Beirut Is Crazy, Messy, F***ed-up and Fantastic But It Is Not The Real Centre of This Region

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I just finished reading the “Why Beirut Really Matters” post that everyone’s been sharing in the past couple of days and I really wish I could agree with everything the author is saying but I would be lying. I love Beirut and I admire Warren’s love for our capital but tiny little Beirut is ANYTHING but the real centre of this region, and definitely “not an indication of where we might, could, possibly even should, all be going, regionally and globally”.

Lebanon is no longer setting trends in the region and serving as a role model for other countries to follow. Lebanon has been going backwards ever since the civil war has started and things are not getting any better. The economy is bad, the liberties are diminishing, sectarianism is on the rise, fanatic and terrorist groups are everywhere around us, gay and women rights are still practically inexistent, the country’s infrastructure is bad, corruption is here to stay and we keep on voting for the same people. The only thing that we are continuously improving is the nightlife, and Beirut will stay the Middle East’s party capital for years to come.

Despite all that, I do love my country and I’ve learned to enjoy it the way it is and highlight through the blog and other social media channels the positive things happening in Lebanon. However, for Beirut to really matter, serious and drastic changes must be implemented and I will keep on pushing for such a change, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Meet Miss Lebanon 2014: Sally Greige

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I think she deserves the win as she was the most beautiful among all contestants. However, she doesn’t look like Georgina Rizk like some people are suggesting online. Sally will represent Lebanon at the Miss World 2014 contest in London on December 14th and at Miss Universe contest in Doral on January 25th.

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Before Sally was announced a winner, Miss Lebanon 2013 Karen Ghrawi slipped and fell on stage but she wasn’t hurt in the process.

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Here’s what the new Miss Lebanon had to say about her projects and the importance of social media after she won, which is pretty much the same cliché we hear every year. Speaking of social media, LBCI should consider adding the contestants’ social media accounts somewhere because they are always impossible to find.

The Story Of The Fake Bomb Detectors Still Being Used In Lebanon

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Even though the man who sold these fraudulent bomb detectors was sentenced to seven years in jail, some governments and security companies are still using these devices. I’ve been talking about this matter for 3 years now yet only few malls and businesses have decided to drop these useless devices in Lebanon. Luckily enough, we haven’t had any bombings in crowded places for the past few months but that’s not a valid reason to keep using these detectors.

Here’s the [latest] on this story by BBC’s Caroline Hawley.

Salon Du Chocolat Beirut

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The first edition of the Salon Du Chocolat Beirut will be held between the 6th and 8th of November 2014 at Biel along with the 4th Beirut Cooking Festival. It’s an event fully dedicated to chocolate where you will learn how to incorporate chocolate into any recipe. One of the best chocolate places I’ve ever visited was Fassbender & Rausch in Berlin last year where they mix chocolate with almost everything, including salads, chicken and even soups, so I will be looking forward to such recipes at the Salon Du Chocolat.

You can check out more info about the Salon Du Chocolat [Here].