Category Archives: Lebanon

French Actress and Singer Juliette Gréco Censored in Lebanon

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I really have no idea why this 86-year old French singer was censored on Serge Gainsbourg’s cd. If anything, it was Gainsbourg who sang something that has to do with Israel (Blasphemy!).

Juliette Gréco was born in Montpellier to a Corsican father and a mother who became active in the Résistance, in the Hérault département of southern France. She was raised by her maternal grandparents. Gréco also became involved in the Résistance, and was caught but not deported because of her young age. She moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1946 after her mother left the country for Indochina

Gréco became a devotee of the bohemian fashion of some intellectuals of post-war France. Jean-Paul Sartre said of Gréco that she had “millions of poems in her voice”.[1] She was known to many of the writers and artists working in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Boris Vian.

Gréco spent the post liberation years frequenting the Saint Germain cafes, immersing herself in political and philosophical Bohemian culture. As a regular figure at music and poetry venues like Le Tabou on Rue Dauphine, Greco became acquainted with Miles Davis and Jean Cocteau, even being given a role in Cocteau’s film Orphée in 1949.[2] That same year, she began a new singing career with a number of well-known French writers writing lyrics; Raymond Queneau’s “Si tu t’imagines” was one of her earliest songs to become popular.

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Here’s a [link] to the blasphemous song “La Javanaise”.

Six Months Inside Roumieh: Lebanon’s Most Notorious Prison

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Vice interviewed one of Roumieh’s ex-inmates and asked him how it felt like to spend 6 months in the prison and get released after. The revelations are quite shocking to say the least.

Read the full interview [Here].

Roumieh, Lebanon’s most notorious prison, is not somewhere you want to find yourself. The facility regularly holds up to 5,500 inmates, including some of the country’s most high-profile criminals—among them, former Israeli agents and Salafists linked with insurrections against the Lebanese state. The prison is yet to meet the minimum standards stipulated by the UN. Those who officiate the prison have also faced numerous accusations of corruption; high-security prisoners have escaped, reportedly without authorities even realizing, and prison guards and doctors have been charged with trafficking drugs inside its walls.

How rampant was the drug abuse?
I’d say 90 percent, or higher, of the inmates were using. It stretched from prescription drugs, like benzocaine and Tramol, to hashish, cocaine, and heroin. Everything is available: benzocaine being the cheapest, with heroin and cocaine the most expensive. There is no chance of rehabilitation. I remember one inmate saying to me, “The only thing they have imprisoned here is my dick.”

Some people had [homosexual] relationships, but they wouldn’t show it. Late at night or early in the morning, when most people were asleep or high, they would go to the bathroom. Two guys would pay the janitor a couple grams of hashish in order not to let anyone in for ten to 15 minutes. They wouldn’t be abused or ostracised, but if the sharwishe found out then they would be beaten up.

Beirut Sees Deadly Start To Year 2014

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A Hezbollah member holds a rifle at the site of an explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs.(Reuters)

We ended 2013 with a deadly explosion and we started the year 2014 in Beirut with a new explosion that killed 6 and injured tens. Unlike Mohammad Chatah’s assassination, there were no booby-trapped cars but a suicide bomber this time and the target were innocent civilians.

One of the victims whose pictures got spread on social media networks is a young girl called Malak Zahwi who unfortunately got killed along with her mother Iman in the bombing.

The situation is more and more worrying to be honest. Suicide bombers are the worst thing that could hit us or any country. It’s almost impossible to detect them and even if you do, it’s probably too late.

May all the victims R.I.P.

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Syrian Children New Year 2014 Wishes

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According to the UN, more than half of 2.2 million Syrian refugees are children, with around 400,000 Syrian Children living in Lebanon. The Children are facing a catastrophic life in exile as they’re missing out on education, food, medical attention and are forced to work to provide for their families.

Here’s what two of the kids wished in this video:
“I hope that things go back to normal and that we can eat and drink, and that we can play with our friends.”

“We are under siege: I want meat. It’s been a year since we had any meat”

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Free Taxis on New Year’s Eve In Beirut

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The Lebanese Ministry of Interior and the Union of Owners of Private Taxis in Lebanon are launching an initiative to prevent people from driving under the influence of alcohol. The owners of establishments that offer alcohol should prevent their customers from driving drunk and call center traffic management in Lebanon on 1720, who in return will send a taxi to the designated place. [Source]

Check out the [awareness campaign] the Ministry of Interior has launched recently.