Is Lebanon Exporting Explosives to Syria?

The following document shows an agreement between a Lebanese company for explosives, whatever that is, and a geological company in Syria for the export of 50 tons of dynamite and 51,000 meters of wire. The export happened a few days ago on February 14th.

Lebanon explosives Syria export

 

I think we can all agree that a geological company in Syria is definitely not doing research on the type of rocks their country has in the midst of what Syria is going through. The export itself was also approved by the ministry of interior affairs via two agreements which were signed back in May. They obviously don’t pertain to this specific deal but extend to other deals with Syria.

The above document also shows a request for security forces to accompany the shipment inside Lebanese territory from its point of origin in Koura to its point of delivery at the Northern border. Where is this neutrality policy we keep hearing about? It’s deader than Tutankhamun.

As I said before, the only person in our government who is truly in favor of such a policy is our prime minister Najib Mikati and who, with each “export” that happens from Lebanon towards Syria of material that might be used to perpetuate the conflict there, loses credibility and traction among those that view or viewed him favorably. The sad realization, which I’m sure Mikati also shares, is that we – including our PM – can’t do anything regarding this but watch.

Diesel wasn’t good enough. So we are now sending dynamite to Syria too. Because sedimentation research using 50 tons of dynamite is of utmost important these days.

Scorpions Concert In Byblos (Jbeil), Lebanon – Part 2

The original dates for the two Scorpions concerts in Lebanon took place over the past 2 days, on July 6th and 7th, whilst a third one was added on a prior date on July 4th, the overview of which you can see here.

While I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to attend either of the three concerts, I’ve had relatives attend both concerts.

My cousin attended the July 6th one. He’s a die hard Scorpions fan and even taught himself how to play the electric guitar to their songs. His SMS ringtone is their lead guitarist Matthias Jabs playing a riff and his usual ringtone is for their hit: Wind of Change.

He reported that it was the wildest and most astonishing concert of his life. While he might be biased, that was the sentiment that most people attending the concert came out with. Drumsticks thrown by drummer James Kottak were picked up by the lucky few who were close enough to catch them, as well as lots of guitar picks thrown by Rudolf Schenker.

Their setlist was comprised of the same songs as their July 4th concert, although they replaced their song Dynamite by their hit “You and I” to the joy of many.

Meanwhile, my brother attended the July 7th concert and while he is a big fan, I can’t say he matches up with July 6th cousin. He said they had a blast at the concert and while some of the songs were unfamiliar to him (he’s more familiar with their classics than with their newer hits), he was still able to have a good time. He said the ambiance was electric with the heavy music that was playing and he said that even twenty years later, Scorpions are better able to entertain a crowd than many common bands today.

The setlist for July 7th was similar to the July 4th concert except “Dynamite” was replaced by “Always Somewhere.”

Here are pictures taken by both my brother and cousin of their concerts. I will update this post with video when they’re done uploading. More pictures will be posted as well.