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– Law 174 facebook’s page just announced that Mr Fadel contacted them saying that as soon as he heard about the situation, he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC. Good news!
It is a bit hypocrite in my opinion to be an awareness leader on one health issue, and break the law by ignoring another. This is the current case of ABC mall that is promoting awareness on breast cancer, but has recently re-become a smoking place, a clear infraction of Law 174 that bans smoking in all closed public spaces (e.g. governmental buildings, airport, schools, public transport, malls, restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs), mandates health warnings on tobacco product packages, and bans all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. [full text of the law] Continue reading “ABC Mall Breaks Law 174 (Anti Smoking Law)” »
We love lists, everyone loves lists, and we love being featured in them. Wether it is the list of worst passports to have or how awesome are parties in Lebanon or most recently the list of the oldest cities in the world, Lebanese love lists. They basically are fun to share, a quick read and a conversation material… You know, talking about women’s right, political instability, economic fucks up, is not really sexy! -_-
So I decided to come up with my own list of the things Lebanon and the Lebanese lost over the years… I will just name the top 5 (in my opinion) by some chronological order. Feel free to add to it, I am sure there is a lot more…
Rail transport in Lebanon began in the 1890s and continued for most of the 20th century, but has ceased as a result of the country’s political difficulties. Whereas the tramway system opened in April 1908 and lasted until September 1965. The golden age of the Beirut Tram saw it cover 12 Kilometers around Beirut’s center in 1931. [source]
And of course the employees of the Lebanese Rail Transport are still getting payed till now. Yey!
No matter what everyone says about this, After 1994, Lebanon lost its downtown, not because of war mind you (even though the war destroyed it) but because of Solidere (sigh!) that forced and coerced the residents and owners into leaving their homes and shops. Solidere expropriated land from its owners and gave them the equivalent of “market value” (according to their assessment) in Solidere shares. Property owners were given little choice in the decision, as those who opted to refurbish their own properties were subject to Solidere’s stringent regulations and approval. After redevelopment, many former residents were unable to pay the inflated housing prices and could not return to their neighborhoods. [source]
What pisses me even more about this loss, is that downtown Beirut is now a privatized compound of private fleet of douchebags security personnel and valets parking that control every entry and sidewalk, not to mention the destoryed, stolen or hidden ruins that lay under every shop and parking space… Shoukran Solidere!
The Lebanese government and the parliament members deprived the Lebanese people from their constitutional rights to vote by postponing the parliamentary elections that was supposed to take place in JUNE 2013, the elections are now supposedly to take place in November 2014. However and as most of our illegitimate parliament members are declaring, this round will also be postponed… you know, they care so much about the well being and stability of the country to hold the elections. Continue reading “Top 5: What Lebanon & The Lebanese Lost Over The Years” »
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” »
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