A Poignant Graffiti to Sum Up The Kafala System

Protesters marched last week in Beirut against the Kafala system, urging the authorities to end this "inherently abusive" migration sponsorship system and change the labour law to offer domestic workers more protection. NGOs and local and foreign organizations have been asking for years to drop this archaic law but to no avail. I've written several times about this, and I wish people would stop supporting this system by simply refusing to get housekeepers to work…

Thursday National Mourning Day For Maronite Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir

PM Hariri's office has announced that Wednesday and Thursday will be national mourning days over the death of former Maronite patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir and that all public administrations and municipalities and public and private institutions will be closed during the funeral ceremony on Thursday. Sfeir, who was about to turn 99 on May 15, died after being admitted to the hospital and spending several days there. Sfeir became the leader of the Maronite church in…

The Proposed Austerity Budget: A Recipe for Chaos

"Lebanons is nearing fiscal crunch", "Lebanese PM Warns of Catastrophe", "EBRD urges Lebanon to pursue painful economic reforms to avoid crisis", "Lebanon Is Facing an Economic and Environmental Disaster" and "As Lebanon leaders talk austerity, protesters cry ‘thieves!’" are some of the headlines you find online on the current financial situation in Lebanon. Are we facing a financial crisis? Definitely. Is the country on the brink of collapse? We've been hearing that for the past…

What the Lebanese General Security Thinks Online Gaming Looks Like

The Lebanese General Security released a video to raise awareness on the dangers of online gaming and that's what they managed to come up with. It looks as if they're still stuck in the Counter Strike or Delta Force era, which ironically became popular in network places. Violence in games is the least of worries nowadays, as there are more imminent threats related to online gaming, such as privacy, cyber bullying, online predators, webcam worries,…
Critiques

Mansourieh Residents Have Every Right to Protest Against High Voltage Power Lines

1 week ago
I wanted to write a blogpost to sum up what’s happening in Mansourieh and what’s been happening for the past years but Gino has already done that. What I’d like to add are few points ...
Critiques

80-Year Old Arrested For Lashing Out At Authorities

1 week ago
Yesterday, following the Mansourieh protests, a video emerged showing an old man lashing out at the President and a couple of ministers and resorting to name-calling and insults. The footage went viral and as expected, ...
Lebanon

Yalla 3a2belkoun : Now on NETFLIX

1 week ago
“YALLA AA’BELKOUN” has joined the list of Lebanese movies on Netflix. There’s Al Hayda, Chi Yom Rah Fell and Very Big Shot that I know of so far and Adel Karam’s stand up. “YALLA AA’BELKOUN” ...
Baladi

Journalist Gisele Khoury Awarded the French Order of Chivalry

1 week ago
French Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Bruno Foucher has awarded renowned journalist Gisele Khoury the French order of chivalry (chevalier dans l’ordre Français de la Légion d’honneur) during a ceremony held at the Pine Residence. The ...
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