Dutch Metal Band “Within Temptation” Cancels Byblos Gig

After Byblos Festival decided to cancel Mashrou' Leila's concert "to prevent bloodshed and maintain peace and security", Dutch metal band Within Temptation issued a statement today announcing that they're cancelling their concert in Byblos as well "in solidarity with Mashrou' Leila and in support of tolerance, freedom of speech and expression". They also added that the Lebanese authorities were not able to provide artists with the security to perform in peace. Shame on every person…

There are NO new Exit Taxes at Beirut Airport, But …

Everyone was sharing earlier today how a new exit tax of LL50,000 was imposed on passengers leaving Lebanon aboard an economy-class flight but that's not accurate and Annahar shared an article later on to clarify that matter. Basically there were amendments done on the 2017 decree that set new exit taxes on passengers leaving Beirut, with higher taxes imposed on business and first-class passengers on flights longer AND shorter than 900KM . I was looking…
Critiques

Mashrou’ Leila (مشروع ليلى ) Cleared By Judge Ghada Aoun, Concert Still On Schedule

3 weeks ago
Update: Byblos Festival cancelled the concert for security reasons. After a week of hysterical hate and conspiracy-filled campaigns against Mashrou’ Leila, and after being interrogated by the authorities and meeting with religious bodies, Judge Ghada ...
Critiques

Mohammad Iskandar Ordered to Remove “Iskan Bank” From Song

3 weeks ago
After what’s been happening with Mashrou3 Leila, I first thought this news of censoring a Mohammad Iskandar song was made up by a satire website but it turned out to be true. Apparently, the song ...
Automotive

Interior Minister Raya El Hassan to Make “Special” Car Plates Public for sale

4 weeks ago
In a tweet unleashed today on her official account, Minister of Interior and Municipalities Raya El Hassan, who has been making positive headlines ever since she took the position, by removing blocs from the front ...
Critiques

Article 94 Aimed at Limiting MPs’ Salaries Scrapped from 2019 Budget

4 weeks ago
When the budget was finally approved two days ago, I kept checking articles to see what happened to Article 94 which dealt with reducing the salaries of MPs, only to find out today that it ...
Critiques

Megaphone X SMEX On Online Free Speech Violations

4 weeks ago
2019 and 2018 witnessed alarming developments in the use of archaic media laws to arrest, interrogate and prosecute people over social media posts in Lebanon. According to digital rights group Social Media Exchange (SMEX), the ...
Critiques

2019 Budget Approved (In July): Customs Fee of 3% Approved on Imported Goods

1 month ago
The long-awaited so-called austerity budget was finally passed today in parliament following a tense voting session, and as expected it failed to tackle structural problems of the economy or target corruption. Instead, they simply cut ...
Critiques

Why Your Electricity Bills Are Doubling in the Summer

1 month ago
Last week, a couple of friends were complaining that their electricity bills have doubled recently even though they were on vacation and didn’t stay home much. The first thing I told them was that electricity ...
Critiques

Lebanese Expats are Key to Promoting Tourism in #Lebanon

1 month ago
I’m not a fan of the current Tourism Minister, not because I have something against him but simply because of his short-sighted and inefficient tourism strategies. I don’t really blame him though, since he was ...
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