Category Archives: Critiques

Samir Kassab Is Also Lebanese And Is Still Missing In Syria

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We all want the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers to be freed, and it is a matter of utmost importance, but we should give the same importance to any Lebanese kidnapped in Syria, whether they are soldiers, journalists, activists or just normal citizens. Samir Kassab is a Lebanese and the Lebanese authorities should free him the soonest possible, specially that there are no politics involved here.

It’s been a year already and no one knows where Samir is.

One year after Lebanese cameraman Samir Kassab was kidnapped, his family still wakes up each day hoping that their son, brother, and fiance will return to them. “Since then, we have no confirmed information regarding his situation,” Georges Kassab, Samir’s brother, told The Daily Star. “We heard from someone who said they saw him together with his crew – though nothing is sure.”

Kassab was kidnapped with his Sky News colleagues Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian, and a Syrian driver whose family asked that his name not be printed, while working near Aleppo on assignment last October. [Link]

MP Nicolas Fattoush Got An Apology Instead Of Getting Arrested

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I was about to write a post on how MP Fattoush should not get away with what he did today and that there’s no reason not to punish him, but I just heard on MTV that Manale Daou has apparently apologized to Fattoush while LBCI stated that Judge Claude Karam reconciled the two in his office.

That’s just pathetic and sad and yet another proof that Lebanon is going backwards.

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MP Fattouch Punched A Female Employee at Justice Palace According To LBCI

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If this is true, he should resign immediately.

Sources from the Justice Palace reported that MP Nicolas Fattouch punched a female employee, identified as Manale Daou, responsible for filing complaints at Justice Palace on Monday.
In the details, MP Fattouch headed to the Justice Palace to file a complaint, when the employee, Manale Daou, who is responsible for filing the complaints, asked him to wait his turn, “since she had other complaints previously presented by other lawyers,” the sources said.
The sources added that the deputy was disturbed by her answer and replied: “I am the deputy Nicolas Fattouch and I cannot wait.”
“I will file your complaint but you have to wait your turn,” the employee reportedly said, leading him to punch her in the neck as retaliation. [LBCI]

Who Really Killed Celine Rakan?

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I don’t want to accuse anyone of anything but the story is fishy from the start and the police should have conducted a more thorough investigation. It doesn’t make sense that the housekeeper killed the girl because she caught her stealing since we are talking about a 4 year old here. Moreover, the whole security camera blackout story doesn’t add up as well and I don’t understand why the parents decided to go on TV and talk about this, specially after falsely accusing a doctor at first.

Why would anyone want to go on TV few days after the death of their only child and talk about it and explain what happened? Why would I share a video showing my dead kid and let it go viral on all social media channels?

Out of respect for the child, I didn’t want to share the video but I still believe a proper investigation should be conducted.

Gebran Tueni Foundation Photo Contest

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I love and admire Gebran Tueni and I like the fact that the Gebran Tueni Foundation is launching such a contest but they should have done an extra effort and made it more appealing and interesting. There are no guidelines or rules, the contest is way too broad and has no theme, the poster is dull, the contact email is @gmail and the Gebran Tueni Foundation website is outdated and doesn’t even include the contest.

There’s Nothing Special About Nawal Berry’s Twitter Wedding Proposal

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Can someone explain to me why everyone’s talking about this wedding proposal that Nawal Berry has turned down on Twitter? Did anyone bother look at the guy’s twitter account? He’s been active for a month now and most his tweets look like spam. Moreover there’s nothing priceless or funny about his proposal. The only funny thing is that most Lebanese on Twitter were surprised by this man’s proposal and all acted as if religion didn’t matter to them. That’s the best joke I’ve heard in a long while.

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Beirut Is Crazy, Messy, F***ed-up and Fantastic But It Is Not The Real Centre of This Region

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I just finished reading the “Why Beirut Really Matters” post that everyone’s been sharing in the past couple of days and I really wish I could agree with everything the author is saying but I would be lying. I love Beirut and I admire Warren’s love for our capital but tiny little Beirut is ANYTHING but the real centre of this region, and definitely “not an indication of where we might, could, possibly even should, all be going, regionally and globally”.

Lebanon is no longer setting trends in the region and serving as a role model for other countries to follow. Lebanon has been going backwards ever since the civil war has started and things are not getting any better. The economy is bad, the liberties are diminishing, sectarianism is on the rise, fanatic and terrorist groups are everywhere around us, gay and women rights are still practically inexistent, the country’s infrastructure is bad, corruption is here to stay and we keep on voting for the same people. The only thing that we are continuously improving is the nightlife, and Beirut will stay the Middle East’s party capital for years to come.

Despite all that, I do love my country and I’ve learned to enjoy it the way it is and highlight through the blog and other social media channels the positive things happening in Lebanon. However, for Beirut to really matter, serious and drastic changes must be implemented and I will keep on pushing for such a change, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

The Story Of The Fake Bomb Detectors Still Being Used In Lebanon

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Even though the man who sold these fraudulent bomb detectors was sentenced to seven years in jail, some governments and security companies are still using these devices. I’ve been talking about this matter for 3 years now yet only few malls and businesses have decided to drop these useless devices in Lebanon. Luckily enough, we haven’t had any bombings in crowded places for the past few months but that’s not a valid reason to keep using these detectors.

Here’s the [latest] on this story by BBC’s Caroline Hawley.