Ashraf Rifi take it easy on us

In his interview with the TV Chanel al-Arabi, General Ashraf Rifi said: “I gave to the people a lesson in pride and dignity and the free decision”. Where was your pride, dignity and free decision under Syrian rule of Lebanon? You were collaborating with the Syrians back then. You won in municipality elections, in the free world, no one gives a damn about it. So please spare us your “pride, dignity and free decision”. We all know that you used to serve the Syrian occupation. If Hariri wasn’t assassinated, you would have been still serving them.

Ashraf Rifi take it easy.

A flower to Geagea

The Press Release of Deputies Setrida Geagea and Elie Keyrouz made me laugh today. I’m not sure who wrote for them this press release, but I’m sure they approved it. The part that made me laugh says: ” We will present these elections as a flower to the leader of the Lebanese Forces Dr. Samir Geagea, who is locked in a battle to restore national partnership, balance and consolidate the Christian presence in Lebanon residents to a human.”

First, the rose reminded me the assassination attempt on Samir Geagea and he was saved because he bowed to pick up a flower.

Second, the election in Bshareh is between the clan of Setrida Geagea and LF members who had enough with the way she is handling things in Bshareh (and maybe in the LF). So the election battle is between people from the same house and has nothing to do in restoring national partnership and consolidated the Christian presence. Those opposing Setrida pledge their alliance to the leader of the Lebanese Forces.

Third, the PR reminded me “bi 3aser abu Khashbeh”.

Fourth, behind a great woman there is always a great man 🙂

Why not electing president?

Division between political parties prevented for over two years the Lebanese parliament to choose a president. Today, we saw in the municipal election of Beirut and other areas these parties come together in order not to allow the young generation candidates, who are eager to make a change, to win seats. Aoun Tayyar Movement, Samir Geagea Lebanese Forces, Nabih Berri Amal, Hassan Nasrallah Future, Walid Jumblat PSP, Tashnaq, …. all joined forces in Beirut municipality.

Can someone enlighten their followers and ask them how come they join forces in municipal election and can’t pick a president? All of a sudden they became friends and ran on the same list. You, the blind follower, don’t you see anything wrong with it? Can’t you see that the joke is on you?

 

The most corrupt groups in the region.

“In Lebanon, numbers are alarming as nine in ten people (92 per cent) say that they think corruption has increased. Government officials, tax officials and members of parliament are perceived to be the most corrupt groups in the region” according to the new Transparency International new survey.

“In some countries the situation is perceived to be particularly bad. In Yemen and Jordan three quarters or more of respondents (84 per cent and 75 per cent, respectively) say that they think corruption rose in the 12 months prior to the survey. This rises to over nine in ten people (92 per cent) in Lebanon, which was the highest of any place we surveyed in …. Citizens in Yemen and Lebanon think that the public sector in their country suffers from particularly widespread corruption. More than two-thirds of respondents (68 and 67 per cent, respectively) say “Most” or “All” individuals working in these institutions are corrupt, while a further quarter say that “Some” are corrupt (26 and 22 per cent, respectively). Only one in twenty (5 per cent each) thinks that the national public sector institutions are completely free from corruption …. People in Yemen and Lebanon are particularly critical of government efforts to address public sector graft. In Lebanon three-quarters (76 per cent) rate their administration’s efforts as either very or fairly bad, while in Yemen this proportion rises to nine in ten (91 per cent) …”

Rubbish job: dissatisfaction in Lebanon’s waste services Citizens in Lebanon are very critical of their government efforts at fighting corruption, with over three-quarters saying it is doing a bad job (76 per cent) in this area. Recently, many people have taken to the streets in Lebanon to protest over the government’s failure to dispose of waste in the country’s capital, Beirut, as part of the “You Stink” campaign, and public dissatisfaction is reportedly growing in the country over the extent of alleged corruption. iv Garbage collection services were stopped in some parts of the city in July 2015, after the country’s largest landfill site was closed. It took until February 2016 for the government to agree on a new site for the city’s refuse to go to – while, in the meantime, the growing piles of rubbish are causing a terrible stench and posing a significant public health risk to the city.  Campaigners blame potential corruption and political paralysis for the delay in solving the crisis. In Lebanon, refuse processing can be part of the bargain used by politicians when exchanging favours behind the scenes. The lack of transparency in such types of deals means that citizens can foot the bill for inefficient or expensive service delivery. The failure of the political system to deal swiftly with the garbage crisis has caused greater attention to be turned to such behind-the scenes-deals, as people became tired of the slow response from their elected representatives.

CAN PEOPLE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Citizens in Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon and Egypt are more divided on this issue. Only around a half of the citizens of these countries (from 50 to 53 per cent) agreed that ordinary people can make a difference in fighting corruption, while a sizable minority feel disempowered…  People in Lebanon are the most pessimistic; a third (32 per cent) of citizens there say that there is nothing people can do … The second most common reason why people don’t report more cases of corruption is that they feel that it won’t make a difference, as nothing will be done about it (19 per cent). In Yemen and Lebanon (26 and 30 per cent, respectively) this is particularly the case, which perhaps reflects the lack of government capacity in both these countries.

The widespread extent of corruption in Yemen, Lebanon and Sudan in particular is also considered another factor why more cases of corruption are not reported there. In these countries respondents are particularly likely to say that the reason why people don’t report is that corruption is normal and everyone does it (between 11 and 14 per cent), or that the officials to whom they would report corruption are often also involved in it (between 14 and 15 per cent). When corruption is endemic within communities it triggers a feeling of resignation and apathy, which is why greater efforts need to be made to tackle bribery and other forms of corruption head-on.

Lebanon and Yemen stand out in the region as having the most negative ratings by citizens. Since Yemen was on the verge of collapse when the survey was conducted, these ratings indicate a larger malaise within the country just prior to the civil war and the imminent crumbling of public infrastructure and services. Lebanon, which is divided along sectarian lines, has failed to produce a functioning government since the former president stepped down in 2014.The public sector suffers from high levels of corruption according to its citizens, who are critical of government efforts at fighting corruption…

Way to go my fellow Lebanese. What are you going to do about it? Will you do something about it? When will you? Municipality elections coming up in couple of days, will you start there? I doubt.

2016 Lebanon Municipality elections

jackassOn May 15, the Lebanese have a date with the municipality elections. A date with a possibility to change things.

Will they say enough to corruption and their leaders? Will they put their own health, lives, and future before any sect and religion? Will the garbage, water, and electricity crisis make them vote against those who have led them to the ground? Or the Lebanese vote as they usually do? Will they line-up like this picture and vote or they vote for change this time? Knowing them, jackass will always stay jackass.

Prove me wrong. For ONCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samples of how much Lebanon and surrounding countries are F. Up

chbaroSample 1:  Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila was forced to cancel their Friday concert in Amman. Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism withdrew the band’s license to perform in what seems to be a blatant censoring of Mashrou’ Leila’s outspoken support of gender equality, gay rights, and religious freedom.

Sample 2: Beirut Madinati, young Lebanese group, who had enough of the filth and corruption that they are living, decided to run in Beirut in the next municipality elections. On the other side you have Sheikh Omar Chebaro (Imam of Ras Beirut Mosque) posting on Facebook: “Boycotted the list of civil marriage .. “Beirut Madinati”. Please beware of their concealed call for vice, promotion of secularization and to facilitate the way for the promotion of civil marriage and homosexuality … these candidates have these ideas and these are their real goals do not be tempted by their by their false and flimsy slogans ….”

Sample 3: The Lebanese Forces (LF), the one supposed to be calling for freedom and sovereignty of Lebanon are allying in Beirut with Saad Hariri who has on his list Moughir Sinjabeh, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya candidate. For those who don’t know who this group is, on their website you find the following: “…Islam should regulates the affairs of society in all its aspects, behavioral, social, political and economic. …”

Sample 4: The LF, in Dbayeh, according to Eddy Abi Lamaa, member of the Lebanese Forces executive body, are in alliance with the Syrian social nationalist party. This party doesn’t recognize Lebanon as a sovereign country. It advocates subsuming Lebanon into a Greater Syrian nation-state spanning the Fertile Crescent. It is to note that few days ago SSNP students burned the picture of Bachir Gemayel the founder of the Lebanese Forces.

Yet you wonder why our country and the region is Fucked up?

Michel Samaha verdict. How about others?

michel_samahaMichel Samaha, ex-minister, served four and half years in jail for transporting explosives and planning to use them in several attacks and assassination. The shock that Lebanese were subject to few months ago by giving Samaha the light sentence and release him from prison came to an end today. A military court sentenced Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labor on Friday for attempting to carry out “terrorist acts”, a judicial source said.

The majority of Lebanese rejoiced for the new verdict. The question that poses itself is who intervened with the court to give him a light sentence and release him earlier and to retry him in a record time and sentence him to 13 years of hard labor? Samaha should have never given a light sentence and set free in the first place.

If the political intervention fast tracked his case, how come it never fast tracked the cases of terrorists who committed worst crimes? How come other terrorists were freed and not sentenced? How about Shadi Mawlawi? A terrorist who fought the Lebanese army was set free and now security sources say he is residing in Ain Helweh camp and is the coördinator between Jabhat al-Nusra (Qaeda group) and potential Lebanese suicide bombers. How come no one pressured to retry him? How about Joumana Houmayid, a terrorist caught driving a car full of explosives? She was released as part of an exchange to free Lebanese soldiers held by al-Nusra front. How come she was not re-arrested for her link with other terrorist groups? How about Ahmad al-Asir? How come his case is not fast tracked?

Samaha deserved what he got. how about others?