Category Archives: Critiques

Pamela el Kik Says She Got “Inspired” By Charlie Chaplin

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Pamela el Kik delivered a speech this week on Menna W Jerr, which was basically the Arabic version of The Great Dictator’s Speech (Charlie Chaplin). Unfortunately, she didn’t bother to mention that it was Chaplin’s speech but now she’s saying MTV cut off this part during the show’s editing.

I am guessing she’s probably right but she still should have mentioned at first that it’s Chaplin speech before reciting it in Arabic. Also, saying that she got inspired from The Great Dictator is inaccurate as it’s pretty much the same speech word by word. That’s not inspiration, that’s pure translation 🙂

All in all, I guess we should look at the positive side here, that more Lebanese now know Chaplin’s memorable speech.

PS: Good job Lebanese Art police on catching that mistake.

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The Janna Dam is Still a Bad Idea!

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Update: Here’s an elaborate article on the Janna Dam.

This is probably the 4th article I write about the Janna dam in the past 4 years and the issue is still causing a controversy. For me, the issue is very simple:

– As long as there are conflicting studies about the dam and no one has a clear answer on its environmental impact, the project should be stopped and no one should be allowed to remove a single tree.

– As long as the authorities don’t have a clear plan to compensate for the thousands of trees cut in order to minimize the environmental impact, knowing that it will take probably 100 years to rebuild what they’re willing to destroy, the dam needs to be stopped.

We are talking about over 400,000 trees and bushes, thousands of plants, animals, mammals and birds that will be put under various levels of endangerment. For that sake, a camp will be organized nexy weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Jannet Artaba to protest against the dam. The gathering is hosted by our friends at LiveLoveBeirut, Deghri Messenger and CyclingCircle.

If you wish to join, read more [here].

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Tripoli School Teacher Beats Up Student, Breaks Two Fingers

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I still can’t believe these things still happen in Lebanese schools. The kid was apparently beaten up, taken to the hospital and the mother was told that he “fell accidentally” and injured himself. I can’t confirm the details yet but the Education Minister has to investigate what happened and fire that teacher and the principal if the story is confirmed.

Naameh Landfill Is Closing Tonight, Garbage Crisis is Coming Back Soon!

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Two months ago, I wrote that the Lebanese cabinet is only postponing the garbage crisis with their temporary four-year long solution. Unfortunately, they weren’t even able to stick to that plan and the garbage crisis is coming back as of tomorrow when the Naameh landfill closes again.

I don’t know if the cabinet has plans to keep Naameh landfill open for a long period but what saddens me is that no one was talking about that garbage crisis during the municipal elections. You’d think that waste management would be the hottest topic on every candidate’s electoral program but instead candidates were polluting further with their posters (which were not removed yet in Beirut) and fireworks.

Yet Another Victim of Celebratory Gunfire in Beirut

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Last Sunday a child got killed in the Bekaa when a stray bullet hit him and yesterday a 15 year old called Hussein al-Arab was reportedly hit by a stray bullet in Bourj al-Barajneh and was hospitalized. The bullet hit his heart directly but he’s still alive. According to LBCI, he was walking his mother at the time.

When will someone put an end to celebratory gunfire? When will those firing in the air recklessly be arrested? What if it was a minister or an MP’s son that got hit? What would have happened then?

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Why is Electoral Fraud Being Treated so Lightly? Buying Votes is a Serious Crime

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Update: LADE Report is out. 801 violations, bribes, fights at polling stations, military men voting illegally, delegates pressuring the voters etc …

Last Sunday, 647 violations were reported in Beirut and the Beqaa including three documented bribes made to voters. Yesterday, almost 600 violations were also reported in Mount Lebanon and a couple of videos of electoral fraud were shared online.

The person who was paying for people to vote in Zahle got arrested last week, and yesterday another arrest was made but is that enough? Who asked this specific person to pay voters? Where did he get the money from? Are there other people bribing voters as well?

In Zahle, the list that was bribing voters lost but yesterday the “Karamet Jounieh” list who was caught bribing voters won by a tiny margin. Assuming both lists were bribing voters, which was probably the case, shouldn’t these votes be cancelled? Is it enough to just arrest one guy? Was there any investigation? Where’s the official report?

I think it’s outrageous that electoral fraud and bribes are being taken so lightly, especially when it’s that obvious. The rule should be simple: if any candidate or delegate is caught bribing voters in a specific polling station, all votes related to this candidate or the list he belongs to should be annulled. Claiming that it was one isolated case is basically insulting our intelligence and even if it’s just one case, it should be enough to severely punish the list or candidates in question.

PS: LADE will be holding a press conference at noon to discuss the violations that took place yesterday.

A Giant Lebanese Flag on Martyrs Square

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I spotted last week a huge Lebanese flag installed in the middle of Martyrs Square. I don’t know if it’s linked to the municipal elections or the upcoming Beirut Cultural festival but I felt like someone just saw an empty space and decided to plant a 15 meter long flag. Few years back, a similar flag was placed in Sin el Fil, then two others were placed on Sassine Square and facing the Saint Georges.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with placing large flags as they symbolize pride, patriotism and feeling of belonging for the Lebanese people but Martyrs Square doesn’t need a large flag right now. The square needs greenery, a small park, cultural activities. It needs to be brought back to life especially after months of riots and clashes between demonstrators and the police over the garbage crisis. The walls around the Martyrs statue also need to be cleaned and properly maintained.

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The 2016 Worst Lebanese Pick Up Lines on OTV

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I am still not a Hisham Haddad fan but yesterday’s #Lahonwbas TV segment was epic. The stuff they showed were hilarious but the OTV guy hitting on his female guest segment was rather more disturbing than funny. The host’s comments were vulgar and very lame, even lamer than the “bass jeete inte 3elyit el 7arara” guy from last year.

In fact, what the OTV host (no idea what his name is) did was borderline sexual harassment but he sounded like such a loser that his guest was probably trying hard not to laugh out loud.

Here’s what he was telling her:

El 7elo bya3mil Sekkare ma hek?

Teb Feena nkhaffif chouwe level el jamel wel 7ala 7atta ma ye3la el sekkare ma3na?

Then he went on:

Bchoufik el Khamees el mo2bal nchallah. Fi ghenniye bit2oul “Zayid 7alaki” Ma ba3rif iza 3al canderel.

Teb mnekhoud break la2anno ballashet dabbi2

Ballashet dabbi2? WTF is wrong with you dude?

Start watching at Minute 10:45. [Link]

It’s Been 1 Year Since the New Traffic Law Was Implemented

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The ISF set up checkpoints yesterday and were distributing fliers to remind the Lebanese about the new traffic law and driving responsibly. They also shared the below video as part of their awareness campaign.

This is all good but the problem is that the new traffic law is not working. In fact, it stopped working since October if not before and the ISF is to blame for many reasons that I’ve stated on several occasions:

– Policemen are still breaking the law and should be punished more severely when they do so as they are role models for others to follow.
– People are using wasta to remove the fines.
– The idea from the new traffic law should be to help people become aware of the traffic law and care about their own safety, not just fine them and send the money elsewhere.
– Lebanese should know that the fines they are paying are going somewhere to improve the infrastructure.
– The law is being applied in specific areas.

In fact, if you look at the pictures above that were tweeted by the ISF, both cars are breaking the law yet the policeman is handing them flyers instead of fining or reprimanding them. Moreover, the violations shown in the video below happen on a daily basis in front of policemen yet barely any action is taken.

We all want the new traffic law to work and our roads to be safer but policemen shall at all times respect and obey the law and set good examples, otherwise things will never work out. This morning, I spotted at least 3 violations by cops and army men on my way to work.

Min Bya3ref: A Lebanese TV Show That Is Making Me Watch TV Again

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Over the past years I found myself moving away from watching local TV towards streaming online video content. I am one of those people who spends a lot of time in front of screens, with the difference of TV now being my second screen while Laptop or Mobile is first.

With the exception of the primetime news, I rarely find myself fixated on a local TV show. Many TV programs nowadays insult our intelligence, are extremely biased and opinionated, have poor production and content value or have literally nothing to say, they are just filling air time.

Min Bya3ref is a show that stands out from the crowd. For the past few weeks, I found myself enjoying every single episode and actually participating remotely in the show. I realized that many people feel the same, even my 6 year-old tries to participate by guessing the answers and feeling extremely proud when he gets it right (even though he understands nothing). In fact, the question sets include everything from general knowledge to social media and viral stories from Lebanon and the Arab World so everyone can take part in that show.

To me, these are all signs proving that the format is successful, entertaining and engaging. It has brought me back from being a passive TV viewer to a more engaged one. The show has a good production value, the set is simple and well designed and the content is very well prepared and custom tailored for the audience. More importantly, the presenter Nadia Bsat fits perfectly in the show, she is charismatic, respectful and bring out the very best out of her guests (which is something we really miss on TV and enjoy seeing). My only complaint is that some guests tend to take their participation lightly and end up acting silly during the show. It’s nice to have fun participants but they need to remember that this is a serious show and not a comedy.

I hope we see more programs like it on TV and wish that in the future they introduce an online tool or app to give people at home the ability to participate and interact with the show, or simply allow people to register and take part in it, not just media people and celebrities.

At the end we know that content will always remain king, even though we are overwhelmed today by information and everything is literally at our fingertips one Google search away, but whenever good, relevant, and local content is properly packaged, the result is always a successful product and an interested and engaged audience.

Min Bya3ref shows every Wednesday at 8:45pm on MTV Lebanon.