Category Archives: Critiques

Lucien Bourjeily Got His Passport Back From The General Security

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Lebanese Writer and Director Lucien Bourjeily had applied to renew his passport and was expecting to receive it few days ago in order to travel to London and represent Lebanon at the “The LIFT festival”. However, the General Security refused to return the passport and said that “they will revert back to Lucien in the coming month or month and a half”. Given that Lucien is not a criminal and has a clean record, what happened is wrong and needs to be investigated. Fortunately, the General Security ended up giving him the passport today knowing that his story made all the headlines and went viral on all social media channels.

Here’s what Lucien posted today:

VICTORY!! The general security has just released my Passport!!!
Although, they made me miss my UK Visa appointment by confiscating it but there’s still hope (with the help of the British Council and The LIFT Festival ) that I can make it to London International Theater festival on the 22nd of June and perform the play “Vanishing State”, and that they refused to even give me back the 105,000 L.B.P. they made me originally pay for what was supposed to be the “fast service” option

I am sure the British Council will help Lucien get his visa and make it on time for the festival.

TMC Chief Michel Moutran Sacked For Unknown Reasons

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I just read Gino’s post and noticed Michel Moutran‘s tweets that he is no longer managing the Traffic Management Center account and apparently was removed from his position.

It’s a shame that he’s no longer running the show as Moutran was a decent, hard working and highly admired man and his project (TMC_Lebanon) was a huge success and built a much-needed bridge between the people and the authorities. I tried looking for articles stating the reasons why he got sacked but found none.

A Tsunami Drill In Lebanon

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Dbayye1

We witnessed few days ago a huge fire in Baabda that destroyed an entire forest just because the Fire Department wasn’t equipped properly and our firefighting helicopters couldn’t be used, and yesterday it rained for few hours and the roads got all jammed and flooded with water, and today I am reading that Lebanon had a tsunami drill in Byblos yesterday.

Of course we should be conducting tsunami drills in Lebanon and I am glad Byblos has taken this initiative but I don’t think a tsunami would hit the Byblos coast only and I am pretty sure the Civil Defense, the Lebanese Red Cross and the Lebanese Army won’t have enough units to perform such a drill along the coast. Moreover, our focus should be at the moment on fighting fires since summer is near.

In fact, I think municipalities located in the mountains should seriously consider investing money and employing people to monitor and guard the forests and quickly react to any fire that erupts.

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Baabda Massive Fire: Another Reason To Fund The Civil Defense Units

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A massive fire destroyed yesterday a great part of the Betshai forest in the Baabda area. Residents claimed it was the biggest fire they’ve seen in years and some of them blamed the civil defense units and the authorities for their inefficient and late response. At this point, we are all to blame for what happened, because we are not taking the whole civil defense issue seriously.

These firefighters are volunteers who are very badly equipped (if equipped at all) and don’t get paid a penny for what they are doing. I am not saying they shouldn’t their job properly if they are volunteers, and I am sure they are doing their best, but don’t blame them when the authorities don’t give them their most basic needs to fight fires. They have old fire trucks, old equipment, no substances to fight the fires and sometimes barely any water.

The first thing that this government and the concerned ministries should do, even before electing a new president, is setting up a decent firefighting unit and making sure they are ready for the summer. Otherwise, more forests will get burned down (intentionally or not) and more ugly buildings will replace them.

Internal Security Forces Not Allowed To Use Their Cell Phones While On Duty

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I didn’t see any official press release from the ISF, and I don’t think it’s because of Whatsapp that the ISF took this decision.

In all cases, and since ISF is active on Twitter and Facebook now, it should cooperate with Lebanese citizens to catch these officers by letting people send pictures and upload them.

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Jal El Dib Residents Back To The Streets To Demand A New Bridge

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It’s been almost two years now that the Jal el Dib bridge got dismantled and there are still no plans to build a new one. Honestly, I think we need a bridge there, because while traffic has slightly improved on the highway, it has worsened in the inside roads and on the Nahr el Mot bridge.

In fact, I used to play basketball at Hoops Antelias but ever since it closed, I started going to V-club in Jal el Dib and it takes at least 15 minutes extra to get there. I either have to go from Antelias and take the inside roads to get there or go to Nahr el Mot bridge and go back towards Jal el Dib.

In all cases, let’s see what happens tomorrow because the Jal el Dib residents seem pretty determined and launched a Facebook page called “The Jal el Dib Revolution”.

ISF Launch #زغير_البيت Child Safety Awareness

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The Internal Security Forces launched the #زغير_البيت campaign on Twitter last week to raise child safety awareness, and the importance of putting children in car safety seats when driving. I thought the hashtag was quite original and a lot of Lebanese use it to tweet pictures of their children.

It’s good to see the ISF making good use of twitter and the internet, and I believe they should get closer to bloggers, influential tweeps and the whole Lebanese online community in order to make the best out of social media. More importantly, following up should be crucial to any campaign. For example, the منحط_دركي_لكل_سيارة campaign that was started by the Ministry of Interior back in January was great but a lot of people posted pictures of policemen and officials breaking the law and to my knowledge, no measures were taken against any of them. Moreover, a lot of pictures are shared daily showing idiots making stunts with their bikes on the highways without helmets or anything and nothing’s being done to arrest them.

I think the initiatives being taken recently by the ISF are very encouraging but more actions need to be taken regarding the daily violations we are all aware of.

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