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Paralyzed Lebanese woman denied boarding on her flight by MEA

Part of me may understand why this woman was denied boarding on her flight by the Middle East Airlines crew only if they’re unable to support her at all during the trip, which can seriously put her life at risk in case some incident occurs when flying.

But then again, it’s 2014, and a reputable carrier like MEA can’t but have the capability to service travelers with disabilities.

Below is MEA’s reply to the incident.


Ibrahim Maalouf won Best Wold Music Album at Victoires de la Musique

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Here’s some positive news for Lebanon! Ibrahim Maalouf, the very talented trumpeter, won a prize at Victoires de le Musique for the Best World Music Album “Illusions” which was released last year.

Les Victoires de la Musique is a prestigious annual French award ceremony to recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry, so Ibrahim Maalouf sure made it big! Congratulations!

The full list of the winners can be found here, and you can watch below Ibrahim Maalouf’s performance at the ceremony.


Lebanon is 8th in feeling the most love in the world

This study was featured on The Atlantic two days ago but its results were published a year ago on Gallup. In that study, Gallup spent 2006 and 2007 visiting 136 countries and asked people if they experienced love the previous day.

Below are the top 10 countries that feel the most love in the world and Lebanon was ranked 8th.


The full ranking can be found here.

Gallup should probably come again and ask about other feeling like depression, hate, desperation, and disgust, I’m sure we’ll score even better!


Lebanese children and discrimination

This is one of the saddest videos I’ve seen lately. And while it’s no surprise that in 2014 we’re still living in a discriminating society, the stuff that these kids have said are just quite shocking and should serve as a wake-up call to NGOs, schools, media, and of course parents.


The video’s privacy was unfortunately set to “private” by the uploader and I’m trying to see if it’s available somewhere else on the web. For those who couldn’t watch it, it was about an experiment with Lebanese children where they were given some papers with illustrations of a kid in different skin tones. The children surprisingly kept on picking the kid with the white skin because they believed the ones with darker skin color are bad and look like Syrians!

In another experiment the paper contained a man of  white skin with a christian name, and they had to match him with one of three available girls, two girls having a white skin and muslim names, and one girl of a dark skin and christian name. The children in that case chose the girl of dark skin color because they believed the man should marry a christian girl like him or else would run into troubles!

Update 2:

Just found the video again.

Post by ‎علماني‎.


“I am Alive” for politicians now available for download

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You’re definitely aware of “I am Alive” app which helps Lebanese people let their loved ones know they’re safe by sending a tweet saying “I am still alive! #Lebanon #Latestbombing” through a single tap every time there’s an explosion.

Just two days ago, Sandra Hassan and Myra El Mir, the developers of this satiric app, released the VIP version of it intended for politicians to help them automatically issue condemnation statements when a bombing occurs!

Overwhelmed by the number of bombings in Lebanon? Can’t keep up with the demands to issue statements to the public?
Now you can easily tweet your reactions to yet another bombing in Lebanon.

No need to bother your communication crew with trying to come up with a new reaction to the security related events, heck you can just fire them all. This app does it all for you!

The responses provided for you have been designed by our team of highly specialized political analysts who have scourged over the stream of condemnations that have already been issued and synthesized the most effective and up to date reaction statements just for you.

It’s a fast and reliable tool. And what’s more; you can tag one of your friends in your tweet!

And if there’s a statement you think should be added to the repertoire, we’re waiting to hear from you. Just tweet at us @lebvip

I am Alive VIP is available for download on Google Play.


A 110 year old Ottoman palace destroyed by fire in the South


Dar El Darwiche (or El Darwiche palace) in Zefta was unfortunately destroyed by a fire incident last week.

The palace is considered as a historic Ottoman heritage due to its architecture and the old antiques inside it, same as some of the palaces in Beirut like Al Daouk, Salam, Boustros, and Sursock.

Un incendie a ravagé dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi le palais historique Darwiche dans le village de Zefta, à Nabatiyeh (Liban-sud), rapporte l’Agence nationale d’information (ANI, officielle).

Les flammes ont détruit tous les meubles et antiquités historiques que le palais renfermait.

“Après l’avoir entretenu durant 100 ans, tout a été détruit”, a déclaré le propriétaire des lieux, Hussein Darwiche. Il a précisé que le palais avait été construit au début des années 1900 sur une superficie de 1.200 mètres carrés. L’édifice comptait 15 chambres.

Le palais contenait des trésors historiques remontant à l’époque ottomane. Le palais Darwiche était l’une des rares bâtisses historiques bien conservées dans le sud du pays. Source

Below are some of the photos I managed to find on Facebook through Rabih El Darwiche. It definitely sucks to see it all gone now, and I hope El Darwiche family will be able to restore it soon.

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