Beirut Among The 50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s

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Beirut made it on EliteDaily’s List of The 50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s and I actually agree on their description of Beirut as being a “great place to eat, explore and party”. Beirut is a great city to visit if you are in your 20s as you could rent a small apartment or stay at a cheap motel in Mar Mikhael, Hamra or Gemayze, explore the city during the day, enjoy the great food we have to offer and party and have fun at night.

I honestly believe Beirut totally belongs (in a non-cliché way) in this list. Check it out [Here].

The hidden gems of the world are becoming hot spots for tourists — so all the more reason to visit these places sooner rather than later.

There’s no better time to travel to these places than when you’re in your 20s. As we get older, the comfort and ease of guided tours becomes increasingly appealing, so explore the world now while you still have the energy.

The world’s greatest cities aren’t going anywhere; you have your entire life to visit them. Why not go to places where you can be your own tourist?

A Letter From Yves

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Yves deserved candles not bullets, he deserved birthday cakes and celebrations not a funeral. I didn’t know Yves, neither did many of us, but we all helped spread his story and ask for the arrest of his killers because we are fed up with thugs and criminals mocking justice and doing whatever they like. We forced some politicians to come out and deny covering for these criminals and we should continue to push until justice prevails. I believe in our juridical system and I am positive there’s a number of decent judges in this country but we need to keep the pressure on and make sure every murderer gets arrested.

Until then, my good friend wrote this beautiful letter that I thought is worth sharing:

So I woke up there, it’s such a beautiful and a calm place… The last thing I remember that I was partying with my friends and enjoying my time.
I didn’t realize where I was until two beautiful angels walked towards me and welcomed me to heaven and took my hand and asked me to join them.
They showed me my room, it looks small from the outside and I was surprised, is this really heaven everyone talks about? But when I walked in I was shocked by how huge it is from the inside.

The room had 4 windows, I walked towards the first one; I saw my mom, she was there crying while looking at my picture, I called her name “Mum, I’m fine, I am here not physically but you can close your eyes and there I am hugging you and telling you how much I love you”. I couldn’t see her that way, I looked away.
The second window showed my dad, my hero. I whispered: “Dad, I know how strong you are and whenever you will break down, I will take your hand and lift you up, the way you lifted me up every time I fell since I was a kid”

The third window showed my sister, that’s when I was speechless and I couldn’t say a word.

The fourth window got bigger the closer I got to it and when I looked through it, tears of happiness filled my eyes and I couldn’t stop smiling as I was seeing many people from Lebanon and around the globe supporting #JusticeForYves.

For a second I stopped there and looked at my friends and the people who did not know me and I smiled, there were people from all around the globe.
I’m here to thank you, I’m there in each and everyone of you.
I don’t want any of you to be Yves, Stand up for me and for you.
And as I was going to get some rest, an angel knocked at my door with a cart full of letters that are from you, prayers and pictures.
Thank you people,
Much love,
Yves.

Fairouz Old House In Beirut To Become A Museum

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The old Beiruti house Fairouz grew up in won’t be demolished and turned into a skyscraper. Instead the municipality of Beirut will take over the house and turn it into a museum to honor Fairouz’s career and achievements. I am glad that the house won’t be demolished like Amine Maalouf’s residence and this is the least the municipality can do to one of the most widely admired and respected singers in the Arab world.

The house is located in Zkak el Blat in Beirut. Here’s a [link] to the original article.

Is It Legal To Share Charlie Hebdo’s Cover In Lebanon?

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Three million copies of Charlie Hebdo were printed and distributed today with a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign on the cover page. Above the cartoon are the words “All is forgiven” in reference to the bloody attack on the magazine last week. I’ve seen a lot of Lebanese and few journalists and medias sharing the cartoon on their social media page but I wonder if it’s legal to do such a thing?

I know for a fact that you can go to jail for “blasphemy God publicly” in Lebanon and I am pretty sure you can’t draw the prophet and publish it anywhere in Lebanon, but I don’t know if it’s the same thing when you are sharing someone else’s work. If it were up to me, I would vote for a limitless freedom of expression as I believe extremes will end up being repelled by most societies. Take for example Charlie Hebdo, the magazine was suffering financially and looking for funds before the attack and now it’s selling 3 million copies and has collected over $1 million dollars in donations because of that incident.

In all cases, I hope no one gets sued or threatened for sharing the cover today.

George Clooney Pays Tribute To His Wife Amal Alamuddin At The 2015 Golden Globes

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It appears that Amal was the star of the Golden Globes show even though she wasn’t nominated for anything. When asked on the red carpet what she was wearing, Amal ignored the question and pointed out that there’s a #JeSuisCharlie button on her purse in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo murder.

Check out what Clooney said about his wife (Start At Minute 3:20) and The Guardian‘s spot on tweet below:

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PS: Here’s how Ellen DeGeneres reacted to Clooney’s emotional speech haha!

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#JusticeForYves: How Hard Is It To Find Yves Nawfal’s Killers?

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We know every single detail related to Yves’ murder, from the fight that erupted in the night to how they got out and then ambushed. We also know the names of the whole gang involved in the murder and almost every politician denied hiding or covering these criminals, so what’s stopping the police from arresting them?

Well apparently they can’t find them still, even though Charbel Khalil’s lawyer did issue a clarification regarding the incident and is probably communicating with the suspect. Assuming they didn’t flee to Syria as it was reported, I think our interior minister should intervene personally to step up the investigation, find these murderers and throw them in jail where they belong.

PS: I don’t know how OTV managed to mix between Yves Nawfal’s murder and crimes related to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.