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Get in touch with your MPs

One of the best ways to hold government accountable is to get in touch with your representatives and let them know how you feel.

Let them know what concerns you. Most of all, let them know you are listening and watching what they are doing.

In many “democratic” and developed countries, representatives coordinates and emails are officially available to contact.

In Lebanon, you have to do your due diligence in order to investigate “how to contact your representative“.

Even if you manage to link up with your representative, it is hardly likely that you will get any response.

Actually, your deputies don’t give a hoot about your opinion or your inkling to vote for him: They automatically vote to extend their tenure in the Parliament “two more years“. In due time, it is the leaders of the “political” parties and warlords who round up the chattel to vote for the representative.

Four years is not enough to amass millions and to trample your rights and dignity.

 posted this May 30, 2014:

Screen Shot of Nouweb site
Now thanks to a great new tool developed by local groups SMEX and Lamba Labs, you can actually contact your members of Parliament.
As I reported last year most MPs don’t even have email–which goes a long way toward explaining why our internet is among the world’s slowest.
But fortunately most, if not all of them, still have phone numbers, office numbers and secretaries and they are now available on Nouweb (deputies).
This is a really great tool, which could help spark something we desperately lack in Lebanon and much of the world: representative government. Remember, no matter where you live in the world, government will rarely work for you unless you let them know you are listening.
As my mom always says, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
So if you see something wrong, if the police are not enforcing laws–if people are dumping garbage in the valley, if you want 24 hour electricity, if you want traffic laws, if you are sick of being almost run over by reckless drivers, call your MP. Be civil. Be polite. Be clear and concise.
If they don’t answer, call again, leave a message. Make your voice heard, because no one is going to make it heard for you. No one is going to give you rights unless you demand them. And everyone has a right to speak to their MPs.
Don’t forget, we are paying their salaries!
Finally if the good folks that developed Nouweb can make this list possible, then it is also definitely possible that you can do something with it!

For non-Arabic speakers the site’s name is a clever play on words combining Nuweb– the Arabic term for parliamentarians–and web)  

Collapsiblele Bicycle: Cyclopse Not to fold under you… and Bike Generation

What is it?

Cyclopse is a collapsible bicycle. A clean, compact, lightweight urban mobility solution we developed this past year. It takes you around your city efficiently and in style while giving you a minimum amount of exercise. It’s intuitively collapsible, sustainable and is designed in a way that empowers commuters to get to their destinations: office, school, university even restaurants an outings in a fun and efficient way without taking up a lot of storage space.

Nour Sobh, civil engineer from the American University of Beirut, and Nabil Tabesh, craftsman with more than 20 years of experience in craft production, posted: Cyclopse: Collapsible Bicycle (

Key Specs

  • Sustainable/Clean – Made from recyclable plastic material in addition to aluminum alloy.
  • Compact – Easy to store when commuting, in office or when traveling in the trunk of a car.
  • Lightweight – Easy to carry on stairs or around buildings.
  • Low Step-Over Height – Easy to mount / dismount, especially for ladies in a skirt.
  • Innovative – Hub-less wheels, a reinvention of the bicycle’s archaic design.
  • Vintage – classic handlebars and seat
  • Easy to Maintain – Assembled with bolts and screws, without any welded components. Parts are easily replaced if damaged.
  • Grease Free – Driven by a grease-less rubber belt (no greasy chain, no dirty clothes!)
  • No License Required – Buy and ride with no delay or hassle.

Who are we?

Nour Sobh holds a civil engineering degree from the American University of Beirut whilst Nabil Tabesh is a craftsman with more than 20 years of experience in craft production.

We’re a couple of dreamers who want to change the way we commute in cities, particularly in Beirut where we both grew up and spent most of our lives. We want to provide an alternative to driving your car, and if you don’t have a car and use public transportation we thought maybe you should be able to commute without the hassle of the unstable public transportation system.

This project is more than just about producing a prototype. It’s part of my journey of self-exploration.

After a decade of designing crafts as a hobby, I left my corporate job to do things I’ve always wanted to do, one of which was producing this bike design particularly because it directly influences urban life. My aspirations partnered up with Nabil’s effort to make something out of nothing.

His passion is to build crafts from pure mechanics and away from electronics has been an age old one. He dedicates his efforts on this project to his bicycle-loving friend Henri whom he unfortunately lost a few years ago. The rise of the bicycling trend around Beirut was another factor of motivation towards the project. Calls for having pedestrians zones are springing out around the city and the Do It Yourself and entrepreneurship cultures are thriving, particularly Lamba Labs – Beirut’s Hackerspace in which I was involved with so I thought maybe the world does need a do it yourself bicycle?


Beirut is a relatively small city yet the capital and biggest in Lebanon. It’s heavily congested. The public transportation system is insufficient, non maintained and unreliable. The continuously soaring gas prices and the deficient job market prevent affording a car or a motorbike. The air and sound pollution storm the population every day.

Being late to everything became a fashion, and commuting is a stressful hassle. This project is an attempt to shape the future of commuting in Beirut, the Middle East and the world.

Where do you fit in?

Producing a testing model and prototyping a unique collapsible bicycle isn’t cheap. We’ve built a conceptual model and exhibited it in Beirut Design Week 2013 last June. But at this point we lack the raw material. Cyclopse has little to no conventional components that can be procured directly from the market, particularly the wheels, so there is a need to cast molds and build most of it from scratch.

By supporting our project you will be part of a movement for positive change in the way we get from home to work – helping to provide a seamless way to use public transportation and lessen our dependence on single occupant automobiles. As well as helping to radically change our lives that are partly occupied by long stressful waits in traffic jams and related delays. You will feel better, and more connected to your community by riding a bike, it provides a light workout, reduces stress, forces you to get fresh air and sun and therefore increases happiness.

This folding bike will empower you to widen your commuting options;Even if your distances are far, you can cover part of them through carpooling with friends or public transport, and the rest of your trips can be done by bike. The best part is that it’s foldable so compact, and light so you can take it almost anywhere.

Every Bit Helps!

So far, we’ve been funding ourselves but now we need your help, and every dollar counts! You can contribute to bettering transportation methods and being a part of our project. But if you believe in what we’re doing but can’t help us financially, you could spread the word tell your friends, Like and Share our Cyclopse page on Facebook, and tweet or blog freely about it as long as you let us know in the comments. Feel free to contact us for more details on: Email: or Facebook.

How will your contribution be used?

Our funding goal of $13,000 will allow us to have a prototype up and running. If we hit our goal, those who have pledged with be kept in constant communication until Cyclopse is done. Please follow our progress on Facebook and thank you for your consideration in supporting our project.

Campaign ends on: 26 Nov,2013

Special Thanks goes to our partners in crime: Moussa Shabandar for the filmography, Sara Takkoush for the graphics, George Tabatadze for the initial renders and the friends that encouraged us and pushed us to do this, you know who you are you awesome people.

Bike generation shared Green Wheals photo 

Christmas is in less than 2 months! And is there a better gift for a kid than a bike? Green Wheels is partnering up with Bike Generation and with you all to offer underprivileged kids a bike for Christmas. This is how it works : You can send the old bikes you don't know where to store at Bike Generation in Tahwita (tel : 01 398 442); Bike Generation will fix them (provided they are not a piece of ruin) and Green Wheels will coordinate with NGOs in various regions of the country to distribute them at Christmas to deprived kids regardless of religion or nationality. This is the first year we launch this programme and our objective is to reach 100 kids.<br /><br /><br />
We count on you all to make this programme a success that will bring a smile to the face of unlucky kids in this difficult time!
Christmas is in less than 2 months! And is there a better gift for a kid than a bike?
Green Wheels is partnering up with Bike Generation, and with you all, to offer underprivileged kids a bike for Christmas. This is how it works : You can send the old bikes you don’t know where to store at Bike Generation in Tahwita (tel : 01 398 442); Bike Generation will fix them (provided they are not a piece of ruin) and Green Wheels will coordinate with NGOs in various regions of the country to distribute them at Christmas to deprived kids regardless of religion or nationality.
This is the first year we launch this program and our objective is to reach 100 kids. We count on you all to make this program a success that will bring a smile to the face of unlucky kids in this difficult time!

Beirut Tech Spaces? Techno craze sweeping Lebanon? For how long?

Are we redefining the semantics like “geek”, “nerd”, and “hacker”…? posted:

“With the boom of social media fluctuating across the Arab world, it’s not surprising that new tech spaces like Lamba LabsGeek Express and TechnoFuture Lebanon are blossoming in Lebanon’s stagnant economy.

These spaces provide outlets for the tech-savvy, creative and curious mind, solidifying the mainstream notion that geek is totally in—even in the plastic high-maintenance culture of Lebanon.

Manifesting the human persona of Reddit, Geek Express, created by Tarek Dajani and newly opened on December 18, is the colorful mesh of five different concepts—presented within the artful constrains of an old-school grotto in the heart of the Beirut Digital District.

Enclosed within its bronze rock walls, Geek Express unveils its five treasures—a fabrication area, museum, coffee shop, workshop area and Sparkfun selective distributer stand—corner by corner, each more captivating than the last.

The fabrication area boasts a wide variety of tools, including a 3D printer, eggbot, hologram machine, and a Maker Bot Replicator 2.

Their cafe, serving up Urbanista’s best, provides cozy seating and free wifi, and a prime view of their Star Trek-named self-tweeting Bonsai Tree, @TiberiusGE. was given a tour by GE Manager Bassem Dghaidy and Marketing Manager Lina Moubarak, who explained that Geek Express “Is all about the space. We’re trying to make it fully equipped for artists, geeks, designers, engineers.”

Dghaidy is one of the founders of Lamba Labs, remarking that GE hopes to partner up with both Lamba and TechnoFuture, as it provides technological equipment that services both spaces.

Another technology driven enterprise on the Lebanese scene is TechnoFuture, and within it, TechnoKids Inc., which aims to enrich Lebanon’s scientific education, providing classes, workshops, and hands-on projects for interactive and stimulating learning. interviewed Omar Hussein, Chairman of TechnoFuture, via email, who explained that the need for TechnoFuture is to bridge the gap between schools, universities and the market. Hussein spoke of the success stories of TechnoFuture Lebanon’s sister initiative, TechnoFuture Egypt, who’s students have already contributed to their scientific communities in remarkable ways.

Already headlined as one of the main technology communities in Lebanon, Lamba Labs was created a year and a half ago as the brain child of six founders.

A self described grassroots community that caters to the hacker-space initiative, Lamba has the main aim of creating a place to empower youth, and hopes to soon be a legally recognized NGO.

“We’re a hackerspace,” explained Marc Farra, one of the co-founders of Lamba. He emphasized that the word “hacker” should have a positive connotation, underlining that “to hack is to take something and make it better. Hacking culture is the democratization of invention.”

Though Lamba Labs has many similarities with Geek Express—including a workshop and media space hosted at Karaj, art and tech supplies and even a 3D printer—the main difference between the two is Lamba’s focus on community rather than consumerism. GE is to LL as a creative space is to the hacker/geek community.

Farra explained “We’d be Lamba without a space…. a space is just an extension of the community” Maya Kriedieh—another of Lamba’s co-founders—added that “the community spirit exists and will persist, even if Lamba Labs does not.”

Unlike LL and GE, TechnoFuture targets the younger population, specifically youth ages 4-17. They provide education in the fields of Robotics Programming, Technology and Engineering, Business, Life Sciences, and more.

Hussein explains that TechnoFuture is all about the education, not the competition. “All of the organizations that are involved in this field have more or less the same values that I have, which is enabling our youth for a better future.”

Overall, the three initiatives share one main aim: nurturing the creative culture of science and technologies in the Lebanese population.

Phrasing this mindset beautifully, Kriedieh explained that many people feel that they need to travel for lack of opportunity in Lebanon: “[Lamba] has sprung from the need in Lebanon [for a place] where like-minded people can meet and collaborate on a different framework. We all like sharing, lets just do it together.”

“Our main goal now is to raise awareness of the maker culture, that inventing really is possible in Lebanon and that we have the talent to do and create,” remarked Dghaidy. “We have the potential to do crazy things.”

Beirut Tech Spaces: Where Being a Nerd is Awesome




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