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13 Year Old Boy Defeats Security Controls at Beirut Airport

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This is definitely one of the weirdest news stories lately. Walid Shabti, A 13 year old Palestinian refugee from Bourj Al-Barajneh, was apparently fed up with his living conditions here and simply decided to escape the country. He somehow managed to get on board an airplane going to Istanbul after bypassing all security checkpoints at Beirut airport, but was later busted and departed back to Beirut.

Knowing that airport security is supposed to be tightened these days, this boy must have been either extremely smart or extra lucky to bypass all the controls. I mean there are around 4 checkpoints where you will be asked to show your passport/ticket before you are allowed on board and he still made it.

Out of all this though, I guess the best thing is that he has one hell of an adventure to tell his friends about now!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 31st 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Movie buffs might be interested in checking the Brazilian Film Festival taking place at Metropolis Cinema.

  1. 1st BDD Talk on Beirut Digital District Rooftop – Mental Candy with Samir Zehil, Wydner Coaches
  2. The Coaching Wilderness Retreat
  3. Maki and Wine Night at Sticks and Maki
  4. Matmoura Night with Entrepreneurs – by Entreprenergy
  5. The Dabkeh National Day 2016 – Jabalna
  6. 1st Brazilian Film Festival in Beirut
  7. Growing Circles 2nd edition – By Alumni Central
  8. Anna Mattar’s Jazz Trio
  9. Hexaplex Festival 2016
  10. Ghinwa dans 100% Star season 6
  11. Body and Mind – Special event and fundraising for IDRAAC
  12. Food Truck Festival 2016 – Vol 1.0

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Bachir Gemayel The Series

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Bachir Gemayel is probably the most controversial Lebanese figure of our modern history whose personality was admired by his allies and opponents alike, and for the 34th commemoration of his assassination MTV Lebanon is showing a 5-episode documentary about him.

I personally have always felt curious to watch segments about Bachir’s short political life and rise to power, and there are several available documentaries on YouTube about that matter, but I believe this one is a must watch for those interested in our recent history because it was prepared by George Ghanem who already provided several great documentaries about Lebanese political parties and figures during his days at LBC. Moreover, the used material was provided by Bachir Gemayel Foundation and includes footage and speeches that were never shown before.

The episodes are being aired every Tuesday at 8:45PM with 2 episodes already out, and you can also watch them online here on MTV’s website.

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Gadget Reviews by Zaher Hallab

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If there’s something we miss in the Lebanese blogosphere then it’s definitely tech or gadget review blogs. And that’s the gap Zaher Hallab is trying to fill with his new channel on YouTube.

I first met Zaher back in 2009 and have always known him as a tech geek, and given that he says things as they are, I believe he’s pretty much capable of providing reviews and opinions on new gadgets and devices.

His first published video is a review of the LG G5 and I can fairly say it was well executed except that it could have been made a bit shorter. I definitely recommend you subscribe to his channel for the new videos to come.

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Beautiful Aerial Photos of Dahyeh by Mahdi Skafi

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I always enjoy watching aerial photos and videos from around Lebanon especially that some photographer and drone operators have been doing a great job exploring cool places around the country.

Over the last couple of years, I think I came across photos/videos from almost all around Lebanon except for Dahyeh due to it being considered a security stronghold for Hezbollah, so taking photos there is usually a big No-No and can even get you in trouble. But that was until I recently stumbled upon some photos taken by Mahdi Skafi with his drone over Dahyeh and Hadath, and found them pretty cool as they were taken at night with a long exposure.

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Mahdi also have a lot of other photos from various villages and villages and cities around the country and the ones below from Kfarsir, Tyr, and Sawfar.

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You can check more photos from Mahdi on his Facebook page.

And as hard as it may sound, I also feel curious about aerial footage of the Palestinian refugee camps be it in Shatila, Saida or Naher el Bared, as well as the Syrian refugee camps and conflict zones in Arsal and Jroud Arsal.

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Khanjar – The Best Honey in Lebanon!

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Yes you read that right, Khanjar 3asal akhou sharmouta!

I just saw the photo on reddit and several Facebook pages today. At first I thought it’s fake but someone on reddit claims it’s actually real and available at supermarkets in Baalbeck.

The label says it’s a product of South Lebanon and the description is funny as hell! Here’s what it says: “Men andaf mara3i el zaher fi janoub loubnan, la madroub w la maghshoush w la m7alla. 3asal msaffa bil tabi3a bidoun ala3ib w afleim w khouza3baleit w gala gala. Mantouj safi … w bet7adda akbar ras an yountej 3asal andaf min heik. Fa istamte3 bi 3assal khanjar w ghammid 3ayneik. Al wazen al safi: Abou noss kilo”

I hope someone can confirm whether Khanjar is really availale in Baalbeck or not. I would seriously love to get a jar!

Update:

Mahmoud Ghazayel did an awesome job tracing the source of the photo and practically found the producers of this honey. It turned out it is actually real and according to Rayan’s comment below, we should see Khanjar going on sale anytime soon when the legal process is all done!

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Steve Wozniak is Coming to Beirut

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Yesterday I got an e-mail from the organizers of Banque du Liban Accelerate announcing that Steve Wozniak will be among the speakers in their 3rd annual international conference in November.

For those who know little about him, Steve Wozniak (or Woz) was one of the co-founders of Apple along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in 1976. He single-handedly developed the Apple I computer in the same year and then designed the Apple II in 1977 which became one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computer, that’s why he’s considered a pioneer of the PC revolution in the 70s and 80s.

I know there are a dozens of YouTube videos featuring talks by Wozniak, but watching him live will definitely be an enriching experience for tech entrepreneurs.

BDL Accelerate is an innovation and startup conference that will take place at Forum de Beyrouth on November 3, 4, and 5, and attendees will be allowed admission for free. In addition to Wozniak, the organizers have so far announced  3 other speakers among which is Mike Butcher from TechCrunch.

For more information you can check BDLAccelerate.com.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 24th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. A lot of interesting events are happening this week but I recommend you check the “Shouf Lebnen” event in Barouk as it caters for all ages and promises some cool performances.

  1. Summer Fusion 2016 – Rockring
  2. 1st BDD Talk on Beirut Digital District Rooftop
  3. Shouf Lebnen Bel Barouk 2016
  4. The Story In Me NGO is holding a book signing and reading event by Amir Yute a 5 year old Author
  5. Red Bull King of the Rock Lebanon 2016
  6. 4 km Kayak Tours at Wadi Chamsine
  7. The Big Jazz Jam at Nova Club
  8. Opening Week of OPAL Radio One
  9. International Theatre Festival of Lebanon
  10. Souk el Akel “Aley”
  11. Aaliya’s book club: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  12. Dany’s 8th anniversary Infamous BBQ in Hamra
  13. Maki and Wine Night at Sticks and Maki
  14. Majd Shidiac Hosts: The Poetry Pot

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Middle East Airlines New Safety Video

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So our national carrier Middle East Airlines seems to have made a new safety video to show on their flights featuring some of Lebanon’s beautiful places like Jeita grotto, the cedars forest, and the Pigeons’ rock.

Making a creative safety video is pretty cool and featuring beautiful sceneries from around Lebanon was a good idea, but what’s with the constant silly dance moves?!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 17th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I recommend you check the outdoor events happening these days before the weather turns chillier in September and everybody start moving inside!

  1. The Cocktail Festival – Brummana 2016
  2. WHITE NIGHT with Harley Owners Group® to fund a dream with Tamanna for children with cancer
  3. Oriental Night Every Tuesday with live OUD at Batchig
  4. City Picnic Beirut – Lebanon’s Largest Picnic!
  5. Kul-Cha Reggae Festival
  6. Discover Japanese Culture
  7. YOGATHON in Horsh Beirut #RiseForACause
  8. Layli Wara Layli Launching at ABC – Bruno Tabbal
  9. SelfWE Taanayel Trip
  10. Concert // Serge Jamo Sings Brassens-Brel-Renaud

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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