Back when Johnny Hallyday’s Beirut Concert Got Cancelled Over The “Twist” Dance

Since the hot topic has been censorship in the past few weeks in Lebanon, I thought I feature this article on how Kamal Jumblatt, who served in the early 1960s as Lebanon's Interior Minister, decided to cancel Johnny Halliday because he didn't approve of his twist dance. Beirut was witnessing its golden years back then, the twist dance was trending and Hallyday was flying to Lebanon to deliver three performances on the 11th, 12th and…

Qatar & Lebanon Ranked World’s Most Water-stressed Countries

Experts at the World Resources Institute published a report on the world's most water-stressed countries and regions and Lebanon was on top of the list along with Qatar. The findings revealed that a quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress and some cities are dangerously close to running out of water such as Cape Town. Lebanon has an extremely poor management of water resources, and…

Lebanese Violinist Sparked Controversy in Iraq Over Tournament Opening Ceremony

Iraqi VP Nouri al Maliki and religious far-right conservatives were outraged after a Lebanese violinist played a rendition of the Iraqi national anthem prior to the game between Iraq and Lebanon at the Karbala International Stadium, one of two venues for the West Asia Football Federation Championship. The violinist sparked controversy after walking into the pitch with her head and arms uncovered on the lawn of Kerbala stadium, as Maliki claimed the performance "damaged the…

#LADE Unveils Hamra Mural to Promote #WomenLeadership

LADE unveiled a massive mural in Hamra last week under the hashtag #YouAreANaturalLeader. The mural aims at creating an opposite standpoint on the gender roles in the society and focus on women's ability to lead, as well as breaking stereotypes against women. Art of Change were key to this project as they helped LADE realize their marketing vision by facilitating both the art mural and artists Lea Bou Habib and Eli Zaarour. Here's their statement:…
Critiques

The First Public Beach in Jounieh?

2 weeks ago
This may come as a surprise to some, but Jounieh doesn’t have any public beaches. For a city that has one of the largest bays in Lebanon, you’d expect to see few free public beaches ...
Critiques

Dutch Metal Band “Within Temptation” Cancels Byblos Gig

2 weeks ago
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 ...
Critiques

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

2 weeks ago
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 ...
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Speeding-Ticket-Like Brochures Handed to Drivers on Khalde Highway

2 weeks ago
In September 2018, an 18-year old girl called Amar al Ghali died in a fatal accident caused by a speeding driver on the Khaldeh highway. In an attempt to keep her memory alive and raise ...
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