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Do you remember ex-British PM David Cameron?

Why did he visited a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon in 2015?

Was Cameron trying to save his position as a compassionate leader? 

No, his purpose is to establish the Syrian refugees in Lebanon for the long term.

Actually, the Lebanese didn’t receive any foreign aid to care for the refugees, although one third are below the poverty line. The refugees get electricity for free and education for free…while most Lebanese are even denied places in public schools.

I’m at a refugee camp in Lebanon, hearing some heartbreaking stories. British aid is doing so much to help.

The visit was meant to bribe and warn the Lebanese government to elect a President who is willing to sign on the settlement of the Syrian Refugees in Lebanon proper.

More than 1.5 million have already flocked into Lebanon and the number is increasing and represent one third of Lebanon population.

Cameron has aided Lebanon with a mere $50 million (in the last 3 years) to educate the Syrian kids in Lebanon.

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I don’t care if you ignore everything I post as long as you watch this interview with a Palestinian mother from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

Take my kid to Germany“, a mother’s plea for her daughter to be taken to safety http://trib.al/wemw2P6

 StepFeed posted

Thanks for the attention bro, but maybe next time you come to the Middle East focus on refugees and not your image back home?

British PM talked a lot of talk – but he was basically just talking to himself and voters back home.
stepfeed.com|By Jason Lemon

With the mission of “inspecting” the refugee situation, everyone breathed a sigh of relief knowing the British were here to save the day.

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Never mind the fact that the UK has pledged to take only a tiny percentage of the millions of refugees.

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But when you see these photos of Cameron sitting with refugee children, don’t you almost forget that fact?

Doesn’t it almost seem like this man cares about their plight despite the fact that he is actively working to keep them out of his country?

Well, friends, don’t be fooled by the photos. Its all one big PR stunt.

what-did-you-just-say

As the Independent reported, Cameron’s visit to a makeshift refugee school was all staged.

Although it was reported that Cameron simply “dropped by” a classroom of students, he actually dropped by a prearranged group of refugee children. The “teacher” wasn’t even their teacher.

Of course, Cameron wanted the folks back home – and the world – to see a caring leader, descending to meet the poor refugees face-to-face.

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Good show sir, good show indeed!

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What’s that? You think we’re being too harsh?

r2xlo

Sorry for the honesty, but we think he can take it.

 

Things to do in Beirut that are free or really cheap

(more than one article)

Beirut is arguably the greatest city known to humanity but sometimes it can become a bit pricey, especially with the reality of low salaries and high rent prices.

Around the middle of the month, it’s all too common to find yourself staying at home, avoiding social interaction, to ensure your money lasts.

But really, there is no need to shun all social activity just because you’re running low on cash. Beirut offers a lot of free and very affordable activities.

You just have to get creative. (Creative or Bold?)

Here’s a list of 18 free or really cheap activities to keep you entertained until you get your next paycheck to blow in less than a month.

Here’s a list of 18 free or really cheap activities to keep you entertained until you get your next paycheck to blow in less than a month.
stepfeed.com|By Jason Lemon
Gilbert Doumit's photo.

Gilbert Doumit. Name of candidates to the municipal council of Beirut

‫#‏بيروت_مدينتي‬ تطلق ‫#‏لائحة_الأمل‬ للإنتخابات البلدية 2016! Beirut Madinati – بيروت مدينتي… فيك تروح تشجع ناس ينتخبوا، فيك تنظم لقاء ببيتك وتعزم الناس وتخبرهم، فيك تنظم مبادرة لتمويل الحملة، فيك تتطوع للحشد أو لتكون مندوب… فيك تعمل أي بخلي بيروت ترجع تصير مدينة بتشبهنا!
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حسام حوا
رنا الخوري
ريتا معلوف
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عبد الحليم جبر
فرح قبيسي
كارول شبلي تويني
ليفون تلفزيان
مارك جعاره
ماريا مانوك
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Politics aside, I really can’t get over the photographs and esthetics used in the Beirut Madinati campaign.

(People in Beirut forming a municipal list of candidates for the next election, away from the traditional political parties)

Never in my lifetime have I seen images as true to Beirut as these. This is the Beirut I know. Messy, dark, but so incredibly warm.

Karim A. Badra's photo.

Instagram of Beirut

 Jason Lemon

More posts by author

When you walk Beirut’s streets on a daily basis, you often stop seeing the individual pieces.

Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar can help you with that. His incredible and unique vignettes of Beirut transform elements of the city into geometric masterpieces.

Scrolling through his Instagram feed feels more like wowing your senses with colorful abstract art than scanning architectural photographs.

A finance lawyer, Najjar picked up photography at the urging of his mother. Since than it has become his passion and he has built a massive fan base on Instagram.

“Beirut is a wonderful place for an architectural freak like me,” he told Wired. “Construction has been booming since the end of civil war and the country has a rich variety of buildings.”

Here are some of our favorite images.

Living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

For decades, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been living in poverty and subpar conditions in Lebanon.

Some 450,000 Palestinians are registered as refugees in the country, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

More than 50% live in one of the country’s 12 refugee settlements, “all of which suffer from serious problems, including poverty, overcrowding, unemployment, poor housing conditions and lack of infrastructure.”

As much of the world turns a blind eye on the problems these refugees must deal with on a daily basis, generations and generations of Palestinians continue to be born and die within a harsh and unfair reality. Here are 7 horrible facts about life for the majority of these people.

StepFeed shared this post
6 horrible facts about life in Lebanon for Palestinian refugees
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1. High unemployment

A young man walks in an alleyway of a Palestinian refugee settlement in Beirut. Source: Jason Lemon

A young man walks in an alleyway of a Palestinian refugee settlement in Beirut. Source: Jason Lemon

More than half of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are unemployed, leaving only 37 percent of the working age population employed, according to a 2012 report by ANERA.

Despite educational backgrounds, Palestinians are restricted from even being considered for employment in as many as 20 professions, according to the UNRWA.

Often, the only jobs Palestinians are able to find in Lebanon are menial labor, paying poor wages.

2. Very low average income

An elderly Palestinian woman walking down an alley. Source: Jason Lemon

An elderly Palestinian woman walking down an alley. Source: Jason Lemon

As a direct result of the employment situation, Palestinians on average have a significantly lower income than Lebanese. Out of other countries hosting Palestinian refugees, Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestinians living in extreme poverty, according to ANERA. Two out of three Palestinians in the country survive with less than $6 per day.

3. Subpar education facilities

An UNRWA school for Palestinians in Beirut. Source: Jason Lemon

An UNRWA school for Palestinians in Beirut. Source: Jason Lemon

Palestinians are not allowed to enroll in Lebanon’s public school system. (The new Syrian refugees can). Although they could enroll in private institutions, with just $6 a day, paying tuition is virtually impossible. Thus, refugees rely on UNRWA schools and vocational centers that are increasingly inadequate to meet the needs of the population.

As many as half of Palestinian teenagers, especially males, drop out of school – usually to work in part-time menial jobs to support their families.

4. Crumbling infrastructure

A Palestinian refugee settlement in Beirut. Source: Jason Lemon

A Palestinian refugee settlement in Beirut. Source: Jason Lemon

While Palestinians have been living in the same settlements for decades, with little support and poor economic prospects, these settlements remain to be some of the poorest and least developed areas in Lebanon.

Increasingly overcrowded, ANERA reports these Palestinian settlements suffer from “Poor housing conditions, leaky pipes, deteriorated water and sewage treatment systems, contaminated water, and jerry-rigged electrical connections.”

5. Poor health

A young Palestinian girl traces a crack with her umbrella. Source: Jason Lemon

A young Palestinian girl traces a crack in the street with her umbrella. Source: Jason Lemon

Its not surprising that all of the aforementioned factors have a negative affect on the average Palestinian refugee’s health. “One out of three refugees suffers from a chronic illness such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes,” according to ANERA.

Additionally, “infant, child, and maternal mortality rates are high.” Numerous disabilities, mental health problems and poor nutrition also plague the community.

All of these factors are complicated by the reality that Palestinians are unable to access Lebanon’s public health system. They rely on UNRWA facilities that are understaffed and underfunded, with one doctor at an UNRWA clinic seeing nearly 120 patients per day.

6. Severely limited travel

Residents of a Palestinian refugee settlement walking. Source: Jason Lemon

Residents of a Palestinian refugee settlement walking. Source: Jason Lemon

Why would Palestinians choose to stay in this situation?

Well, despite the obvious economic problems involved in leaving, traveling outside of Lebanon is extremely difficult for Palestinian refugees. Requiring visas to visit the vast majority of countries in the world makes things complicated.

Add to this the fact that Palestinian refugees’ travel is also limited and controlled by the Lebanese government through a complicated visa system based on their particular legal status within the country, and you have a population of people that is essentially stuck in a dire situation.

And the bad news? With the influx of refugees from Syria, some of whom were already Palestinian refugees residing there, the situation only becomes more complicated and hundreds of thousands of innocent people continue to suffer the consequences.

Note: Many Palestinian refugees have been living in Lebanon for 6 decades since their forced exodus by Israel in 1948.

Many more flocked in in 1967 after the June pre-emptive war against Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

More came in after King Hussein of Jordan drove them to Lebanon in 1971.

Lebanon main reason for denying a Lebanese woman to give citizenship to her children is because many married Palestinians.

Lebanon refused to give Palestinian descendants any rights

 Netanyahu’s holocaust comments: A sample of Tweets that perfectly mock his lucubration

Everyone was royally angered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments regarding the Holocaust this week.

Netanyahu said: Hitler didn’t intend to exterminate the Jews but to expel them from Germany. It is  Haj Amin al-Husseini of Jerusalem that convinced Hitler that the best solution for the is to Jews problem is to kill them

Kind the Palestinians Never existed, but a single one survived to converse with Hitler to the utter detriment of the Jews.

Although there is virtually no confusion in the world about whose responsibility the holocaust was, Netanyahu took it upon himself to create a controversial alternative pinning blame on the former Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Twitter quickly exploded with people around the world, including users within Israel, criticizing and mocking the inaccurate and highly offensive interpretation of history, which plays into Netanyahu’s goal of discrediting Palestinians entirely.

 

“Hitler was thinking of going vegetarian, but after talking with the Mufti he said he might as well go vegan. ‪#‎themuftichangedmymind‬

1. There was that Tweeter who pointed out how pathetically Netanyahu sounded like an internet troll.

2. And then there was the moment when Hitler found out the mufti got the credit

3. Because you know, everyone was just waiting for the mufti to show up

4. And now that the mufti arrived, everyone has the perfect excuse for arriving late.

5. Or staying up too late.

6. It seems like the mufti has even been meddling with people’s favorite sports teams!

7. But really, this mufti seems to have had A LOT of influence on Hitler.

8. Like way too much influence, apparently.

9. But could it have been more than just friendly influence??

10. But wait, maybe it wasn’t the mufti – or Hitler – after all.

11. But the “Back to the Future” theory hasn’t stopped people from listening to the mufti’s advice.

12. Even God may have possibly fallen under the influence. Yikes!

13. And now we all know the real reason why Joe Biden decided not to run for president in the United States.

14. The mufti may also have been at least partially responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.

15. But wait, would the mufti even know who Netanyahu is?

16. And if Hitler could comment, would his reaction be like this?

17. Or maybe something like this?

18. But in all seriousness Netanyahu, what do you actually mean?

19. Because sorry, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too, as they say.

Note 1: Zionism struck a deal with Hitler. Germany facilitates the immigration of its Jews and those in the central Europe to Palestine and in return the Zionists will import German goods and services. Most probably England denied the Zionists in Palestine to purchase goods from Germany and Hitler lost all illusions concerning any deals with the Jews.

Note 2: The Jewish Bund demanded the sanctioning of Germany goods and services. The Zionist movement opposed this move and even encouraged the USA to increase its trade with Nazi Germany.

Note 3: Nazi Germany considered the status of Arabs just after the Jews. Stupid Netanyahu.

Visited Lebanon, to save self, not refugees: David Cameron

I’m at a refugee camp in Lebanon, hearing some heartbreaking stories. British aid is doing so much to help.

The visit was meant to bribe and warn the Lebanese government to elect a President who is willing to sign on the settlement of the Syrian Refugees in Lebanon proper. More than 1.5 million have already flocked into Lebanon and the number is increasing

Cameron has aided Lebanon with $50 million (in the last 3 years) to educate the Syrian kids in Lebanon.

View image on Twitter

I don’t care if you ignore everything I post as long as you watch this interview with a Palestinian mother from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

 

Take my kid to Germany“, a mother’s plea for her daughter to be taken to safety http://trib.al/wemw2P6

 
 StepFeed posted

Thanks for the attention bro, but maybe next time you come to the Middle East focus on refugees and not your image back home?

British PM talked a lot of talk – but he was basically just talking to himself and voters back home.
stepfeed.com|By Jason Lemon

With the mission of “inspecting” the refugee situation, everyone breathed a sigh of relief knowing the British were here to save the day.

tumblr_lt6w9mCvzn1qawq0no1_500

Never mind the fact that the UK has pledged to take only a tiny percentage of the millions of refugees.

r2y06

But when you see these photos of Cameron sitting with refugee children, don’t you almost forget that fact?

Doesn’t it almost seem like this man cares about their plight despite the fact that he is actively working to keep them out of his country?

Well, friends, don’t be fooled by the photos. Its all one big PR stunt.

what-did-you-just-say

As the Independent reported, Cameron’s visit to a makeshift refugee school was all staged.

Although it was reported that Cameron simply “dropped by” a classroom of students, he actually dropped by a prearranged group of refugee children. The “teacher” wasn’t even their teacher.

Of course, Cameron wanted the folks back home – and the world – to see a caring leader, descending to meet the poor refugees face-to-face.

tumblr_m9ioewVcmd1qmji5wo1_500

Good show sir, good show indeed!

lbP4iQj

What’s that? You think we’re being too harsh?

r2xlo

Sorry for the honesty, but we think he can take it.

Beirut, Baalbek, Byblos, the Cedars and what else?

The other amazing places to visit in Lebanon

Pamela Hakim shared a link.
From pristine beaches to incredible mountain views, Lebanon has something to offer for everyone’s interests.
stepfeed.com|By Jason Lemon

Lebanon is an incredible tourist destination with its fascinating historical landmarks, pristine beaches, delicious cuisine, stellar night life and picturesque mountains. The country truly offers something for everyone’s taste.

(If you manage to be healthy during your visit, (drinking boiled water, not eating in restaurants…) you can tour Lebanon in less than 2 weeks)

Unfortunately, a lot of tourists miss out on some of the most interesting and unique sites and activities Lebanon has to offer, sticking to a relatively routine travel plan. Visitors get stuck in Beirut and maybe take a day trip south or north, just to say they left the city.

Well, Lebanon definitely has a lot more to offer. Here are 14 of the coolest places to visit in Lebanon that are a bit off the beaten path.

 

1. Zaarour

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Visit Zaarour to take in the breathtaking mountain views and do some off-roading. In the winter you can hit the slopes and enjoy the snow.

 

2. Chekka

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There are few places quite like Chekka in the summer. You can enjoy a relaxing day casually swimming in some of the bluest waters Lebanon has to offer or you can take a leap on the adventurous side.

 

3. Bsharri

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Enjoy the incredible scenery of this mountain village, famous as the hometown of Lebanon’s favorite author and artist, Gibran Khalil Gibran. You can visit Gibran’s former home, now transformed into a museum in his honor.

 

4. Tripoli

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Beirut’s northern neighbor often suffers from bad press but Lebanon’s second-largest city definitely has a lot to offer in culture, cuisine and historic landmarks. Visitors will not be disappointed. The unique architecture International Fair complex designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is a must-see attraction.

 

5. Zahlé

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Zahlé sits picturesquely nestled in a mountain valley of Lebanon offering great locations for scenic strolls, wine tasting and all the comforts of city life at your fingertips.

 

6. Tannourine

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For the outdoor enthusiasts, Tannourine offers an excellent location for hiking, camping, picnicking and even more adventurous activities like rock climbing. And of course, the famous waterfall can’t be missed.

 

7. Rashaya

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The village of Rashaya, in eastern Lebanon, is home to the Citadel of Independence, a fortress where the founding leaders of modern-day Lebanon were imprisoned by the French before the nation was granted independence. Enjoy the history and then take a scenic drive through the surrounding area.

 

8. Baskinta

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Take a break, breath and relax while you enjoy the slow pace of village life in Baskinta, located in Lebanon’s lush green mountains.

 

9. Saida

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Between Beirut and Tyre along Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast, Sidon boasts historic landmarks, beaches and a great place to stroll along the corniche. Maybe some of the local fishermen will even allow you to join them.

 

10. Nahr Ibrahim

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It doesn’t get much better than a relaxing day spent by the river. Enjoy rafting lazily with the current and maybe even make it a weekend affair by bringing your camping gear a long. Just remember, take care of your trash and leave things cleaner than you found them.

 

11. Tyre

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With some of the most pristine beaches Lebanon has to offer, sea turtles and a vibrant city culture, Tyre is an ideal places to spend your summer days.

 

12. Miziara

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Perhaps one of the strangest places in Lebanon, Miziara is home to some massive and unusual homes including one constructed out of an old airplane. This wealthy northern village also boasts incredibly well-maintained and organized streets, something not always the norm throughout the country.

 

13. Deir al Qamar

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Tour the 17th century Fakhreddine Palace, the residence of the famed Druze Prince Fakhreddine. After you snap some selfies with the wax statues inside the palace, head out for a stroll in the alleyways and streets the village.

 

14. Jounieh

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Nestled along the coast to the north, Jounieh’s nightlife rivals the famous party culture of Beirut. During the day, enjoy the beach or try your hand at some water sports. In late afternoon head up, into the mountains so you can paraglide into the sunset before spending your evening dancing in the streets or testing your luck at the Casino du Liban.


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