Join The Protests #La2annak_Healthy

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7irak via Body Buddy Beirut

A nutrition center in Beirut is making use of the recent events and lack of electricity in Lebanon to promote its business. Being healthy is definitely an advantage when you are running away from tear gas canisters, water cannons and the riot police and not having electricity is a good excuse to take the stairs.

The “Feek Tdayen” banner below is messed up though.

tdawen2 via Body Buddy Beirut

But not as messed up as the new “wet club” in Maameltein lol!

20151023_172846 Thanks Michel!

UN Celebrating 70 Years Of Partnership With A Beautiful Tribute To Lebanon

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Sigrid Kaag, the UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Actor and Producer George Khabbaz, Michael Haddad, The Chehade brothers, May Khalil and the Beirut Marathon team, Graffiti/street artist Yazan Halawani, radio hosts Olga Habre and Gavin Ford, TV Host Paula Yacoubian, Fadi el Khatib, The UN troops, MEA Airlines hostesses, the Lebanese Red Cross and others took part in the beautiful tribute

Check it out:


blue phoenicia Phoenicia Hotel lit up its building in Blue to commemorate UN day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

Closing Open Manholes During Winter

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As soon as it starts to rain, roads are flooded with water (and garbage recently) in Lebanon and open manholes are no longer visible to drivers and pedestrians. Open manholes pose serious threat to commuters and the concerned parties (Ministry of Public Works and Municipality) rarely work on closing them during storms or at least putting warning signs around them.

Of course we as citizens can help prevent painful incidents by closing down these open manholes when possible and that’s what this guy did today. However I advise you to be careful when closing manholes and watch out for reckless drivers.



Thanks Yorgui!

Electricité De Zahlé Has Gone A Bit Too Far

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The EDZ (Electricité De Zahlé) online campaign has been a brilliant one up until their latest ad. I love how they are shedding light on Zahle’s lifestyle and issues in a funny way and how they are bragging about their 24/7 electricity but they should have left guns out of it. In their latest ad which was shared yesterday, they show a young man from Zahle pulling a gun just because he couldn’t find a spot on the street to pee.

I don’t really understand what’s funny about that and I personally don’t know anyone from Zahle who carries a gun around with him when he’s out. Whether it does reflect Zahle’s society or not, carrying guns in public is dangerous and reckless. Moreover, this ad couldn’t have come at a worse time especially after what happened during Skaff’s funeral in Zahle last week.

I’m still jealous though that they have 24/7 electricity and water. Maybe they should think of promoting Zahle as a safe city and encourage Lebanese and tourists to visit it.


A Blood Donation Campaign On Ashoura

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Who is Hussain? and Donner Sang Compter Lebanon in collaboration with AUB MC are organizing a blood donation campaign today in commemoration of Ashoura.

This special blood drive aims to encourage those who commemorate Ashoura to “give blood for those who need it most and be like Hussain”. It will take place at the Crowne Plaza Beirut between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm and the units will be donated to the Children Cancer Center at AUB.

For those of you who are not familiar with Ashoura, it is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as a mourning day for the martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Prophet Mohammad during the Battle of Karbala some 1300 years ago. Re-enacting the battle has been long a tradition among the Shiite communities and involves in few areas self-flagellation in order to remember the blood that Hussein shed for them. Abbas cookies are also made during this day and they are quite good!

Netflix Might Be Launching In The Middle East Soon

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According to IGN, Netflix has confirmed they will be launching in the Middle East soon. In an email to IGN ME, Netflix’s Joris Evers said, “We plan to complete our global expansion by the end of 2016. Of course the Middle East is part of that, hence our hiring.”

If you look under Jobs on, you will find that there’s one specific position for the Middle East area. This is definitely great news but we still have to see what will be available on Netflix once it starts here. Currently, people are using VPN services to access Netflix.


#DafaCampaign On November 1 To Help Families In Need All Over Lebanon

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Winter is coming and a lot of families in Lebanon are unable to stay safe and warm. The #DafaCampaign is aimed at helping all those in need of heating, warm winter clothing, toys, electronics, food and others …

The campaign was kicked off by Journalist Paula Yacoubian and is taking place on Sunday November 1 from 10 am till 6 pm at Martyrs Square and donations will be distributed to organizations and families in need all over Lebanon.

What I like about this campaign is that it’s aimed at helping all families and is not restricted to refugees or Lebanese. Just to give you an idea, 3.3 million people are in need in Lebanon, half of them are Lebanese. Moreover, we had 61% more POOR inside Lebanon since 2011 and 1.5 Million Lebanese are below the poverty line.

#DafaCampaign is taking place in 8 days so there’s plenty of time for everyone to gather the stuff that they don’t need and drop them. Hope to see you all there!


Is The New Traffic Law Still Working?

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I don’t think we need to compare stats between this year and the previous one to realize that the new traffic law, whose implementation started back in April, is no longer working. In fact, ever since I got fined for using my phone, which I insist I wasn’t, I haven’t seen a single cop on that same road. Moreover, I’m seeing more and more people use their phone while driving, as well as others driving recklessly, going the wrong way, parking illegally etc …

To make things worse, police officers and army men are still breaking the law without being punished. The other day on the Dbayyeh maritime road, I spotted an army man driving recklessly while talking on the phone and without the seat belt on, as well as a police officer driving the wrong way on a scooter without any helmet on.

In terms of numbers, Yasa confirmed back in August that the number of accidents decreased dramatically during the first two months (April & May) but then the numbers started increasing gradually. I looked up the stats per month that Kunhadi published (taken from ISF) and they surprisingly show that the number of crashes have significantly decreased this year but the number of fatalities didn’t change much. However, if you look at the Lebanese Red Cross numbers (August 2014 vs August 2015), you will notice that the numbers are very similar.


Another Failed Attempt?

Some people may argue that the new law needs time to be applied properly but I think the reasons why it’s not working are very clear and I’ve raised them already before:

– Policemen are still breaking the law and should be punished more severely when they do so as they are role models for others to follow.
– People are using wasta to remove the fines.
– The idea from the new traffic law should be to help people become aware of the traffic law and care about their own safety, not just fine them and send the money elsewhere.
– Lebanese should know that the fines they are paying are going somewhere to improve the infrastructure.
– The law is being applied in specific areas.

I once proposed an idea to help implement the new traffic law, stop Wasta and fix roads and I’m sure there are other ways to make this law work but it doesn’t look like anyone is interested in doing so.


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red cross aug 2015

About That Anti-Drugs Flash Mob in USJ

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Yesterday, rumors spread that an USJ student had a stroke due to a Captagon overdose and was rushed to the hospital. The news also said that he overdosed after he had an argument with the drug dealer on campus which doesn’t really make any sense.

تعرض الطالب كارل ضاهر إلى نوبة جراء تناوله لجرعة زائدة من حبوب الكبتاغون إثر خلاف مع المروجة وزميلته في كلية الطب في جامعة القديس يوسف في منطقة المتحف ليا ونّس.

As it turns out, it was all part of a flash mob organized by the Lebanese Forces Students at USJ and the USJ administration to raise awareness on drug abuse. Of course the initiative is a good one but that’s not really a flash mob or at least that’s a badly executed one because a flash mob consists of a “large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse” and more importantly they should be spreading the video online to make the proper impact.

The only video I found online was the one of the young man being taken to the hospital which is misleading of course. If they’re planning on releasing one later on this week, it would be too late as the so-called flash mob is already over.

All in all, I’m not trying to criticize the anti-drugs campaign led by these students and the USJ administration but they should have advertised it in a better way to reach a larger audience and make the story go viral.

PS: On another note, the anti-drugs billboards were spot on. I loved the slogans used.