Should we preserve every single Phoenician ruin in Beirut?

The news about the sudden destruction of the ancient Phoenician port in Beirut has flooded the news and the Lebanese blogosphere over the last couple of days. Everybody seems to be against move and some are even asking the minister of culture Gaby Layoun to resign over it.

But let’s be real for a second, downtown Beirut all lay over Phoenician ruins and much more! At the end, it was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times over its 5,000 year history, so the least you can find is ruins WHEREVER you dig around the city! Should we preserve everything we find and halt all construction works for ever? And let’s assume that we’ve succeeded in actually preserving them and turning these site into touristic places, will Khaleeji people be interested in visiting them? In fact, I see them enjoying places like Zaitounay Bay much more than the ancient ruins near the Grand Serail!

Still, don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling to erase our history, but why can’t we be more practical? I know the developers at the Phoenician port did wrong by suddenly demolishing that Phoenician port, but why for instance didn’t we give them the option to maybe move that port to another place instead of totally halting their plans?

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Whatsapp arguileh

It’s becoming a trend!

Spotted in Ras El Nabeh

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In My New World campaign is a copycat?

I was quite surprised to see the below video shared by @HalaMoubarak today for an ad made by Absolut Vodka back in 2007 and looking very similar to the ads currently running for touch’s new campaign “In My New World“.

To me, In My New World was basically among the two most interesting campaigns this year along with Lebanese Brew’s Try Something Brave, now let’s hope the latter doesn’t turn out to be yet another inspired campaign as well!

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Web series – Mamnou3!

Mamnou3 is a new Lebanese web-series  parody about the day-to-day inner workings of the country’s censorship bureau, and is set to debute on the 1st of July.

It would be really ironic if the General Security ended up banning Mamnou3 for “endangering Lebanon security” just like they did with Beirut Hotel and many other movies!

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AUB students demonstrate against Donna Shalala during commencement

Several dozen people disrupted the Master’s graduation ceremony at AUB Friday evening to protest against the awarding of an honorary degree to Donna Shalala due to her support for engagement with Israel.

Shalala, president of the University of Miami in Florida and a former U.S. secretary of health, has three honorary degrees from universities in Israel, and does not support a cultural boycott of the country.

Around 40 protesters heckled Shalala as she began her speech of thanks, shouting “boycott Israel.” Some held a large banner that read “Boycott Zionist Shalala.” Source

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BBM Taxi

Missed call me, I call you
Message me, I reply to you
Chat with me, I answer you

via Rudy Chidiac

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Giveaway: 4 Tickets to Wickerpark Festival 2012

The awesome people behind Wickerpark Festival 2012 granted me 4 tickets to the two-day event happening on June 29 & 30, and I’ll be giving them all away to two of you guys!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I’ll be randomly selecting two lucky winners on Sunday night to get 2 tickets each. Just make sure to use a valid e-mail address when commenting to receive how to claim your tickets.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the event will include short film screenings, fairs, and exhibitions on the first day, and a music festival to follow on the second day. As for the tickets, they’re available for $30 at Librairie Antoine.


Congrtulations Joseph & Cynthia, I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly.

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BLC women’s empowerment ad

Below is one of BLC’s new ads promoting an initiative they started a while ago to support women entrepreneurs by making it easier on them to get loans to start or expand their business.

It’s a great initiative indeed, but couldn’t they think of a business women can start other than a bakery as it shows in the ad?

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Antar – Acoustic guitar cover

Sounds pretty nice!

And since we’re mentioning Myriam Klink again, check also this 8-bit version of her Antar video!

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Fete De La Musique 2012 – Beirut

This year’s edition of Fete De La Musique is happening in a couple of days on June 21st  and will span over 9 locations across Beirut, featuring as usual both amateur and professional musicians.

Check below the festival schedule and start choosing which artists to watch!

Fete De La Musique 2012- Roman Baths

The Roman Baths venue will feature seven different artists, all performing varying genres.

  • 20:00-20:30 Marc Nader (Folk)
  • 20:40-21:10 Dida’s (Acoustic Music)
  • 21:20-21:50 Les Artistes (Folk, Acoustic Rock)
  • 22:00-23:00 Les Fils Du Calvaire (Electro-Rock)
  • 23:10-23:30 Segundo Bloco (Samba, Brazillian Percussions)
  • 23:40-00:10 Poly (Pop)
  • 00:20-00:50 The Passive Standouts (Rock)

Fete De La Musique 2012- Beirut Souks

The Beirut Souks venue will feature seventeen different artists, all performing varying genres on two different locations, the Platform and Ajami Square.

Beirut Souks Platform Venue:

  • 19:00-20:00 Chorale Tania Kassis (Choral, Chants)
  • 20:10-20:30 Nachaz (Rock, Blues)
  • 20:40-21:10 Silverage (Pop, Alternative Rock)
  • 21:20-21:50 Life Line (Rock)
  • 22:00-22:20 Beirut Blues Brothers (Blues, Rock)
  • 22:30-23:00 Soul Sister (Soul, Funk)
  • 23:10-23:40 Butterfly (Rock)
  • 23:50-00:20 The Locals (Rock, Blues)
  • 00:30-1:00 The Fan Dolls (Rock)

Beirut Souks Ajami Square Venue:

  • 20:00-20:20 Elie Sawaya (Variety)
  • 20:30-20:45 Tina Fish (Slam Poetry)
  • 20:50-21:20 Nour Yammouni (Pop)
  • 21:30-22:00 Blue Yeast (Blues Jazz)
  • 22:10-22:50 The Missing Pixels (Folk)
  • 23:00-23:20 Snowslash (Rock)
  • 23:30-23:50 Ashekman (Rap)
  • 23:55-00:15 Zeinedin (Rap)
  • 00:20-00:40 Banely (Rap)

Fete De La Musique 2012- Samir Kassir Square

The Samir Kassir Gardens venue will feature eight different artists, all performing varying genres.

  • 19:30-19:50 IQEWS (Alternative Rock)
  • 20:00-20:20 Point of View & Bob Arja (Rap)
  • 20:30-20:50 7ta2at (Rap)
  • 21:00-21:20 What’s Your Story (Rock, Pop)
  • 21:30-22:00 Homemade (Alt Rock, Pop)
  • 22:10-22:30 Srai (Rock)
  • 22:40-23:10 Jammit the Band (Reggae)
  • 23:30-23:50 Bandage Group (Pop, Rock)
  • 00:00-00:30 Wata El Lounge (Trip-rock, Dub)
  • 00:20-00:50 The Passive Standouts (Rock)

Fete De La Musique 2012- Martyrs’ Square

The Martyrs’ Square venue will feature eight different artists, all performing varying genres.

  • 19:00-20:00 Gabriel Abdel Nour (Arabic Pop)
  • 20:10-20:40 The Coolcumbers (Alternative Rock)
  • 20:50-21:30 Episode (Prog Rock)
  • 21:40-22:20 Lazzy Lung (Indie Rock)
  • 22:30-22:50 Anixa (Rock)
  • 23:00-23:40 Epic (Rock)
  • 23:50-00:10 The Rakans (Pop, Electro)
  • 00:20-01:20 DJ Andre Rizzo (Electro)

Fete De La Musique 2012- Zaitunay Bay

The Zaitunay Bay venue will feature eight different artists, all performing varying genres.

  • 20:00-20:20 Abdel Harb (Flamenco Guitar)
  • 20:30-21:00 Rojo Del Libano (Flamenco)
  • 21:10-21:40 Bruno Tabbal (Rock, Pop)
  • 21:50-22:10 Beirut Vocal Point (A capella)
  • 22:20-22:50 Band Audi (Rock, Blues)
  • 23:00-23:30 Blue Band LB (Rock, Reggae)
  • 23:40-00:05 Gilbert Simon and Jebebara (Pop, Arabic)
  • 00:15-00:35 Maher Salame (Electro Oriental, House)

Fete De La Musique 2012- Saint Louis Capuchin Church

The Saint Louis Capuchin Church venue will feature two performing groups.

  • 18:00-19:00 Chorale Du College Protestant
  • 19:00-20:00 Pastorale De L’USJ

Fete De La Musique 2012- National Evangelical Church of Beirut

The National Evangelical Church of Beirut venue will feature two performing groups.

  • 18:30-19:15 Chamber Music
  • 19:15-20:00 Classical Chants

Fete De La Musique 2012 – Beirut New Waterfront

The Beirut Waterfront Venue will feature performances by ten different DJs.

  • 8:00 pm- Alterra (Deep House)
  • 9:00 pm- Tavarish (Dubstep)
  • 10:00 pm- Ryan K (Deep House)
  • 11:00 pm- The Middle Beast (House)
  • 12:00 am- Jade (House)
  • 1:00 am- Dop [Paris] (Tech-House)
  • 2:00 am- Diamond Setter (Tech-House)
  • 3:00 am- Trix (Deep House)

Supported by Vanclode Jandam
VJ’s: Mosig / TM / Beirut Visuals

via evention

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