Category Archives: Critiques

Europe’s Refugee Crisis In Comparison To Lebanon

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We have 1.5 million refugees in a country of 4 million people. That’s the equivalent of:

– Germany hosting 20 million refugees.
– America hosting 80 million refugees.

We are all aware of the situation but it’s very hard to compare the situation in Europe vs Lebanon. When Germany plans to welcome refugees, they allocate the needed resources to integrate them and naturalize them on the long run, while in Lebanon refugees came in because our borders were open for political reasons and no matter how long they stay here, we will always consider them as foreigners (look at the Palestinians).

On the other hand, saying that Syrians are fleeing to Lebanon for economical reasons is bull shit and claiming that they are taking our jobs is a myth. In fact, we’ve had a major shortage of Syrian skilled workers ever since the Lebanese authorities decided to impose visa restrictions.

I honestly have no idea how the country has survived economically this huge burden but what worries is that the Syrian crisis is getting worse and Europe will eventually stop receiving refugees (if they haven’t stopped already) which means that more will be coming our way. No one knows who’s fighting who in Syria anymore and every time a new country starts bombing, more civilians have to flee their cities.

original via KarlRemarks

I doubt any of the Syrian families want to stay in Lebanon living in shitty conditions, sleeping on the streets and begging for food and water. Even Lebanese are dropping their passport and trying to flee the country. No one wants to stay here but there’s no place to go.

no one

AlicĂ© Anil’s report is a good reminder of the current crisis in Lebanon and that we need a lot of help from the Western countries but the comparison is a bad one in my opinion. The countries that should be ashamed of themselves for not welcoming Syrian refugees are first and foremost Arab countries.

Check out the report [here].

Did You Like YouStink’s Furn el Chebbak FlashMob?

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A young pregnant woman was shopping in Furn el Chebbak, her water broke, people rush to help her out and she ends up giving birth to a …. garbage bag. The act was well executed and performed by #Tol3etRi7etkoun and they were able to shock and awe the bystanders but I didn’t quite understand the idea to begin with. Giving birth to garbage bags? What does that even mean and how is it related to the garbage crisis?

They are pointing out at the ongoing garbage crisis, the state of hospitals in Lebanon and other health care issues but showing a woman giving birth to a garbage bag was a bad idea in my opinion.

What did you think?

Check out the video [here].


Roadworks In Dbayyeh For The Next Two Weeks: I Kid You Not!

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Christmas season has begun and Dbayyeh malls are already causing traffic, The Village Dbayyeh just opened recently, there’s a storm coming this weekend so the logical thing to do is of course to schedule roadworks in Dbayyeh from 25/11 till 7/12.

Now if you thought that this was a stupid move, wait till you read this headline:


“Avoid the Dbayyeh highway starting tomorrow!”

Why didn’t I think of that before? I’m gonna call work and tell them I’m off for the next couple of weeks because we were told to avoid the Dbayyeh highway. Of course you can always take the Jounieh –> Jeita –> Achkout –> Kolayaat –> Bekfaya –> Elissar –> Jal el Dib road. It’s a very nice road with a lot of beautiful sceneries, just make sure you leave your place at 4 am.


Okay, my rant is over. Enjoy the traffic and expect more “traffic-boosters” during December. Who knows? Maybe they will close down Achrafieh roads a week before Christmas, or close down roads on the way to Faraya right before NYE.

#BlogWaladi: Are You Guilty Of “Oversharenting”?

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“Oversharenting” (Over Sharing As a Parent) is basically sharing too many pictures and details about your kids on social media. A lot of parents I know are guilty of “Oversharenting” and it’s a major turn off not just for acquaintances and followers but also for relatives and close friends, yet I will never be able to come out and tell them to stop posting too many pictures. In fact, I don’t think it’s our right to tell them what to do 1) because it’s a very personal matter and 2) because you can easily ignore or hide pictures or posts you don’t like on most social media platforms, especially Facebook.

Personally speaking, I’m always worried that I might be oversharing pictures of Brian and I try to keep the pictures to a reasonable amount (3-4 times per month) even though I have that urge sometimes to share all the pictures I have of our little bundle of joy.

So how can you tell if you are over-sharing your children on social media?

If you look online, you will find a lot of quizzes and articles that help you figure out if you’re guilty of oversharenting but I think they are all useless because people always comment nicely on baby pictures, so it’s kinda hard to convince a parent who think his baby is the cutest baby in the world and is reminded by everyone on every single picture about that, not to share more pictures.

Nevertheless, here are few things that I’ve learned as a father that could prove helpful:

1- If you love sharing pictures of your child, don’t post more than once a week unless they are part of an album.

2- Be selective about your pictures, choose the one that best describe the moment and write a nice caption. Not all baby pictures are cute, and a lot of intimate pictures should be kept as private.

3- If you want to share a lot of pictures, use Whatsapp. I set up a whatsapp group for family members where I share all the pictures that I take of Brian. Whatsapp groups are non-intrusive and very practical.

4- Alternate between social media platforms when posting baby pictures. Share a picture on Instagram during one week and another on Facebook the following week. This is mostly useful for those like me who manage a Facebook page and profile.

5- Try to include yourself in your baby pictures. It makes them more personal and more relevant to your friends and followers.

6- Make sure you are taking the proper measures to ensure the privacy and security of your family members before sharing pictures. Make sure that you don’t reveal too much details about your kids that might make them vulnerable to predators, pedophiles, thieves, etc. This is a very important and sensitive point.

7- If you are not comfortable with sharing your baby pictures in the first place, don’t do it. There’s nothing wrong with keeping them private and it saves you a lot of hassle.

All in all, the biggest problem is that social media makes oversharing way too easy but it’s not that hard to follow certain guidelines and share safely and moderately.

If you are wondering if you’re taking too many pictures of your kids, check out my previous [post].

A Taxi Driver Set Himself And His Car On Fire In Beirut After Getting Fined

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A Palestinian cab driver decided to set himself and his car on fire after he got stopped earlier today by a policeman in Salim Salam. The driver apparently had a lot of pending fines and couldn’t pay any of them. The story was first shared on and most of the comments I read there were bashing the police officer and the system and I can’t really blame them.

I don’t blame them because the traffic law is not fair, not because the fines are high, but because it’s not being applied to everyone, because some people are using their wasta to cancel the fines, because police officers are still breaking the law instead of setting the right example. The idea from the new traffic law should be to help people become aware of the traffic law and care about their own safety, not just fine them and send the money elsewhere. The police officer who stopped the driver may be a decent cop but the problem is with the whole system.

The traffic law is not working and this 43 year old Palestinian driver is yet another victim of this corrupt system. A couple of months ago, another Lebanese taxi driver had a heart attack and died after being stopped by the police for traffic violations that he is unable to pay for.


Despite all that, I encourage everyone to respect the law and drive safely for their own sake and to avoid getting heavy and useless fines. If the roads are bad and the traffic law is not working, the least we can do is drive safely, set an example for others to follow and hope that one day everyone will do the same.

How Lebanese TV Reporters Covered The Burj Barajneh Bombings

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Al-Manar TV Reporter Ali Rasslan decided to visit Haidar, a three-year boy who got injured in the Burj Barajneh blast and ask him about his dead parents. The reporter was clearly aware that Haidar was orphaned after both his mother and father died in the explosion that took place on Thursday in Bourj al-Barajneh, yet he thought it would be a smart idea to visit him at the hospital while he’s laying in bed injured and ask him about his parents’ whereabouts.

To make things even worse, he started by asking the poor kid who’s seriously injured and still traumatized from the blast if he’s ok! Eh walla he’s doing just great. He just survived a terrible bombing, he may have lost his right eye, he just lost both his parents and is laying in a hospital bed instead of playing with his friends or watching TV. He’s having the time of his life I’m sure!

Needless to say, most of the TV reporters here in Lebanon cover the events in an unethical and inappropriate way. This video just happened to be gone viral and caught my attention. Nada Andraos was asking one of the mothers if she saw her dead child’s body. Georges Saliby was asking a kid if he has anything to tell his deceased parent at the worst possible time etc …

I think the Lebanese media needs to take lessons from the French and watch how unfortunate incidents are covered properly.

Check out the video [here].

Here’s a video showing MTV interviewing Haidar and another child Mohammad at the hospital as well (Starting Minute 7:00)


And here’s Al-Jadeed report (Starting Minute 8)


There Were No Fireworks in Tarik el Jdeede After The #BurjBarajneh Bombings

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After yesterday’s bombing, shared a video on their FB page showing fireworks in Tarik el Jdeede area and linked them to the twin suicide blasts. There were indeed fireworks but because of a wedding that was taking place at the same time and they just happened to take off few minutes after the blast. An apology was issued later on by on their FB page and the person who spread the story was apparently fired.


Moreover, the same page shared an hour later a picture of a young man from Tarik el Jdeede donating blood to the victims in one of the hospitals.


I know this might sound a little clichĂ© but the last thing we need is more hatred and sectarianism among the Lebanese, especially when based on false stories and I’m glad da7ye did rectify the story and apologize. Terrorism knows no religion and kills innocent people irrespective of their religion, age, gender or race. In times like these, we need to spread unity and hope and praise people like Adel Termos, who rushed to tackle the terrorist and scarified his life in order to save tens of others.

#BurjBarajneh Bombings: A Terrorist Attack Against Innocent Civilians

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bomb1 Picture by Hasan Shaaban/Reuters

I don’t care if Burj al-Barajneh is controlled by a political party or not, today’s suicide bombings were directed against innocent civilians in a busy area of a southern Beirut suburb. At least 40 people were confirmed dead so far and 200 were injured in the blasts. This is the first blast to target Beirut’s suburbs since June 2014 and the deadliest attack in the past 10 years if I’m not mistaken.

My thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy. Let us show some respect for the dead in these times and avoid any unnecessary comments.

Here’s a video showing the minute when the second blast took place. Fortunately for us, a third suicide bomber was apparently killed during the first two blasts.


And some pictures from the blast:



How Many Violations Can You Spot In This Video?

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A security officer got into an accident with a truck apparently, so he decided to go down, stand in the middle of the road with a stick and threaten the driver. Few seconds later, a motorist is seen coming the wrong way and then parks his scooter in the middle of the road to talk to the officer. The truck pulls over but the driver refuses to go on, so the officer tries to beat him with the stick twice. Meanwhile, people are still standing in the middle of the road before the officer decides to leave in a car that doesn’t have a plate number.

This is a kind reminder of the jungle we live in but the good news is that the officer got arrested as stated by Interior Minister Mashnouq.



Check out the video below:


Non-Lebanese Students Reportedly Harassed & Beaten At A Public School In Beirut

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The UNICEF launched a campaign a month ago to help all Lebanese and non-Lebanese children (aged 4 to 16) attend public schools for free this year and encouraged all children to register. The initiative was obviously a very positive one as “any form of education is better than no education especially for refugee children” and the aim was to provide a safe environment for these children away from the streets but that’s obviously not the case at this public school in Chiah.

The report shown by 7ki Jeliss clearly shows students being harassed by the inspector and forced to kneel along a wall which has a Lebanese flag on it. I don’t think the Lebanese Flag is that relevant here to be honest and I wouldn’t put that much focus on it like Joe Maalouf did, because a person who’s capable of beating any kid is a threat to all of them regardless of their nationalities and should be fired immediately.

The Ministry of Education should investigate this incident ASAP and take strict measures against any school that mistreats non-Lebanese students. We need to educate these children to keep them away from extremism and terrorism, not make them live in fear and anger. If these teachers are not getting paid, they shouldn’t take it out on poor kids.