Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Explosion in the South

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A week after the two explosions in Tyre, a new explosion occurred today in the village of As-Siddiqin in Tyre.

According to early reports from VOL radio, it is a weapons’ stockpile belonging to Hezbollah. Of course we will never know what’s the reason behind it because ISF & the Lebanese Army cannot go there yet.

I say it’s another alcohol-related bombing, as it definitely has nothing to do with security.

Myriam el Achkar found dead

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Lebanese woman Myriam al-Ashqar, 28, was found dead and soaked in blood Tuesday in a forestland located between the Keserwan towns of Sahel Alma and Harisa, LBC television reported.
It later appeared that she was killed by the janitor of the Our Lady of the Annunciation monastery in Baqloush, where she went to pray on Monday and where she used to pray several times every other week, LBC said.[Naharnet]

That’s the first time I hear about such a terrible crime in the Keserwan area and more specifically in a monastery. My condolences to Myriam’s family and fiance and hope she rests in peace.

PS: I hope those in charge of monasteries will start hiring people more responsibly from now on following this incident. I also don’t see the need for a janitor in a monastery.

AUB-Gate: A Scandal in the Making?

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Allegations include supplying electricity to non-university users over three decades, multi-million endowment fund losses, inflated retirement compensation packages, and shady drug supply practices at the university’s renowned Medical Center.

I am an AUB graduate yet I am shocked to read such accusations. This will definitely damage AUB’s reputation if it turns out to be true.

I am not fully aware of the report’s content but I hope it will cover the favoritism (Wasta) in the Financial Aid office that some parties used to benefit from on the expense of students truly in need.

The man behind the 500-pages report is Nabil Chartouni, a previous member of the board of trustees. He claims that “the irregularities occurred when he was a member of the board between May 2001 and March 2011” and that “the university’s endowment fund has lost over 200 million dollars in the past 10 years due to mismanagement.”

You can read the whole article [Here].

Thanks Marc