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Goats attack parked cars in the Lebanese University in Tripoli

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Photo by Racha Halabi from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tripoli.

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The US Department of State and Hariri Foundation


It’s quite normal for consulates and embassies to ask you for some official documents when applying for a visa or renewing a residency for example, but asking for a letter that states you are not in debt to a certain privately held organization is a first!

And that’s what actually happens in the US, all J-1 visa holders are required to obtain a “No objection letter” from their home country to waive a mandatory two-year home-country physical presence prior to re-entry into the states once their visa expires, and one of the conditions Lebanese citizens are required to fulfill is obtaining a letter from the Hariri Foundation in Washington stating that they are under no financial or contractual obligation to the foundation. This is a requirements by the Department of States in the US as mentioned in the letters and recommendations page on the Lebanese embassy in the US website.

You can read more about the matter on It would be also great if anyone knows the reason for that weird requirement and shares it through a comment, I mean why is it ok to be in debt to any organization in the world except for the Hariri Foundation?

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Khaled El-Daher VS Taleb Ibrahim

Yet another classy debate over the revolution in Syria!

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Photos from the MMA event in Movenpick

First Blood was Lebanon’s inaugural professional mixed martial arts event, taking place in Movenpick Hotel Beirut. Eight Lebanese fighters were featured on the nine fight card, including Elie El Rayess and Silvio Chiha. Photographs/Hasan Shaaban

MMA Movenpick (4)

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MMA Movenpick (1)

You can check here for the rest of the photos.

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Yalla Mario Style

We will never get enough of Gangnam style imitations!

Also check Marrio Bassil’s previous performance on celebrity duets with Maya Diab and Abou Talal’s Obba Saida style.

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Myriam Klink makes it to CNN

It’s the Arabic website of CNN, but it still counts as CNN no?

The article is about her new music video and the controversy it stirred since part of it was shot in a Christian cemetery.

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Always double check your receipt

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I was at one of the large supermarkets in Beirut a while ago when I noticed they had an offer on one of KDD’s juice products, buy 6 for the price of 4. So I grabbed a pack and headed to one of the cashiers only to be surprised that they’re billing me 4,500L.L instead of the advertised 2,490L.L.


I decided to ask the customer service attendant for an explanation and it turned out the pack I picked didn’t have a promotional sticker on it, and they suggested that I just go get another pack with a sticker on, which was pretty stupid in my opinion since all the packs were placed on the same shelf!

Anyway, I’m not posting this to target a specific supermarket but rather to point out that you notice a difference between the shelf price and what you get billed almost everywhere and I’ve experienced it more than once, so you better double check your receipt next time you shop at one of those big supermarkets!

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A proposal flashmob at Beirut Souks

This video was made back in November but didn’t go viral probably because it didn’t have the best dance out there… still, the smile on the girl’s face was definitely priceless!

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Ziad Rahbani in concert next week

I was so glad to read that Ziad Rahbani will be performing in a concert next week as I’m a big fan of him. The concert will be held at a place called Event Hill near Le Royal Hotel on December 20th and 21st at 9PM.

Ziad El Rahbani in concert

Tickets will be available as of Monday at Boueiry Press Kasklik, Maarouf Saad Center, and possibly at Al-Akhbar as mentioned in Elie’s post, and will be priced at $40, $50, and $60 including an open buffet and regular drinks.

I trust the tickets will run out so fast but I hope I’ll get one for myself!

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Lara Kay vs Myriam Klink


Lara Kay Myriam Klink

Screenshot via El-Nashra

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