Archive for October, 2010

Iran 1 – 0 Lebanon

A neat mountain road in Iran …

… and a bridge on the entrance of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon; notice the modern separators in the middle of the street:

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تنفيس دواليب

You park here, we deflate your tires

تنفيس دواليب

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Sexism in the Arab world

To apply for a visa for the UAE, a Lebanese married woman travelling alone requires a no objection letter from her husband, plus a copy of her husband’s photo ID.

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Facebook profile pictures

Your Facebook profile picture is the first thing people see on your profile, and it appears next to every post you write; in short, it tells so much about you. No wonder people put so much toughts in it.

Facebook profile photoThe Standard Facebook profile pictures style

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Smokeless cafes & restaurants in Lebanon

The Tobacco Control Program of the Ministry of Public Health is doing a great job! Here is a list of cafes and restaurants that went 100% smoke-free

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Arab girls for marriage found online!

Type the word Arab in Google (and a space), you will get suggestions based on what millions of people search daily… Apparently, many look for a nice girl to marry on the web! Why not?

Arab girls for marriageI decided, just for fun, to find the most popular nationalities that look for their second half on Google, here are the results:

Top 5 women for marriage list*:

#5 Sweden

Swedish women for marriage
Pretty, tall, blonde,… who doesn’t want an attractive viking?

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Did you mean to attach files?

Gmail is getting better and better

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Beirut International Film Festival, “Somewhere“

10th edition of Beirut International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow Wednesday with Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere

Thursday’s screenings include Oscar winner, Tanovic’s “Cirkus Columbia”

The 10th edition of Beirut International Film Festival is to start on Wednesday October 6, 2010 at Unesco Palace where the screening of “Somewhere”, directed by Sofia Coppola, winner of the  Venice  Film Festival “Golden Lion”.

Coppola also is the director “Marie-Antoinette” in 2006 and “Lost in Translation” in 2004. Her new film “Somewhere” speaks of the radical changes Hollywood bad-boy Johnny Marco was forced to make to his life of excess upon receiving an unexpected visit from his 11-year old daughter. The cast includes Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monoghan and Benicio Del Toro.

The festival screenings kick off Thursday October 7 at “Sofil Metropolis” cinema. Eight screenings will take place simultaneously, as the first starts at 3 PM and the last at 10 PM; however, they do not include films participating in the Middle Eastern film/feature competition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Luca Guadagnino and Danis Tanovic, prominent guests of Beirut International Film Festival

Beirut -October 4th, 2010 – “Beirut International Film Festival” management said today that Italian film director Luca Guadagnino will attend the screening of his movie “Io sono l’Amore” (I am love) during the closing of the festivals’s 10th edition on October 13, 2010.
Beirut International Film FestivalThe management issued a statement, saying the most prominent guests of the festival, which is to be declared open this October 6, include Bosnian director of “Cirkus Columbia”, Danis Tanovic, a movie showcasing under the International Panorama category.
Several Arab directors attending the festival will compete under the Middle Eastern Feature Film Competition, like Tunisian director Moez Kamoun, director of “Late December” (Ekhir décembre) and Raja Amari, director of “Buried Secrets” (Dowaha).
The festival also hosts Belgian director of Moroccan origin Nabil Ben Yadir, director of “The Barons” (Les Barons), Ali Mostafa, director of UAE film “City of Life”, which featured also at the inauguration of the Gulf Film Festival last April in Dubai and winner of the Special Jury Award.
YanoosakIn addition to Iraqi-Kurdish Shawkat Amin Korki, director of “Kick off”, winner of many awards including the Best Film prize at the Gulf Film Festival. Swiss director Alexandre Monnier’s movie “Yanoosak“, co-directed with Lebanese director Elie Khalifé is competing in the same section.
The list of guests includes directors of films to be featured under Middle Eastern Short Film Competition category:  Saudi director Abdullah Al-Eyaf (“Aayyesh”), winner of the Best Short Film Award at the Gulf Film Festival hosted by Dubai last April and Saudi director Ahd Kamel (“The Shoemaker”), resident of the United States and winner of Gulf Film Festival Second Award, Short Feature Film category. Read the rest of this entry »

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A synagogue reborn in Beirut

Religious Tolerance: In America the controversy over the building the Islamic Center near Ground Zero has not let up. Read the rest of this entry »

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