Was It Wrong to Share The Video of Amina Ismail?

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Ever since I posted the video of the Lebanese man filming his wife committing suicide, I got complaints from people asking me to remove it/ report it claiming that it’s inappropriate.

To be honest, I saw the video again and again and didn’t find anything violent or graphic. What disturbed me the most was the idea of a man taking the time to film his wife while she was committing suicide instead of preventing her because filming her obviously didn’t help. Having said that, I understand that it must be horrible for her family to see the video and they have every right to ask for its removal and I will be the first one to take it out, but I think the way the video went viral helped shed the light on few serious matters:

1- Some are saying there’s a longer version of the video where the husband is filming the whole house before he spotted his wife about to jump and kept filming. As convincing as this may sound, I still find his reaction really weird but I’ll wait for any investigation results to come out.

2- How did the video reach a local TV knowing that it was in the hands of the Internal Security Forces? Why didn’t the TV consult with the proper authorities before uploading it? Were any measures taken against the officer who leaked it?

3- There’s a shadow of a man holding something in his hand as shown above in the video. Some are suggesting there was someone else and others are saying this might be some tool the man is holding or I don’t know what. LBC clarified that matter too by showing that those were keys.

4- Eye witnesses are saying it took almost 45 minutes for any ambulance to show up which Luna clarified in her interview with the Red Cross.

I know those are all speculations but I hope we will figure out what happened as it is very hard to believe that a woman would throw herself like that for no reason after she just got married, and her husband would be standing there filming her while she commits suicide (He also attended her funeral). I am not accusing anyone of anything but it is out of respect for the victim and her husband that a proper investigation takes places specially after the video spread.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling this tragic incident will end up like other unresolved mysteries in Lebanon.

In all cases, my sincere condolences to the family of the victim and her husband.

Giveaway: 3 Vouchers To Try Out The Best Burger in Beirut At BRGR Co

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BRGR Co has one mission, which is to become the “number one trusted source for gourmet burgers globally” and it has definitely succeeded in doing that in Lebanon and hopefully soon in London where they opened recently (and in New York where they’re planning to open next). For me personally, their burgers are by far the best in town and everyone I took to BRGR Co seems to agree with me. My favorites are the Butcher’s Cut and the 8oz.

Having said that, and since they recently reopened their main branch after a short renovation phase, I thought I let 3 of the blog’s readers go and enjoy the ultimate burger experience at any of the two Brgr Co branches in Beirut.

All you have to do is the following:
– Like BlogBaladi’s [Facebook Page].
– Leave a comment on this post naming one of the items on Brgr Co’s Menu.

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New look at Brgr co by the internationally renowned designer Gregory Gatserelia

The competition ends tonight at midnight. Three people will be selected randomly.
Good Luck!

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Creating A Sustainable Business By Keeping Politicians Accountable: A Good Idea For Lebanon?

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The idea might not be a new one but it worked out for Hackmack in Germany and it might work in Lebanon if it’s done by the right people. We need a panel of experts and intellectuals to kick off such a project away from any political affiliations and hopefully people will start to hold their representatives accountable for their acts. Social Media has proven to be a highly efficient tool in boosting transparency so let’s make good use of it.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on that and whether it’s feasible or not.

You can read more about it [Here]. You can also check out the website [Here].

BONN, Germany – With the federal election season in full swing in Germany, social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Gregor Hackmack is busy preparing his online portal, ParliamentWatch, to host a variety of special online forums with German media partners and to connect citizen’s questions to candidates.

“It’s all about bridging the gap between citizens and politicians,” Hackmack said at the recent Ashoka Globalizer event in Bonn, which the Ashoka Germany office organized to piggy-back on the larger Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. “We need to build that bridge.”

Roughly 95% of federal parliament members participate with the site, answering 80% of the 150,000 questions that have poured in from voters. The questions are stored in archives as a public record, which voters can use to later hold politicians accountable. The site can also sort and slice data and responses. For example, it shows, graphically, how responsive each of the major parties in Germany is to questions.

“We try to provide as much transparency as possible,” Hackmack said. “It’s one thing what people say they will do and another thing to see how they vote.”

The forum has proved popular, generating 350,000 unique visitors per month. It has partnerships running with several media including Süddeutsche Zeitung, broadcaster NDR, Spiegel Online (see Spiegel’s profile of Hackmack here) and more than 40 other local newspapers, which help draw questions from voters to the site and use some of the answers and data in news reports.