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Middle Eastern Artists Donate More Than $1.1 Million of Art To Help Syrian Refugee Children

Syri-Arts becomes Paddle8s most successful benefit auction!

More than 120 famous Middle Eastern artists like Mona Habtoun and Nabil Nahas donated pieces of art to be auctioned off during the Syri-Arts event that took place online and at Biel in Beirut. All of the money from the auction goes towards helping the growing number of Syrian refugee children.

Noura Jumblatt, one of the founders of Syri-Arts and wife of Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, can easily identify with the Syrian children as she also was exiled from Syria as a child.

“I do not think the world is aware that the minimum needs of these children aren’t being met,” she says.

The event was very successful noted Jumblatt, “The participation of artists was overwhelming and 150 artworks were donated and sold to benefit refuge children.”

Nicola Gitan, head of benefit auctions at Paddle8 says Syri-Arts is the most successful benefit auction Paddle8 has been part of.

– “Great artwork, great buyers, and a... [more]

By @mrmatias
"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]

By Contributor
Party With a Pure Heart: 3-Day Kaotik System Festival Encourages You To Bring Toys To Donate

-It’s the very last Kaotik System party!

Join Kaotik System for one final party in Baysour and bring your toys — to donate to Syrian children.

Last Friday on our Radio Show Gayath Dakroub told us about the very last Kaotic System Festival taking place weekend Nov 1,2,3. For ten years KS has thrown crazy electronic music parties all over Lebanon in the mountains, under giant trees, on stairs, in haunted houses — you name it. This weekend marks the end of an electro-party era, hopefully taken up but someone else next.

Unlike other electronic music festivals in Lebanon, this one will be a daytime-festival meaning all the acts will finish by midnight. Well-known DJ’s will spin techno, Dub, IDM, Drum & Bass, Breakcore, Jungle, Hardcore and other genres in the absolutely beautiful valley of Baysour. We’ve partied here before — under the canopy of the forest with a crystal clear river winding up and d... [more]

By Adrian
Live Radio Today w/ Guests Xriss Jor, Rhea Dally, Talar Demirdjian

New music from Leb and how to donate to refugees

Today’s show is jam packed with intergalactic star power! Drop by Radio Beirut from 6-7 for discounted drinks and bring your autograph book, Matias and Adrian have some celebrities in the studio. Or listen from remote locations LIVE online at radiobeirut.net/listenlive

Joining us are:

Xriss Jor! Songstress, winner of Lebanon’s Voice competition, and recent winner of Dubai’s Music Week which landed her a production deal with Quincy Jones.

Rhea Dally! Our very own Lebanese chiptune artist. Dally is creating the artsiest music with old Gameboys, Nintendos, and other gaming consoles to the delight of artists and cool people everywhere.

Talar Demirdjian! Our favorite hip, funky youth who’s going to sc... [more]

By Adrian
Saving Lebanon One Tooth at the Time The Dental Awareness Campaign!

How one man can change the world for hundreds of children!

Like any dentist operating in Lebanon Abdalla Kassem noticed there are a lot of children who don’t receive proper dental care, let alone proper information regarding their dental hygiene. But unlike most dentists he decided to do something about it.

Kassem created the Dental Awareness Campaign to highlight the issue and educate kids in Lebanon about their teeth, especially the children who don’t even register in the “Lebanese health care system”. He gives group lectures and demonstrations teaching them how to brush teeth properly, what kind of foods cause cavities, what foods help build strong teeth, and ends with a fluoride application. He even brings a clown to paint faces and play with the kids during individual sessions. After the seminar everyone gets a child-friendly kit comprising a toothbrush, toothpaste, and other oral hygiene goodies. In this video Abdalla leads his second Dental Awareness Campaign for the children of domestic workers in L... [more]

By @mrmatias
Americans Protest Against Obama On the eve of the President's speech: Anti-war demonstrators take to the streets.

Once the golden child of global politics, President Obama has seemingly fallen from grace for his “I reserve the right and responsibility to act” statement he made recently regarding the vote put to congress to allow the U.S. military to strike Syria. Many Americans have called for their representatives to block the president’s pro-war agenda and have condemned the administration for what is thought of as ulterior motives in a move against Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad and his alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Even in small towns like New Haven, Connecticut, home to the prestigious Yale University, peaceful demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest the President’s pushes for Syrian intervention. With my savvy tech skills (yeah right!), I managed to get a few interviews on my iPhone from a few of the demonstrators at Sunday evening’s gathering.

We asked Imad J., a local resident and Syrian-American, h... [more]

By Meghan O.
Sweden grants SYRIAN REFUGEES permanent residency

— as Nobel Prize winner Obama visits Stockholm beggin’ for Bombs For Peace

It seems no matter where 2famous.TV sets up HQ, our dear Syrian friends are hanging out in the neighbouring country.  While in Lebanon, we were delighted and rather humbled to have Syria and its beautiful land and people just an hour’s drive away across the Bekaa. Now, as some of us have relocated to Oslo, Norway, our Syrian brothers and sisters are being granted a second home in what’s undoubtedly the most hospitable country in Scandinavia: our neighbour Sweden. 

 

It is perhaps the greatest show of solidarity and friendship with the Syrian people displayed by any non-arab nation state since the beginning of the popular uprising against Bashar Assad—an uprising which has now completely deteriorated into a civil war and is on the brink of escalating to a potential World War III.

Sweden announced Tuesday that they will give Syrian asylum seekers perman... [more]

By knutole
assassinassad.com All you Need to Know about the Assassination of Assad the Assassin

– new website launched by 2famous.TV

I’m not going to talk too much about Syria now, as I kind of think that there is way too much talk about Syria anyways. Newspapers all over the world has been pouring out tons of truth, assumptions, and lies about what’s going on – and what’s going to happen. France and the UK are just dying to kill, while the UN is begging them to “give peace and diplomacy a chance”. All they are waiting for is to get a GO from the US, and they will be back in a battlefield their grandparents have medals from.

Whatever happens it’s going to be chaotic – basically because it’s already chaotic. That’s why we figured we should try to help you navigate in the information out there, so we put together a little aggregator that will bring you tweets and articles about #Syria and #Assad.

assassinassad.com

We’re also putting together a list of bloggers to put on this s... [more]

By 2famousTV
Twitter, NYTimes HACKED by Assad's Electronic Army

Activists: Your Twitter login credentials are at risk! Beware & change your password!

So another reminder today—life online is dangerous and fragile.  Not only does the American Empire do everything in its power to read your innermost secrets online—today we are reminded that even small-time dictators and their obedient lapdogs can poke devastating holes in your security and privacy online.

The Syrian Electronic Army—a Syrian group of hackers, loyal to Bashir “Baby-Eater” Assad—has struck yet again, and this time it’s big, it’s global, and it’s bad news:  Websites that ha... [more]

By knutole
Travel Warning: Don´t Go to the Free Beach In TYRE! Very Dangerous Waves!

First Anti-Charter Tourist Video in Lebanon!

Tyre is undoubtedly one of the most charming cities on the Mediterranean. It has been a favorite beachtown since Alexander the Great and his crew left Greece and its poor beaches behind, mostly to hang out on the infamous beach in Sur (Tyre). The city has lately been protected from the biggest hoards of Tourists, mostly due to its location within shooting range from the Holy Land and the local politicians being labelled as terrorists – abroad.

South of Sur there is a beautiful, huge, not too populated sandy beach that you can enter for free. The problem is that this is one of the best beaches in all of the Mediterranean and if we don’t do something it probably will get overfilled with Northern European charter tourists. And if there is one thing that makes Lebanon special as a Mediterranean Country, it is probably its lack of charter tourists.

This summer the cha... [more]

By @mrmatias
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