Category Archives: Information

Why is Addiyar still open?

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I was just reading on Rami’s blog the small note the paper had left to thank one of their reporters for failing to do his job properly and I remembered a month back the letter Addiyar’s Editor in Chief Charles Ayoub wrote to Syrian President Bashar el Assad begging him for $700,000 and admitting he lost all his money to gambling.

He deleted the letter from his page but I found it somewhere else. You can check it out [Here]. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more humiliating and unprofessional and I am wondering whether any actions should be taken against the paper to close it down. Aren’t there any rules or guidelines to operate a newspaper in Lebanon? Shouldn’t there be a minimum level of credibility and integrity?

British Embassy in Lebanon giving out Meghlé To Celebrate The Royal Baby’s Birth

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British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher tweeted these two pictures of the badges and Meghlé that will be given out in Lebanon on the occasion of the Royal Baby’s Birth.

Prince William and Duchess Kate’s first baby, a future monarch, was born today at 4:24 pm local time in London’s private wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, the palace announced. The announcement said the baby weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and William was present for the birth.

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Joint Parliamentary Committees Approve Domestic Violence Draft Law

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This is not enough but definitely a step in the right direction. I wonder though if this vote is legal considering that the parliament’s term has expired over a week ago.

The joint parliamentary committees approved on Monday a draft-law on the protection of women from domestic violence, a major step towards helping women become first-class citizens in multi-confessional Lebanon.

If passed by parliament, the law would come under the penal code — under which cases are referred to a criminal court — rather than personal status laws, which are ruled on by religious authorities. [Naharnet]

Al-Assir Shot First

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The above footage shown by Al-Jadeed is supposed to show how Al-Assir was the one who shot first at the army but I honestly don’t see how they made such an assumption based on this footage. Don’t get me wrong, I am convinced Assir and his buddies are criminals that should be arrested and jailed not just for attacking the army but for having weapons in the first place, but this video, specially the title, is misleading and proves nothing.

If anything, it undermines the earlier report submitted by the Lebanese Army and the Ministry of Defense (See Video Below). In Al-Jadeed footage, the gunshots came from an unknown source far from Assir and the army while in the video below, Al-Assir is the one who started firing at the army.

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Update: Here’s another footage taken from Bank Audi’s Camera. It still contradicts with the story shown in the LBC report above.

Rabih al-Ahmed’s wife says he tricked her into marriage

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For those of you who forgot, Rabih al-Ahmed is the guy who got his penis severed by his wife’s family members. He was brutally beaten up by seven men for half an hour, then dragged to the town’s square where they cut off his penis.

Now you’d think the wife would stay silent or defend her husband but instead she went on TV, surrounded by her family, and accused her husband of fabricating the story and assaulting her on several occasions. She also stated that he tricked her into believing that he’s Druze and that she wished justice would take its course.

I have to say this love story is a bit weird specially that Rabih is 20 years older than Rudeina, but there’s nothing that could possibly justify the crime the girl’s family members have committed and I truly hope that they get jailed. Unfortunately though, these religious-driven acts go unpunished most of the time in Lebanon especially when there’s apparently an MP protecting the perpetrators.

The Difference Between Political Correctness And Censorship

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I couldn’t have said it better. Read the full article [Here].

Political incorrectness is not about the need to shock and the seeking of gratuitous provocation, which is the easiest accusation thrown in the face of those who dare to speak up. It is not about encouraging hatred and promoting intolerance. It does not prevent what is and should be punishable by the law, to be indeed punishable by the law (racism, violence, terrorism, crime…).

It’s about time we learn the subtle – but fatal – difference between political correctness and censorship, as much as we need to learn the gap between political incorrectness and bigotry: Because in between the two poles lie a great deal of hypocrisy, lies, and fake justice, where honesty and critical thinking are the expensive collateral damage.

It is about time we grow up and dare to speak our minds even when, especially when we don’t have nice things to say.

Lebanese Farah Kassem Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

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Lebanese Farah Kassem became the fourth ninth Lebanese (after Maxime Chaya in 2001, Hana el Habri and her son in 2007), and the second third Female Lebanese to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when she reached the summit at 5895 meters on the 4th of July with 8 other climbers.

Update: Five more Lebanese climbed Mount Kilimanjaro back in 2008 as well: Patricia Shuhaiber, Bechara Mezannar, Rafic Hage, Adel Abi Najem & Jad Moussa.

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Picture of Hana el Habri and her son who also climbed Mount Uhuru in 2007