Category Archives: Critiques

Gebran Bassil Comments On The “Caroline” Video

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I am not sure if he made things better or worse by linking what happened to Da3esh. He could have simply clarified the whole situation and apologized from Caroline if she felt offended by what he did.

Speaking of women in the UAE, it is worth mentioning that UAE ranked first in the world for respecting women according to a study back in April 2014.

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Four Great Achievements Of The Lebanese Army

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Most Lebanese, if not all of them, love and support the Lebanese Army. We trust our soldiers because they’ve united the country around them, they’ve protected us from terrorists despite being under-trained and under-equipped, and they’ve prevented a new civil war from erupting on several occasions, despite all the politics involved. Having said that, TV host Faisal al-Qassem’s attack on the army is a cheap and sleazy one but we shouldn’t have reacted by storming al-Jazeera’s offices. A nice reminder of what our army has achieved throughout the past ten years is the best way to silence Qassem:

1- Prevent a new civil war in Lebanon:
Lebanese are divided on almost everything except the Lebanese Army, because it is the only side that is capable of calming things down and is the only institution Lebanese trust. Even though politics have created obstacles for the army, they’ve always managed to diffuse the situation and bring back peace whenever and wherever there’s trouble in Lebanon.

2- Keep things under control in the 2006 war:
The Lebanese Army did not engage directly with the Israeli army back in 2006, but instead helped control the situation internally by providing aid to civilians, and keeping order in all the cities, noting that almost 1 million Lebanese had to relocate within the Lebanese territories during the July war. Despite all that, 49 soldiers were killed by Israeli airstrikes.

3- Defeat Fath el Islam in 2007:
The 2007 battle between Fatah el Islam and the Lebanese Army was one of the fiercest battles since Lebanon’s civil war and the LAF emerged as a winner against all odds. Our troops were under equipped, had to cnovert UH-1 helicopters into bombers, and were up against highly trained and heavily equipped terrorists yet they’ve managed to take control of the camp after more than three months of heavy fights. This victory was praised regionally and worldwide as few armies were able to confront and defeat terrorists the way our brave troops have done so. The death toll was a heavy one though, as 155 commandos and infantrymen died.

4- Prevent Da3esh and Jubhat al Nousra from entering Lebanon:
The battle is still ongoing against ISIS and other terrorist cells coming from Syria but the Lebanese Army has the upper hand now and is working day and night to keep these groups away from Lebanon. Let’s not forget as well the work they’ve been pulling all around Lebanon, in coordination with other security forces, to catch terrorist cells and prevent future bombings.

These are only four achievements, but they are more than enough to silence anyone criticizing the army, whether in Lebanon or abroad. Last but not least, here’s one of the many songs that Lebanese artists have sung in support of the Lebanese Army. I don’t like them usually but I am sharing this one benkeyé bi Al Qassem.

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Gebran Bassil And The Caroline Video: Scandals bi Samné w Scandals bi Zeit

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I disapprove of what Gebran Bassil did in this video, and how our Minister of Education laughed at the joke, but it’s quite ironic how some Lebanese made a big deal out of this incident while disregarding the real scandals around them. Any scandal related to gender equality or women respect should be highlighted regardless of the political affiliation of the person behind it. There are still many Lebanese MPs and ministers who refuse to sign laws to protect women from violence and abuse yet barely anyone mentions them.

Moreover, I laughed at the [MTV]‘s attempt at bashing Bassil by mentioning Camille Chamoun and others who held the post before him. As much as I love and admire President Chamoun, he once gave the finger to a foreign diplomat or president if I am not mistaken and got away with it. Even Pierre Sadek mentioned this habit of his in a caricature.

In all cases, Caroline Ziadeh, who happens to be the UN Deputy Permanent Representative of Lebanon, should be the one requesting an apology from the minister as he disrespected her.

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Ramlet al-Baida: Beirut’s Last Public Beach Might Be Turned Into A Huge Touristic Resort

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It appears that some wealthy and powerful investors have set their sights on Ramlet al-Baida and are planning to turn it into a huge private beach resort. This is a repeat of the Daliyeh scenario that saw a lot of people protesting against it but in vain. Moreover, Lebanese Environment Minister Mohamad Machnouk was against fencing the Dalieh but he wasn’t able to do anything about it.

Privatizing Ramlet al-Baida is wrong and should never take place and the Beirut municipality should be the first one to stop this project. I don’t care if it’s for Hariri or Hezbollah or Jumblatt, Ramlet al-Baida should remain a public beach.

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Lebanese Ministry Of Public Works Spending In The Past Months

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Kataeb MP Samy Gemayel posted earlier today a screenshot showing how the Ministry of Public Works has spent its money in the past few months. Assuming this information is correct, it’s quite surprising to see that the least money was spent on the Matn area. Nevertheless, it is really hard to judge based on one list as we need further explanation and information on that matter from the ministry itself.

The ideal of course would be to have all this information available on a website where people can judge for themselves if the ministries are doing a good job or not. Lebanese have the right to know if this money is being spent properly and if any projects are being completed.

The Lebanese Army Condemns Video Showing Troops abusing Syrian Detainees

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army122 A soldier hurting a man who is missing the lower part of his right leg.

I shared and criticized the video being spread on Facebook not because I care about these terrorists, but because the Lebanese troops should not be filming and sharing such videos, and definitely not committing any of these acts. I wouldn’t mind them bombing the hell out of these criminals but treating a prisoner (with one leg) can only harm the army’s image and won’t do anyone any good.

In all cases, I am glad and proud that the Lebanese Army described the incident as an isolated one and that they will hold responsible every soldier carrying out acts of this kind. Speaking of Arsal, I strongly believe the army should wipe these scumbags all out and don’t stop before the mission is complete. There’s no point of negotiating with these groups and time is on their side not ours.

PS: Why weren’t the billions donated to the Lebanese Army approved yet by our government?

Every Law Adopted By The Lebanese Parliament Costs $1.2 Million Dollars

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Based on the below LBCI report, every law issued by the current Lebanese parliament cost us more than 1 million dollars. What they did was compute the productivity of the parliament by summing up the expenses we paid our MPs vs the number of sessions held and laws adopted in the past 6 years.

Here are the numbers as stated in the report:
– Lebanese have paid in tax money their MPs over 400 billion Lebanese Liras ($266 Million Dollars) in the past 6 years (Salaries, bills, maintenance etc ..).
– This amounts to almost $139,000 a day.
– In 2009: 0 sessions were held and 0 laws were passed.
– In 2010: 4 sessions were held and 57 laws were passed.
– In 2011: 5 sessions were held and 69 laws were passed.
– In 2012: 3 sessions were held and 42 laws were passed.
– In 2013: 3 sessions were held and 2 laws were passed.
– In 2014: 2 sessions were held and 48 laws were passed.

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More Racism Against Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

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It is our duty as citizens to report any criminal or terrorist activity, to defend ourselves if someone attacks our family or our home, but coming up with racist pamphlets and beating up random Syrian refugees is unacceptable and shameful. Most of these refugees ran away from Syria from the likes of Da3esh, so stop abusing them and humiliating them that way!

I am all for enforcing security measures given the huge number of refugees in Lebanon, and I am all for doing security patrols and checkpoints and organizing the refugees’ stay and I am definitely all for kicking terrorists out of this country but beating up people in the street and asking them to evacuate within a day or two is just wrong.

It’s no secret that our government’s incompetence has led us to this situation, but municipalities can very easily control what’s happening by recruiting more locals and doing things the right way. The last thing we need is inner violence between Syrian refugees and Lebanese, and given that they’re over 1 million now in Lebanon, we should be more cautious and wise. Terrorists will only make use of this chaos to hide among the innocent refugees and hide weapons and explosives there.

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