Monthly Archives: July 2011

Met Fehman

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Mahmoud Mabsout, best known as Fehman, had a heart attack while performing on stage in a local festival in Kfarssir, South Lebanon. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but died few hours later. [Link]

His shows used to be (and probably still are) broadcasted on Tele Liban.

Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse, one of the most talented singers of her generation whose hit song “Rehab” summed up her personal struggles with addiction, died in London on Saturday at the age of 27. [Link]

We all knew she was a drug addict but I never thought she’d die that soon. What a tragic end to such a great artist. Too bad we never even got to see her perform in Lebanon.

Not so Lebanese Brew?

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I’ve never tasted Lebanese brew until yesterday and It’s a disappointment to say the least. It’s very light and too sweet and it’s no way near Almaza.

You can check out their facebook page as their website has no content on it.

Correction: A friend called and clarified the issue as he knows the man behind this beer.The label apparently says “Fi” not “min” (it is a bit torn and unclear), and this beer was sent to Syria for distribution and somehow made its way back to Lebanon. However, bottles could be coming in from Kuwait if not from Lebanon, that remains to be confirmed.

Training Center for maids in Lebanon

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Mark emailed me this piece of article [DailyStar] a week ago and I honestly don’t know what to think of it. There are positive and negative aspects to this training but I don’t think it will make things better overall.

1- From one side, training is good specially when the maid in question didn’t even have a house to live in. One of my friends’ maid did not know how to use the toilet when she came and used to wash her face with it. Those may seem like basic issues, but let us not forget where those workers are coming from and most importantly that we are not doing much better in terms of poverty and poor areas in Lebanon.

2- From another side, training maids will not stop racist Lebanese from beating them or treating them badly. If anything, those Lebanese should be the ones trained and slapped in the face to realize they are dealing with human beings.

3- There’s something very worrying about those training centers, is that agencies providing them would start demanding higher salaries for the trained domestic workers, and consequently start a bidding on those human beings as if they’re goods to sell.

4- Last but not least, there are no guarantees that these trainings are of any use, and for that purpose, the government or even better (Since we cannot rely on the gov doing anything) the embassies concerned should demand such a training for all their workers in Lebanon. There are many offices who pretend to train maids before providing them with employment but they could be beating them just as well.

In all, the training center could prove useful and harmful at the same time and is still not tackling the main problem which is our society and the mentalities we still have. I leave you with few made-up testimonies by Angie from NowLebanon blogs on that training center [NowLebanon].

“I’ll admit it, I did give Maria an insane beating Tuesday night after she failed to answer the front door for a guest because she was too busy using the plastic pail we placed especially for her on the balcony to urinate in.”

“What she does with the contents of the pail once it’s filled remains a mystery to me. But my point is, I can’t *not* beat her for something like that, right?”

Another academy participant, Zeinab Khattar, says she’s learned that physical abuse is actually counter-productive. “After a while, the pain from beating my maid was slowing her down. Now I just threaten to kill her in her sleep instead.”

“I hope one day I can make my home a safe place for maids, but until then, I just look at the four dead bodies I’ve racked up over the last few years as another reason to feel superior to my neighbor, Nadine, who’s had the same woman working for her for 8 months now. Ptfff. Commoner.”

Lebanese Army man?

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Guess again.

It’s O&C’s valet parking staff on standby for upcoming cars. So much for clearing the rumors about them spying for local parties. [Article] [YouTube]

Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter to me as I am doing my best not to give out my car to any valet guy anymore. No harm in a walking a bit.

Red Bull Car Park Drift 2011

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The Red Bull Car Park Drift Middle East Finals will take place tonight at the Forum de Beyrouth and will feature 14 drivers from 10 countries.

Last year’s event was average and I sense we will still have the same safety concerns this year. The track is unsafe, the barriers can’t hold off a bike and the audience is all over the place and almost blocking the highway.

To learn more about this event, check [Here]