250 New Buses For Beirut and Lebanon

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The article says the ministry will be also installing 911 stations including 310 inside Beirut with a sign to inform passengers about possible delays.

The Public Works and Transport Ministry is devising a strategy for managing the sector in Lebanon by purchasing 250 new buses to operate on 20 routes inside Beirut while linking it with stations in other areas such as Tripoli, Sidon and Chtaura, according to the head of the parliamentary commission for Public Works, Energy, Water and Transportation.

MP Mohammad Qabbani said during a meeting to discuss this issue Tuesday that 200 buses would be dedicated to Beirut while the other 50 would work in between other governorates.

Here’s a map showing Lebanon’s bus routes and map but I don’t know where we can find the bus schedules online.
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My Favorite Cereals: Jordans’ Country Crisp

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I have cereals almost every day for breakfast and sometimes during the day and I always like to try out new brands, however I’ve been addicted for the past 4 or 5 months to Jordans. When I started buying them, few supermarkets had them but since then I’ve been seeing Jordans in a lot of supermarkets and they are running out real quickly.

My favorites are the Chunky nuts, the Honey & Nuts and the Chocolate. If you like mixing cereals with your yogurt, go for the Muesli.

I’ve been buying Jordans from O&C in Jal el Dib, Stop & Shop in Dbayyeh and Achrafieh and Black Pepper in ABC Dbayyeh. TSC and Charcutier Aoun don’t have them.

Arab-American Sulome Anderson’s #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies Selfie Gone Viral

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jews He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn’t speak the language of occupation #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies via @SulomeAnderson

Sulome Anderson is an Arab-American journalist who writes for the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, NY Mag & VICE. She’s half Lebanese and tweeted the other day a selfie with her Jewish bf kissing with a message that said #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. The photo quickly has gone viral and became a symbol of peace. Sulome Anderson is the daughter of former AP Middle East bureau chief Terry Anderson, who was kidnapped in Lebanon three months before she was born in 1985 by a Shiite militia and was held for seven years.

I think these messages are important, because even though they won’t help resolve the conflict, it brings people, mainly Jews and Arabs, together as this conflict isn’t just about politics but about people and human values. It is unacceptable that children and innocent civilians get murdered that way and no one’s able to stop these massacres from happening.

My boyfriend is Jewish, raised in an orthodox family, and I’m half Lebanese. Last week we were on vacation and, at the suggestion of a journalist friend, added a photo of us together in support of what was then a little-known initiative called Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies. I wrote those words on a piece of paper, kissed my boyfriend, snapped a picture, and posted it on the group’s Facebook page. I also tweeted it to my modest following and added this caption: “He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn’t speak the language of occupation.”

Mercer Consulting 2014 Report: Beirut Is The Most Expensive City In The Middle East For Expats

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Two African cities, Luanda in Angola and N’Djamena in Chad, topped the Mercer Consulting list of the most expensive cities for expatriates according to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey. They were followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Geneva, Tokyo, Bern, Moscow and Shanghai.

As for the Middle East, Beirut was ranked the most expensive city in the Middle East for expatriates and the 63rd world wide, followed by Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah. I don’t think that’s something we should be proud of as it doesn’t reflect the reality at all and we can’t be compared to cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

U.S Authorities Arrest Lebanese Mahmoud Bazzi Accused Killer Of Two Irish Soldiers 34 Years Ago

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If you remember back in January, Vice posted a story that I shared here about an Israeli-backed militiaman and murderer who kidnapped a journalist and two Irish UN peacekeepers in Lebanon back in the 1980s and ended up selling ice cream to children in Detroit.

The author back then said that the guy who kidnapped him was called Mahmoud Bazzi and that he’s currently living in Detroit and works as an ice cream man. Well it looks like the US authorities have finally arrested him and are planning to deport him on immigration charges. Bazzi is denying the charges and claims “he once falsely confessed to the slayings because he feared a Lebanese militia would kill him unless he lied”.

Federal agents have arrested a man the Irish government calls a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesdsay arrested Mahmoud Bazzi at his home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The agency arrested Bazzi for “administrative immigration violations” and not directly in connection to the killings in Lebanon, spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told The Associated Press. She said he would be held “pending removal proceedings.” [HuffingtonPost]

#LB4Gaza: A Unified Lebanese NewsCast In Solidarity With Gaza

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LBCI, Tele Liban, MTV, Al-Manar, Al-Jadeed, NBN, Future TV and OTV all broadcasted the same report tonight to voice solidarity with Gaza against the Israeli offensive. The Israeli war on Gaza is still ongoing and almost 600 Palestinians were killed so far. What’s happening is quite sickening as a lot of innocent civilians in Gaza are being targeted.

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