Saint Joseph University issued a statement earlier today and stated student elections will be suspended for the current academic year. The decision came after NDU suspended its elections following the quarrel that took place between Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement students on Wednesday.
I think all universities should do the same and take some time to re-asses the whole election process and reformulate it in a way that keeps politics away and doesn’t allow politically affiliated candidates from running as independents and deceiving students. Student elections should be 100% academic. Until they figure out a way to do so, elections shouldn’t take place.
For those of you still doubting if it’s really Joumblatt tweeting, His Excellency Tom Fletcher, among others, “confirmed” in a tweet the authenticity of Joumblatt’s Twitter account. If you think about it, his tweets do sound like him.
Bushra el Turk: British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra
Three Lebanese women made it to BBC’s 100 Women Of 2014 list. The list is aimed at highlighting inspiring figures from around the world and part of the BBC’s pledge to better represent women in its international coverage.
The three women are:
– Bushra el Turk, a British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra. [Website]
– Bashia Shehab, a Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian. [Bio] [Ted Talk]
– Hind Hobeika: The founder of Instbeat. [Link]
You can check out the full BBC list [Here].
Bahia Shehab: Artist, designer and art historian
Hind Hobeika: Founder of Instabeat
I am very glad to hear Sleiman is in good health and I hope they arrest the person who assaulted him soon. In case you missed the original story, Sleiman is a Sukleen worker who got assaulted and humiliated in Dekwaneh two days and it didn’t take long before the story went viral.
7ki Jelis reproduced the Nestlé FITNESS bra camera initiative and fitted Myriam Klink with a pink bra embedded with a hidden camera and asked her to walk inside a mall and see how many times her breasts are checked out. I liked the original experiment as it’s a smart way to raise awareness on Breast Cancer but I think Myriam Klink is a bad choice. Also, I don’t understand why the video says that she’s stripping or “tzallatit” which means getting naked which she’s not.
Who would have thought? Da3esh is actually uniting Lebanese factions in certain areas. I’d love to see pot farmers smoking weed and fighting alongside the Lebanese Army against terrorist groups in the Bekaa.
Among Lebanese authorities, there’s some suspicion but also a tacit acceptance that, if worse comes to worst, the farmers may act. “I think they’re using Islamic State militants as an excuse to justify having weapons, but the real reason is to protect their hashish,” Col. Ghassan Shamseddine, head of Lebanon’s drug enforcement unit, told SBS News. “But, of course, if there’s any assault from outside of Lebanon into Lebanon, they may use their weapons to help the army.”
For the farmers, the concern may be understandable: The Bekaa Valley is not far from Syria, and the Lebanese military has clashed with Syrian militants in the border town of Arsal. Neither the Islamic State nor al-Qaeda proxy Jabhat al-Nusra have shown themselves to be sympathetic to marijuana cultivation: In August, Islamic State militants released a video that showed them burning marijuana fields in Syria. [WashingtonPost]
The Annual Gender Gap Index is out and Lebanon has dropped from last year to the 135th spot (out of 142) and suffers from severe gender inequality. Moreover, Lebanon ranked really bad in terms of female political participation, given the low number of women holding public office. Lebanon is the second worst ranked country in the Arab world after Syria only in the 139th spot. Kuwait is the best ranked in 113th spot, followed by UAE (115), Bahrain (124), Egypt (129), Saudi Arabia (130) and Jordan (134).
The report is issued by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. You can download it [Here].
Assuming the story is true, Sukleen must investigate this incident and report it to the Lebanese Police in order to arrest whomever assaulted this poor old man. If anyone was there this morning and took pictures or a video of what happened, please call and share all the details you have with the Lebanese Police.
This morning while I was on my way to work, a man was hysterically yelling at a Sukleen worker on the side of the road in Dekwene (Slaf) demanding him to kneel. The Sukleen worker was around 20 years his senior. The man (animal) had his hand on the worker’s shoulder forcing him to the ground, shouting: ‘kneel, kneel’ and verbally insulting him in the worst ways. He grabbed a pocket knife and slit the old worker’s cheek. Someone had to do something other than spectate. When I got out of the car to try and stop this brutality, a woman watching from the balcony looked down at me and said: “leave him, these foreigners are all over our country, and they deserve it.” The swallowed tears in this old man’s eyes just stab right in the heart.
I am still sick to my stomach, disgusted by the injustice of it all, knowing that this incident will go no further than a Facebook post.
According to a survey of 64 major economies by human resources consulting firm Mercer LLC, Lebanon, Colombia And India have the most public holidays out of the countries studied, while Mexico has the least. I am pretty sure Lebanon should be on top of that list since we always get more days on certain holidays like Easter and Adha for example.
Check out the full infographic [here].
One of the first things he did was follow Haifa Wehbe but it doesn’t looks like an official account to me, but then again everything is possible.