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Zaatar Zein is back!


Back in 2011, Zein El Atat took a blow when his products were banned in Lebanon and several Gulf countries. But for some reason, he seems to be back now with these ugly billboards and an even uglier TV commercial!

With the food safety campaign being carried out in Lebanon right now, I believe Zein El Atat’s comeback is more like a slap on Abou Faour’s face!

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Charlie Abdo – Cartoon Series by Claude El Khal

Most of you shared this cartoon of Mia Khalifa supporting Charlie Hebdo in her “own way”, but what you probably didn’t know is that it was only the first in a series by Claude El Khal, meant to illustrate Lebanese events in the form magazine covers similar to Charlie Hebdo, but this one is instead called “Charlie Abdo” (pronounced 3abdo).

Pape final
Hakim final

Make sure to check the cartoons that Claude is posting on a daily basis on his blog “Claude El Khal – Cartoons“.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon- January 21st 2015


As usual, if you’re out of ideas for things to do or see, here are my 10 picks for this week.

  1. Vivement Truffaut – Une Retrospective François Truffaut
  2. Lory and camille – live performance
  3. Wine Tasting Courses at Enoteca
  4. Beirut Startup Ideas Pitching Championship – Innov-a-thon
  5. Aziza live at Metro Al Madina
  6. Jazz time @Morenito
  7. Snowshoeing in Laqlouq with The Footprints Nature Club
  8. Cle and Mix FM present Clé-Matic Cle Presents Xriss Jor LIVE
  9. C’ Fou show at Playroom – Every Thursday
  10. Reiki Level I
Don’t forget to check Lebtivity for many more options.
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A half barbershop half Shisha place!


This barber at Aisha Bakkar in Beirut is “tweaking” the haircutting experience for his clients by offering them a Shisha, and he seems to have even cut his capes to let the hose pass through them… Let’s hope it doesn’t become a trend among barbershops!

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Sar Lezem Rassak Yefroz – This Makes No Sense


There’s this “Sar Lezem Rassa Yifroz” campaign on Facebook that caught my attention, not because of the catchy name but because I found it a bit weird.

The people behind that campaign believe that the closure of Naameh landfill will result in a crisis similar to what happened last year when waste piled up in Beirut, and want to manage that crisis by asking people to start sorting their waste material starting January 17th when Sukleen might stop collecting garbage due to the closure of the landfill.

The sorting is quite simple, in black bags you’re supposed to put food scraps along with paper to reduce the moisture and therefore delay the food fermentation, and in blue bags you put everything else (plastic, glass, metal, etc…).

Now what will happen as of January is that there will be around 100 trucks which will roam the streets of Beirut and Mount Lebanon to collect the blue bags ONLY (the ones containing recyclable material and can be sold) and leave the black ones on the street. So basically what irritates people the most and makes this crisis a crisis, that is the bad smell of fermented food scraps, will remain there! So I don’t really see how will this campaign manage the crisis other than by reducing the piles a bit and making use of the recyclable stuff (for their own benefits?).

Furthermore, they seem pretty confident that the campaign will reach a large number of people as they prepared a hundred trucks to roam the streets, but their facebook page seemed to have have no more than 480 likes at the time of publishing this post, so they will most probably be surprised when they notice the blue bags they targeted were full of all kind of waste and not just recyclable materials (don’t say I didn’t warn you guys!).

Not to mention that one of the campaign managers is also accused of copying the slogan from an Arabnet competition last year

The whole thing really doesn’t make a lot of sense now eh..?

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Like There is No Tomorrow – A 2D Animation by Marilyn Haddad


Marilyn Haddad is a 2D animation artist who recently graduated from Vancouver film school and is also a former ALBA student. She sent me this animation she recently did about a Lebanese girl who loves to dance to survive the stress that everybody faces here.

I thought of sharing it on the blog because I found the animation to be pretty impressive, and I hope we get to see more of her work.

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Israel is Searching for a Porn Star to Topple Mia Khalifa

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How one earth can anyone believe something such as this post’s title?!

The Israeli Daily, a satire news site, published this article on how the Israeli Minister of Economy is now concerned about Mia Khalifa being ranked number one on Porn Hub and wants to find an Israeli star to outshine Mia.

Speaking to The Israeli Daily a spokesman for Bennett’s office stated, “having seen this travesty the minister is well aware of the economic damage that could be caused by people thinking that the hottest chicks come from Lebanon. Everybody knows the sweetest bodies in the Levant are to be found in Israel and that Tel Aviv is party central here in the region,” he continued.

In order to reinforce this message the minister is launching a search for an Israeli star to rival Khalifa. “We are looking for a young professional who can outdo this poor Lebanese imitation,” the spokesman stated. “Ideally they will be in the IDF because chicks with guns are always hot. They should also be extremely flexible and have an all over tan,” he added. Source

Unsurprisingly, several Lebanese news sites took the whole thing seriously and started copying the article!

Talk about professional journalism!

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Cool Lookin Igloo Built in Saghbine

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According to LBCI, this igloo was built in Saghbine by Mar Takla youth because they were curious to know how do people in some areas like Greenland live inside them.

It took 3 days to finish and covers an area of 16 square meters. And from the look of it, I say they did a pretty good job!


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Know your e-Rights in Lebanon


I just stumbled upon this quite informative article published last week in Al-Akhbar about e-laws in Lebanon.

I believe it is a must read for everyone since the Cyber Crime Bureau in Lebanon has not been only investigating cyber crimes, but also interrogating people for expressing their opinions on social networks and blogs (such as what happened to bloggers like Abir Ghattas, Imad Bazzi, Gino Raidy, and Rita Kamel), and sometimes for simply just sharing some defaming article.

The article basically tells you what this Cyber Crime Bureau is allowed and not allowed to do, and whether the police have the right to search your electronic devices without a warrant, in addition to providing tips on maintaining privacy when surfing the internet.

Make sure to check it out.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon


It’s Wednesday all over again and here are my 10 picks from Lebtivity for this week.

  1. Open Grill at La Estancia
  2. Antika Night
  3. Moules et Frites at Rikkyz
  4. Amy Smack Daddy live at Zinc
  5. Out To Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project
  6. Wara El Beb – Georges Khabbaz play
  7. Les Petits Diplomates – Savoir-Vivre Training for Children
  8. In Mar Mkhayel
  9. Frenchties Night at EDL
  10. CIRCO International

Also, make sure to reserve ahead of time if you are planning to attend any of the below two shows:

For more options, you sure know where to check!

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