Almost two weeks ago, I posted on how Lebanese are always slow to react and basically wait for bad things to happen to realize something has to be done. This is what happened in Dlebta where the municipality has been trying for the past few days to take back the 7700 square meters land that was sold to a Saudi Prince almost a month after the deal was done and the decree approved and signed by the Prime Minister Najib Mikati and President Michel Suleiman.
If the government approves their proposal, the Saudi Prince who bought the land for 300$ the meter will lose the land and get paid back 38$ per meter, meaning that he will lose 2,310,000$ minus 292,600, which is approximately 2 million dollars. Even though I am against selling our lands to any foreigners, this doesn’t seem like a fair deal.
Isn’t it a better solution if the guy who originally sold the land gives back all the money to the Saudi Prince and takes back his land? Can’t the government come up with some decree to annul the whole thing? I am sure they can.
I was told by a friend who just graduated from AUB that there was a brief protest during the commencement against giving a certain Donna Shalala, whose from Lebanese descent, a honorary degree. I found the video this morning and looked up Donna Shalala to see what this is all about.
From what I read, Donna is a highly respected Lebanese-American who has “four dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors, including the 1992 National Public Service Award, the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award; in 1992, Business Week named her one of the top five managers in higher education; in 2005, she was named one of â€œAmericaâ€™s Best Leadersâ€ by U.S. News & World Report” [Miami University]. Added to that, “President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationâ€™s highest civilian award; and in 2010 she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, which recognizes individuals for outstanding dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Womenâ€™s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.”
She’s one of America’s best leaders, President of Miami University and a member of three corporate boards. She’s the first Arab-American to serve in a Cabinet position and the USA’s longest serving Health & Human Services Secretary and we are labeling her as a Zionist because she visited “Israel” and has honorary degrees from there??
[YouTube] Misleading video as Lebanese swimmer Wassim Nasser failed to break the national record for the longest swim
Rami has been following up on Wissam Nasser’s attempt to break the 47 KM distance Lebanese Abdel-Latif Abu al-Hauf set in the 1960s. Nasser trained for over 8 months, however failed at breaking the national record as the weather was bad and he was swimming against the wind.
Despite that, I am glad some Lebanese are actually attempting to break some decent records that don’t involve making the biggest Tabboule in the world or the largest Shish Kebab sandwich.
Good luck to you Wissam Nasser on your next attempt!