Category Archives: Critiques

Dhour Choueir Celebrating Christmas

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Bringing Muslims to sing inside a Church or vice versa is probably the cheesiest thing to do but it works every time in Lebanon. I have nothing against it of course and I appreciate such initiatives as it brings people from different backgrounds together but I think the Lebanese people should be the one teaching our Muslim and Christian representatives how to work and co-exist together. Muslims singing Christmas songs or Christians singing Muslim chants will not get us a president, nor a proper infrastructure nor a decent electoral law to name few.

More importantly, it will not get us a fair and just law for women being abused by men and protected in a way or another by certain religious laws.

In all cases, I respect Minister Bou Saab as he has taken great care of his town Dhour Choueir and has done a tremendous work there. I just wish he’d extend this whole Christmas-Muslim partnership to be reflected in public schools and the educational system, and that he puts aside politics that are ruining Lebanese universities in few areas in Lebanon.

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Congratulations Jounieh (Beirut?) , You Are One of The #New7Wonders Cities

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I wish I knew the person who decided that this picture of Saint Paul’s Cathedral overlooking the Jounieh Bay refers to Beirut. Every time Beirut wins an award or is included in some list, they use the same Harissa shot that has nothing to do with Beirut.

If they need nice pictures of Beirut, I am more than willing to provide them tons of pictures and free of charge.

Leila Abdellatif Irresponsible And Unacceptable Statement Against Domestic Workers In Lebanon

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I don’t know why I had the curiosity to read domestic Leila Abdellatif’s latest predictions but while I was scanning quickly through these stupidities, I spotted this statement and thought it was worth mentioning simply because a lot of Lebanese do follow her and believe in what she has to say. She’s basically warning Lebanese families who might think that their domestic workers are up to something to install cameras and she warns of “crimes”.

This is so wrong on so many levels! It’s one thing to predict events but to hint that domestic workers cannot be trusted or warn of potential crimes which might lead to further abuse against them is totally irresponsible.

Speaking of foreign workers in Lebanon, here’s a headline for you Leila Abdellatif:

Lebanese man kidnaps, rapes and blackmails Ethiopian woman

Small Fight At Sabah’s Funeral

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It appears that some journalists were not allowed to cover Sabah’s funeral at first but after insisting and clashing with the organizers, they were able to get in.

Why would Sabah’s family give only MTV the rights to cover her funeral? It’s almost as bad as the person managing Sabah The Legend Facebook page and putting ugly watermarks over all the pictures.

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When Will Assaults Against Journalists In Lebanon Stop?

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anna Picture via Now

This is not the first time that Lebanese security forces assault journalists during an event or a demonstration and probably won’t be the last. I really wish I could understand why a policeman might go after a journalist. Looking at the video, the ISF officers seemed outraged and pissed off but I couldn’t figure out why and I didn’t read any justification of their actions.

If the journalist or cameraman in action did something wrong, they could always arrest him or fine the station he’s working for, but violence can never be justified unless he assaulted them somehow. In fact, even in that case, they are supposed to defend themselves and arrest the man, not assault him.

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Gulf Agrees New Contract For Domestic Workers While Lebanon Refuses To Change Its Archaic Kafala System

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Domestic workers in the Gulf will be entitled to end of service indemnity and overtime pay for extra work. Employers won’t be allowed to confiscate their passports or documents, or forbid them from leaving the house. The new contracts also limits the working day to eight hours. Of course this is not the ideal contract yet, but it’s a major improvement from the previous one and the one we have in Lebanon.

It’s sad how we always brag about being a democratic country that respects human rights, yet we haven’t been able to change this pro-slavery Kafala system.

Read the full article [Here].

Gulf labour ministers have agreed on minimum terms to improve the contracts of more than two million domestic staff working in the region, a top official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
The move comes as labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are to meet with their Asian counterparts in Kuwait this week to discuss the issue.
The new contract entitles domestic workers to a weekly day off, annual leave and the right to live outside their employer’s house, the director general of Kuwait’s Public Manpower Authority, Jamal Al Dossari, told AFP.

Thanks Mustapha!

Beirut And Tripoli Slaughterhouses Temporarily Closed

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I read in the past few days that slaughterhouses in Beirut and Tripoli were temporarily closed as they failed to meet health standards regarding the way animals are killed and how the facility is maintained. This is good news but it’s funny that they decided to examine the slaughterhouses after checking the restaurants and supermarkets. Usually you go after the source or the suppliers then you check the other end but let’s look at the bright side and hope they fix these slaughterhouses.

Speaking of Beirut’s Maslakh, I’ve shared a video a year ago on the malpractices being committed inside and LBCI even did a report on food safety back in May 2013. I even visited the place while looking for the Beirut crocodile earlier this year.

Why Are We Lebanese So Easily Offended?

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Lebanese flag shoes are being sold at some mall apparently to celebrate Lebanon’s Independence day. I am pretty sure this happens everywhere around the world with all types of flags, whether it’s a national day, a sporting event or any occasion. I remember seeing flip flops and even boxers with flags all over them during the World Cup, so it’s not big deal and it’s definitely not insulting or disrespectful to sell Lebanese flag shoes.

And I beg everyone to stop asking the authorities to censor stuff because this is the last thing we need.