Thursday, September 22, 2011

Demonstration this Monday to lobby for an independent electoral commission in #Lebanon

Demonstration called for by the Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform, on
Monday 26 September at 5 p.m. in front of Sanayeh garden facing the
Ministry of Interior and of Municipality.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

هذا عمل مناصرة حقيقي: "عدل ورحمة" طالبت الولايات المتحدة بالرجوع عن تنفيذ حكم الاعدام بحق تروي دايفس

وطنية - 21/9/2011 توجهت جمعية "عدل ورحمة" اليوم، بكتاب الى دولة الولايات المتحدة الاميركية بواسطة سفيرتها في لبنان مورا كونللي، اعربت فيه عن قلقها "البالغ نتيجة قرار تنفيذ عقوبة الاعدام بحق تروي دايفس المقرر اليوم بتمام الساعة التاسعة عشرة بالتوقيت المحلي، وذلك بواسطة الحقنة المميتة في سجن جاكسون في ولاية جورجيا".

كما أعربت الجمعية عن رفضها "المطلق لعقوبة الاعدام بوصفها مخالفة لمبادىء حقوق الانسان الاساسية"، مشيرة الى "شكوك عدة تتعلق بظروف المحاكمة والادلة التي تم الحكم على اساسها وذلك استنادا الى ما اثارته وسائل اعلام متعددة وما تم تداوله في الرأي العام على اكثر من صعيد".

ودعت السلطات الاميركية الى "الرجوع عن قرار تنفيذ حكم الاعدام بحق دايفس". وللمناسبة، دعت "كل الجمعيات والمنظمات، والافراد الناشطين في مجال حقوق الانسان لكي يعربوا عن موقفهم الرافض لتنفيذ حكم الاعدام بحق دايفس"، متمنية عليهم "الا يوفروا جهدا في إثارة الرأي العام اللبناني والدولي من اجل الضغط على سلطات الولايات المتحدة الاميركية للرجوع عن قرار تنفيذ حكم الاعدام بحق دايفس".

ساحة الجريمة في البقاع أو في هوليود

أنو معقول شو فرع المعلومات مفكر حالو بأمريكا أو بفيلم هوليويدي تيحط إعلان ساحة الجريمة باللغة الإنجليزية؟
عا أساس أنو بالبقاع الناس بتحكي إنجليزي وأقلية منهم تتقن اللغة العربية

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two images from the Marcel Khalife concert last Friday

The concert was sooo badly organized that everyone who attended were
disappointed. It was a very "communist" organization. And there was a
severe disconnect between Marcel and the attendees unfortunately. But it was nice still :)

Meeting with Prime Minister Mikati today morning

Today, a group of civil society representatives had a meeting with Prime
Minister Mikati. All in all, approximately 36 NGOs and organizations
were represented covering all thematic issues. We went in just as
Lebanese University professors were going out from their lobbying
meeting with the prime minister (they want a raise in their salaries).

The meeting went well. But in 30 minutes, we were only able to talk
about the new electoral law, taxation reform and social justice, and
Palestinian refugee rights. When it came to women's rights, things
turned 'negative' to say the least. The prime minister stated that we
need to structure our cooperation and find mechanism of cooperation. I
said that we have multiple interlocutors for Palestinian refugee rights,
the Lebanese Palestinian Dialog Committee, the Minister of Labor, the
Parliamentary committees namely the one currently updating foreigner
property ownership laws. At that point he said that he's seeing tomorrow
MP Robert Ghanem, head of the justice and administration committee and
that he will set up the meeting for the Palestinian rights groups with
MP Ghanem.

...to be continued...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

on 9/11 2001

On 9/11 2001, I was in a journalism training around Jounieh, North of
Beirut. It was the afternoon. We had no TV in the room. We got a phone
call about the events.
We turned on the radio. A woman was reading the news: "air planes that
had fallen in US on twin towers. more planes had fallen".
The woman then she pauses for a few seconds. We felt that there was
fresh news just in. She reads the first words and bursts into hilarious
laughing live on air. She couldn't believe it.
A few seconds later, a man picks up with a serious and austere voice and
reads that the twin towers had fallen.
On my way back home to Beirut that afternoon, I was looking around from
my car window. Drivers were mostly calm and incredulous, inexpressive
because they didn't know what to make of the news they're hearing on the
car radio.

Friday, September 2, 2011

USD 215 million paid by tax payers for corrupt politicians #Wikileaks #Lebanon

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Bifani ridiculed the GOL cronyism involved in the  USD 215 million court verdict that MP Nicholas Fattoush, a  member of the Future Bloc, received in December 2005 for the  illegal two-year closure of his family's sand and rock  quarry.  Bifani asked how Fattoush's company could be granted  USD 215 million when his company has never reported any  profits to the state during its operation and questioned how  judges managed to return a verdict on Fattoush's suit in only  eight months when many other business cases had languished  for years.  Bifani wanted to know why the judges involved in  the case didn\'t ask for the Ministry of Finance's views  before issuing such a large verdict.  Bifani said that  Fattoush had received a quick and substantial verdict because  of his political connections and hinted that PM Siniora had  influence with the judges.  He asked how the GOL could expect  the ordinary taxpayer to pay more in Value Added Taxes (VAT)  when scandals such as this are still widespread.

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US embassy cable - 06BEIRUT527 - MGLE01: VEIWS OF A HIGH-LEVEL GOL SKEPTIC OF THE ECONOMIC REFORM EFFORT