Category Archives: Critiques

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]

Who Really Killed Celine Rakan?

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I don’t want to accuse anyone of anything but the story is fishy from the start and the police should have conducted a more thorough investigation. It doesn’t make sense that the housekeeper killed the girl because she caught her stealing since we are talking about a 4 year old here. Moreover, the whole security camera blackout story doesn’t add up as well and I don’t understand why the parents decided to go on TV and talk about this, specially after falsely accusing a doctor at first.

Why would anyone want to go on TV few days after the death of their only child and talk about it and explain what happened? Why would I share a video showing my dead kid and let it go viral on all social media channels?

Out of respect for the child, I didn’t want to share the video but I still believe a proper investigation should be conducted.

Gebran Tueni Foundation Photo Contest

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I love and admire Gebran Tueni and I like the fact that the Gebran Tueni Foundation is launching such a contest but they should have done an extra effort and made it more appealing and interesting. There are no guidelines or rules, the contest is way too broad and has no theme, the poster is dull, the contact email is @gmail and the Gebran Tueni Foundation website is outdated and doesn’t even include the contest.

There’s Nothing Special About Nawal Berry’s Twitter Wedding Proposal

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Can someone explain to me why everyone’s talking about this wedding proposal that Nawal Berry has turned down on Twitter? Did anyone bother look at the guy’s twitter account? He’s been active for a month now and most his tweets look like spam. Moreover there’s nothing priceless or funny about his proposal. The only funny thing is that most Lebanese on Twitter were surprised by this man’s proposal and all acted as if religion didn’t matter to them. That’s the best joke I’ve heard in a long while.

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Beirut Is Crazy, Messy, F***ed-up and Fantastic But It Is Not The Real Centre of This Region

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I just finished reading the “Why Beirut Really Matters” post that everyone’s been sharing in the past couple of days and I really wish I could agree with everything the author is saying but I would be lying. I love Beirut and I admire Warren’s love for our capital but tiny little Beirut is ANYTHING but the real centre of this region, and definitely “not an indication of where we might, could, possibly even should, all be going, regionally and globally”.

Lebanon is no longer setting trends in the region and serving as a role model for other countries to follow. Lebanon has been going backwards ever since the civil war has started and things are not getting any better. The economy is bad, the liberties are diminishing, sectarianism is on the rise, fanatic and terrorist groups are everywhere around us, gay and women rights are still practically inexistent, the country’s infrastructure is bad, corruption is here to stay and we keep on voting for the same people. The only thing that we are continuously improving is the nightlife, and Beirut will stay the Middle East’s party capital for years to come.

Despite all that, I do love my country and I’ve learned to enjoy it the way it is and highlight through the blog and other social media channels the positive things happening in Lebanon. However, for Beirut to really matter, serious and drastic changes must be implemented and I will keep on pushing for such a change, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

The Story Of The Fake Bomb Detectors Still Being Used In Lebanon

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Even though the man who sold these fraudulent bomb detectors was sentenced to seven years in jail, some governments and security companies are still using these devices. I’ve been talking about this matter for 3 years now yet only few malls and businesses have decided to drop these useless devices in Lebanon. Luckily enough, we haven’t had any bombings in crowded places for the past few months but that’s not a valid reason to keep using these detectors.

Here’s the [latest] on this story by BBC’s Caroline Hawley.

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 benkeyĆ© bi Al Qassem.

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