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First Blood at Movenpick Hotel Beirut

For those of you who are interested in mixed martial arts, an event called “First Blood” will be held at Mocenpick Hotel on December 15th, in which fighters from Russia, Canada, and Lebanon will be competing.

Tickets can be purchased from Virgin Ticketing, and you may check this facebook page for more information about the event.

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The information branch wants your passwords!

According to this article in Lebanon Files today, it seems that the intelligence-oriented Information Branch has asked the ministry of telecommunication for all SMSs that has been exchanged over the two months that preceded the assassination of General Wissam Al-Hassan back in October 19th, in addition to our internet accounts and Facebook passwords!

ذكرت صحيفة “السفير” ان شهية الأجهزة الأمنية ولا سيما شعبة المعلومات، فُتحت من جديد على “داتا” شبكة الاتصالات الخلوية في لبنان، مع فارق خطير هذه المرة، تمثل في عدم الاكتفاء بطلب تسليمها حركة الاتصالات، كما كان يحصل في السابق، ليصل الأمر إلى مستوى غير مسبوق، في خطورته وتداعياته، مع طلب الشعبة الاطلاع على محتوى كل الرسائل النصية الخلوية المتبادلة بين جميع المواطنين، على مدى الشهرين اللذين سبقا اغتيال اللواء وسام الحسن، إلى جانب الحصول على كلمات المرور (باسورد) لشبكات الإنترنت والفايسبوك التي يستعملها اللبنانيون.

وفي هذا السياق , أكد وزير الاتصالات نقولا صحناوي للصحيفة ان الوزارة تلقت طلباً بالحصول على محتوى الرسائل النصية وكلمات المرور (باسورد) لشبكات الإنترنت والفايسبوك العائدة إلى اللبنانيين، على مساحة كل لبنان، محذراً من أن الموافقة على هذه الاستباحة ستجر المزيد لاحقاً.

وأكد أنه رفع هذا الطلب إلى الأمانة العامة لمجلس الوزراء من أجل درسه، “مع توصية من قبله برفضه ورده، آخذاً على الهيئة القضائية المختصة بالنظر في طلبات الأجهزة الأمنية أنها تكتفي بتسجيل موقف عابر، بينما المطلوب أن تكون أكثر فعالية في صون الدستور وحقوق المواطنين.

It’s weird that the Information Branch is asking for our Facebook password since that means ISPs in Lebanon are actually keeping a log of all passwords we input! Anyway, I hope the government rejects this request and instead agfrees on supplying data related to specific people and during a reasonable time frame.

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Bird hunting in Lebanon

Birds hunting season has been on for a while now, and unfortunately Lebanese hunters are shooting at anything that flies, just as in every year.

Check out this article from Wildlife Extra about hunting in Lebanon and the massacres hunters are committing by shooting very large quantities and targeting some rare species.

The Lebanese Eco Movement says “All kinds of birds are being hunted, and most of hunters are indifferent to the matter of protected birds. We are witnessing the murder of many protected birds, mainly soaring birds (aquatic birds and raptors), including pelicans, storks, cranes, raptors.”

“As for the birds that can be hunted, there is no respect for the numbers and limits. We are witnessing birds being killed in thousands. A single hunter may kill more than one thousand birds. Hunters are of all ages; they may be as young as 10, even though Lebanese law prohibits holding weapons for ages less than 18.”

“Hunting mainly takes place during weekends, but hunters can be seen any day of the week, at any place, even inside cities and between houses.”

via Haytham Elkhoja

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Videos from Sting’s concert in Beirut

Check these two videos by Joe from Sting’s concert at BIEL which was part of his “Back to Bass” 2012 tour. I did not attend, but judging from the tweets I was reading I guess everyone had a blast that night!

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My Last Valentine in Beirut to stop showing in Cinemas

After the order of nurses in Lebanon filed a lawsuit against My Last Valentine in Beirut for showing an actress wearing a provocative nurse outfit, it seems that the film director Salim El-Turk decided to stop showing it in Lebanese cinemas instead of waiting for the General Security to take a decision about the lawsuit, as per Lebanon Files a while ago.

Still, I don’t know why I’m feeling like the movie will keep showing, and that the producers are just spreading these news to get as much people as possible to go watch the movie now.

Update:

The movie is now showing again in theaters after it stopped for a while.

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Loan wala kel el alwen

Seriously?!

via @stephanienour

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The 19th European Film Festival

The 19th European Film Festival will be held from 29 November to 9 December at Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil, and below is the festival’s program.

  • Shadow Dancer
    Directed by James Marsh On Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 pm & On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm
  • Montevideo, bog te video | Montevideo, Taste of a Dream
    Directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić On Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 pm
  • Small Crime
    Directed by Christos Georgiou On Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm & On Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 pm
  • Flickan | The Girl
    Directed by Fredrik Edfeldt On Friday, November 30 at 3:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm
  • Μπιλόμπα | Biloba
    Directed by Sofia Papachristou On Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 pm
  • Prinsessa | Princess
    Directed by Arto Halonen On Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 4 at 10:30 pm
  • Cesare deve morire | Caesar Must Die
    Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani On Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 pm
  • Rundskop | Bullhead
    Directed by Michaël R. Roskam On Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 pm
  • Gnade | Mercy
    Directed by Matthias Glasner On Friday, November 30 at 10:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm
  • A halálba táncoltatott leány | The Maiden Danced to Death
    Directed by Endre Hules On Friday, November 30 at 10:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm
  • Love.net
    Directed by Ilian Djevelekov On Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 10:30 pm
  • Le mulot menteur | The Mouse With a Mouth
    Directed by Marina Rosset, Sophie Roze, Andrea Kiss On Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 am
  • Jutro będzie lepiej | Tomorrow Will Be Better
    Directed by Dorota Kędzierzawska On Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm
  • Lóve | Love
    Directed by Jakub Kroner On Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm
  • Camille redouble | Camille Rewinds
    Directed by Noémie Lvovsky On Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 10:30 pm
  • Hævnen In a Better World
    Directed by Susanne Bier On Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Atmen | Breathing
    Directed by Karl Markovics On Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 pm
  • L’Enfant d’en Haut | Sister
    Directed by Ursula Meier On Sunday, December 2 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Uwikłanie | Entanglement
    Directed by Jacek Bromski On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm
  • 18 comidas | 18 Meals
    Directed by Jorge Coira On Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
  • Cykelmyggen og dansemyggen | A Tale of Two Mozzies
    Directed by Jannik Hastrup & Flemming Quist Møller On Friday, December 2 at 11:30 am
  • Na půdě aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny? | In The Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today?
    Directed by Jiří Barta On Sunday, December 2 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm
  • Medalia de onoare | Medal of Honour
    Directed by Calin Peter Netzer On Sunday, December 2 at 8:00 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 5:30 pm
  • Üvegtigris 3 | Glass Tiger 3
    Directed by Péter Rudolf On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 3:00 pm
  • Glück | Bliss
    Directed by Doris Dörrie On Monday, December 3 at 10:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 pm
  • Wuthering Heights
    Directed by Andrea Arnold On Monday, December 3 at 10:30 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm
  • En Familie | A Family
    Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 pm
  • Операция „Шменти Капели“ | Operation “Shmenti Kapeli”
    Directed by Ivan Mitov On Monday, December 3 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 pm
  • Omar m’a tuer | Omar Killed Me
    Directed by Roschdy Zem On Monday, December 3 at 10:30 pm
  • Pa negre | Black Bread
    Directed by Agustí Villaronga On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm
  • The Angels’ Share
    Directed by Ken Loach On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm
  • Bröllopsfotografen | The Wedding Photographer
    Directed by Ulf Malmros On Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm
  • De rouille et d’os | Rust and Bone
    Directed by Jacques Audiard On Wednesay, December 5 at 8:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 22:30 pm
  • Reality
    Directed by Matteo Garrone On Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm
  • Le mur | The Wall
    Directed by Odette Makhlouf On Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
  • Der ganz große traum | Lessons of a Dream
    Directed by Sebastian Grobler On Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
  • A perdre la raison | Our Children
    Directed by Joachim Lafosse On Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
  • Les saveurs du palais | Haute Cuisine
    Directed by Christian Vincent On Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm
  • La chute de la maison Usher | The Fall of The House of Usher
    Directed by Jean Epstein On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm

Tickets will be on sale for 4,000 L.L. For more information about the festival and the program you can check Metropolis Cinema’s website.

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Oppa Saida Style by Abou Talal

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Magnolia Bakery opening at ABC Dbayeh

I just learned Magnolia Bakery will be opening at ABC Dbayeh on Thursday December 6th. I actually first heard about Magnolia from friends who live abroad, and I know they’re pretty famous for their delicious cupcakes.

Magnolia first opened in New York and became famous for their dessert treats before expanding into other cities, and two years ago they opened their first non-US branch in Dubai.

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touch Lebanon – MyPlan ad

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