A Proposal To Ban Plastic Bags in #Beirut

Two members of Beirut's municipal council have submitted a proposal aimed at banning plastic bags in Beirut starting September 1st 2019 and replacing them with reusable bags. From what I read, the proposal was approved but the hardest part remains the implementation. Last week, I posted about Beit Mery banning plastic bags and mentioned how Jbeil did the same a year before, but two blog readers informed me that plastic bags are still in use…

You Can No Longer Issue a 1-Year Passport

The 2019 budget is almost finalized and Article 19, if passed, will drop the 1-year passport option and replace it with a 3-years passport option. Price-wise, the 1-year passport used to cost LL60,000 so a 3-year passport should normally cost LL180,000 or less, but instead the government decided to price it at LL200,000. I'd never issue a 1 year passport to be honest, but this will affect a lot of people who don't travel much…
Critiques

Govt Wants You to Smoke Arguile To Reduce Debt

1 month ago
“ألف ليرة أضيفت على كل نفس “أرغيلة” في المقاهي والفنادق”. I’m still trying to understand what they mean by “Nafass” Arguile. Are they referring to every flavored tobacco change or every Arguile order? Either way, ...
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General Lebanon Union Head Bechara el Asmar Insults Patriarch Sfeir in Leaked Video

1 month ago
A leaked video showing Labor Union Head Bechara el Asmar making jokes on Patriarch Sfeir has gone viral today, prompting el Asmar to issue a public apology and claim that it was a slip of ...
Art

Patriarch Sfeir’s Coffin Carved by Rudy Rahme

1 month ago
Renowned sculptor and painter Rudy Rahme carved Patriarch Sfeir’s coffin on the trunk of an olive tree from Kadish Valley and using Bkerke’s rocks. Rahme explained that the trunk bears witness to the history of ...
Art

A Poignant Graffiti to Sum Up The Kafala System

1 month ago
Protesters marched last week in Beirut against the Kafala system, urging the authorities to end this “inherently abusive” migration sponsorship system and change the labour law to offer domestic workers more protection. NGOs and local ...
Critiques

The Proposed Austerity Budget: A Recipe for Chaos

1 month ago
“Lebanons is nearing fiscal crunch”, “Lebanese PM Warns of Catastrophe”, “EBRD urges Lebanon to pursue painful economic reforms to avoid crisis”, “Lebanon Is Facing an Economic and Environmental Disaster” and “As Lebanon leaders talk austerity, ...
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What the Lebanese General Security Thinks Online Gaming Looks Like

1 month ago
The Lebanese General Security released a video to raise awareness on the dangers of online gaming and that’s what they managed to come up with. It looks as if they’re still stuck in the Counter ...
Critiques

Mansourieh Residents Have Every Right to Protest Against High Voltage Power Lines

1 month ago
I wanted to write a blogpost to sum up what’s happening in Mansourieh and what’s been happening for the past years but Gino has already done that. What I’d like to add are few points ...
Critiques

80-Year Old Arrested For Lashing Out At Authorities

1 month ago
Yesterday, following the Mansourieh protests, a video emerged showing an old man lashing out at the President and a couple of ministers and resorting to name-calling and insults. The footage went viral and as expected, ...
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