Today Lebanon is in desperate need of a political revolution. “#YouStink” movement has failed to change the regime but it has succeeded in shaking up the country, attracting the vast majority of the population and reawakening the Lebanese which shed light on the impact of social movements in achieving change. Sabaa, a supposedly new political movement launched an extensive campaign on facebook and billboards across the entire country.
The teaser campaign is well prepared in terms of content and layout and has managed to generate curiosity, interest, and engagement. The amount of money spent to advertise the new social movement has speculated lots of conspiracy theories although there are lots of Lebanese in Lebanon and abroad willing to fund and support the cause of a better Lebanon without having hidden incentives. No statements were released to further explain the simple political slogans, videos, and designs used in the campaign which went viral triggering massive numbers of “facebook fans” in a short period of time and heavily engaging the Lebanese community.
Monitoring the limited content shared on their facebook page, you can draw few common personalities of users in the Lebanese community:
- Naive: Already showed blind support for the movement and are ready to follow without even knowing what they represent.
- Judgemental: Already believe the movement is deceptive, thrown accusations and drew their own conclusions.
- Pessimistic: Already assumed the movement will fail without even knowing what the movement is about.
- The Amazing: Those who actually want to listen: Showed enthusiasm, support for the cause not the movement itself, and are looking forward to knowing more before commenting.
The current political situation in Lebanon and the government’s failure to provide basic services has pushed the Lebanese to look for hope and change in the recent rising movements. So let’s hope Sabaa “SabaaPolitics” will actually produce real change.
If you are planning to buy a product from an online shopping website in Lebanon make sure to check AliExpress before purchasing, so you don’t end up paying double and triple the actual price. Here’s how to buy products online from AliExpress to Lebanon.
The online shopping market in Lebanon is growing rapidly. We have seen many Lebanese E-commerce websites selling products online that pretend to be cheap when compared to the prices of the same product in the Lebanese market. But If you heard about AliExpress, then you know those websites offering supposedly “cheap products” are considered really expensive compared with AliExpress.
Below is the result of the research, same product, some quality but different prices. First screenshot, taken from the most popular websites in Lebanon and the second screenshot is exactly the same product presented by AliExpress.
Shipping from AliExpress takes around 15 days to two months, you can find the same product presented by different sellers, each seller has a different rating, always check the feedback before the seller before purchasing. Regarding the shipping costs, China Post Air Mail is the best shipping method requires more time but is usually free and liban post will deliver your product to your doorstep at no additional cost.
Couple days ago I saw a report regarding online copyright infringement on local news in Lebanon. It is true that in Lebanon, once one of the news outlets publish a certain post, all other sites seem to jump on the bandwagon and publish the same content without rephrasing or sourcing the initial site and getting away due to lack of digital copyright laws. Copying online content is a case also happening among international websites but with subtle signs of plagiarism.
I do know that once an incident occurs around the world, all news outlets will be covering that specific story. But what is actually funny is that even the type of stories that are not “happening-now” are being copied from one news site to another not only locally but even among international news.
For example, The story of the little pocket on our jeans was published on cosmopolitan.co.uk on 25 January 2016 and then the same topic circulated on News.com.au & huffingtonpost.com on 26 January, businessinsider.com on February 1, independent.co.uk on February 22.
It also didn’t take the local news in Lebanon and Arabic websites few days or hours to pick up the HOT topic and post about it. Lahamag.com published the story on 24 January, alaantv.com on January 25, mtv.com.lb on January 27, 2016.
Couple months ago, a Lebanese Blogger, Jed Ismael, made it to international news for a post he published about Instagram porn hidden under Arabic hashtags. His post never made it to local news in Lebanon back then, not even any other Arabic news site, not until his post was featured later on international news like thesun.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, The Time of India Tech, News.com.au, International Business Times and many others.
Which shows that even when local news has topics to publish about locally, publishers aren’t really doing proper research to publish their own news but rather translating or copying stories.
I believe there’s lots of really good content that is being published locally and are worth highlighting by local news, rather than just copying/translating what publishers post around the world on a daily basis.
The TechWadi Roadshow Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs came to Beirut, Lebanon for the first time on October 24 -25, 2015.
TechWadi RoadShow was developed in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs (GFE) a division of Google designed to support entrepreneurial ecosystems as an opportunity to expand outreach to the MENA region.
The “TechWadi Roadshow” consisted of two day-long educational workshops led by TechWadi and powered by Google for Entrepreneurs that brought experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and stakeholders straight from Silicon Valley to mentor local startups in Beirut.
The mentors included seasoned professionals from companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, as well as founders of various Silicon Valley startups. The event took place in UK Lebanon TechHub, the local host and partner who worked with additional ecosystem partners to accommodate as many entrepreneurs as possible.
The event kicked off with Daniel Navarro, Marketing Manager at Google for Entrepreneurs (GFE) & Christina Ashtary, Program Manager at TechWadi, who welcomed the attendees and introduced TechWadi Organization and it’s dedication to building bridges between Silicon Valley and the MENA region in partnership with GFE.
The event consisted of multiple sessions that provided engaging presentations discussing entrepreneurship, market development phases, startups and investments in the MENA region allowing attendees to learn from established experts including Sherif Badawi, a serial entrepreneur and technology executive, who currently serves as a partner to VCs and startups at Google, Ramy Adeeb, Founder & CEO, Snip.it (Acquired by Yahoo!), Walid Hanna, Managing director at MEVP and many more.
Day 2 was exclusively limited to a selected group of partners startups and entrepreneurs and focused on tailored mentorship meetings and design thinking workshops.
Attendees shared their excitement during the event by live-tweeting speaker quotes and photos of the event on social media using the following hashtag: