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Amir el 3azab

Notice “Wakes Up” next to his phone number, I’m pretty sure he means WhatsApp!

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Fasateen – Lebanese web drama series

Fasateen (Dresses) follows the lives of three very different Beiruti women. Meet Aliya, a single mother; Lama, the bored, flirtatious housewife to a rich husband; and Karma, a single career woman with a secret. Fasateen – because life isn’t a dress rehearsal.

You can follow Fasateen here on Yahoo! Screen. News episodes are released on Tuesdays, with 2 alternative endings on Thursdays.

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Cheyef 7alak – Discrimination

Libneineh? Fashkhara w akel hawa!

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Lebanese Film Festival 2012

The 10th Lebanese Film Festival is kicking off tonight at Metropolis Cinema (Sofil) and will last till August 26th. Make sure to check their program here.

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Alfa Midline

More info about Alfa Midline here, it’s not clear though whether 3G can be activated on it or not.

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Welcome to Lebanon

via Dominique Sarkis

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Bhamdoun imposes a curfew on Syrian workers!

According to this article in L’Orient Le Jour, the municipality of Bhamdoun is currently forbidding Syrian workers from roaming the streets of the village at night starting 8PM till 6AM in the morning!

One of the municipal employees claimed they started posting this announcement after one Syrian worker attacked a boy a while ago!

But what if those Syrian workers suddenly started dressing nicely and looked like Syrian businessmen instead, will the municipality have no problem then since people of upper social classes are supposed to be behave better? What kind of discrimination against workers is that?!

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Beirut and plastic surgeries

Marie Claire published yesterday yet another article on Lebanese women obsession with their look and how Beirut is becoming the new plastic surgery capital of the world…

It’s not surprising anymore to see foreign magazines writing about this subject, but what really caught my attention is a comment made by Mr. Maher Mezher (Head of marketing at FNB, the bank that offers plastic surgery loans) on the matter:

Maher Mezher of First National Bank says: ‘You cannot find a job in Lebanon if you are not good-looking. People will reject you socially.’


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Video of the army officer shot during BLOM Bank robbery in Elissar

A friend of mine sent me the below video today showing how the army officer, Rayan Zayan Al Jourdi, was shot during BLOM Bank robbery a few days ago in Elissar.

I wish that officer a fast recovery and I hope for those two criminals to be caught soon so that they rot in jail!


I was asked to remove the video by the Captain’s immediate family. I apologize for any offence I have caused.

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Boobs, Botox and the Babes of Beirut

… that was actually the title of a recent article at the Huffington Post by David J Constable.

I visited a nightclub one evening to witness the dolls and their dates myself. In Taïga Sky, a rooftop nightclub in Batroun (30 miles from Beirut) everyone is smoking, bouncing on the spot and eyeing each other up, not in a complimentary way but diamond gazes of fierce competitorship. The top trump card here is a tan and a good set of pins, and in that respect it’s no different from the techno cattle clubs in the UK, however in Lebanon the women look like Cleopatra, with a dark natural beauty beyond anything Max Factor can supply and into the billion dollar industry of plastic surgery. Their partners are a mixture of bodybuilders in Lycra t-shirts or fat, pony-tailed Arabic mafiosi. It’s as captivating as it is frightening.

Back in Beirut, in the VIP corner of Le Capitole, another five-star rooftop bar, I see the wives and girlfriends of artists. They must be the better-halves of surgeons as surely no one can afford to spend that much of their own cash on reconstructive surgery and blow-me-up operations. There are benefits to marrying/dating/having sex with a plastic surgeon, as these well-ironed and unwrinkled faces suggest to me that they don’t reach the age limit of nightclub entry, such is their youthful appearance, bronzed with potions and powders.

You can read the rest of the article here.

It’s amazing how some foreign journalists are willing to judge the whole Lebanese society based on a few visits to some of the country’s posh bars and clubs!

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