07 May 2011

* My Last Valentine in Beirut

A trailer for a daring lebanese movie called "My Last Valentine in Beirut" by T Productions.
It's about a hooker (by Laurine Kodeh) who admits her profession to shed a light over the dangers of this business and the prevailing society.

05 May 2011

* Abu Ayyash sues Al-Madina bank assistant

Al-Madina Bank General Manager Ibrahim Abu Ayyash on Monday filed a lawsuit against the bank's executive assistant, Rana Qoleilat, on charges of giving him false savings passbooks and making him give her $220 million in fraudulent means.
State Prosecutor Adnan Addoum subsequently referred the lawsuit to the Central Criminal Investigations Department for investigations.
Abu Ayyash was released last week from jail on bail.
In a separate development, the Military Public Prosecutor's office began an investigation into an incident that occurred Sunday between supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and supporters of the Lebanese Democratic Party.
A hand grenade was reportedly thrown at the PSP offices in Shoueifat and shots were fired. The incident is believed to be linked to the upcoming municipal elections, set to begin on May 2.
Military Public Prosecutor Jean Fahd charged the Internal Security Forces with conducting the investigation.
Meanwhile, Addoum ordered the arrest of two men in Beirut's southern suburbs on separate charges of impersonating a municipal candidate in an official test and helping a candidate to pass the test.
Addoum referred the suspects, whose full names were not disclosed, to the Mount Lebanon Public Prosecutor's office so as to launch legal proceedings against them.
One of the men apparently passed a written test on behalf of an illiterate municipal candidate, who is currently at large.
According to the law, candidates to the membership of municipal councils must be able to read and write in order to be eligible for election.


Lebanon Time-Line

Introducing Lebanon

Coolly combining the ancient with the ultramodern, Lebanon is one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East. From the Phoenician findings of Tyre (Sour) and Roman Baalbek's tremendous temple to Beirut's BO18 and Bernard Khoury's modern movement, the span of Lebanon's history leaves many visitors spinning. Tripoli (Trablous) is considered to have the best souk in the country and is famous for its Mamluk architecture. It's well equipped with a taste of modernity as well; Jounieh, formerly a sleepy fishing village, is a town alive with nightclubs and glitz on summer weekends.

With all of the Middle East's best bits - warm and welcoming people, mind-blowing history and considerable culture, Lebanon is also the antithesis of many people's imaginings of the Middle East: mostly mountainous with skiing to boot, it's also laid-back, liberal and fun. While Beirut is fast becoming the region's party place, Lebanon is working hard to recapture its crown as the 'Paris of the Orient'.

The rejuvenation of the Beirut Central District is one of the largest, most ambitious urban redevelopment projects ever undertaken. Travellers will find the excitement surrounding this and other developments and designs palpable - and very infectious.

Finally, Lebanon's cuisine is considered the richest of the region. From hummus to hommard (lobster), you'll dine like a king. With legendary sights, hospitality, food and nightlife, what more could a traveller want?

Introducing Beirut

What Beirut is depends entirely on where you are. If you’re gazing at the beautifully reconstructed colonial relics and mosques of central Beirut’s Downtown, the city is a triumph of rejuvenation over disaster.

If you’re in the young, vibrant neighbourhoods of Gemmayzeh or Achrafiye, Beirut is about living for the moment: partying, eating and drinking as if there’s no tomorrow. If you’re standing in the shadow of buildings still peppered with bullet holes, or walking the Green Line with an elderly resident, it’s a city of bitter memories and a dark past. If you’re with Beirut’s Armenians, Beirut is about salvation; if you’re with its handful of Jews, it’s about hiding your true identity. Here you’ll find the freest gay scene in the Arab Middle East, yet homosexuality is still illegal. If you’re in one of Beirut’s southern refugee camps, Beirut is about sorrow and displacement; other southern districts are considered a base for paramilitary operations and south Beirut is home to infamous Hezbollah secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah. For some, it’s a city of fear; for others, freedom.

Throw in maniacal drivers, air pollution from old, smoking Mercedes taxis, world-class universities, bars to rival Soho and coffee thicker than mud, political demonstrations, and swimming pools awash with more silicone than Miami. Add people so friendly you’ll swear it can’t be true, a political situation existing on a knife-edge, internationally renowned museums and gallery openings that continue in the face of explosions, assassinations and power cuts, and you’ll find that you’ve never experienced a capital city quite so alive and kicking – despite its frequent volatility.