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550 families threatened with poverty by garbage dump

The livelihood of 550 families is under threat. This, according to LBCI who interviewed local fishermen who trawl the waters surrounding the Beirut suburb of Bourj Hammoud for their daily catch. The reason? The haphazard dumping of waste into sea. The presence of both a historic dump site, known locally

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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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Remember their names: The kidnapped soldiers who have yet to celebrate their Independence Day

Mohammad Youssef, Hussein Amar, Ali al-Hajj Hassan, Seif Thebian, Ibrahim Mgheit, Ali al-Masri, Mustapha Wehbe, Abdel Rahim Diab, Khaled Hassan. These are the names of the 9 Lebanese servicemen who were kidnapped by Daesh in 2014, and whose fate till date remains unknown. The men were taken hostage during the battles

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Melhem Barakat: The man who only sang in Lebanese

Melhem Barakat, one of Lebanon’s last remaining “golden age” singers, died Friday aged 71 after a long battle with illness. He was a legend, an artist who fought his way through an increasingly commercialized industry. Not only did he survive the challenges, he went on to become one of the country’s

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Mystery pianist serenades walls of empty medieval Byblos church

Lebanon’s Autumnal weather makes for the perfect evening promenade. Add a little mystery to the breeze, and an ancient setting, and you’ve got an experience worth sharing.  Such was the short lived, yet exceptional encounter as shared by fellow blogger and friend Ralph Aoun. Ralph was walking through the ancient

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