16 Lebanese Featured Among The 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40

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Arabian Business published the 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 list which included 16 Lebanese. The top ranked was Iqbal Al Asaad who’s a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, followed by Amal Clooney, Maher Zain, Rani Raad and Nancy Ajram. Khalil Beschir, a Lebanese racing driver and the first ever Arab to race in a single-seater World Championship was also featured on that list.

You can check out the full list [here].

Here are the Lebanese mentioned:

6- Iqbal Al Asaad
Industry: Science
Country: Lebanon (Palestine)

9- Amal Clooney
Industry: Law
Country:UK (Lebanon)

10- Maher Zain
Industry: Culture and society
Country: Sweden (Lebanon)

13- Rani Raad
Industry:Media
Country: UK (Lebanon)

19- Nancy Ajram
Industry: Arts and entertainment
Country: Lebanon

44- Moustafa Fahour
Industry: Culture and Society
Country: Lebanon

49- Philippe Ghanem
Industry: Banking and finance
Country: UAE (Lebanon)

53- Habib Haddad
Industry: Technology
Country: Lebanon

63- Abdallah Absi
Industry: Technology
Country: Lebanon

65- Ayah Bdeir
Industry: Technology
Country: Canada (Lebanon)

67-Mahmoud Kabbour
Industry: Arts and entertainment
Country: Lebanon

79- Fahd Hariri
Industry: Banking and finance
Country: France (Lebanon)

82- Khalil Beschir
Industry: Sport
Country: Lebanon

89- Diala Makki
Industry: Arts and entertainment
Country: UAE (Lebanon)

99- Myriam Fares
Industry: Arts and entertainment
Country: Lebanon

100- May Habib
Industry: Technology
Country: UAE (Lebanon)

Updated (It’s A Loto Campaign) Who’s Behind The Black Cats Campaign?

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There’s an ongoing campaign all over Lebanon portraying black cats as being bad luck and asking people to catch the black cat. I honestly don’t know who is behind it, but I find it wrong to portray black cats as being bad luck and ask people to catch black cats. If anything, doing so will further negative stereotypes and that’s the last thing black cats need as they already are abused because of such misconceptions. Moreover, asking people to catch a black cat and call a number once they do is a terrible idea as people might hurt them in the process.

In all cases, I’m trying to figure what’s the purpose of this campaign and if you know anything, please do share. More importantly, leave the black cats and all the cats alone and don’t try to catch any. If anything, adopt one :)

Update: Impact BBDO worked on the campaign for LOTO. Since Black cats are considered bad luck in Lebanon, LOTO are sending all the black cats on a vacation from Lebanon to New Zealand.

I’m sure there’s no negativity intended around this, but I wouldn’t have asked people to catch black cats. The campaign could have been targeted towards black cat owners instead. Here’s the video:

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Animals Lebanon responded to this ad by encouraging people to adopt a black cat and stop the negative myths about them.

Only In Lebanon: When You’d Rather Have Cancer Than Protest Against Your Political Party

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I spotted posters on the Jounieh highway inviting locals to protest against the Zouk powerplant on Saturday the 25th of April at 3pm. I texted a friend, who happens to be from Zouk Mikhael, and asked him about the protest and whether he’s going or not. He told me that he’s definitely not going because the protest is organized by people he disagrees with politically (wou 3am bya3emlouwa benkeye and maybe he’s right). I asked him whether his party or whomever he’s supporting are doing anything to fix this problem and he didn’t have a clear answer. Instead, he started attacking others and blaming them for not doing anything.

This small talk pretty much sums up the Zouk power plant situation and how Adonis and Zouk residents and municipalities, as well as Keserwan MPs and ministers haven’t done anything to shut down this polluting and hazardous plant. Some people have been lobbying since the days of the Camille Chamoun presidency, yet all their efforts have gone in vain because it’s all about politics and some people would rather get cancer from the toxins dispatched by the chemical plant than protest against their Zaiims. I don’t know how some Lebanese can be so nonchalant about their health and the well being of their children, specially when there are studies showing an increase in cancer due to this power plant.

The Zouk plant has been operating for more than 50 years and is polluting the whole country not just the Keserwan area. A couple of years back, emissions were reduced by 80% by Minister Gebran Bassil but this is not enough as filters aren’t apparently an effective solution. I don’t know what Zouk residents are still waiting for, but they are jeopardizing their health and their family’s health by keeping things as they are. What’s even worse is that more buildings are being built around the plant and the area is becoming overpopulated, not to mention the new beach resorts that are opening every summer, and the third smoke stack that might be added.

To sum things up, if the problem is that we can’t get rid of the power-plant that easily, municipalities should raise awareness on its dangers and keep people away from it. They should also organize protests and pressure the authorities to cut down the pollution and agree on a plan to remove the power plants once and for all. At the same time, municipalities should do what Zahle did and try to figure out alternatives (renewable energy solutions maybe?) to provide their towns and villages with 24/7 electricity, that way they will be able to negotiate on better terms, noting that Zouk residents don’t even get 24/7 electricity! It’s quite absurd that the authorities are allowing people to build new residential areas, commercial centers and beach resorts around the Zouk power plant while there’s a yearly increase of cancer cases and other diseases due to this plant!

For those of you who think that there’s no solution to this matter, check out this study done by Patrick Kallas that I found online and that proposes four solutions to the Zouk power plant issue, and I’m sure there are other studies and solutions published online.

As far as Saturday’s protest is concerned, I don’t know who is organizing it but that’s not how you achieve things. You need to convince residents that you have a certain strategy, that you will be following a certain plan of work and that these protests will eventually get somewhere not just end up on some local TV’s news bulletin for 2 minutes.

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Remember The Armenian Genocide And Discover Armenia Street On April 26th

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Achrafieh 2020 is collaborating with Audio Kultur for the commemoration of 100 years of the Armenian Genocide and organizing a “Discover Armenia Street” on April 26th. Armenia Street, also known as Mar Mikhael, is the hottest place to be in Beirut right now and will be turned into a car-free street for one day. Armenian artists and music will be there to celebrate Armenia and make this day an unforgettable one.

I will be at Waterfront City Dbayeh at 10am walking in heels on April 26th before heading to Armenia Street, so see you all at both events hopefully!

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Week24: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Nino Colors of sunset – by Ninofenianos

Rio Jesus Keserwan not Rio – by MichoKhoury

Souks elephant Warming up for AUB Outdoors – by PolSamuel at The Beirut Souks

Thirsty Thirsty? By Shoufreserve

Tyr Hidden gem in the South – by Mounir

Follow Haig Melikian: A Lebanese-Armenian Who Loves Biking And Nature

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If you like biking and nature, Haig Melikian is definitely someone worth following in Lebanon. I’ve been following Haig since Day1 and I love all his pictures. Whether it’s really hot or freezing cold, Haig is always on his bike and sharing the most amazing pictures wherever he goes. His videos are also pretty cool.

I used to love biking during spring and I remember we used to take trips from Hrajel to Afka where the cave and the waterfalls are. It’s a lot of fun and makes you discover amazing places in Lebanon. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I went on a bike trip and seeing Haig’s pictures makes me miss it more.

I shared some of Haig’s pictures below (with his permission of course), and you can check out his profile [here].

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Hiba Tawaji Out Of The Voice France

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Hiba Tawaji was unfortunately unable to proceed to the final round and is leaving The Voice France in the semi finals just like Anthony Touma. Hiba lost after Mika gave her 23 vs 27 for her opponent and she couldn’t make up for that gap in the public vote. I went through the tweets and Facebook comments and everyone seems to be blaming Mika for not letting Hiba show her true potential. I wouldn’t know about that but I’m disappointed that she didn’t even make it to the finals.

In all cases, and as I said in my first post on The Voice France, Hiba didn’t need to go there because she’s very talented but the exposure she got from the show is quite amazing and will open new opportunities for her hopefully.

Update: here’s the video showing Hiba’s performance.

Lil Jon Is Too Scared To Come To Beirut

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So Lil Jon was coming to O1NE Beirut yesterday and decided to cancel his show a couple of days before due to travel restrictions from the US government. Honestly, I’m not buying his excuse and I think that’s total B.S and unprofessional because these restrictions were issued back in August 2014, so his manager must have known about them before agreeing to fly to Beirut. Funnily enough, Lil Jon was at White Beirut back in August 2014 when the situation was deteriorating and we had suicide bombings a couple of months before.

On another note, I think the US Embassy should update their travel restrictions because Lebanon has been relatively safe for quite some time now, or at least be more specific like the UK Embassy is and advise against all travel to the southern Bekaa region of Lebanon along the border with Syria.

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In all cases, it’s his loss.

PS: Here’s a song min wa7e el mounessabé.

Lebanon And North Korea Passports Have The Same Ranking

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According to Passport Index.org, Lebanon and North Korea have a passport power rank of 73, which means that you can visit 44 countries without a visa using these passports. Cambodia and Gabon also share the same score. In terms of Arab countries, UAE is on top with 72 visa free countries while Lebanon has the worst ranking which doesn’t sound right specially when Syria is still ahead of us.

Here’s the full list of Arab countries with their corresponding ranking:
47– United Arab Emirates (72 visa free countries)
52– Qatar (66 visa free countries)
54– Kuwait (64 visa free countries)
57– Saudi Arabia (61 visa free countries)
61– Bahrain (61 visa free countries)
63- Oman (54 visa free countries)
64– Egypt (53 visa free countries)
68- Jordan (49 visa free countries)
69- Syria (48 visa free countries)
73– Lebanon (44 visa free countries)

The US topped the list worldwide, followed by United Kingdom, France, South Korea and Germany.

PS: The Henley & Partners Visa Restriction Index shows the Lebanese Passport in the 88th position (out of 93).

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