2- Allow 1 or 2 foreign players only and LIMIT the spending on foreign players to 25% of the total budget.
3- Force the teams to implement a 3-year financial plan.
4- Form a committee to follow up on the team’s spending and penalize those who fail to show a positive balance within 5 years.

That’s one of the ways to improve Basketball in Lebanon and I am sure there are other alternatives. Asking for three foreign players will bring the game 10 years back.

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Annahar Writes About A Gay Marriage In Faqra Then Removes The Story And Apologizes

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I saved this story to read it later, only to find out that Annahar removed it and posted a clarification stating that it was a fabricated story to harm the paper’s image. They also apologized to the groom showing in the picture and to his bestman showing in the picture.

This is a very serious mistake to do to be honest and I am very surprised to see Annahar allow such a thing. Unless of course the wedding did take place (see tweet below) and Annahar didn’t want to share it.

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Update: Here’s a link to the deleted story.

Dfouni’s Super Quinoa Salad

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If you like Quinoa, you should definitely try the one Super Dfouni makes. I’ve been having it almost every day for the past 2 months. It contains grilled Halloumi, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, parsley, cranberries and almond. It’s home-made, fresh, delicious, filling and costs only 12,000 LL.

Here are other Quinoa salads I recommend:
- Captain Cook’s AC/DC Quinoa Salad which is huge and filling.
- Lord Of The Wings’ All Natural Quinoa salad.
- Zaatar W Zeit’s Quinoa Tabbouleh.

PS: Super Dfouni is a supermarket located in Achrafieh on the Charles Malek Avenue, facing SO restaurant (Phone number: 01/330999).

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Beirut City Centre Checking Car Plate Numbers

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I was at the Beirut City Centre on Saturday and I noticed the security people were using a machine to check car plate numbers. I’m assuming they are checking if the car is stolen or not, pretty much like what I’ve suggested in my Masrou2a App post.

I am hoping the ISF will implement soon a license plate recognition technology to track down stolen cars and maybe figure out where they’re setting up the cars with explosives or catch random car thieves.