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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Jennifer Lopez wearing the Lebanese flag in Dubai

Jennifer Lopez wished Lebanon a happy independence day in her own way by wearing the Lebanese flag during her concert in Dubai last night. Our independence day celebrations for this year are now complete!

Photos via Paris & iKritik by Heba

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Joe Maalouf sues a Lebanese blogger

So much for calling his show “Enta Horr”! And I hope MTV Lebanon is aware of what this guy is doing!

After bashing Joe Maalouf for his show that caused pain, hardship and torture to 36 innocent Lebanese men, and suggesting rumors were floating that he might be a closeted gay man himself, the heroic freedom fighter with the show title “Enta Horr” (you are free) filed a lawsuit against this blog and several others. The legal proceedings went unbelievably fast (most definitely bribes + political corruption) and in a matter of days, we were being sought after by the Lebanese security apparatus (research-wise that is… who we are, what we do, etc.)

My favorite part was when someone representing him said “Joe Maalouf ma byontal” (Joe Maalouf is untouchable). That was when I felt disgust and pity to this hypocrite of a bigoted homophobe. He has a prime time show on TV that is supposed to protect individual rights, freedoms and freedom of expression. But, when folks express themselves freely, he does miracles to try and land them in jail.

You can check the whole story on Gino’s Blog.

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Beirut has 36th most expensive retail rent in the world

It isn’t surprising anymore to read about Beirut being ranked among the most expensive cities in the world.

The 2012 survey of the world’s most expensive retail rental locations by property consultants Cushman & Wakefield ranked Beirut as the 36th most expensive city among 62 cities worldwide, the second most expensive city among seven cities in the Middle East & Africa region, and the most expensive among five Arab cities. Source

It’s interesting though that the report lists the retail rent per location in Beirut compared to other places in the region.

The ABC Achrafieh ranked as the third most expensive location in the region at $2,000/month, followed by Kaslik Street in 10th place at $1,500/month, Verdun Street in 12th place at $1,400/month, the Beirut Central District in13th place at $1,200/month, and Hamra Street in 19th place at $850/month. (All figures are as at June 2012)

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Lebanese Army – You bring us peace

This video was made for the occasion of the 69th Independence Day.

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Nadim Gemayel at an Ashoura mourning gathering

Man if you can’t speak Arabic properly, then you better prepare well before giving a speech!

You can watch the full speech here.

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Maya Diab and Mario Bassil on Celebrity Duets

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Watch TEDxBeirut live

TEDxBeirut is happening today at UNESCO, and it has an interesting line-up of speakers this year.

If you didn’t manage to buy ticket to attend but still want to watch the talks, the organizer will be livestraming everything on this link. For more about the speakers you can check here.

Photo via brofessional review

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The wonders of the Lebanese University in Hadath

I can understand the images of March 8 leaders at the Lebanese university faculty of science in Hadath, as it became the norm in Lebanon for the dominant political party at a certain Lebanese University branch to control the student council, and of course put up the images of their leaders all over the place as a way to mark their territory.

But what I really find it disturbing is allowing some people to set up a cellular shop inside the university campus and even worse, remain silent over the occupation of the university’s cafeteria that currently offers shisha! And this is what is actually happening in Hadath.

The below video was shot by a journalist in Now Lebanon who was threatened for taking photos inside the campus, but fortunately she had the balls to publish them online. You may read her article about the whole thing here.

Make sure to also check this additional article published in Al-Akhbar shedding light on similar breaches in the same campus which actually seems like it exists on some other planet where police is never heard of!

With these two articles, I now believe we should never act surprised next time a family announce their own military wing, because a government that cannot control a single campus definitely cannot control 10,452Km2 of land!

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