Greg Demarque from Executive Magazine interviewed five Lebanese women defying gender stereotypes and working in professions heavily dominated by men. Elsy Abou Zeid is a Mechanical Technician at Volvo, Cynthia Bitar is the owner and executive chef at Nazira Catering, Rola Hoteit works as a MEA pilot, Nancy Arbid is an aerospace engineer and Diana Salameh is a winemaker at Domaine Wardy.
Check out the full article [here] and let’s hope that we won’t be needing an International Women’s Day to recognize the importance of women and acknowledge their rights.
Fadl Shaker is no longer hiding in Ain el Helwe, he is now giving TV interviews and trying to make us forget what he did with Al Assir a couple of years ago. I only have one thing to say here: Shaker is directly or indirectly responsible for killing Lebanese army soldiers, is charged with inciting sectarian hatred and undermining the reputation of the Lebanese Army.
Fadl Shaker belongs in prison and the authorities should figure out a way to arrest him.
Hiba Tawaji impressed the judges again but NOG’s performance is a proof that thing will only get more difficult for Hiba and it’s not as easy as people thought it would be. The other competitor of Lebanese origin Lea Tchena also advanced to the next round and won her battle.
The Sisters show has begun and the first episode is as expected, a pointless meaningless TV show and an insult to our intelligence. I was only able to watch 15 minutes of the 50-minute long episode and here’s what I’ve learned:
– One of the sisters is a reckless driver and couldn’t figure out that the car ran out of fuel.
– The older sister thinks she’s French and has the most popular blog on Instagram (Still can’t figure that out).
– One of the sisters has a terrible voice.
– Farah is the cutest of the three sisters. It wasn’t that hard to figure out
A London-based Islamist and a friend of Ayman el Zawahiri didn’t like the fact that Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki asked him politely to stick to the topic of discussion, so he asked her to shut up. That’s when Rima decided to silence the Sheikh and stop the interview. I think she did good and let this be a lesson to every religious person (and anyone for that sake) disrespecting female talk show hosts.
Instead of tackling homosexuality in Lebanon in an objective and scientific matter, OTV decided to promote the show by asking whether homosexuality is a fashion trend or an illness. In order to be fair, I did bother and watch the show and while the doctors and Pierre Bou Saab were mostly spot on and made sense, the host kept asking the wrong questions and making wrong assumptions and over-generalizing.
Homosexuality is not a trend nor an illness and people don’t choose to become gay. While people are affected by environmental and social factors, almost everyone agrees that sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice, and even if it did, no one is entitled to judge others based on that or call it an illness. Moreover, I don’t know why she assumed that more Lebanese recently are rejecting this “weird phenomenon” as she calls it. There aren’t any studies or surveys to prove that and if that’s the case, awareness is much needed then. We shouldn’t portray gay people as being different or weird and we should help them in their struggle against ignorance and hatred.
On another note, the host didn’t even know what LGBT stands for and thought it was a cool term gay people use nowadays. She also said biosexual instead of bisexual in the first part (Between Minute 3:20 and 3:35) and the doctor corrected her. I’m glad she didn’t bring any religious people but the show didn’t send out the right message and promoting it the way they did was a bad move.
Here’s the [first part] for those interested in watching.