Posts tagged Lebanon
2 different articles, 2 extremes point of views on Lebanon, one author.
Read as Elie go though a love-hate relationship with a country dear to many:
May 2012, Lebanon is on the brink of another chapter of a civil war.
If you live in any of the countries listed below, here is a sample of recent events… it is pretty bad:
Tripoli – 14 May 2012:
“Tension has been rising between Tripoli’s Sunnis, who support the Syrian opposition against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and supporters of the Syrian government including Tripoli’s Alawite community.
The arrest of Shadi Almawlawi, a young Sunni sheikh, triggered the armed clashes. “
And in Beirut, one week later:
اشتباكات مسلحة في طريق الجديدة بين مسلحين مقربين من تيار المستقبل وعناصر من التيار العربي قرب مبنى الهندسة في جامعة بيروت العربية،
على خلفية مقتل الشيخ أحمد” عبد الواحد شمالي لبنان بنيران حاجز جيش لبناني.”
Yet, most news across the world are turning a blind eye.
Why is that? The tourists are already scared away anyway.
Here is an overview of randomly selected online newspapers:
Our journey starts on the American continent:
US » CNN
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:
Sitting in a place that serves Arguileh (waterpipe) is like sitting in Salim Slem Tunnel. Literally!
Tunnel Air Quality
The National Tobacco Control Program recently carried out an Air Quality test inside Salim Slem Tunnel to measure the level of pollution emitted by car exhausts during the busiest time of day. The machine used (called SidePak) manages to capture ultra fine particles. These tiny particles go deep into the lungs and are easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
According to the World Health Organization, humans should be exposed to 25 ìg/m³ (25 particles per million) of these particles or less, to be considered in a safe and healthy environment. One would expect that the notorious tunnel would host ‘off the chart’ measurements. The test result proved this case when it recorded a 429 ìg/m³ which falls into the “Hazardous levels” according to the WHO.
The surprise came after comparing this result with tests previously done in 15 restaurants that served Arguileh, in which the measurements averaged at 376 ìg/m³. Well into the “Hazardous” range, the average air quality result for these restaurants was very close to that of Salim Slem tunnel. Six of these restaurants even had higher levels than Salim Slem, with one reaching a maximum of 723 ìg/m³!
The difference between the two locations, is that in a restaurant that serves Arguileh, you sit for hours, while it takes less than a minute to pass through Salim Slem Tunnel (most of the time with windows closed). Read the rest of this entry »
Beirut inaugurated its first bike trail a few weeks ago.
Although it is a small loop inside the city, and that it is only opened for a few hours on Sundays, it is nevertheless a small step forward towards a green and sustainable transport mentality in the ‘my car is bigger than yours’ society, and a victory for the bikers in Lebanon.
According to The Daily Star, this bike lane covers Tripoli Street of the Beirut Souks and Patriarch Howayek Street.
Here is an illustrative map for those who have no clue where those streets are