Stories about Lebanon from December, 2010
The cries of Tunisians, protesting against corruption and joblessness for the past two weeks, is gathering momentum on the World Wide Web. Netizens from around the world are rallying behind them and echoing their calls.
Lebanese drivers are renowned for ‘honking.’ Cal Perry tweets: “Dear #Beirut … honk more. Seriously … lay on that car horn more. I can't hear you.”
“Even after death, the Lebanese laws do not consider people equal…” states Rita Chemaly.
Liliane, at Lebanon Aggregator, rounds up 2010 with facts and figures about the Lebanese Blogosphere. They include new blogs, the range of subjects covered, who turned their blogs into books, activities that bloggers participated in and much more.
Facebook users in Lebanon will soon reach 1 million, which means 1 out of 4 Lebanese currently has a Facebook account. That’s pretty good given that we have the fifth slowest Internet speed in the whole universe, says Rami at +961.
One Wig Stand is an awareness project that shares the stories of women battling breast cancer in Lebanon. The author explains that the site is not a sappy one intended to make the reader cry or feel sorry. Rather, it’s goal is to inspire, lighten the mood and provide some helpful resources.
Lebanese blogger Mir was surprised when she was alerted by Gmail of an unusual activity in her account; where an IP mapped to presidency.gov.lb accessed her account at 3am. She shared her story and a screen shot in this post.
Mohmmad Reza Hassani is an Iranian professional photographer and photo-blogger who has lived and worked since 2009 in Lebanon. His photo blog has become a source to discover Iran-related affairs in Lebanon, from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent visit, to the exhibitions and concerts of Iranian musicians.
“Lebanese Army moved to locate and disable various espionage devices planted by Israeli agents in Lebanese mountainous areas,” reports As'ad AbuKhalil here.
Beirut Drive-by Shooting, a blog specialized in photographing billboards around Lebanon, has images of the devastating effect that the storm which hit Lebanon last week had on some billboards.
“Don't worry, you do resemble your mom. She's just been plucked, bleached, and had a lot of plastic surgery,” says Says Sareen, in one of her four witty comics entitled “Wiki-leaks for Children.”
Here's the recipe for making delicious zaatar (thyme) sticks, in addition to links about zaatar and other Lebanese food that can easily be made at home.
Lebanese human rights activist and blogger Farfahinne shares her story of getting arrested by the Lebanese security forces when she tried to enter the Palestinian refugees camp "Nahr al-Bared" in north Lebanon to meet friends.
Lebanese geek and blogger Mir is surprised by the Google search suggestions that she found while she was using the localized www.google.com.lb and posted her findings in her latest contribution to LifeGeeked.
“…over 100 fires were reported between 4 and 7 pm yesterday. There’s still a fire going on in the region of Fatri, one in Baabda closing on the Jamhour electricity station and another in Zahle in the Mimosa factory,” reports Najib on the fires burning around Lebanon during this weekend.
“Overall, the event was successful and beneficial for most audience members. Many students have expressed their interest in starting their own blogs or improving their existing ones” – with this statement, Moudz ends the press release about American University of Beirut’s Online Collaborative's first “Blogging Lebanon” convention.
While Wikileaks are yet to release the bulk of the 2,045 US diplomatic cables it holds on Lebanon, the few it has thus far leaked have stirred the blogosphere. Bloggers respond to the sensational revelations found in the cables.
The Huffington Post‘s Arianna Huffington shares her views on the social media scene in the Middle East here.