Naameh Landfill Closed Once Again, Sukleen Joins Twitter

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via Al-Jazeera

The deadline set by the Naameh residents expired yesterday and the road to the landfill is closed once again as no solution was reached. Meanwhile, Sukleen joined Twitter yesterday and has been posting #FactsBehindTheRubbish tweets to explain their point of view and basically blame the Lebanese authorities for the crisis.


Like I said in a previous post, the Lebanese government is the only one to blame for this mess as it is responsible for designating new landfill locations. However, if Sukleen is not doing enough recycling and is truly violating the law by throwing all types of garbage in the Naameh landfill, then someone should be investigating this matter and providing answers.

After all, Naameh residents are not having fun blocking roads and Sukleen trucks, and they have every right to ask for this landfill to be closed specially if it is affecting their health. Let’s not forget the landfill was supposed to operate for 6 years only yet has become the country’s primary landfill for 17 years now.


Lebanese Rapper Double A the Preacherman Mistaken For A Terrorist

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I don’t know why they suspected this guy or his car, but having a beard doesn’t mean that you are a terrorist. When I first saw the news on the TL and was told by one of the tweeps (Thanks Bob) that he’s a rapper and social activist, I checked AA’s Twitter account and was almost sure something’s not right about his arrest.

I understand that the situation is critical and that there’s a paranoia over security and safety but there should be proper measures taken when arresting suspects, specially when there are innocent people like Hussein taken into custody for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I hope someone apologized to Hussein after all that.

Via Al-Jadeed

Here’s a video of one of his performances:


A Normal Day In Tripoli

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Last Saturday, I headed to Tripoli as I had a couple of appointments there that I’ve been rescheduling for weeks due to the tensions. I had heard that armed clashes between Bab el Tebbane and Jabal Mohsen renewed the night before but I still decided to go as I know the area is far from the city. My first stop was at Tripoli Mina and it looked like a normal busy weekday there. Businesses were open, streets were crowded with pedestrians and cars and restaurants and cafes were getting ready to open. An hour later, I headed towards the old train station and the person I was meeting there showed me where the clashes were taking place and told me “Ma fi shi hone, b3ad” (English: There’s nothing to worry about here, clashes r very far). On my way back from the old station area, I got a flat tire and had to stop at a repair shop to fix it. While waiting, I roamed around the shop and everyone around me didn’t seem too worried about what was going on few hundred meters from them.

Kasr el Helou – Tripoli

Once done, I headed to Kasr el Helou at the heart of Tripoli to get some Halawit el Jeben and Lahm Baajine. I passed right next the mosque that was bombed few months ago and no extraordinary security measures were taken there. Cars were parked alongside the road and there were no army or police checkpoints. As we reached Kasr el Helou, we sat down outdoors and had some sweets while waiting for our order. Once done, we headed back to Beirut and got stuck in traffic near the Football Field as there was a drifting event taking place.


Of course I am not saying Tripoli is safe, but it looked safer than Beirut on that day and even though clashes have intensified in the past 24 hours, it’s just a matter of time before ammunition runs out and both sides go back home to prepare for the next round.

Car bombs and suicide bombing attempts are taking place almost weekly now all across Lebanon, with the last one taking place yesterday, and I am sickened by the situation and the lack of action and initiatives to stop the bleeding and I refuse to get used to these sad events as human life is not cheap and frequent bombings are not “normal”. Nevertheless, I am still hopeful things will get back to normal soon enough, and that this critical phase Lebanon is going through fades away quickly. I know I may sound delusional but that’s the only thing we can do at the moment if we don’t have anywhere else to go.

Water Shortage In Jounieh

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I posted back in November and December about the water shortage in few areas in Keserwan and in Beirut as well and there’s still no solution to the problem. Some of my friends and my parents have been buying water at least 1 or 2 times per week and can’t do anything about it.

It all started when Sad Chabrou7 was emptied for some maintenance works (Not sure if it’s related though) and things have been dragging for 3 months now! It’s really amazing how the Lebanese authorities are considering selling water to Cyprus yet vital areas and major cities are not getting water properly.