14-year Old Student Shot Himself After Failing Brevet Exam

14-year old Abbas Hussein Yazbeck tried to commit suicide earlier today after failing his Brevet exam. Abbas shot himself in the head and was rushed to the hospital where he's still under intensive care. The father pointed at the Education Minister for exerting a lot of pressure on the students by deploying cameras and army men to monitor the exam rooms and asked him to resign. There's always a lot of pressure when it comes…

Hadath Municipality’s Only-Christian Policy is Short-Sighted & Inefficient

The Hadath Municipality Christians-only policy is not recent. In fact, it's nine years old and I'm surprised Mohammad Awwad, the 27-year old journalist who brought this issue back to the spotlight, didn't know about this policy when he decided to rent. Unless of course he knew about it and just wanted some attention, which worked out pretty well as the topic was covered by The Washington Post yesterday. When interviewed, the head of the Hadath…
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Racist Campaigns Will Not Solve Illegal Foreign Workers Crisis

2 months ago
Whenever I write about the Syrian refugees crisis in Lebanon, I can’t help but re-read two and three year-old posts about the same issue, and realize that not only things are getting worse, but the ...
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Beirut Municipality Removing Violations on Ramlet el Bayda Beach

2 months ago
It’s hard to mention violations on Ramlet el Bayda’s beach without the Eden Bay coming to mind, but it’s no longer a priority apparently or maybe they’re legit now (because Lebanon right?). Remember the sewage ...
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Students Paying the Price of Education Ministry’s Bad Management

2 months ago
“Ya Tokho ya Kserlo Mokho”. There’s no middle ground apparently when it comes to education ministers in Lebanon. Back in 2014, Education Minister Bou Saab handed all students passing statements. This year, Education Minister Akram ...
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UAE Praises Father Majdi Allawi’s Work While Energy Ministry Cuts Him Off

2 months ago
“Political aspirants make too much of the people before election, and, if successful, too much of themselves after it”. Unfortunately, Lebanese voters have yet to learn from their mistakes and keep on voting for the ...
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Over 55% Unemployment Rates In Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen, El-Qobbeh, and Tabbaneh

2 months ago
UN-Habitat and UNICEF Neighborhoods 2018 studies of Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen, El-Qobbeh, and Tabbaneh revealed staggering poverty rates ranging from 55 to 60 percent. In Tabbaneh for ex who’s working age-population (from 15 to 63) is ...
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A Proposal To Ban Plastic Bags in #Beirut

2 months ago
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 ...
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Govt Wants You to Smoke Arguile To Reduce Debt

2 months 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

3 months 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 ...
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