Students Paying the Price of Education Ministry’s Bad Management

"Ya Tokho ya Kserlo Mokho". There's no middle ground apparently when it comes to education ministers in Lebanon. Back in 2014, Education Minister Bou Saab handed all students passing statements. This year, Education Minister Akram Chehayeb has denied hundreds of students their requisite examination cards because their schools are not licensed. As a result, students and parents protested today in front of the Education Ministry but the minister seems keen on his decision and will…

Arab Drama TV Shows Helping Normalize Domestic Abuse

DW shared a two-minute video showing excerpts from the latest Ramadan TV shows where women are being abused by their husbands or parents, and explaining how these shows are helping normalize domestic abuse against women. My question is though: Most of these female actresses are more than capable of influencing the producers/directors and standing for their rights. Why do they accept such roles? And why don't they condemn these scenes? On a different note, how…
Critiques

Unprecedented Media Coverage of Tripoli’s Terrorist Attack

1 month ago
I’m still finding it hard to believe that one man was able to plan Tripoli’s attack yesterday but what was unseen before during this attack, and I’m not sure it’s a good thing, was the ...
Critiques

Can Health Minister Jabak Implement Anti-Smoking Law 174?

1 month ago
The indoor smoking ban was first implemented back in 2012 but it turned out to be an epic failure. In 2015, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour promised he will make sure the law is enforced ...
Opinions/critiques

Over 4,700 Lebanese are Emigrating from #Lebanon Every Month

1 month ago
A Beirut-based research consultancy firm published statistics for the year 2019 regarding the number of Lebanese leaving the country for good, and over 57,000 Lebanese are expected to leave the country by end of 2019, ...
Critiques

UAE Praises Father Majdi Allawi’s Work While Energy Ministry Cuts Him Off

1 month ago
“Political aspirants make too much of the people before election, and, if successful, too much of themselves after it”. Unfortunately, Lebanese voters have yet to learn from their mistakes and keep on voting for the ...
Critiques

#SaveOurFace: Environment Ministry Launches Largest National Beach Cleanup Campaign

1 month ago
Environment Minister Fady Jreissati launched a teaser campaign last week where he shared a picture of himself covering his face and using the hashtags #SaveOurFace #نظّف_سمعتنا. The campaign was revealed today and consists of a ...
Critiques

Over 55% Unemployment Rates In Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen, El-Qobbeh, and Tabbaneh

1 month ago
UN-Habitat and UNICEF Neighborhoods 2018 studies of Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen, El-Qobbeh, and Tabbaneh revealed staggering poverty rates ranging from 55 to 60 percent. In Tabbaneh for ex who’s working age-population (from 15 to 63) is ...
Critiques

A Proposal To Ban Plastic Bags in #Beirut

1 month ago
Two members of Beirut’s municipal council have submitted a proposal aimed at banning plastic bags in Beirut starting September 1st 2019 and replacing them with reusable bags. From what I read, the proposal was approved ...
Critiques

You Can No Longer Issue a 1-Year Passport

1 month ago
The 2019 budget is almost finalized and Article 19, if passed, will drop the 1-year passport option and replace it with a 3-years passport option. Price-wise, the 1-year passport used to cost LL60,000 so a ...
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