Category Archives: Critiques

Topless Women Spotted At A Beach Resort In Lebanon

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A video is being shared of two topless women kissing and flirting on a beach resort in Lebanon. The video is being circulated everywhere but I am not sharing it. The resort is very familiar yet this could be a private party in a private spot (or bungalow), so unless they are ok with publishing this video, it’s no one’s business what they are doing.

The Only Flag That Matters: The Lebanese Flag

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FLAG_NAJIB_851_315 Thank you Gab for the flag!

Every now and then, we have a new controversy that keeps Lebanese busy for a few days. No matter what the topic is and how meaningless it may seem, everyone wants to get involved and express his opinion on the matter, either by tweeting, posting statuses or images on Facebook or maybe uploading videos. Of course that’s a good thing and sometimes it helps put pressure on the concerned parties, but at the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to sit back and rethink of what you’re about to post or share before doing so, or at least focus on the important matters instead of investing all our energy on useless topics. Moreover, the way we react to events happening around us is often rushed and irrational and doesn’t help the cause we’re trying to promote, which is why we have to be more responsible and mature in our approach.

I’ve learned the hard way that I should not rush posts and look at the bigger picture, because that’s the only way I could make sense out of my post and get my points to the largest number of readers possible. I could easily write inflammatory posts or bash and curse people but I’ve taken a decision years ago to go for the calm and rational approach. I may be wrong, but I think that’s the best way to reach out to more people and convince them of your point of view.

Moving on to the topic at hand, Lebanese have been arguing for the past 4 days over the burning of a Da3esh flag in Sassine square by some kids, specially after our Justice minister decided to legally pursue those who burned it. Needless to say, his decision is a wrong one and there’s nothing to argue about here. Anything Da3esh-related has nothing to do with Islam and should not be associated with Islam at all. This being said, any Lebanese who believes otherwise or hints at defending Da3esh (ISIS) in anyway should be jailed, specially after the recent beheading of a Lebanese army soldier by ISIS savages. There are no politics involved, no comparisons that are valid when it comes to dealing with such people. Moreover, the only flag that should matter to ALL of us is the Lebanese one, so stop worrying about other flags and this country will become a better place.

As soon as the ISIS flag burning trend was done (and the ALS Ice Bucket challenge of course), Lebanese were all shocked by some document (sent by fax) and signed by the Lebanese authorities that asked for the banning of 6 websites that are promoting child porn. Personally speaking, I am against censorship of any kind but I know for a fact that blocking porn is impossible and stopping 6 websites is ridiculous so I didn’t bother comment on this matter. The only thing we should be worried about is how the Lebanese authorities decide which websites to block and on what basis. However, what’s (pleasantly) surprising was seeing all these Lebanese online bashing the decision and against banning websites in general, but I wonder if they’d react the same way when someone mocks their religious or political leaders because censorship can’t be selective (and I am talking about ALL sects and parties here).

Sadly enough, the arrest of 27 presumed homosexuals in a Turkish-style hamman in Beirut a couple of weeks ago barely made it to the news or to social media. This is even worse than censorship as it’s a clear breach of human rights. Why aren’t we making a fuss about that? Isn’t it more important than burning a flag? Add to this case women rights, domestic violence law, Roumieh prison and many important topics that somehow no longer are relevant.

There’s no denying that Lebanon is going through a critical phase these days, which is why it’s crucial to always look at the bigger picture when we comment or react to any incident around us. We can always support the Lebanese Army but there’s no need to ask for a military regime. We can refuse alcohol bans but there’s no need to label a whole city as Da3esh-friendly. We can condemn censorship but there’s no need to turn it political. We can hate one politician but there’s no need to bash a whole community or religion because of him. We should always keep our eyes open on the things that matter the most, which are our liberties, our dignity, our rights and safety, keeping in mind that freedom is ALWAYS more important than security. We should show respect to other Lebanese and dialogue with them with reason and common sense and we should hold accountable those who do us wrong, no matter who they are.

These are the things that will keep our country intake and our people united behind one flag. I don’t think it’s too much to ask everyone one of us to think before tweeting or posting and try to cut down on the hateful and sectarian comments and be constructive for a change. Keep in mind that the only thing that will bring ISIS into our towns and cities is division among the Lebanese.

A Faux Pas From Ashraf Rifi

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isis flag A “Safe” ISIS Flag to burn – via BeirutSpring

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has requested today to legally pursue a group of Lebanese who were seen burning a flag for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) in Sassine’s Square, Achrafieh. I’ve never expected Rifi to come up with a statement. If anything, those who are raising this ISIS flag in Achrafieh, Tripoli and anywhere else in Lebanon should be the ones pursued legally and arrested.

Speaking of sedition, what is the purpose of raising an ISIS flag in Sassine Square?

U.S Military Assistance To The Lebanese Army

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480 anti-tank guided missiles, more than 1500 M16-A4 rifles and mortars were delivered yesterday to the Lebanese Army in the presence of US Ambassador David Hale. The Ambassador seemed pretty confident that this is exactly what the Lebanese Army needs at the moment and said:

“To those who say American assistance to the Army is not sophisticated enough, my answer is: go ask a soldier in Arsal, or in Riyaq, or at the headquarters in Yarze, or at the countless other places where the army works to keep all Lebanese safe and secure. The answer you will get from that soldier is that he needs exactly what we are providing today and in the weeks to come,” Hale said.

I’m sure we need M16 rifles and mortars but why do we need anti-tank guided missiles against terrorists in Arsal? I don’t know much about military operations but I am pretty sure the army needs more tanks, armored fighting vehicles and advanced artillery. In all cases, let’s wait and see what the French will deliver to the army that is worth $1BN dollars.





PS: Pictures from LebaneseSpecialForces

What We Need and Don’t Need In Lebanon

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We all want Muslims and Christians to love and respect each other in this country but the last thing we need are armed gunmen protecting religious shrines in the name of unity. We don’t need Muslims protecting Christians and vice versa, we need LEBANESE and only LEBANESE to protect their country regardless of their religion.


128 Tomatoes To Say #NoToExtension (#لا_للتمديد)

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128 tomatoes were sent this year to the 128 representatives of the people, with a sticker reading “No to extension”, and a demonstration is planned tomorrow starting from the Ministry of Interior in Sanayeh till Riad al Solh square to reject the extension of the Parliament. This is the second extension to the current members’ mandate after last year’s extension in November.

Needless to say, I am totally against any extension and I believe whomever is blocking presidential elections or any elections for that sake in Lebanon is committing a huge mistake.

Jounieh Municipality Warning Locals Not To Litter

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I really find it shameful that there are still Lebanese who throw their garbage on the streets and litter everywhere they go, and I partially blame the municipalities and authorities for that. I’ve been walking and jogging in Jounieh and ATCL for the past month or so, and the streets are not clean at all, not even in Jounieh’s souks. There’s garbage here and there, and there’s dog poop all over the ATCL sidewalk. I’ve seen numerous times people walking their dogs at ATCL and stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to let them take a crap and just go on with their walk as if nothing happened. It’s disgusting and gross but there’s nothing we can do about it if the municipality is not serious enough to implement the law and penalize those who litter.

Just take a look at this warning issued above and how it was hung randomly on an electric pole by the municipality. It says “final warning” but I doubt that anyone will take the municipality seriously if they don’t make a small effort and do it properly. For all I know, what they’re doing is called littering as well as the paper won’t last long on the pole or will be torn down by kids playing around.

Is This A Crime Scene?

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crime Picture via Naharnet

A Lebanese called Elias Kfouri was killed today during a failed shop robbery in the Jal el-Dib area. I found these pictures which are apparently from the crime scene and they’re just wrong.

Who the hell seals a crime scene with fruit crates? Don’t they have crime scene tapes? Anything better than crates?

Here’s a [link] to the full story behind Elie’s murder.