Manal, Roula, Aminah, Latifah, Sonia, Christelle, Marguerite, and all the women who died of domestic violence will not rest in peace, because today the Lebanese Parliament passed a joke of a law, a joke that now legalizes marital rape. No women will leave or face her husband while her children remain at risk… no women will dare to speak up knowing that if she protects herself, her children will be the next boxing bag.
A law passed, it is for sure not the law we’ve been fighting for! All those thousands of people who marched weeks ago where not apparently enough to move our parliament, all those women who died, and those children who were/are bruised for life apparently are not enough reason for a fair law.
To hell with this country, to hell with every politician… all the blood of innocent women and children are on your hands!
KAFA, is calling for a public protest at 5pm in Riadh El Solh square… be many.
Following the scoop mentality, Al Jadeed TV published an article and later on a video about Lebanese Athlete Jackie Chamoun who is currently representing Lebanon in Sotchi winter olympics.
The beautiful, sexy and with amazing athlete body Jackie Chamoun, took part in a photo-shoot 2 years ago for an international magazine. Al Jadeed published both article and video under the title: “فضيحة- بطلات لبنان بالتزلج نجوم تعرٍ!” , (Scandal, Lebanese Skiing Champions are stars of nudity), yes it is Al Jadeed, not a cheap scandalous magazine! Continue reading “Jackie Chamoun, Al Jadeed TV and Minister Karami: The Real Scandal” »
Yazan Halwani, the artist that made Beirut Walls a sight for sore eyes, was harassed and detained by El Zo3ran and the police (2 sides of the same coin?). Apparently Yazan’s grandmother have horrible neighbors, really the worst: A political party HQ and some ranking security officer, so you can imagine the barracks and the no photo zones and whatnot!
And with no surprise these men have a very tiny brain, an inflated ego and a loaded gun. And just because they are owned by someone with a bigger brain, they think they own the street and everyone in it. Well you know what they say: كلب الزعيم زعيم Continue reading “Lebanese Graffiti Artist Yazan Halwani Detained by Police & Militia Men” »
The Daily Star featured an article by Nadim Houry (head of the Beirut office of Human Rights Watch) about a draft law introduced by Minister Shakib Kortbawi, that will allow couples in Lebanon to marry under the a civil law without leaving the country or having to cross out their religion on their civil records.
At first, this sounds exciting and you might want to celebrate or cancel that Cyrpus trip, but no. The draft law will basically play a somewhat “LibanPost” role, by allowing you to choose any foreign civil law by which to marry, as long as the law does not contradict “public order and general morals.” (So, don’t start getting all excited about same sex marriage and all). And this LibanPost service will cost you $333 for the religious court.
You might ask why that $333 and what the hell the religious court and the clregy have to do with my civil marriage? Well Minister Kortbawi will answer you:
“It’s not our job to cut everything from them [the religious courts], because also, they need money. This is to tell them, ‘This is not against you.’
Seriously? So, every couple is legally bribing the clergy into this marriage! From what it looks like, Minister Kortbawi just wants you to cancel that Cyprus trip! He doesn’t want to grant you a real civil marriage, he is just micro managing your pocket and shutting up the clergy with $333.
No Hope what so ever for this country! No hope!
After Roula Yaacoub, yesterday marked the death of Manal Assi. Manal was tortured and beaten to death by her husband.
The Lebanese government along with Manal & Roula’s husbands is an accomplice to the domestic violence, since yet there is no law that specifically addresses domestic violence and that can protect the wife (and her kids) from the abusive father.
Based on data from the world bank, The Guardian, put together an interactive visualisation that shows the non-existence of women’s rights in Lebanon.
ليش في أحلى من لبنان؟ إيه مهيك؟
Even though it is sickening what is happening back home, I am homesick. I decided to overcome this feeling by going through some of my photography folders.
I remember that day, we were going back from Halba, after attending a protest for Roula Yaacoub. I convinced Pat Sy that this is the best time to shoot the train station in as everyone in Tripoli was either busy BBQing or Shooting at their BBQ-ing neighbors (sigh!). Continue reading “Home via Tripoli Train Station” »
Who can believe it eh? I am leaving Lebanon, and I am very excited about it. I will spare you all the patriot speech since I am extremely angry at this country. Angry to the point where I can look Gebran Khalil Gebran in the eye and tell him: “Dude, If Lebanon was not my country, I wouldn’t have chosen it to be” (this applies to Lebanon in its current state).
Lebanon is not Okay, and there is certainly something wrong with us for accepting the facts as they are, but who am I to say anything now right, eh? I am leaving; well wrong: I have been here, working, fighting, getting into trouble trying to better whatever little is left for us to work and live with. And I will keep fighting, maybe more freely this time (bullies like Mr. Wrong -and this just one example- can’t sue me now for exposing their documented violations.)
However, this country is killing us, surely but slowly (that is what my little brother told me in his goodbye letter), and he is right. So yes, I am happy I am leaving and excited about the new discoveries and adventures that I will never experience in Lebanon.
For those who will keep fighting, try not to become very angry, I failed at this. I am angry, extremely angry at everything and everyone in this country including and mostly the people who blame those in charge for the situation, as if in life, the pyramid is inverted and it stands on its smaller base!!
We should not be okay with how things are, from the smaller to the bigger thing! Including valet parking mafia, who steal your right to have a sidewalk and a parking space, the unpunished domestic violence and martial rape, and the biggest and bulliest CEO / Politician / Religious leader who transform the employees / people to pawns and string dolls to the point where they would thank him for the oxygen they are breathing!
There is no lala land, but I am hoping now for a better more exciting land, filled with love, music, photos, success and some mistakes.
Goodbye everyone, بحبكن كتير
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