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Mother’s day in Lebanon

Today is the first day of spring and at the same time it is Mother’s day in Lebanon. In this occasion, I would like to bow in front of every mother who have lost a child during Lebanon’s civil war, their loss can’t be replaced. A salute to every mother who still doesn’t know the whereabouts of her child, its time to put an end to their nightmares. A  rose to every mother who was kidnapped and placed in a Syrian jail, their case should not be forgotten. An extended hand to every battered women, may the hand that rises against you be cut for ever. A yes vote for every mother who is not allowed to give its citizenship to her kids.

May this day brings you patience, hope, justice and love.

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Cedar Revolution has failed

The assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on 14 February 2005, triggered series of demonstrations that led to collapse of the government of Prime Minister Omar Karami. The campaign was crowned by the Syrian decision to withdraw its troops out of Lebanon. On April 26, 2005, the last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon.

The “Cedar Revolution” not only pushed the Syrian out but also united all Lebanese. It pulled out the Lebanese from their religious and sectarian divisions and put them together under the Lebanese identity. Nine years after and due many factors, the politicians of March 14 reintroduced sectarianism divisions and destroyed a promising revolution.

March 14 coalition failed on every level ans aspect. Their major failure was not being able to bring Hezbollah to its fold. Instead they pushed the Shiite community to isolate itself.

Moreover, March 14 coalition failed to read major regional events. They thought that the war in Syria will help their camp to win back what it lost in Lebanon. The major shift by the U.S and major European countries and the continuing support of Russia to the Assad regime was the last nail in the coffin of March 14.  For the past 5 years, March 14 kept bowing and losing ground. Every time they state publicly that they oppose something or refuse a decision, they found themselves agreeing and abiding by decisions they had refused previously.Revolutions are made by the people and achievements and not by political speeches. The Cedar Revolution became a podium for political speeches. Not a single aim was achieved.

The gains of the cedar revolution was destroyed by March 14 coalition. In order to bring back “spring” to the cedar land, we must first admit that cedar revolution failed due to March 14 politics.

 

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NLP “Long Break”

National Liberal Party (NLP) leader MP Dory Chamoun announced on Friday that he is suspending his party’s membership in the March 14 General-Secretariat. “We did not withdraw our membership in the General-Secretariat but we are taking a long break,” Chamoun said in a statement to MTV. “We are suspending our participation in the meetings and in several activities, including the upcoming celebration commemorating March 14, 2005. He explained that the decision was taken because of “miscoordination” with the NLP, stressing that the party is not “useless.”

He just woke up and found out that there is no “coordination” inside March 14 ? Why is he taking it only on March 14? Why not go straight to the point and say Saad Hariri, the leader of March 14, and his Future movement are not coordinating with him or anyone within March 14? How many times Hariri neglected the political opinions of many players inside March 14 and went his way and forced them to follow? The latest episode, the formation of the current government. Weren’t they all screaming against any participation in a government in which Hezbollah is represented? What did Hariri do? He went ahead and shared power with Hezbollah in the government. Didn’t he leave them alone and begging on the sidewalk? Don’t you feel used and abused when Hariri uses March 14 politicians to fuel his battle against Hezbollah and then sacrifice you and your followers when he struck a deal with Hezbollah? Didn’t he stick another nail in your bodies when he met Aoun in secret in Paris and as it seems he managed to make a deal with him? Maybe he is about to make another quadripartite agreement but this time on behalf of Geagea, Chamoun and others?

So instead of blaming March 14, why don’t you blame the person who is leading March 14? Why can’t you or any other member of March 14, say it straight? Inside March 14, there are historical parties that gave thousands of martyrs in order to this country stay free. How they allow themselves and their parties to become slaves of Hariri wishes? After all what is done to you, why don’t you pull out from March 14 and go back to your historical parties and try to save something? Your political projects, the one for which thousands gave their lives aren’t worth saving? Or maybe the dollar is the real name of the game these days?

Ah wait a minute, maybe the lack of coordination you are talking about is not about politics and it’s about the upcoming celebration commemorating March 14, 2005. I’m sorry I should have known better, several members of March 14 don’t have the ability anymore to talk political projects and forming new ones. They are only allowed to organize parties and festivities.

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What Twenty Nine years and the assassination of a man can do

The picture (click on pic to enlarge)  on the left was taken in 1982 and on the right in 2011.  They were taken in the village of Maroun al-Ras, South Lebanon.  In the one taken in 1982, the villagers of Maroun al-Ras show their support to the elect president Bachir Gemayel. In the  one on the right, taken in 2011, they show their support to Hezbollah. It took 29 years and the assassination of Bachir Gemayel to switch the people from the support of Bachir Gemayel, Lebanon and the 10452 square km project to supporting Hezbollah and Wilayat al Faqih project. The picture symbolizes the effect of the assassination on Bachir Gemayel.

Maroun Ras village 1982/2011

Maroun Ras village 1982/2011

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A Major win for Gay rights in Lebanon

Judge Naji El Dahdah presiding over a case prosecuting homosexuality has ruled that a notorious piece of legislation criminalizing gay sex is not valid. The judge cleared a transsexual woman of having a same-sex relationship with a man, an act criminalized under Article 534 of Lebanon’s penal code. The article prohibits having sexual relations that are “contradicting the laws of nature”, which is punishable by up to a year in prison.
The news about this verdict broke out first in Arabic in Legal Agenda Page 8. It was later picked up by  Huffington Post and Lebanese Daily Star.

Judge el Dahdah ruling stating same-sex relations are not “contradicting the laws of nature” and cannot therefore be considered a crime.

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Political adultery

The Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, During a speech at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) Friday, implicitly urged Hezbollah to cede ground over the divisive tripartite “army, people, resistance” formula, saying all sides needed to avoid clinging “to wooden equations that hinder the birth of the ministerial statement.” The president is entitled to his opinion. But let us look back to what he said in his inaugural address few years ago:

The evolution of the Resistance was a need during the impotence of the state and the persistence of this Resistance was achieved by virtue of the support granted by the Lebanese people, the State, and the Lebanese Army.
The success of the Resistance in the mission of vanquishing the israeli occupier springs from the courage and greatness of its martyrs and yet, the farms of “Shebaa” which are still occupied and the enemy’s persistence in threatening to violate our sovereignty impose upon us to elaborate a defensive strategy that will safeguard the country concomitantly with a calm dialogue to benefit from the capacities of the resistance in order to better serve this strategy. Accordingly, we will manage to avoid depreciating the achievements of the resistance in internal conflicts and subsequently we will safeguard its values and national position. This day coincides with the National Day of liberation and victory and therefore I hope that this occasion prompts us to be more and more conscious of the dangers that are threatening us and to renew our adherence to freedom and democracy to which we have suffered and sacrificed in order to ensure and safeguard our homeland.

Back then he defended the “Resistance” of Hezbollah because the state was impotent and acknowledged that “Shebaa” farm is still under occupation. The Lebanese state is still potent and Shebaa farm is still under occupation. What changed? Is it because Hezbollah refused to extend the current term of President Sleiman that made him change his position on Hezbollah “resistance”? Anyway, He is free to change his political views.

On the other hand, why Hezbollah got offended? They push everyone to the limit with their political views and their weapons. They are involved in a regional war, they dragged Lebanon to the Syrian war while half of the Lebanese didn’t want to be involved in the Syrian quicksand. A group that formed a state within a state shouldn’t be angry if the Lebanese president decided to withdraw his support to their “resistance”.

Now enters the political whores. The clan who are defending the president image and statue and those who oppose them. If we look at the precedent president of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud, we find that those who are defending the image and the statue of the presidency were the one who were attacking it and even called for invading the President Palace and bringing down the president by force (thank God Patriarch Sfeir stood against them back then).

Between the “wooden equations” of the president and the “gold” of Hezbollah “resistance” and the political whores of Lebanon, you have the regular Lebanese who doesn’t give a damn about wood, gold and whores and he wants to simply have a normal life.

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Is Nadim Gemayel running for Presidency?

Apparently he is. In his latest interview (Arabic) on February 26th, he is shooting at those who said that they will accept the job if the deputies choose them.  He said: “Geagea, Aoun and Gemayel (Amine his uncle and ex-Lebanese President), they have precedents and problems between each other. The presidential battle will a battle of settling their accounts with each others and if one of them reaches the presidency, it will on the accounts of the Christians.” But he added that in order to have a strong president we might have to chose one of them. So how would one of them be a strong president if he has to settle the accounts with the other two? How will he be a strong president if he will reach the presidency on the accounts of the Christians?

The young deputy didn’t stop here, he added that he hopes that march 14 group will agree on a unified person from within March 14.  Ah its a different story now. He states Geagea and Amin (who are both from March 14 ) have precedents and he hopes march 14 agrees on a candidate from within it ranks ( one of the leaders or a member). It seems to be that Nadim is trying to position himself as candidate for the presidency. Is it his time to be a president? I doubt it. I don’t think he is the man for the position right now. In addition to that, I don’t think his uncle, ex-President Amine Gemayel, will allow him to become one. Amine is a candidate himself and on the top of that, he is grooming his son Sami to become president one day.

Nadim already knows that the Kataeb party, the one he belongs to, will not present him as a candidate. In the same interview he blasted the Kataeb (his uncle and his cousin) of taking decisions inside the Kataeb without discussing the issues with others (him). Thus, he doesn’t abide by the party decisions if he wasn’t involved in the decision making.

On another note, imagine what will happen to a Kataeb member, an LF member, an Amal member, …. or any Lebanese party member if he states that if he is not involved in the decision making, he will not abide by them. They will crucify him. But this is Nadim Gemayel, family comes above party by-rules.

 

Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces, speaks during a news conference at his house in Maarab village

The Loser

The vision of riding March 14 wave and standing behind the future movement in major decision even though some of these decisions doesn’t fit with the history of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea found himself outside the new formed government and most important marginalized. Those who marginalized him are his own allies: March 14. Most notably Saad Hariri and Amine Gemayel. Neither of them stood with Geagea call to form a neutral government. Instead, they both struck a deal with Hizbullah and formed a government with them. Geagea been calling for the past few month that he will not join a government in which Hizbullah is a member.

He thought, at least Saad Hariri, will appreciate his stand and will refuse such government. In addition, Samir Geagea thought by raising the demands, he can bargain for a large number of LF ministers and their portfolio in the new government. To his surprise, his close ally, Mr. Saad Hariri, struck a deal with Michel Aoun, Geagea political enemy in the Christian arena.

The government was formed due to a triple understanding: Shiite-Sunite, Sunite-Christian, and Shiite-Christian. In both, Sunite-Christian and Shiite-Christian understandings, Geagea was marginalized. Not only Hariri ignored Geagea demands, he struck a double deal with Hizbullah and Michel Aoun. From their part, Hizbullah stood firm with Aoun demands and both played the political game of carrot and stick that brought Hariri to their side.

Samir Geagea miscalculated once more. He ended up in the loser corner. He didn’t read well the American-Iranian approach, the Syrian war outcome, the Saudi-Iranian approach. The policy of taking decisions on his own and forming around him a team of incapable, Samir Geagea stand alone and might see his aim of becoming president in three month evaporate. For sure, Geagea clan will say he stood alone, he stood with his own believes and didn’t bow….. In reality, Geagea doesn’t want to be marginalized and left alone standing in the corner. Not at this important juncture in the region.

Who knows, maybe the final blow might come in few month and we will see Michel Aoun as president and Saad Hariri his prime minister. Maybe then, Geagea will realize that melting the LF in March 14 and following Hariri was a major mistake.

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Jacky Chamoun we stand with you

The lynching by many  started. Yesterday she was a hero and today for them she is a disgrace. Jacky Chamoun, the 22 years old girl, representing Lebanon in Sochi posted topless for “Ski Instructors” calendar 2014. So what? She is free to do what ever she wants. But in a hypocrite and chauvinist society  you find people who want to hang her.

Some say she made a mistake. No she didn’t. She is a woman, she is equal to man, she has the right to do what ever she wants with her body. Those hypocrites who sneak at night and do worst than that are now trying to bring her down.

She posed for a calender called ‘Ski Instructors’ shot by fellow Olympian Hubertus von Hohenlohe. The shots were risque and shot on the Faraya ski slopes outside Beirut in Lebanon. The shoot included teammate Chirine Njeim and created some negative publicity in Lebanon, though she was happy with the calendar. “It was positive for me. I don’t regret it at all. When I started my job, for example, people when they search for me on the web sometimes they can see these pictures directly so you think maybe it’s not the best thing, not the best image you can give someone of you. But, I don’t really care. I really enjoyed it and I don’t regret it. I like these photos. I have no problem with it.” (nbcolympics.com, 30 Jan 2014)

All the support to Jacky. You are young, you are beautiful and don’t let these hypocrites slow you down. YOU GO GIRL.

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