Category Archives: Lebanon

Gulf Agrees New Contract For Domestic Workers While Lebanon Refuses To Change Its Archaic Kafala System

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Domestic workers in the Gulf will be entitled to end of service indemnity and overtime pay for extra work. Employers won’t be allowed to confiscate their passports or documents, or forbid them from leaving the house. The new contracts also limits the working day to eight hours. Of course this is not the ideal contract yet, but it’s a major improvement from the previous one and the one we have in Lebanon.

It’s sad how we always brag about being a democratic country that respects human rights, yet we haven’t been able to change this pro-slavery Kafala system.

Read the full article [Here].

Gulf labour ministers have agreed on minimum terms to improve the contracts of more than two million domestic staff working in the region, a top official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
The move comes as labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are to meet with their Asian counterparts in Kuwait this week to discuss the issue.
The new contract entitles domestic workers to a weekly day off, annual leave and the right to live outside their employer’s house, the director general of Kuwait’s Public Manpower Authority, Jamal Al Dossari, told AFP.

Thanks Mustapha!

Ten Thing You Should Know About Lebanese Singer Sabah (Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali)

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1- She has participated in over 80 movies and over 25 plays.
2- She has produced more than 3000 songs.
3- She was known as “Al Chahroura” because she was from Wadi Chahrour and her uncle who was called “Chahour Al Wadi” .
4- She got married at least 7 times.
5- She performed in the world’s most prestigious halls like L’Olympia in Paris and Sydney Opera House in Sydney.
6- A TV series “Al Shahrourah” based on her childhood and her life’s most significant achievements was produced in 2011 with Sabah’s personal approval.
7- There’s a “Sabah Forever” bag collection made by Sarah’s bag.
8- She’s one of Lebanon’s cultural icons which include Wadih el Safi who passed away last year and Fairouz who turned 79 few days ago.
9- She produced her first song in 1940 and had a six-decade long career.
10- Here’s what Sabah said about death once:

“I’ve been waiting for death for a long time now. I want it. I want to know its secret. I want to know what comes after it. Everyone I’ve playes with, lived with and sang with are gone, what’s left anymore? They’ve even destroyed Lebanon. I’ve got to leave this life.”

I was never a big Sabah fan but I love some of her old songs and cannot but respect an artist who managed to last this long in the entertainment business and be admired by so many around the world. May she RIP.

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The Culture Trip: The 10 Best Lebanese Product Designers You Should Know

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The Culture Trip wrote a nice article highlighting the 10 best Lebanese product designers. The designers mentioned are Atelier S/Z, Bokja, Karen Chekerdjian, Carlo Massoud, David/Nicolas, Kashida, Marc Baroud, Nada Debs, Niloufar Afnan and Najla el Zein.

Check out the full article [Here].

Lebanese product designers are making a name for themselves on the elite design scene throughout the world for their high-quality, unique pieces that promote a union between traditional Middle Eastern culture and contemporary design. Here we take a look at the 10 most impressive designers from Lebanon in recent years, and examine what makes their art so spectacular. [CultureTrip]

Weird Lebanese Laws: What You Could Be Arrested For While In Lebanon

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I was checking this list of “20 Things You Never Knew You Could Be Arrested For While Abroad” and spotted Lebanon on the list. Here’s what they said about us:

If you’re a guy, sure you’re allowed to have sex with an animal, provided it’s a female one. Any other combinations of genders (man-on-male-animal, woman-on-any-kind-of-animal) will land you in the slammer.

From what I know, Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code prohibits engaging in sexual relations that contradict the laws of nature (which include at the moment homosexual relationships). It’s a vague law but I don’t think it allows a man to have sex with a female animal only. In fact, I don’t think we ever had such a case in Lebanon or at least none that I heard of.

Beirut And Tripoli Slaughterhouses Temporarily Closed

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I read in the past few days that slaughterhouses in Beirut and Tripoli were temporarily closed as they failed to meet health standards regarding the way animals are killed and how the facility is maintained. This is good news but it’s funny that they decided to examine the slaughterhouses after checking the restaurants and supermarkets. Usually you go after the source or the suppliers then you check the other end but let’s look at the bright side and hope they fix these slaughterhouses.

Speaking of Beirut’s Maslakh, I’ve shared a video a year ago on the malpractices being committed inside and LBCI even did a report on food safety back in May 2013. I even visited the place while looking for the Beirut crocodile earlier this year.