Category Archives: Lebanon

70-235463: A Legal Hotline By MARCH Lebanon To Fight Internet Censorship

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Internet censorship is wrong and a lot of bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users are still being summoned or questioned by the authorities for posts or pictures they either published or shared. In the absence of a law that regulates internet usage (Fortunately?) and protects the freedom of internet users, such practices are questionable and the majority of those summoned usually don’t have anyone to turn to and aren’t aware about their rights. Moreover, it’s very stressful when you get a call from the authorities asking you to come over for a coffee and a lot of people don’t know how to behave in such situations out of fear. For that purpose, MARCH Lebanon has been working for months on launching a hotline to provide support, advice and legal representation for any online user who is being harassed by the authorities.

The hotline was finally launched last week (70-235463) and the aim from it is not defy the authorities but to raise awareness on everyone’s rights, ensure that legal procedures are being followed and of course defend internet freedom in Lebanon. A booklet will be distributed on a later stage to inform internet users and more specifically social media users of their rights. The hotline will be operational 24/7 and you can even report people being harassed or websites being banned.

Make good use of this number and help protect internet freedom in Lebanon. Many thanks to the MARCH Lebanon team!

Speaking of censorship and freedom, here are some of the posts I’ve written on this issue:
Censorship In Lebanon: Ekhirta ra7 to2ta3
Is Freedom more important than security?
The 10 silliest acts of censorship in Lebanon

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Lebanese-American Amateur Footballer To Be Jailed For Killing Referee During A Football Game

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“For better or for worse, you’ve come to personify all that’s wrong with many people’s belief about the escalation of violence in sports,”. That’s what the judge told Bassel Saad after he sentenced him to at least eight years in prison on Friday for a punch that killed a
Detroit-area referee. Saad apparently has already assaulted a soccer player back in 2005 and faced a second-degree murder charge. He told the court he “was so sorry” for what happened but his apology won’t bring back referee John Bieniewicz, a happily married man and a father of two.

USA today are saying that he could face deportation for what he did. All I know is that he’s a disgrace to sports and to Lebanese in the US.

Cintia Baroud Made It To The Voice Canada’s Final Rounds!

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Cintia Baroud is a Lebanese-Canadian singer and songwriter. She’s competing in the Voice Canada and has advanced to the final rounds of the TV show. I watched her performance and she has a great voice to be honest and deserves our support.

She will be performing once again on March 22 so best of luck to you Cintia!

PS: I tried to find the link where you can vote on Facebook for Cintia but only found La Voix Cintia Baroud page.

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FAIL: Offer Your Mother A Housekeeper For Mother’s Day

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That’s just so wrong on so many levels! What were they thinking? And to make it even worse, there are special offers on nationalities :S

Update: Speaking of bad Mother’s Day ads, Mustapha just reminded me of this 2011 Klynn ad.

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Update2: The company that sent the shameful SMS apologized.

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Update3: Minister Sejaan Azzi has decided to close down the company in question. Thanks Rami!

Felipe Nasr Finishes 5th on His F1 Debut

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Brazilian-Lebanese F1 Driver Felipe Nasr finished 5th on his F1 debut and gave Sauber their first points since 2013.

Sebastian Vettel also finished 3rd in his Ferrari debut which is encouraging news but Mercedes is still far behind and Rosberg & Hamilton weren’t really battling it out today. Let’s hope the season won’t turn out to be as boring as last year and Ferrari catches up after few races.

The Museum of Civilizations To Be Unveiled On March 24 In Beirut

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I first wrote about the “Museum of Civilization” back in June 2014, when Lebanese Design Firm GM Architects were presenting this museum design at the Time Space Existence exhibition of the 2014 Venice Biennale. The firm was the only one representing Lebanon and their project was aimed at addressing the Biennale’s theme of fundamentals by exploring the historical basis of architectural culture in the rich and varied context of their home country.

I thought their idea was a brilliant one and I’m really glad that they’re going to unveil it in 10 days, hoping that this project will see the light one day and transform Martyrs’ Square into a astonishing walk through Lebanon’s history.

Here’s a glimpse of how the museum will be built:

The ‘Museum of Civilizations’ project is sited on Martyrs’ Square in the heart of Beirut, and built upon a site sunk deep into the successive strata of the civilizations that underlie Beirut, a city which has been, in turn, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and French. This astonishing museum will be an archaeological dig, exhibition space and a place for quiet reflection all in one – an expression of Lebanon’s rich history, showcasing the genetic make-up of a profoundly multicultural country. Our emphatically contemporary design is informed by an approach that is best defined as ‘contextual immersion’ – possessing an awareness of the past and rooted in the culture of the location in question.

The unveiling is taking place on March 24 at the Metropolitan Art Society in Achrafieh from 6 till 9 and the exhibition will run until April 24 (Excluding Mondays) from 11am till 7pm.