Norway: The Spoiled Brat of the World?

Whats the point of being the richest country in the world when we are behaving as spoiled brats?

With all the problems the world faces you would think such a a country as rich as Norway would do its part in helping out. Think again. Here is an article written by, Jo Skårderud translated to English, that tells you why.

The spoiled brat of the world!

In one week the government banned begging, refused entry to injured Syrian refugees, and opened negotiations for the return of refugees to one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Norway is about to become the world’s answer to a spoiled brat.

Last week I started hating the new government. Not that I liked them before. I disliked the criticism towards farmers, lust for centralization, and attacks on the work environment law, but all this was as expected by the so called Blueblue (nickname for the right wing government). You can expect this kind of right policy from ... [more]

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Why So Proud? Lebanese Commentary on a Shocking Video from Beirut

-How do the Lebanese react to incoming refugees from Syria vs. Ukraine?

Over the weekend I had the privilege of meeting a Syrian refugee staying at the brand new Hostel Beirut before he leaves to Paris on a university scholarship this Wednesday.

I asked him if he had any concerns about travelling for the first time or moving to a non-English or Arabic speaking country. His response was “I don’t mean to be offensive, but anywhere but here is good. I am tired of being harassed!” I couldn’t help but feel a lump in my throat, not out of sorrow and not out of sympathy, but out of guilt.

Moving to Beirut in mid-2012, I witnessed the initial stages of the Syrian migration into Lebanon. Who can blame them? These people are literally fleeing war, leaving everything behind and moving to Lebanon with a suitcase and an uncertain future.

So why do I feel guilty? During the war between Lebanon and Israel in 2006, many Lebanese fled to Syria. Renowned for their hospitality, Syrian people welcomed Lebanese, dare I say &lsqu... [more]

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Disabled Journalist Forbidden Entry On MEA Plane Because She Did Not Have a Companion

-She has been travelling independently w/ MEA for years!
-With commentary from a new guest poster!

Anything to Declare? Nuts, Fruit, Wheelchairs?

It is not the first time that I’m outraged when tuning into my favorite Arabic soap opera. No, I am not referring to the Syrian-Arabic dubbed Turkish series that have invaded Middle Eastern televisions and Lebanese women’s hearts. In this case, I am referring to the ‘News’.

Living in Lebanon for the past two years, I learned the local way of turning the blind eye to, in a nutshell, bullcrap. To name a few: Former Minister of Youth and Sports calling to investigate Swiss-born Lebanese Jacki Chamoun’s leaked topless photo shoot (three years ago) “because nudity is a misrepresentation of Lebanon;” job advertisements requesting certain genders of certain religions; multiple suicide bombings in Beirut; or even the [more]

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Its Time to Raise The Lebanese Flag!

Guest post by Karl Metni from the Unplugged Poets.

2Famous.TV has always been open for guest bloggers who have something to say. This was written by rapper/musician/poet from the Unplugged Poets, Karl Metni, and originally posted on his Facebook wall after a downtown demonstration against the bomb in Ashrafieh in 2012. Since that shocking bomb, more than six have exploded in Beirut, killing politicians, innocent civilians, and destroying city structures.

OCTOBER 21, 2012

If you’re with the Lebanese Forces, or Aoun, or Hezb Allah, or the Future movement, or any other party you’re all the same, useless sheep following useless leaders. You can criticize the fact that I only express myself here on Facebook but trust me I’d rather be sitting at home than making a mockery out of my country on national television. You can all die for all I care. In the end this is the flag I’m raising, the Lebanese flag.

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Allan from Lazzy Lung Talks About New EP W/ Music Blogger Christine

All-new pop punk riffs and catchy chords — Lazzy Lung’s EP comes out with a bang!

We are happy to let you meet 2Famous.TV Radios new co-host, Christine Abi Assi. She will be helping us out with our RadioShow and she also has her own music blog; SillyGoon This is her first show where she, as our new co-host, interviews our old co-host, Allan from Lazzy Lung about their new EP.

[Christine] As you may have seen on Twitter and Facebook, I’ve just started contributing to 2famous.tv‘s weekly radio show. The show is all about interacting with talented Lebanese and regional bands, and having them perform live and on the air.

My first interview was with Allan from Lazzy Lung, who was also co-host for the night. He and I met shortly before the start of the show. By the time the microphones had been turned on, we’d already talked about the band’s upcoming album “Sailor&rs... [more]

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Meet The Boundary Pusher Danish/Palestinian Poet Yahya Hassan Is This Controversial Poet Fueling Racism?

– Danish poet in Beirut sums up everything you need to know about Palestinian Poet in Denmark

This is a text montage, a text-collage of articles on Yahya Hassan, a recent young literary phenomenon in Denmark. Everybody knows about him. I just left Denmark’s community of words, and then this fucking happens, someone stole my breakthrough. He is a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon lashing out on his own kind in the Muslim ghettos of Aarhus, Denmark where he grew up, blaming his parents for their lack of care towards their children. For that he got an enormous amount fame in Denmark, no poet/writer has ever accomplished such attention in that short time.

It ran in a Danish newspaper. I saw/listened to the recitation and while I did that, death threats were pouring into the comments section. And a fiery debate was going on. I was curious.

Translated into English:

“You don’t want pork meat, may Allah praise you for your eating habits, you want Friday prayer till the next Friday prayer, you want Rama... [more]

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Aspiring Danish Gonzo Writer Goes to His First Lebanese Rave Does He Survive the Final Kaotik System Party?

Stefan is a Danish art student studying in Beirut this year. He’s also a writer and contacted 2Famous to contribute to our site. We liked his work and sent him on his first 2famous mission. If YOU want to contribute to 2famous, shoot us an email about yourself and a sample of your work and we’ll get back to you. a.avedisian@gmail.com

I went on this undercover mission for 2famous.tv, going to this rave, the ten year anniversary of Kaotik System, in the Country club/resort of Baissour. School got postponed, school was out. I have been here in Lebanon for nearly two months, and this is my beginning. I wanted to get away from Denmark. I wanted to be a better writer. I wanted to get more comfortable with Lebanese culture. Well, this seemed like a good place to start. Or no? I’d have to find out:

Friday. We were going slowly out of Baissour. I was picked up in Beirut by this Swedish-Lebanese couple with their dog. Okay, they were Swedish, some ki... [more]

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Tribute Remix of Wadih el Safi's "Ot'it Sama" by ETYEN

-An electro interpretation of a true Lebanese classic

Samer Etienne Chami aka ETYEN is a Lebanese music producer. He started making music when he was 12 from singer-songwriter to playing in rock bands and now producing electronic music. ETYEN’s sound is indie electronica which is mostly a mix of ambient trippy chill-step dubstep and trap.

The day after Wadi el Safi died, I heard my mom talk about him and she was irritated that such a huge Lebanese cultural icon was not commemorated properly. There are so many days dedicated to politics or useless politicians who brought nothing to Lebanon and offered nothing to its advancement are commemorated, but the death of this legendary man was barely even on television.

Yes there was a funeral and it was on TV but apart from that, no national grievance, no nothing. I mean this was the Michael Jackson of Lebanon (if not even greater), they could&r... [more]

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"If There is a God, Then He Loves Everyone For He has Created Everyone, Equally" -Thoughts from a Gay Lebanese Teen in Australia

My name is Michael and I’m a gay teenager born and raised in Germany who lived the last 2 years in Lebanon. Currently, I am living in Australia to study. Living here has given me various perspectives about society, especially the Lebanese one.

In Lebanon, we judge others for the way they look and act. We suppress people and forbid them from living who they are. In Australia, no one cares about others. People are free to live and love and believe me, nothing makes me happier than seeing two dads going with their son to watch a movie or two moms shopping for their baby daughter. Today I watched “Prayers for Bobby”, a movie based on the true story of Bobby Griffith, a gay teenager who committed suicide because of his parents’ and society’s homophobia.

As I was watching “Prayers for Bobby”, the scene that broke everything down and made me cry was when the mothe... [more]

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Black Wire Magazine A Letter from the Editor And a Call for Submissions

Submit your short stories, flash fiction, and poetry

I needed a cut. I had tried a few different places but the one in Fassouh with the guy who just sits in a vinyl chair and occasional washes someone’s hair (the guy with the glass eyeball) was the oddest.

The main groomer, the main socializer, the main trimmer of wavy black locks and fashionable facial hair, hung around with a pair of scissors in his hands, even apparently when his shop was closed, waiting to snip a bit of untamed hair, a bit of wet hair, a bit of wet hair that is so flat and sharp and perfect to snip and chainsaw at. I can smoke – it’s allowed at Jamal’s! Also whenever I seem to go in there his TV is churning out WWE wrestling at an unbelievably high sound level. The chap with the glass eyeball tends, I find, to watch the wrestling with his real eye and then somehow maneuvers his glass eye to focus its attention on me. The effect is somewhat unsettling but the wrestling is rather good so I just tell myself that this terrible eye of hi... [more]

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The Gays Know Where To Go: A New Club in Beirut

Maya is a Lebanese American raised in the Los Angeles area. She currently lives and works in Chicago as a dancer and a writer focusing on cultural communication and art.

Hidden in plain sight had never applied so perfectly to any experience. The best party in Beirut is on a rooftop. It’s not Sky Bar, White, or any other hype-driven lounge. It has the feel of a backyard function—a backyard that happens to be on top of a warehouse. This party bumps all night. Fueled by dance music and beautiful people, it made my pre-party experience at Pier 7 seem dreary. The name? I’ll get there. Let me elaborate and if you make it to the end, you will earn the name of my favorite frolicking location.

As a Lebanese American artist, I am drawn to glamorously gritty cities and clubs. In Beirut, my soul mate and soul sister happens to be the ambassador and empress of the gay community; he and I are beyond close. I am perfectly aware of the taboo that is homo... [more]

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Black Friday: The Day They Tried To Destroy Tripoli´s Spirit:

A young Tripolitan tells his story.

It was a Friday like any other. My friend and I were at a cafe chatting when suddenly we hear a loud explosion and the whole cafe moves. It was as if an earthquake had hit Tripoli. As we rushed outside to see what was going on, people started screaming that there was an explosion and I saw a big cloud rise over the buildings close to us. It was disastrous. People around me were all terrified and some were even frustrated of what has happened to the country. I remember someone praying as my friend directly drove off to check-up on his son.

I was so shocked I took my stuff and started running home. The city had changed in a matter of minutes. Armed men showed up in the streets, cars were driving like maniacs, ambulance sirens were heard everywhere, and wherever you looked, there were people running. Hell had broken loose in Tripoli. I remember seeing two women crying as I tried to call my mom but ther... [more]

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The DO's and DON'Ts of Friends With Benefits

By Taylor — our Lebanese dating expert

“Friends with benefits.”

This phrase has been the topic of many discussions among my friends and me, not to mention that various movies and articles have been dedicated to it. It even has its own abbreviation: FWBs.

However pervasive, the notion of friends with benefits is quite intricate– one with many layers and, at times, complications.

Thus, I shall list a small guideline to choosing a proper counterpart for this type of relationship and how to deal with the relationship itself.

1) Choose someone you don’t want to date.

I know this might sound odd, but you cannot get into a “no strings attached” relationship with someone who you could possibly see yourself dating in the future. Things will get messy.

2) Don’t be FWBs with the hope of turning it to a relationship.

This happens a lot. You think, ‘Ow he’ll like me more once he gets to know me better, I can change his way... [more]

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Checkpoint Flashback From a War Before I Was Born

Today we would like to introduce a new contributor, Wawa to 2famous.tv. He is already a dedicated reader and has submitted an awesome piece that we are proud to publish and would like to encourage other readers to do as well. Send us your stuff if you’d like to see it here!

This is Wawa’s experience the evening the car bomb in Ashrafieh went off. He’s a kid who wasn’t of age during the civil war, but all the memories and tales of those days seem to have come back in full force, especially when it comes to the milita checkpoints.

I was stopped by Sunni militia at Kaskas On Friday night after the bomb They asked where I am from and where I’m going I said Jnoub and Shiah They didn’t like that

One guy asked for my driver’s license and ID I only gave him the license I lied, told him I don’t have my wallet Then they searched the car

They were all armed Kids with M4’s and grenade launchers on scooters How d... [more]

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