Category Archives: Critiques

A Hazardous Building In Achrafieh

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I was walking back to my car a couple of weeks ago in Achrafieh when I spotted a small note placed on a building that warned people passing by of falling rocks. I thought it was a joke at first but then saw the same note in Arabic on the other side of the building. I looked up and noticed that some parts of the roof were indeed falling off, yet there were no security fences around the place.

I don’t know how the municipality allows such a thing but something needs to be done before someone gets hurt.

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7ki Jelis Does The Bra Cam Experiment With Myriam Klink

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7ki Jelis reproduced the Nestlé FITNESS bra camera initiative and fitted Myriam Klink with a pink bra embedded with a hidden camera and asked her to walk inside a mall and see how many times her breasts are checked out. I liked the original experiment as it’s a smart way to raise awareness on Breast Cancer but I think Myriam Klink is a bad choice. Also, I don’t understand why the video says that she’s stripping or “tzallatit” which means getting naked which she’s not.

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Lebanese TVs Gone Crazy

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First we have LBCI News quoting Laila Abdel Latif, then Al Jadeed spreading an unverified story about a certain Madame Hmmayyid who wishes to blow herself up on Achoura, and the Lebanese Army tanks are being fed Red bull and can fly now.

PS: The tanks screenshot is probably fake or photoshopped but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true given how professional TVs and medias are in Lebanon.

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The Latest Updates On Civil Marriage In Lebanon

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I was reading Dalal Mawad’s post earlier today and unfortunately the latest updates on civil marriage is that there are no updates, and the civil marriages that took place in Lebanon are still not approved by the Ministry of Interior. We have all shown our support to the civil marriage campaign a year back but despite Pr. Michel Sleiman’s request and the pressure exerted on the ministry, nothing has changed and it doesn’t look like anything will anytime soon.

I’ve said it back in January 2013 and repeat it now:

I still believe we are far from legitimizing civil marriage in Lebanon due to many obstacles, mainly the influence of religious authorities and the lack of officials (MPs/Ministers/Politicians) brave enough to take the initiative.

We need a long-term strategy that consists of doing little things but the strategy isn’t there and there aren’t enough people right now to come up with initiatives similar to what Ziad Baroud did years ago, by allowing us to strike off our sects from our ID cards. As for the civil marriage Facebook page that went viral for some time, it’s still getting updates but has a website that doesn’t work.

Here’s a reminder on the steps to follow to get a civil marriage in Lebanon:
– Go to a mayor and fill in a request to strike off your sect from your ID.
– Submit the form at the personal status directorate of your region
– Get a proof of address (إفادة سكن) for you and your spouse.
– Perform medical tests for you and your spouse and get witnesses for your wedding.
– Afterwards, you need to post a memo on your new house’s door stating that you are getting marriage in a civil way and asking people to contest the marriage if they have a valid reason. Once done, you can go sign your marriage contract at your notary public!

Keep in mind that unless the Ministry of Interior approves the wedding, your children will face legal issues as you are still not considered legally husband and wife.

Here’s a summarized list of steps on how to have a civil marriage in Lebanon:

Step1: Strike out the mention of both Kholoud’s and Nidal’s sects from their respective IDs to prove before the law that they are not affiliated with a sect that forces them to marry before a religious court. They thus acquired the right to hold a civil marriage as per Article 60 L.R.

Step2: Obtain a form signed by the mayor proving that there are no objections to their marriage and put the marriage announcement up on a billboard 15 days before the wedding date to make sure that there were no objections to it. The announcement was supposed to be published in the Official Gazette or at least two newspapers, but in order to prevent any hindrances, Kholoud and Nidal just posted the announcement on the doors of their parents’ houses and on the door of their own house.

Step3: Obtain a legal document signed by a notary public after both parties chose the articles included in the marriage contract as well as a financial disclosure that guarantees the rights of each party to the marriage.

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]