92% Of Lebanese Find It Unacceptable For The US To Monitor Communications Of Citizens

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The American government has reportedly been monitoring communications, such as emails and phone calls, in the U.S and other countries. Pew conducted a survey asking people from around the world whether they find it acceptable or not for the US to monitor communications from citizens, American citizens, suspected terrorists and country leaders.

Here’s what the Lebanese had to say about that:
- 92% found is unacceptable for the American government to monitor communications of Lebanese citizens.
- 76% found it acceptable for the American government to monitor communications of suspected terrorists.
- 77% found it unacceptable for the American government to monitor communications of US citizens.
- 87% found it unacceptable for the American government to monitor communications of Lebanese leaders.

You can find other Pew polls [Here]. One interesting survey on the rise of Islamic Extremism in the Middle East revealed that 92% of Lebanese (the highest %) were very concerned about Islamic Extremism in their country.

Thanks Mark!

Buffalo Steak House Open In Kaslik

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I wonder if it’s a good idea to open a steak house in the middle of Kaslik. I don’t recall any other restaurant opening in that center next to Lina’s but most of the diners, cafes and burger joints that opened on that street ended up closing down, except for Crepaway, Zaatar W Zeit and Burger King.

I will definitely pass by and give it a try when it opens as I’ve never been to Buffalo Steak House before.

Update: It looks like it opened in April. Thanks Ryan!

Lebanese Emilie Houwat Wins The First Edition Of ‘I am NatGeo Photographer’

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I Am a NatGeo Photographer is a reality show broadcasted on National Geographic Abu Dhabi. It features eight asipiring photographer from across the region competing in a series of challenges all over the UAE. “Their goal is to find that perfect photo until, in time-honoured reality-TV fashion, only one remains to be crowned the winner and see their work in the pages of the ¬≠magazine”.

The first edition of this show has come to an end and it was a Lebanese photographer called Emilie Houwat who won. I haven’t seem the picture she took as I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I will update the post once I do.

Congrats to Emilie! You can check out her website [Here].

ISF Traffic Management On The Zouk – Kaslik Maritime Road

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Every time I am stuck in traffic on the maritime road between Nahr el Kalb and Kaslik, there are assholes who try to go the wrong way, then cut people off and make traffic even worse. I’ve tweeted at the ISF several times before asking them to patrol this road and fine these drivers and it seems they’ve finally decided to do so!

As you can see in the pictures, police cars were deployed along the road and cones were put in the middle of the road. Needless to say, it took us less time to get to Jounieh.

Great job from the ISF! I hope they keep doing it though or just put cones or separators along the way.

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Did The Internet In Lebanon Really Slow Down Recently?

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I’ve been told by a couple of people that the internet is really bad lately in Lebanon, but personally speaking I couldn’t relate to what they are saying as I haven’t been experiencing any unusual slowness. My Alfa 4G connection is lightening fast and I’ve consumed the whole 5GB last month before my cycle ended. The 4MB Ogero DSL connection I have at work is very fast and the only issues we had lately were with our router and Ogero who were doing some maintenance a couple of weeks back. The 1Mb Ogero DSL connection I have at my parent’s house is still decent but I still can’t upgrade it due to the old phone cables. Added to that, I upgraded my Touch 3.9G dongle to the 4G dongle (which looks very ugly by the way) and I’ve been using it in different areas without any issues.

I don’t know about other providers like IDM, Sodetel or Wise but I haven’t noticed any change lately. Of course there’s no more free night traffic but this should rather improve the connection than slow it down.

Don’t get me wrong as I am not saying the internet situation is ideal in Lebanon, but I haven’t noticed any changes lately which is a good and a bad thing at the same time.

Germany Beats Argentina To Clinch Its Fourth World Cup Title!

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At last Germany got its much deserved fourth title!! The final was a very close game and Argentina played very well but wasted a couple of golden chances. Bastian played superbly and neutralized Messi the whole game and should have been named the man of the match in my opinion. Manuel Neuer won the golden glove while Messi surprisingly was named the best player of the tournament.

In all cases, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and will brag about it for the next 4 years probably lol! What makes this win so special is that Germany humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil and defeated Argentina to become the first European team to ever win a World Cup played in the Americas.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the 4 stars jersey now!