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Infographic about civil marriage in Lebanon

Make sure to check this great infographic by Nicolas Hayek on civil marriage in Lebanon since its inception in 1936 till today.

Civil Marriage in Lebanon
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via Nicolas Hayek

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Harlem Shake – The Lebanese edition

The video was shot at Seeqnce offices in Beirut. If you don’t know what the Harlem Shake meme is about, make sure to check this wikipedia page, as well as the crazy videos that people are uploading to YouTube!

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4G pilot phase in Lebanon

As per minister Sehnaoui, the pilot phase of the 4G service will start by the end of this month including 200 students and 200 specialists as in the case with 3G back in September 2011. And I just hope I’ll take part in this testing phase like last time!

Alfa by the way is currently offering an interactive platform at ABC Achrafiyeh where’s they conducting some live experiments to show people how fast can the service be, but note that the devices they’re using are probably the only ones on the network right now.

via LBCI

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Saudi newspaper mocks The Patriarch Rai

I would have loved to see the reaction if it was Hassan Nasrallah or the mufti who’s being mocked instead…!

Patriarch Rai caricature

The caricature can be found on Al-Watan’s website.

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Top 10 Lebanese blogs

Communicate Levant compiled a list of the top 10 blogs from Lebanon in their 2013 book of tens and your truly was among them!

Below is the full list along with scans provided by Joe from Joe’s Box showing what they had to say about each blog.

  1. Beirut Spring
  2. A Separate State of Mind
  3. +961
  4. Blog Baladi
  5. Marketing in Lebanon
  6. Gino’s Blog
  7. Toom Extra
  8. Joe’s Box
  9. Broffessional Review
  10. Beirut NTSC

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It’s worth noting though that limiting the best blogs in Lebanon to 10 is quite hard. If it was up to me, I would have included some other cool blogs like Ink On The Side by Sareen, Let’s Talk About Movies by Anis, and Ivy Says by Ivy.

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The Hangout Gemmayze offering platters for 1 Lebanese Lira

The hangout Gemmayze

I just stumbled upon this cool offer by The Hangout restaurant on Facebook. They’re challenging people to come on February 12th and 13th with an authentic Lebanese Lira which can buy them a platter of their choice on these two days!

I’m sure many people still have authentic liras in their drawers, and I hope there’s no trick behind The Hangout’s offer. Anyway, for more about The Hangout, you can check out their Facebook page here.

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LBC & LDC to start airing The Voice France primes


I just learned LBCI and LDC will start airing The Voice France primes as of tonight.

So if you’re interested in following Anthony Touma‘s progress in the show, make sure to start following LBCI and LDC as of tonight at 8:30PM since they will be broadcasting last week’s prime right after the news followed by tonight’s prime live at 9:50PM.

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Clash between Salem Zahran and Assaad Bechara on Al-Manar TV

via Gino

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Civil marriage in Lebanon: Walking the talk

civil marriage

So talks about legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon have been ongoing for like a month now since several news outlets reported on the couple, Nidal Darwish and Khouloud Succariyeh, who practiced civil marriage in Lebanon after striking out the mention of their sects from their IDs and getting the necessary paperwork done.

But are we ever going to witness civil marriage being legalized in Lebanon? Or are our politicians just trying to make electoral gains in the upcoming elections by showing support to it? Michael Sleiman, Saad Hariri and many others have made it clear that they do support passing a law for optional civil marriage. But it takes a real politician to walk the talk.

I mean does it take politicians who lead significant parliamentary blocks and are for legalizing the civil marriage too much to put their words to actions? If I were Hariri for example, I would have led a movement to legalize the practice and take all the credits for it! Unless our politicians are just bluffing, and in that case maybe we should just tell them khlosna ba2a!

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A fight at Khoury Home

HAHAH That’s one hilarious video! And I agree with Najib, it’s definitely staged!

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