Tuesday, September 04, 2012



Lebanon  has implemented a smoking ban ! YES ! finally ...
like everything in lebanon it will be a reason for more anger , people who claim they are being punished by the government and getting more pressured to become extremely more angry thus creating more friction leading to some kind of fight or struggle.

Blaming Syria, the heat , electricity cuts , unemployment and smoking ban to their miseries!!! The lebanese have endured long years of corruption , still enduring and might endure worse times to come with all the shakiness of the neighbouring countries as we like to always make sure we are part of any dispute around, we are good at it and we love blagging about how corrupt we are and how criminal our politicians are without being able to do any change, we have reached the level of laziness and corruption that is so hard to pull a whole nation from.

It is the first summer i hear people winge so much , usually expats go back to lebanon for the summer and talk so much about how amazing times they had ,  ALAS! not this year as it is becoming unbearable with no electricity , army everywhere , tension o the borders , kidnappings left and right with no agenda , just for the sake of making the news as citizen journalism turn into another form of corrupt media , each criminal has his own channel again! like good old war days!!!

HEY WAKE UP !!!!! WE HAVE TO MOVE FWD , we should be working on reconciliation and planning a better future ... why are we just lost constantly???? why do we always have to follow some dickhead!

anyways back to banning smoking in lebanon which in itself sounds an amazing achievement for one reason at least : it was done due the the efforts of civil society NGOS ! yes the giv listened to its citizens ! impressive ... though some will argue that the gov implemented the ban just to make people more angry! and helps it financially by reducing medical bills ! how is that wrong , when our loved ones stop dying due to smoking? I understand the other side that says: well the government never paid for my medical cover!!! yea ok will never make anyone happy!!!

i would like to end my blog with some of the FACEBOOK STATUSES in the last couple of days that dealth with smoking ban plus some pics posted on twitter too :



So I went out tonight... first day of the ban on smoking law... i was in Timeout... everyone was sitting on the terrace... seriously... EVERYONE. there was only one table of two, ONE TABLE, inside. wouldn't it have made more sense if this couple stayed outside and we all sat inside and smoked? absurd.

Day 2 No Smoking Beirut...I advice everyone to remain home for their safety...due to lack of Nicotine in the system everybody is acting CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY...:-P

To  all my smoker comrades... Don't give in to the body-fascists 

The best Rafik Majzoub decided to talk about the ban in his own creative way 

What is Law 174 - No Smoking Lebanon? It is a law that officially makes all closed public places in Lebanon smoke free. For more information, check out:http://www.tobaccocontrol.gov.lb/Legislation/Documents/Law%20english%20pdf.pdf

Yesterday night picture.
The terrace @danyshamra just got bigger. #Hamra #smoking #outdoor http://t.co/Veyk1h8r

Stavro's reaction

and some decided to tell non smokers that they will die anyways 

some tweets included :

People complaining about the long overdue smoking ban inLebanon make it very easy for me to not want to be their friend anymore.

To distract the people: impose public smoking ban!! 

Lebanon smoking ban takes effect, sparking anger - Yahoo! News UK  via  But kidnapping continues!

Protests in Lebanon over the new public smoking ban, as health concerns clash with cultural traditions 

Linking the smoking ban to all other 's problems is irrelevant. If we could solve 1 problem out of 1000 we should do it

Cigarette smoke in Lebanon bothers me, but I know this smokingban isn't sincere, just another way to show gov't is "modernizing"Lebanon.

To People complaining about the smoking ban law in Lebanondemanding to fix other more important issues. Enno chou khas hay bi hay?!?!

"It's a weird country, Lebanon. It is forbidden to smoke, but kidnapping people is allowed." 

On an entirely different note: it is strange 2 C crowds of smokers in beirut forced 2 light up in street on day 1 of  smoking ban

The state in Lebanon is using the smoking ban as a test. If it works, it might experiment with a ban on private ownership of heavy weapons.

5 minutes in a pub and I smell like an ash tray! Can't wait for thatsmoking ban bill to start on sept 3rd   

LAW 174

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Happy Army Day 2012

It is the Lebanese Army Day today, we need to take care about preserving it and making sure not to drag it into the dirty politics of this country because it can be the only saviour undivided we should strengthen as we go into the unknown corrupted future...

Let us take care of our Army and try only try to start believing that we can be fine if a group of decent lebanese defenders not divided in sects can help us pull through.

If they are rubbish let us make them strong, if they are good let us cherish them , but let us not fall into criticising and destroying an institution that has to be very very protective of lebanon in these very difficult times.




Monday, July 23, 2012

Face Blurring on #youtube / إخفاء الوجه على #يوتيوب

A new youtube option to blur faces may have come a bit late for some arab demonstrators during their uprising in their countries, but never too late for the future citizen journalists who might arise in other nations.

here is a manual in english to explain how to use it :


Global Voices article on the new tool 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

my friend Bassel

I met my friend Bassel  in Beirut.

Bassel is a gentle soul with a great smile.

He is syrian, a warm person and i had no idea what he does , i knew that we just clicked the day we met...

He had to be detained to know more about his genius in open web developing and how proud his country must be of him.

Unfortunately his country is SYRIA , and syria does not like IT people i assume thinking it is all linked to revolution work etc... COME ON ! how can a country go through an uprising and change totally only on computers ??

tell me!

Seriously DO you think by writing couple of blogs or tweeting u r dangerous?

Bassel never really tweeted , he was a CC guy , a volunteer into open web/ Mozilla dude ; due to his arrest i learnt how good he was and how many people and souls and hearts he has touched!

everyone who speaks about him mentions the words: gentle, nice , genius, dedicated, loving,
smart ,warm and sweet .... ALL THOSE ADJECTIVES MUST MEAN SOMETHING NO ????

look at this face , focus deep into his eyes and you see a free man , please set bassel free
sign his petition : www.freebassel.org , tweet him #freebassel add him @freebassel fb him: freebasselsafadi account.


A video about CC arabia / #syria

Thursday, May 24, 2012

tonight it is #hamra

seems hamra got lit up with some fighting from some gang who took some egyptian hostage because some girl upset her lover so he went on a rampage in beirut fighting the army


Monday, May 21, 2012

what needs to be done now on the civic level

Due to the growing tensions after the killing of a sheikh in the North of the country (sheikh abdel wahed)  Some armed groups thought it is fine to just spread violence through lebanon starting from tripoli and akkar areas reaching Tareeq Jdideh beirut through the night ...

Facebook statuses and tweets varied from giving updated info on what is happening on the ground, uploading videos when available  and off course New TV installing their camera on a rooftop of a building and having it as live surveillance all night , so people like myself living abroad feel home , upset, worried and tied up feeling useless.

that is in short

Now the thinking behind this : WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ?

have a gay parade ?

an art exhibition?

a cabaret evening ?

a magnum champagne?

We need to reach the real people on the ground , the masses and not the 'so called' privileged educated lebanese society , which is in fact a very rare species , we need to look for the people who are making this noise , and who are carrying the weapons ...

if GOD or Syria or ARAB summer what they want we need to talk sense to them ,
we need to tackle the stupid dangerous media too...

Groups have to be formed from all walks of life immediately and draft a plan for awareness on all levels : campaign against media sectarian flare ups , we need to campaign outside mosques , churches , all kinds of houses of God / Gods  , community centres , we need to call up scouts associations , green associations , any NGO dealing with anything lebanese and starting to have a massive awareness for the masses
yes the masses the people who will make a difference ... yes we do not want 100 thousand people walking the streets , we need the millions , and all kinds ... with one message , one flag , one nation... we r one nation with differences , we should cherish and respect differences ...

Ziad Rahbani - History of Lebanon

Ziad Rahbani's philosophy on the Lebanese war

Our history is punished !

#Ziad Rahbani's philosophy on the #Lebanese #war
#beirut (arabic)

#beirut Big Brother

this is how i will be watching over you #beirut from the rooftop of some building ...
live from beirut to london.

30 min or so later... 
i better go to bed as i am starting to have my nervous tick
on my beloved city. arghhh u make me mad u city!!!!

so can someone explain #beirut? TONIGHT !

is this what we wanted since the so called end of war ?

i do believe this is all a little circus and it would cool down but i might be wrong , but what i see on twitter and fb as messages and statuses and what i am watching on youtube makes me believe it is going for a hot summer really hot ones with some bbqued tyres to keep people breathing the right amount of death.

here are the first episodes of today's clashes from one 'citizen' oh yea : he is a reporter now !

#beirut Part 1
#beirut Part 2
#beirut Part 3

Sunday, May 20, 2012

#beirut tonight and maybe not the last night .

so what is happening in lebanon?

street fighting as i am writing is flaming into narrow streets of my beloved city. what a hate love relationship i have with this country tfeh.

why are we stuck in this mentality , where is order? where is real faith in this ?