Pascal Sleiman Murder: The Facilitators are The Real Problem

Pascal Sleiman, a Lebanese Forces party member and the coordinator for the Jbeil area, was found killed in Syria yesterday evening after being kidnapped at gunpoint on Sunday. Early investigations by the security forces and army intelligences revealed that a car theft gang was involved and that seven of its members have been arrested already. The authorities are currently coordinating with Syrian authorities to repatriate the body, and investigations are still underway but everyone knows…

SWISS Cancels Flight to Beirut in Mid-Air Due to Security Concerns

A flight from Zurich to Beirut operated by Swiss International Air Lines got cancelled yesterday in mid-air due to security concerns in Lebanon. According to a Swiss site, "Swiss experts decided on Friday night to cancel the flight from Zurich to Beirut while in the airspace over Bosnia-Herzegovina, owing to a security situation that was difficult to assess". They did not mention what prompted this decision but I figure it might be related to the…

Meet Charbel Bassil: A Talented Iconographer & Painter from Zahle

Iconography is by definition "the science of identification, description, classification, and interpretation of symbols, themes, and subject matter in the visual arts". The beginnings of Christian iconography can be dated to Saint Luke the Evangelist and this art has been an integral part of the worship and mystical life of Christians ever since. Iconography is quite present in Lebanon and I've stumbled recently upon a popular painter & iconographer whose artwork is quite stunning. His…

Téléférique Has Finally Reopened

The iconic Téléférique du Liban has finally reopened its doors after four months of closure due to maintenance. The closure was prompted by an unfortunate incident where two Teleferique cabins collided leaving 25 people stranded in mid-air for hours. I worry that it might take some time for people to forget this incident, but one can only hope the company behind the maintenance did its due diligence. According to the below insta post, "European specialists…
Critiques

8 Billion Dollars in Irregular Trades between Optimum Invest & The Central Bank

1 week ago
A recent report by Lebanese newspaper Nidaa al Watan has revealed 45 highly irregular transactions between a brokerage company called Optimum and the Central Bank. The transactions took place between 2015 and 2018 and amounted ...
Food

Canadian Councillor Wants To Declare Ottawa “Shawarma Capital of Canada”

2 weeks ago
Laura Dudas, an Ottawa councillor, has officially asked council to recognize Ottawa as “The Shawarma Capital of Canada”. The council is expected to vote on this motion at their next meeting. I have no idea ...
Baladi

LAU New York is Now a Branch campus

2 weeks ago
The Lebanese American University HQ & academic centre, which has been present in New York since 2013, is now LAU’s first global branch campus, making LAU the first MENA-based university to have a campus in ...
Events

A First in Lebanon: A Beauty and Wellbeing Forum Between April 18 & 21

2 weeks ago
An impressive lineup of over 200 exhibitors will welcome guests between April 18 and 21 2024 at the Beauty & Wellbeing Forum, a first of its kind forum in Lebanon. The event is co-organized by ...
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