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سلامة عامة…

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صندوق بظهر البيعة… (more…)

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[اضغط هنا للقراءة بالعربية] The chronic marginalization of human body in general, and the female body in particular, and the concept of shame superimposed on free body expression are eventually turning these bodies to a sharp weapon of protest. The more the body is conceptualized as “shameful” in public consciousness, the least effort it takes to make it an expression of protest. The struggle of women, whether in the setting of feminist groups or as a part of wide national movements is going in the direction of enabling the body to express, both as a mean of liberalization and a mean of protest. In a strict religious and patriarchal country  the mere presence of a fully covered female body in public can be an event, while this same body has to perform something more expressive to draw attention in a more liberal society.

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Lebanese Political Chess

Lebanese Political Chess

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Once more the Israelis say a coming war with Lebanon is inevitable. And once more the general secretary of Hezbollah would appear on a big screen pointing his finger in gestures of warnings and threats, talking about the readiness of his men to face any possible Israeli attack. I do not doubt Hezbollah is ready, but not the Lebanese state.
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Only the lucky of Lebanese are those who could skip going to work today and stay warm at home. Many of those who left to work since the early morning are still stuck in traffic as the roads are blocked with rocks, trees and floods caused by the storm. In Jadra a boy was killed and tens of houses were flooded in beirut southern suburb. Minister of interior affairs Mr. Marwan Charbel said the storm was not expected and called on people not to leave their homes unless in cases of urgency and emergency.

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Karantina – a picture tweeted by Carmen Chammas

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anarchyLebanon  has long ago stopped  to be a candidate for reform… I started accepting the country as it is. Many things have found their way to organization in an anarchic way without any interference from the state, as anarchy and the law of natural selection allowed the Lebanese to find the best ways to survive their daily catastrophes. A simple example is driving against traffic on Monday morning in the direction of Beirut in Ouzaii to avoid traffic congestion while the state fails to find any alternative. I believe that the citizens’ unconscious collaboration in the presence of good will has helped invent many ways to replace the absence of development, rule of law and reform. (more…)

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Last month a poster appeared on several newspapers and advertisement panels showing the pictures of some religious figures (heads of Lebanese religious groups) with a slogan that reads: “We believe… Partners to end violence against women and girls”.  “We believe” campaign is an initiative of the NGO Abaad, which is trying to use the authority of sect clerics to protect women in a highly sectarian society.

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At first glance it would seem noble of the heads of religious sects to endorse such a message. But a deeper look would unmask (more…)

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