Archive for May, 2012

Learn Lebanese Arabic with Keefak

Did you always want to learn Arabic Lebanese language? Well, now there is an iPhone/Android app for that: Keefak

Unlike most other tutorials that focus on the literal written Arabic (with ubiquitous words like شُكراً Shukran and عَفواً Afwan) that is not exactly close to the spoken dialect spoken in Lebanon, this app aims to teach you the Lebanese-Arabic dialect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lebanon on the Brink of War

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

CNNCNN… nothing there

Meanwhile in Canada:

In Australia maybe? » The Sydney Morning Herald

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