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Arabian Hulu: Cinemoz

Cinemoz is a website, founded in June 2011, offering on-demand streaming video of movies, TV shows and other media clips from the Arab world.  So basically it’s the Arab version of Hulu. It was set to launch at the end of this year’s summer, but the project is still in the making.  It is obviously an interesting project, but the question is: Are people still interested in Arab cinema?  Well, maybe not as much in Lebanon as in other Arab countries, especially in the Gulf region and Egypt.  Another question concerns me: How will people be able to enjoy Arab entertainment with a shitty internet connection?  But, Karim Safieddine, founder of the website, says that the project is projected to be on a global scale, meaning that everyone anywhere in the world can watch and enjoy the website’s content.  Let’s hope that Arab TV networks and production companies will understand the project and give Cinemoz the right of streaming their  shows and movies without making such a big fuss out of it.  I’m not even sure if the presenter at LBC understood what this project was all about, she kept on asking Karim on how the website works and questioned the purpose of the site.  Are people in the middle east ready for changes like these: watching Bab el Hara (Famous Syrian TV series) on a small computer screen? I don’t think so!  Family and friends gatherings are the quintessential characteristic of an evening plan in most of the Arab world.

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Talbibé’s new school

Talbibé is a village in the northern part of Lebanon, a region that is simply forgotten by the government: Akkar. Talbibé’s public elementary school that accepts students till sixth grade has only 2 classrooms, and I don’t even think that we can consider them classrooms.  This looks nothing like a school that offers the right atmosphere for students to grasp the information that they are given and concentrate on their studies.  The classrooms are very tight, humidity is eating up the walls, the window glasses are shattered, hence rain, sun, wind and pretty much everything disturbs the poor children.  Can you imagine a class made up of 5th graders and 6th graders sitting in the same room altogether?  The teacher would teach the 5th graders for 30 minutes and then would proceed to teach the 6th graders for the other 30 minutes.  Can you imagine a school that has no WCs?  This situation moved young members of the Farah al Aata’ foundation to come to Talbibé and build a new school to the village’s students. 37 young men and women spent 2 months last summer in the process of constructing this new establishment.  Surely, this is not the only area of Lebanon that suffers from neglect.  I’m sure Lebanon’s politicians have better things to do, than to look after the needs of the people they represent.

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The Tanielian brothers: Correction

Following the post I made earlier today about the serial killers that were finally caught by the Lebanese intelligence yesterday night, it turns out that the Tanielian family is an Assyrian family who come from al-Qamishli region in Syria (a region known for its Assyrian population).  The family also goes by the name Bou Hanna.  Only 3 brothers have the Lebanese nationality while the other 2 don’t.  They’ve been living there for more than 25 years.  Some of the brothers have fought in the civil war and were incarcerated, but later pardoned and eventually got out of jail.  The neighbors were surprised, and didn’t expect the brothers to be killers.  They were actually caught after making a call from the cell phone of a soldier that they previously killed, which lead the police to identify them as the killers.

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Victory for Lebanon!

Lebanese national team beats South Korean team in the game that took place today in Beirut, Lebanon.  The final result was 2 to 1. As a result, Lebanon advances to the next round of FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers.  Congratulations Lebanon!  Maybe, we’ll be cheering for our national team and hanging Lebanese flags everywhere instead of cheering for Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Argentina…. like we always do.

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Yara Khoury Mikhael: Go to Congo then!

What the hell is wrong with this girl?  First of all, she should be thankful she got “elected” as Miss Lebanon 2011, yes LEBANON not Congo!  Why would you bash your own nation in front of a jury and praise a country that you don’t belong to?  In this interview, she says that Lebanon is noisy and busy! Duh! I mean it’s Lebanon, we’re 4 million people living in 10,000 square km area, we are one of the most dense countries in the world.  And then, she goes on claiming that people in Congo appreciate small things, and she goes there for a relaxation time!  Well guess what honey, you can go and live there for as long as you want!  Spoiled brat!

On another topic, who even follows and watches beauty pageants these days?  They are so 1990’s!  What are they trying to prove with these supreficial and meaningless beauty contests?  If it wasn’t for this blabbermouth’s mishap, I wouldn’t even bothered clicking on the video.

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Lebanon defeats Kuwait in World Cup qualification

 

Congratulations to our national football team who defeated the Kuwait national football team with an awesome goal during a qualifying game that took place last Friday, November 11, in Kuwait city.  This puts Lebanon in the second spot behind South Korea in Group B.

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N7W and Jeita: What went wrong?

Everyone in Lebanon had their hopes high about Jeita securing a spot in the list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, even the voting trends were showing Jeita as being in a good position relative the other sites that were competing.  I, on the other hand, was never excited about this whole idea from the beginning.  What are we trying to prove here?  Why is it that as Lebanese, we always seek approval from other countries?  What saddens me the most (or makes me laugh the most) are the Lebanese politicians, actors and celebrities who appeared in a very lame commercial made by Impact BBDO Beirut, where every one of them urges the Lebanese population to vote for Jeita.  What’s even worse is that the ad is a copy of a commercial directed by Steven Spielberg, in that version Hollywood celebrities appear to encourage people to stand up and vote on the upcoming election (that of November 2008).  The other point that struck me is that this so called organization is not recognized by the UNESCO, so where does it get its international legitimacy from?  Who gave them the right to organize such competitions?  Another flaw was the ability of each voter or individual to vote several times, as if it’s a reality TV contest.  Let’s assume Jeita Grotto had won a place in the list of the new seven wonders, what was this victory going to bring anything to Lebanon?  More tourists you say!  How will the very primitive Lebanese infrastructure accommodate the “masses” of tourists going up to Jeita (assuming they’re heading there from Beirut).  And finally, some people claimed that the government wasted millions of dollars on this project, while they could have spent the people’s money somewhere else, like on the educational system.  I mean seriously, why did it take the Lebanese university one month to open its doors to its students at the beginning of this scholastic year?  That being said, the same organization is holding a new competition dedicated to select new 7 wonder cities, a new scam in the making.

Below are the two ads made for Jeita.  In the first one, politicians and celebrities ask the people not to vote for them but to vote for Jeita.  I mean seriously, you don’t have to ask us: we were not gonna vote for you anyway.  In the second ad, each one of them promises the viewers something, Miss Lebanon promises a kiss on each voter’s cheek for example (ew! like I want to be kissed by that horsed teeth monkey… OK, I know I’m being hard on her, but let’s face it that girl couldn’t be the most beautiful girl in Lebanon).  And then the politicians promise us not to attack each other (verbally that is) for 3 hours. Three whole hours? Wow, we’re lucky! WTF! What is wrong with them, do they think we are that stupid?  Well, maybe we are for electing such men as representatives of the people.

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