Month: December 2016

Total 10 Posts

Recapping 2016 with a huge thank you to the Newsroom Nomad’s readers

I launched the Newsroom Nomad on April 26, 2016, with no expectation of making it big within the already saturated and established Lebanese blogosphere. With Facebook changing its algorithm -making it even harder for new pages to gain access to audiences- debuting a blog dedicated mostly to long-form journalism, investigation,

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Enough with the wildlife killing! Help by reporting cases through this app

While many of us head out to the wilderness to enjoy what little is left of the country’s beauty, some do it for the thrill of hunting wild animals -as illegal and oafish as that may be. In the most recent display of total disregard to both law and environment, two striped hyenas

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Outrage journalism: Where Adam Saleh and Bassel al-Amin meet

On Wednesday the story of infamous YouTuber Adam Saleh being kicked off a plane for allegedly speaking Arabic went viral, flooding our timelines with condemnations and statuses of solidarity. While various aggregated reproductions provided only his side of the story in which he cries racism, very few publications delivered context

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The glass ceiling is real: Lebanon’s new cabinet only includes one woman   

A new 30-minister government has been announced under Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, weeks after the latter was nominated to form the country’s new cabinet. The cabinet, which includes only one woman, brings together members of traditional political parties, except the Kataeb, who rejected the minister of state portfolio they were

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In honor of Ghazi Aad, a gathering for the cause

A gathering will be held on Saturday noon to honor the memory of Ghazi Aad, Lebanon’s relentless activist who passed away last month after a battle with illness. The gathering will see the launching of a petition that will be circulated throughout Lebanon, demanding the establishment of a National commission

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Lebanon’s snow-capped mountains: a source of awe and adventure

The season’s first snows arrived last week, and with that came a sense of relief to many; but for the chionophiles (snow lovers) among us, the snow-capped mountains are not just that, they are a source of great outdoor pleasure –of awe and adventure. Although the snow level is not

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Ancient shellfish used by Phoenicians for purple dye vanishes from eastern Med  

The ancient shellfish, once used as a main source of Tyrian purple by the Phoenicians, has disappeared from the eastern Mediterranean coast, amid warnings of an ongoing multi-species collapse, a recent study* published in The Guardian confirmed. The collapse, blamed on several factors that include rising temperatures in the Levant

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Hold the celebrations: Abolishment of Lebanon’s ‘rape law’ not yet in the bag

Update: Lebanon’s parliament repealed article 522 on August 16, 2017. According to Lebanon’s LBCI, Lebanon’s shameful “rape law”, technically known as article 522 of the penal code, was abolished by the Administration and Justice Committee. In a tweet posted by the channel on Wednesday, MP Robert Ghanem was quoted as

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The origin of the St. Barbara feast, the masks, and the wheat

It is all said to have started in Baalbeck some 1,700 years ago; the St. Barbara tradition to dress up in costumes and visit one’s neighbors, singing and chanting and wishing them well. The custom, which remains in practice albeit scarcely, is believed to have originated in the 3rd century,

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Rare species found off Lebanon coast could trigger conservation efforts

According to a video posted on Thursday by the New Scientist, several species that are normally not found in the Mediterranean Sea, were spotted off the Lebanese coast. The video, which highlights the findings of Oceana’s first deep-sea mission in the eastern Mediterranean, says the recent discovery could help trigger

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