Three million copies of Charlie Hebdo were printed and distributed today with a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign on the cover page. Above the cartoon are the words “All is forgiven” in reference to the bloody attack on the magazine last week. I’ve seen a lot of Lebanese and few journalists and medias sharing the cartoon on their social media page but I wonder if it’s legal to do such a thing?
I know for a fact that you can go to jail for “blasphemy God publicly” in Lebanon and I am pretty sure you can’t draw the prophet and publish it anywhere in Lebanon, but I don’t know if it’s the same thing when you are sharing someone else’s work. If it were up to me, I would vote for a limitless freedom of expression as I believe extremes will end up being repelled by most societies. Take for example Charlie Hebdo, the magazine was suffering financially and looking for funds before the attack and now it’s selling 3 million copies and has collected over $1 million dollars in donations because of that incident.
In all cases, I hope no one gets sued or threatened for sharing the cover today.
It appears that Amal was the star of the Golden Globes show even though she wasn’t nominated for anything. When asked on the red carpet what she was wearing, Amal ignored the question and pointed out that there’s a #JeSuisCharlie button on her purse in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo murder.
Check out what Clooney said about his wife (Start At Minute 3:20) and The Guardian‘s spot on tweet below:
PS: Here’s how Ellen DeGeneres reacted to Clooney’s emotional speech haha!
We know every single detail related to Yves’ murder, from the fight that erupted in the night to how they got out and then ambushed. We also know the names of the whole gang involved in the murder and almost every politician denied hiding or covering these criminals, so what’s stopping the police from arresting them?
Well apparently they can’t find them still, even though Charbel Khalil’s lawyer did issue a clarification regarding the incident and is probably communicating with the suspect. Assuming they didn’t flee to Syria as it was reported, I think our interior minister should intervene personally to step up the investigation, find these murderers and throw them in jail where they belong.
PS: I don’t know how OTV managed to mix between Yves Nawfal’s murder and crimes related to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Red Cross reported this morning that they transported a dead person after a shooting took place in Kaslik. The victim was a girl called Eliane who got shot by mistake after few guys were denied entrance to some night club in Kaslik according to LebanonDebate. I heard the similar story from a friend who also told me that the killer was arrested which is a good thing if true.
We still need Yves’ killers to be arrested ASAP and let’s hope we won’t be hearing about any shootings anymore this year!
PS: I had to double check the article’s date to make sure I wasn’t reading an old one as I didn’t know Options was still open in Kaslik.
The killers did not turn themselves in yet and it doesn’t look like they have any political coverage. Check out this video shared by LBCI. It’s unbelievable how they just parked their cars and shot at Yves and his friends.
Yves is a young man who was celebrating his 27th birthday in Kfardebian with some friends and they got into a small fight with a group of guys. As a result, Yves left the place with his friends but was ambushed on his way back and shot several times. Yves was rushed to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries and died later that night. His friend was also injured but he got treated and recovered.
Yves and his friends were unarmed and the person who is responsible for the ambush is apparently well known. The authorities should arrest this criminal ASAP and whomever took part in this heinous crime. We’ve had enough of these thugs who think they can do whatever they want, wherever they want and get away with it.
Rest In peace Yves.
Here’s an amateur video sent to me by Hadi. If I were the driver, I wouldn’t be laughing as salt water is very bad for the car and the engine. Another storm is expected to hit Lebanon soon.
After BETA shared a picture of a Honda CRV on the Jounieh highway with an animal tied to the car, the driver reached out to BETA and told them the full story. As shown below, Mr. Nehme apparently was trying to help the dog by driving him to a training school in Nahr el Kalb, but since he couldn’t put him in his car, he thought he’d tie him to the back of his CRV and drive slowly till he gets to the training school.
Of course it’s good to hear that the man has good intentions, but tying the dog and driving for a long distance was a terrible idea. He put the dog’s life in danger and other drivers’ lives as well by driving slowly on a highway.
JACK : A STORY OF GOOD INTENTIONS THAT WENT WRONG
Yesterday, all animals lovers were sharing the photo of Jack, the dog who was tied to a CRV and dragged around the Nahr El Kalb area; we shared the photo and expressed how harshly we condemn what happened.
Jack is now at a foster home under BETA’s supervision, he is being taken care of and we are making sure he will recover from the aftermath of yesterday’s incident.
However, we would like to clarify the other side of the story, from the point of view of Mr. Edward Nehme, the owner the Honda CRV in question.
Jack was brought to the neighbourhood of Mr. Nehme, and apparently he was being aggressive and somehow terrifying the neighbors, so Mr. Nehme took a personal initiative with very good intentions and decided to locate the dog to a training school in Nahr El Kalb, Mr. Nehme told us that no matter how hard they tried to put Jack in the car, he wouldn’t go in and wouldn’t cooperate at all; So one of the neighbours suggested tying Jack to the back of the CRV and driving very slowly, and this is what happened.
The training school management did not accept to take the dog but helped Mr. Nehme get the dog in the car.
The dog was taken to a vet who advised Mr. Nehme to take Jack to our shelter, where an animal lover accepted to take the dog and ensure a foster for him because we cannot accommodate more dogs at the shelter.
Mr. Nehme didn’t know any better so he drove long distances and tried his best to get the dog to safety; we surely do not accept the way this was done, and we will do our best it never happens again, but we know it was done with good intentions.
The dog now is fine, he has minimal damage in his paws, which shows that the car was driven very slowly, and he will visit the vet to make sure he is healthy.
L’Orient Le Jour published a list of 30 Lebanese personalities that were hot topics during 2014 due to good/bad things they’ve done. The list is a subjective one, is not based on any ratings or votes and includes:
1- Zeinab Bazzal
2- Amal Alameddine
4- Haïfa Wehbé
5- Léa Salamé
6- Zeina Kassem
7- Waël Bou Faour
8- Riad Salamé
9- Zeina Daccache
10- Sarah Beydoun
11- Hashim Sarkis
12- Nicolas Fattouche
13- Marc Baroud
14- Zoya Rouhana
15- Rand Hindi
16- Tom Young
17- Sélim Mouzannar
18- Philippe Aractingi
19- Michel Sleiman
20- Mira Mikati
21- Yasmine Hamdan
22- Walid Joumblatt
23- Saïd Akl
24- Jackie Chamoun
25- David et Nicolas
26- Walid Ataya
27- Elias Maroun
28- Lana Sahely
29- Maya Kanaan
30- Aline Lahoud
There are my names that I haven’t heard of in that list, and Tom Young the man behind Beirut’s Rose House is mentioned even though he’s British. As far as bloggers are concerned, congrats to my good friend Lana from L’armoire De Lana for making the list!
Check out the full list [here].
This picture was shared on Old Beirut today and shows Beirut covered in snow back in February 1920. Apparently there was an old saying for people who were born in that year in Beirut that says “خُلق فلان سنة التلجة”.