The Islamic State Versus Lebanon

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I don’t think we will have a new civil war in Lebanon and I strongly believe the Lebanese and the Army (Add to that the Lebanese Pot Farmers) will keep Da3esh away from here.

While the Islamic State and the Al Nusra Front lack the capacity for a full scale invasion, many fear their car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings might prove so destabilizing that the nation might once again spiral towards sectarian civil war.


AUB Among The Best Five Arab Region Universities

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The American University of Beirut was the best ranked in Lebanon, followed by the Lebanese University in 37th spot, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth in the 50th spot and finally the Lebanese American University which was ranked 52 out of 91 universities. The rankings seem pretty reasonable except for LAU which I believe should be at a much higher position.

You can check out the full list [Here] and the methodology followed [here].

The inaugural U.S. News Best Arab Region Universities rankings are the first in-depth assessment of schools in the region. This 1.0 version of the rankings is the beginning of a long-term project to develop surveys and rankings for the region.

U.S. News believes that the 2015 Best Arab Region Universities rankings will allow prospective students, parents, policymakers and employers in the region to accurately compare institutions – something that had not been possible in the past due to a lack of standardized educational data. Arab region universities will also be able to use these rankings as a way to benchmark themselves against schools in their own country and region and discover top schools from other countries to collaborate with.

The rankings – which are based on bibilometric data and research metrics provided by Scopus, part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio – focus specifically on institutions’ academic research output and performance and not their separate undergraduate or graduate programs.

Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurial Companies in Science and Technology

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tari2ak Rami Khawandi, the founder of the Tari2ak app which I posted about few weeks back made the list

Executive Magazine revised their methodology for this year and compiled 20 of the hottest entrepreneurial enterprises in Lebanon by only focusing on companies that pushed the frontiers of science and technology. I listed all 20 companies below but I advise you to visit the [article] for further information.

3D TEK: Fadi Sfeir
Band Industries: Hassane Slaibi, Bassam Jalgha
DropC: Patrick Gharios
E2: Daniel Asmar
Eco Industries: Inaam Debbas, Farid Mechaka and Roy Debbas.
Economena Analytics: Tamim Akiki
Eurisko Mobility: Zack Morad, Ziad Hanna and Edgard Hanna
FOO: Elie Nasr, Ghady Rayyis.
Green Studios: Jamil Corbani, Zeina Kronfol
Green Tech: Alec Koulajian
Ki: Priscilla Elora Sharuk, Antoine Jebara.
Lifelab: Ali Makhzoumi
Roxana: Paul Tauk
Sharp Minds: Antoine Saab, Nadia Moussouni
Tari’ak: Rami Khawandi
VIA Mobile: Karim El Khoury
Water System HHO: Fadi Moghrabi
White Mountain Technologies: Tony Feghali
Yelloblue: Antoine Kaldany
Yellow Distributed Technologies: David El Achkar

Stay Baladi and #KeepWalkingLebanon

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I took part in Johnnie Walker’s latest campaign #KeepWalkingLebanon and prepared a #Baladi inspired tweet to show my support. It’s a really cool campaign to show that you can’t put out the Lebanese spirit as it’s a fire that burns within us all. I hope you guys like it.

You can share your own tweets using the #KeepWalkingLebanon hashtag or just go [Here].


Lebanese-Brazilian GP2 Driver Felipe Nasr Will Drive For F1 Sauber In 2015

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I’ve already posted on several occasions about Felipe. He was quite impressive in GP2 earlier this year, drove for Williams at the Bahrain F1 GP and has been confirmed as one of Sauber’s drivers for the year 2015.

This is a great achievement for Felipe, now he has to impress in F1 and hopefully move to one of the top teams one day.

Sauber have announced that Brazil’s Felipe Nasr will drive for them in 2015, joining fellow new recruit Marcus Ericsson.
The signings mean that current drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierez will leave Sauber at the end of the season.
Nasr, 22, has been a test and reserve driver for Williams this year while also participating in the GP2 series.
“This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me,” said Nasr.