Category Archives: Critiques

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.

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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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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.

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Egg-Throwing Kids In Hamra

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20140818_193826 This translates to “The neighbors’ kids are throwing eggs from the balcony”

Yesterday was the first time I visit Hamra in the past 4 months and I enjoyed walking around and taking pictures of funny and creative writings and drawings like the one above, but I was saddened by the substantial number of beggars, specially children and even babies playing on the sidewalks and sleeping on the floor. I walked for around 15 minutes and saw at least 20 children on the sidewalks, some of them sleeping next to a garbage can.

I honestly don’t know why no one’s doing anything about it, because this is really unacceptable and must be handled in a better way. Beggars are one thing and a whole family thrown on the street is another. I am sure there are a lot of NGOs and organizations that can at least help the children and put them in a clean and safe place.

Somehow the above writing didn’t sound that funny after all, specially after seeing all these kids around me and feeling helpless.

Marcel Ghanem’s Storming Intro and His Take On Charles Aznavour

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It seems Marcel Ghanem managed to anger a lot of people (not me) during his last show including Charles Aznavour fans. In fact, towards the end of his 8 minutes long intro, He bashed Aznavour’s suggestion to put Iraqi refugees in French deserted villages.

I have to say his Aznavour comment was a bit harsh, but what the French singer was proposing is also unacceptable. After all, Aznavour is an Armenian and what happened to his community is happening now to the Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq. The international community should not stand still and offer deserted villages to the refugees, but instead wipe out these IS savages until there’s not a single one of them left.

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#Tripoli_Loves_Beer: 10 Things Tripoli’s Mayor Should Worry About Before Banning Beer Ads

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Removing the beer ads in Tripoli may be legally correct, but I think Tripoli’s mayor should have other priorities on his agenda that are way more important than removing alcohol billboards. Here are some of them:

1- Remove all Jihadists and Qaeda-like flags from the city.
2- Fight child labor specially in the poor areas.
3- Remove all banners and flyers that harm the image of Tripoli as the city of peace and co-existence.
4- Improve the living conditions of local residents and refugees inside the city.
5- Fight poverty, improve education and help needy families.
6- Promote tourism in Tripoli.
7- Kick off more initiatives to fight pollution and preserve the environment in Tripoli.
8- Rehabilitate historic and classified structures and help preserve the city’s cultural heritage.
9- Improve road conditions inside the city and fight traffic congestion.
10- Fix the garbage collection problem to avoid more dumping sites.

And the list goes on and on …

What Is Wrong With The Lebanese Basketball Teams? Why Are They So Determined To Kill The Game?

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I am really surprised that basketball players in Lebanon are still quiet over what’s happening recently. The Lebanese Federation may be obliged to take a decision soon that will literally kill basketball in Lebanon and harm first and foremost the Lebanese players. As you can see from the report, All the teams (except Riyadi) want 3 foreign players instead of 2 and their arguments are as follows:

Allowing three foreign players:
– will increase competitiveness.
– allow the Lebanese players to improve.
– lower the budgets of all the teams.

What they are basically saying is that Lebanese basketball players are overpriced and that they’d rather overpay one additional foreign player than invest in Lebanese. Honestly speaking, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard and that can ever be implemented. If anything, the teams should allow only one foreign player and the federation can always bring down the salaries for Lebanese players if they find them outrageous and high (which they are not).

If the teams are suffering financially, it’s because they’ve been spending massively on foreign players (instead of spending on young talents) in the past years in order to clinch the title, and I am sure they will do the same as soon as their financial situation improves and spend even more on foreign players since they will be allowed three.

I am really glad the president of the FLB Walid Nassar is against allowing three foreign players and I really hope he doesn’t change his mind and look for alternatives. Speaking of alternatives, here’s what I suggest:

1- Set a yearly budget range (between 750K and 1.5M) that all teams must abide by.
2- Allow 1 or 2 foreign players only and LIMIT the spending on foreign players to 25% of the total budget.
3- Force the teams to implement a 3-year financial plan.
4- Form a committee to follow up on the team’s spending and penalize those who fail to show a positive balance within 5 years.

That’s one of the ways to improve Basketball in Lebanon and I am sure there are other alternatives. Asking for three foreign players will bring the game 10 years back.

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