Category Archives: Critiques

Jounieh’s Illogical Road

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During the municipal elections in Matn and Keserwan, I saw a video somewhere bragging about this new road they inaugurated on the Jounieh highway. To be fair, this road is very useful but the execution is terrible.

In fact, the road barely fits two cars and at some point you need to slow down to let another car pass. Also once you turn right from the highway to go in, you reach a point where you find yourself on the other lane. To make things worse, there are no signs on the highway to tell you where that turn is.

I have no idea who engineered this road, or who’s behind all of Jounieh’s inner roads because they either cause more traffic or more accidents.

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Pamela el Kik Says She Got “Inspired” By Charlie Chaplin

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Pamela el Kik delivered a speech this week on Menna W Jerr, which was basically the Arabic version of The Great Dictator’s Speech (Charlie Chaplin). Unfortunately, she didn’t bother to mention that it was Chaplin’s speech but now she’s saying MTV cut off this part during the show’s editing.

I am guessing she’s probably right but she still should have mentioned at first that it’s Chaplin speech before reciting it in Arabic. Also, saying that she got inspired from The Great Dictator is inaccurate as it’s pretty much the same speech word by word. That’s not inspiration, that’s pure translation 🙂

All in all, I guess we should look at the positive side here, that more Lebanese now know Chaplin’s memorable speech.

PS: Good job Lebanese Art police on catching that mistake.

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The Janna Dam is Still a Bad Idea!

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This is probably the 4th article I write about the Janna dam in the past 4 years and the issue is still causing a controversy. For me, the issue is very simple:

– As long as there are conflicting studies about the dam and no one has a clear answer on its environmental impact, the project should be stopped and no one should be allowed to remove a single tree.

– As long as the authorities don’t have a clear plan to compensate for the thousands of trees cut in order to minimize the environmental impact, knowing that it will take probably 100 years to rebuild what they’re willing to destroy, the dam needs to be stopped.

We are talking about over 400,000 trees and bushes, thousands of plants, animals, mammals and birds that will be put under various levels of endangerment. For that sake, a camp will be organized nexy weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Jannet Artaba to protest against the dam. The gathering is hosted by our friends at LiveLoveBeirut, Deghri Messenger and CyclingCircle.

If you wish to join, read more [here].

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Tripoli School Teacher Beats Up Student, Breaks Two Fingers

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I still can’t believe these things still happen in Lebanese schools. The kid was apparently beaten up, taken to the hospital and the mother was told that he “fell accidentally” and injured himself. I can’t confirm the details yet but the Education Minister has to investigate what happened and fire that teacher and the principal if the story is confirmed.

Naameh Landfill Is Closing Tonight, Garbage Crisis is Coming Back Soon!

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Two months ago, I wrote that the Lebanese cabinet is only postponing the garbage crisis with their temporary four-year long solution. Unfortunately, they weren’t even able to stick to that plan and the garbage crisis is coming back as of tomorrow when the Naameh landfill closes again.

I don’t know if the cabinet has plans to keep Naameh landfill open for a long period but what saddens me is that no one was talking about that garbage crisis during the municipal elections. You’d think that waste management would be the hottest topic on every candidate’s electoral program but instead candidates were polluting further with their posters (which were not removed yet in Beirut) and fireworks.

Yet Another Victim of Celebratory Gunfire in Beirut

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Last Sunday a child got killed in the Bekaa when a stray bullet hit him and yesterday a 15 year old called Hussein al-Arab was reportedly hit by a stray bullet in Bourj al-Barajneh and was hospitalized. The bullet hit his heart directly but he’s still alive. According to LBCI, he was walking his mother at the time.

When will someone put an end to celebratory gunfire? When will those firing in the air recklessly be arrested? What if it was a minister or an MP’s son that got hit? What would have happened then?

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Why is Electoral Fraud Being Treated so Lightly? Buying Votes is a Serious Crime

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Update: LADE Report is out. 801 violations, bribes, fights at polling stations, military men voting illegally, delegates pressuring the voters etc …

Last Sunday, 647 violations were reported in Beirut and the Beqaa including three documented bribes made to voters. Yesterday, almost 600 violations were also reported in Mount Lebanon and a couple of videos of electoral fraud were shared online.

The person who was paying for people to vote in Zahle got arrested last week, and yesterday another arrest was made but is that enough? Who asked this specific person to pay voters? Where did he get the money from? Are there other people bribing voters as well?

In Zahle, the list that was bribing voters lost but yesterday the “Karamet Jounieh” list who was caught bribing voters won by a tiny margin. Assuming both lists were bribing voters, which was probably the case, shouldn’t these votes be cancelled? Is it enough to just arrest one guy? Was there any investigation? Where’s the official report?

I think it’s outrageous that electoral fraud and bribes are being taken so lightly, especially when it’s that obvious. The rule should be simple: if any candidate or delegate is caught bribing voters in a specific polling station, all votes related to this candidate or the list he belongs to should be annulled. Claiming that it was one isolated case is basically insulting our intelligence and even if it’s just one case, it should be enough to severely punish the list or candidates in question.

PS: LADE will be holding a press conference at noon to discuss the violations that took place yesterday.

A Giant Lebanese Flag on Martyrs Square

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I spotted last week a huge Lebanese flag installed in the middle of Martyrs Square. I don’t know if it’s linked to the municipal elections or the upcoming Beirut Cultural festival but I felt like someone just saw an empty space and decided to plant a 15 meter long flag. Few years back, a similar flag was placed in Sin el Fil, then two others were placed on Sassine Square and facing the Saint Georges.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with placing large flags as they symbolize pride, patriotism and feeling of belonging for the Lebanese people but Martyrs Square doesn’t need a large flag right now. The square needs greenery, a small park, cultural activities. It needs to be brought back to life especially after months of riots and clashes between demonstrators and the police over the garbage crisis. The walls around the Martyrs statue also need to be cleaned and properly maintained.

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The 2016 Worst Lebanese Pick Up Lines on OTV

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I am still not a Hisham Haddad fan but yesterday’s #Lahonwbas TV segment was epic. The stuff they showed were hilarious but the OTV guy hitting on his female guest segment was rather more disturbing than funny. The host’s comments were vulgar and very lame, even lamer than the “bass jeete inte 3elyit el 7arara” guy from last year.

In fact, what the OTV host (no idea what his name is) did was borderline sexual harassment but he sounded like such a loser that his guest was probably trying hard not to laugh out loud.

Here’s what he was telling her:

El 7elo bya3mil Sekkare ma hek?

Teb Feena nkhaffif chouwe level el jamel wel 7ala 7atta ma ye3la el sekkare ma3na?

Then he went on:

Bchoufik el Khamees el mo2bal nchallah. Fi ghenniye bit2oul “Zayid 7alaki” Ma ba3rif iza 3al canderel.

Teb mnekhoud break la2anno ballashet dabbi2

Ballashet dabbi2? WTF is wrong with you dude?

Start watching at Minute 10:45. [Link]