Beirut has been a byword for chaos, war and destruction since the civil war [BBC]. However the Lebanese blogger Jad through his blog is on a mission to change that and is sending out “Looks like Beirut” certificates hoping people will stop using it.

I thought at first it was a one time thing but Jad’s been doing it consistently and is even getting responses from the people receiving their certificates. Last one to reply was Monona County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Krohn who promised not to use this cliche anymore and nailed it on his wall as a reminder. [Link]

Great job Jad and it’s quite astonishing that after 20 years since the war has ended people still think of Beirut in terms of ruins and ashes while it’s a beautiful city.