Ashekman Insider.

A couple of days ago I had an interview with Omar Kabbani, one of the Ashkman twin brothers. Briefly, ASHEKMAN Urban Wear  was established in 2001 by Graffiti artists Mohamed and Omar Kabbani, both identical twins and founders of ashekman Lebanese rap crew.   Beginning with the thought of mixing their graphic design college degree with their hip hop passion in an Arabic […]

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Ali Matters…

Why should the life of a person be swept away because of a primitive problem that cannot be compared to a soul; money.

Ali Abdallah

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Grafitti By Yazan Halawani in the memory of Ali Abdullah
Grafitti By Yazan Halawani in the memory of Ali Abdullah

For those who heard about him, would understand why I’m writing this post. And for those who don’t then let me explain who Ali was.

Ali was a ‘Social Symbol’. An image of what isn’t right in this country. Of how little sympathy a society as far as anyone knows known for its glow gave Ali and the numerous, and regularly disregarded, vagrants and ladies of this nation. We see them consistently. We’ve become used to strolling pass them, disregarding them. And afterward we whine about this present world’s brutality.

Why?

Well, Ali Abdallah passed away on the cold night of January. His body was found in front of a McDonald’s on Bliss, frozen to death. Ali was forgotten, ignored, by all of us. All of us AUB students, residents and visitors of Hamra. Denying that fact would be an insult to his memory.

Thing is, Ali’s life is a mystery to most of us. We rely on rumors to get an approximate idea of what exactly happened to him. Everyone has something to say about him. Some say he was an AUB teacher who suffered psychological damage after witnessing the rape of his daughter and wife during the Civil War. Some say he refused to take money because he didn’t want to be a beggar.

Ali must be remembered.

So please join the group that was created on Facebook to fight homelessness in Lebanon. Please check it out and join the conversation https://www.facebook.com/groups/431057563629637
And hope that we will never witness such a horrific tragedy again.

Have a nice one 🙂

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MEDGO First Mediterranean International Oil and Gas Conference took place in Hamra Street

Under the patronage of Mrs. Nazik Al Hariri, the President of the board of trustees of Rafik Hariri University (RHU) and the President of Rafik Hariri Foundation; MEDGO, the First Mediterranean Gas and Oil Conference managed to take place in Crowne Plaza in the center of Hamra street.  The confernce had a huge success and […]

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Horseshoe, the First Cafe in Hamra Street

In the 1960s, Hamra witnessed the opening of Horseshoe, the first Sidewalk cafe, which was an imitation of European cafes. Thus, Hamra Street became the center of attraction of multiple writers, intellectuals and Lebanese and Arab politicians. However, back then Hamra was considered a relatively primitive street, lacking buildings coffee shops and commercial sites.

Horsehoe in Hamra Street
Horsehoe in Hamra Street
Horseshoe in Hamra Street
Horseshoe in Hamra Street
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Hamra St. celebrates mother’s day in its own way !

Hamra Street has its own way to celebrate Mother’s Day. On March 15 roads were closed from Midnight till 9pm. An event took place by the Cedars for Care and Hamra Merchant Association to glorify mothers all around Lebanon. Art and Crafts exhibitors, kids corner, food court, live musicians, street entertainment and many more activities were done as part of this event.

To all who went there, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Hamra lovers wish mothers all around the world a great weekend 🙂

God bless all your mothers out there!

Mother's Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother’s Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother's Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother’s Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother's Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother’s Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother's Day Event in Hamra Street
Mother’s Day Event in Hamra Street

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Khaled Alawan and the Wimpy Operation

Poster commemorating Khaled Alwan
Poster commemorating Khaled Alwan
Image dating back to the day of the operation.

Today I’m impressed to know that one of the important operations against Israel was done in Hamra Street!

Khaled Alwan was walking in Hamra Street with 2 others when they saw three Israel soldiers drinking their coffee in Wimpy Coffee Shop.

The scene provoked Khaled so he decided, on the spot with his friends, to attack and kill the soldiers sitting there. Khaled and his friends separated and attacked from all directions and shot down all 3 soldiers.

This operation was written about in many newspapers and articles, indicating that it was the starting point that leads to the retreat of Israel soldiers from Lebanon.

A really brave thing to do from a brave person 🙂

In fact you can see a pole right in Hamra street to immortalise his bravery 🙂

Pole in an honour of Khaled Alawan
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