Members of the Syrian delegation assaulted Fadi Saad, a Lebanese lawyer, after he spoke against the Syrian army and the Syrian regime during the 23rd conference for Arab lawyers that was being held in Egypt. You’d expect lawyers to be the last people to resort to violence but then again everything is different in the Arab world.
PS: It seems Miss Israel photobombed Sally’s selfie by taking her own selfie. This calls for a new hashtag #Incelfie
I just noticed people have been tweeting all day at Miss Lebanon Sally Jreij because of a selfie that included her and Miss Israel. I looked a bit and found that Miss Lebanon’s manager issued a statement where she says that she was being harassed by Miss Israel and that Miss Israel photo bombed her picture. If this is really the case, then the organizers should have taken action and avoided this whole mess.
In all cases, I think the statement Sally is pretty clear and she should report the picture and have it removed if it’s going to cause her trouble. Until then, let’s focus on more serious issues we have in Lebanon, like the two Lebanese army soldiers that were injured after Israeli troops tossed smoke grenades in Aita el Shaab today.
Update: Here’s what Sally told her fans apparently:
“To all my supporters and Lebanese citizens, I would like to thank you indeed for your continuous support of Miss Lebanon at the Miss Universe contest …The truth behind the photo: Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me).
I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media. This is what happened and I hope to have your full support in the Miss Universe contest”
Update (20/01/2015): It appears that the government won’t be fixing any prices and the prices will drop by more than 1,000 Lebanese Lira tomorrow.
Gas prices have dropped by over 13,000 Lebanese Liras from last year until now in Lebanon, and they should normally continue to drop since oil prices are plunging worldwide. However, it appears that the Lebanese authorities and the concerned ministries want to put an end to this drop and set a minimum price for the tank. Moreover, there are talks that they might re-introduce a fixed amount that is related to internal distribution and governmental taxes and that was abolished by Gebran Bassil a couple of years ago.
Knowing that the prices are related to international market fluctuations, I don’t think it’s fair for the government to set a minimum price. If they want to compensate for the oil companies and gas stations’ losses, they should also set a maximum price and relieve the Lebanese from high fuel bills. If the government wants to take action and help oil companies by fixing the price of 20 liters of gas at 22,000, they should also prioritize the average citizen and set a maximum price.
On another note, I wonder if the drop in gas prices has anything to do with the increase in traffic lately.
I had posted back in September that Forever 21 is set to open early January and today is the official opening.
Kalam Ennas showed yesterday exclusive footage from inside Roumieh’s Bloc B and I can easily say this is one of the biggest scandals in Lebanon’s history. A whole building inside Roumieh’s prison that contains an operations room, servers and hubs, a library and a coffee shop, a school to train terrorists, LCD and LED TVs, drugs and women clothes etc …
I am glad that Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk ended this mess but someone should be held accountable for it so that it doesn’t happen again. After all, the prisoners are still there and corruption among officers as well. If you want to know the kingpins of the Islamist Floor inside Roumieh’s prison that were identified by the ISF, check it out [here].
The old Beiruti house Fairouz grew up in won’t be demolished and turned into a skyscraper. Instead the municipality of Beirut will take over the house and turn it into a museum to honor Fairouz’s career and achievements. I am glad that the house won’t be demolished like Amine Maalouf’s residence and this is the least the municipality can do to one of the most widely admired and respected singers in the Arab world.
The house is located in Zkak el Blat in Beirut. Here’s a [link] to the original article.
The ISF Intelligence Branch arrested in Brital Charbel George Khalil, who is accused of killing Yves Naufal. They also found the Jeep that was used in the murder. Great News!
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.