Category Archives: Critiques

ISF Arrest Lebanese Man Who Beat His Wife Manal Assi To Death

The Lebanese ISF tweeted yesterday night that they arrested Mohammad al-Nhaily, the man who killed his wife after beating her repeatedly with a pressure cooker. Manal was beaten up in front of her two daughters, Tala and Sara and the husband tried to wrap the victim in a carpet to hide his crime, as reported by Manal’s brother.

It’s definitely good news that the husband got arrested, but the law does not protect Manal and all Lebanese women against domestic violence and he might be freed soon, like Roula Yaacoub’s husband was.

Domestic violence should no longer be tolerated in Lebanon. The Lebanese government is indirectly responsible for these women’s death as they have yet to issue a law that addresses domestic violence and protect wifes and kids from an abusive father.

Manal’s husband is a criminal and should be treated as such. It’s as simple as that.

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Recycling 3al Lebnené

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Ever since the Naameh landfill crisis, Sukleen has been tweeting online tips on how to recycle and how one can #BePartOfTheSolution but I don’t think that’s enough. A lot of Lebanese still don’t know how to recycle and there are barely any recycling stations or spots for them to go to. I don’t know who’s to blame really for this situation but something needs to be done ASAP.

I am preparing a post on Recycling in Lebanon and the recycling stations people could go to, so if you have any useful info I could use, please let me know.

Car Accidents On The Rise On The Achrafieh – Furn el Chebbak Bridge

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I was surprised to see an ISF officer in the report complaining about the separator and how the authorities should fix this problem the soonest. It’s like an employee telling his bosses that they are not doing a good job.

In all cases, and until the separator is fixed, a good idea would be to put some signs to alert the drivers to slow down specially at night. By the way, the Dora (Facing the Forum De Beyrouth) and City Mall (Maritime road) separators are no better and should also be fixed.

What Happened With Lebanese Blogger Gino at the Cybercrime Bureau

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This should not be happening to bloggers and journalists. I repeat what Gino said and I also ask the Lebanese Judicial System, and the cyber crimes office as well, to put some faith in journalists, bloggers and activists and prevent such cases from occurring in the future.

All the support to you bro!

Read the full story [Here]. Al-Akhbar covered the story and [Maharat] as well.

Wake up. Get a serious-sounding call from a 01. Officer quickly introduces himself and summons me to their offices next day at 10:00AM. Asked repeatedly what for, all I got was “just be here at 10″ and could barely get directions to the bureau. An hour later, technical glitches at IDM and Cyberia made access to the blog via these providers impossible. So, you can imagine the uneasiness I was feeling about the interrogation that followed what at first seemed to be yet another block of my blog after the one in December.

Of course, I knew I had done nothing wrong. Over 4 years on the blog have taught me how to avoid slander and libel (kad7 w zamm) in my writing. As for any other crimes, the only thing I could think of was my criticism of bad practices by the ISF that could land me in that seat (despite my fair-handed writing of when they do good as well).
Turns out it was a slander and libel complaint filed by Bonofa, the people behind Cube 7, by a person I never met or heard of before. It was an article I wrote back in July, that you can find here, and check for yourself that there is no slander in libel (as per more than one legal advisor). [Link]

Hussein Sharafeddine (AA The Preacherman) on Hayda Haki

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To be honest, I was glad Adel decided to get Hussein on his show but I was rather disappointed with the segment as a whole. What happened with Hussein is a very alarming and serious matter and the fact that he was kept for 36 hours before he got released is unacceptable by all means. I think Adel should have focused more on that matter and less on the “Byjama”. He could have gotten Marwan Charbel on the line to understand why it took so long to release Hussein and how this whole misunderstanding took place and how it can be avoided in the future.

Lebanon Only Recycles 6% Of Its Collected Waste

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We don’t do enough recycling in Lebanon. In fact, out of the 4,200 tons of wastes collected every day, a maximum of 6% is recycled in the 44 recycling bins available across the country, according to estimates from the Ministry of Environment. The rest is either buried underground or dumped into landfills like the Naameh one.

I honestly don’t know if Sukleen is required by contract to provide further recycling bins or increase the recylcing percentage, but what I know is that 6% is very low and that we have a serious problem that showed clearly after the Naameh landfill was closed for a couple of days. There’s a lack of awareness among the Lebanese but more importantly a lack of initiatives from the government.

There are so many ways to make use of all this garbage, mainly by converting it to energy and I am sure there are tons of companies who would be willing to do this job for us. If we can transform our garbage to electricity, we could partially resolve the constant electricity cuts and find a decent replacement for generators. Oslo in Norway ran out of trash for example and is seeking to import some to generate power for the city. Of course I am not comparing both countries but I am just saying there’s a huge potential from turning garbage to energy.

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Speaking of recycling, Syrian artist and entrepreneur Wissam Muases has been turning Almaza bottles into large green glasses, wine bottles into dark brown ashtrays and 961 bottles into candle holders in his Furn el Chebbak house. Ziad Abi Chaker, founder of the Green Glass Recycling Initiative, has also been trying to “tackle Lebanon’s lack of recycling capacity by reviving the glass blowing artisanship”. Of course these are shy initiatives but it’s good to support them and spread awareness on the importance of recycling.

You can read the original article on [Now].

Video Showing The Suicide Bomber’s Kia Driving Around Dahieh

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We may be able to take few precautions against booby-trapped cars but there’s nothing we can do when it comes to suicide bombers. One thing that caught my attention though is that it seems as if the car got passed a security checkpoint on its way. If the Lebanese Army or ISF don’t have the proper tools to detect explosives, a good idea would be to have some kind of reader that verifies the plate number and tells if the car is stolen or not. Whether the plate number is fake or the car is stolen, matching it against some secure online database would do the trick. In fact, I wouldn’t be too worried about making that list public since all medias have access to it (don’t know me how) and don’t hesitate in posting who the car belongs to few minutes after every explosion.

Of course that’s not the ideal solution for preventing bombings but it would help detect stolen cars and cut down the chances of a potential attack.

Lebanese Rapper Double A the Preacherman Mistaken For A Terrorist

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I don’t know why they suspected this guy or his car, but having a beard doesn’t mean that you are a terrorist. When I first saw the news on the TL and was told by one of the tweeps (Thanks Bob) that he’s a rapper and social activist, I checked AA’s Twitter account and was almost sure something’s not right about his arrest.

I understand that the situation is critical and that there’s a paranoia over security and safety but there should be proper measures taken when arresting suspects, specially when there are innocent people like Hussein taken into custody for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I hope someone apologized to Hussein after all that.

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Here’s a video of one of his performances:

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