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Lebanese Parliament Votes On New Rent Law – Old Rent Law Abolished At Last

I really can’t believe it took this long for the parliament to drop the ridiculous old rent law, but they’ve finally done and I think the new law proposed is fair for both tenants and owners. For those of you unaware of the old rent law, it was enacted after World War II and is one of the weirdest laws still in existence, as it gave more rights to the tenants over the owners, and kept the rents at the same fixed price as originally agreed. As a result, there are still people paying 400$ a year for an apartment in Beirut while market rent prices are at their highest level.

Fares Karam El Ghorba Song Stolen by an Israeli Singer

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Sadly enough, he got more hits than the original song.
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Sidon Teacher Forgot Her Baby For Hours In The Car

Source: DailyMail
A school teacher in Saida forgot her baby inside the car during the day and by the time she realized that, the baby boy was already dead. That’s just terrible news and the mother apparently had a nervous breakdown following the incident.

Hezbollah Involvement in Syria Fans Flames of Sectarian War

Articles & Op-Eds Andrew J. Tabler Also available in العربية NOW Lebanon
April 1, 2014

The Party of God is not only hurting its domestic standing in Lebanon, but also inviting a wider regional conflict it cannot control.

TeleLiban Relaunching With A New Logo

TeleLiban is undergoing some major renovation and will reopen soon with a new logo and a new team. They are already on [Facebook], [Twitter] and their [website] is under construction.

Sanayeh Garden Renovation

Sanayeh Garden is currently being renovated by Azadea Foundation and is set to open again in May 2014 if all went as planned.

Lebanese “President” Equates Atheists to Terrorists

The million dollar quote is: “Peace will defeat war. Faith will defeat fundamentalism and atheism.” [0:30-0:34]
Wow… Just wow… The so-called President of the most “open and free” country in the Arab World just equated filthy religious extremist terrorists who kill our soldiers, to me, and people like me: those who don’t believe in his or any god, or any other regressive, counterproductive fantasy that makes people violent, oppressed and uninformed.
Before we begin, allow me to remind our soon-to-be-retired president of the constitution he swore to protect when we was OK-ed as a weak enough president to not upset any of the warring Lebanese factions.

Odds and Ends

Mountains above Beirut Things are warming up in Beirut. Nothing has exploded recently, but car bombs seem to be getting dismantledon a rather frequent base. The pressure is building up. And the overall well-being of people is not ‘well’. And so this is a post about the things we deal with on a daily basis.

Ma T2oulo Mabrouk Ba3ed: Domestic Violence Law Approved Without KAFA Amendments

Via Almaza
When I first read that the domestic violence law got approved without any amendments, I thought the parliament passed the draft-law including Kafa’s remarks without amending it, but as it turns out, they only voted on the original draft-law and not the crucial modifications requested by KAFA. One of the KAFA lawyer went as far as calling the law a “farce”.

The Lebanese Parliament Passed a Law that Put Women at Further Risk

The only finger and the only vote that Lebanese Parliament deserves!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.

Interview with Bassam Haddad for Guernica Mag

bassam-1 crp copy 2A couple of months ago, I caught up with my friend Bassam Haddad, Director of Middle East Studies at George Mason and a co-founder and editor of Jadaliyyaand interviewed him for Guernica Magazine. The introduction is below, followed by a link to the main body of the piece.

Municipality without a website or public budget

Yes that's right, Beirut a city with over a million residents and among the most influential in the region, has no official website. And it has been offline for over three years, according to this amusing post which noted the phenomenon back in February 2011. This is not an April Fool's Joke. Check it yourself.

Almaza, Al Rifai, Exotica, Himaya and Ksara Show Support to KAFA’s #NoLawNoVote Campaign

The parliament just ratified the law to protect women from domestic violence without making any amendments. Congrats to all the Lebanese!
Update: The law was passed without the amendments requested by KAFA, so it’s not what we were hoping for but definitely a step in the right direction.
Update2: Here’s the statement released by Kafa.

From advertisers to eco-warriors? Ironic.


You see what happens when you finish an illustrious career in advertising? After spending decades raking money selling unneeded things in non-recyclable plastic bottles, advertising high end fashion made in sweatshops, and so on - you end being an eco-warrior. At least this is what Farid Chehab - previously from H&C Leo Burnett (where C stands for Chehab!) - did.

Check Out Kareem Rifai’s Mashkal Flowchart

Believe it or not, I’ve never gotten into a fight in my life. It’s not that I don’t have any wasta or am not strong enough to beat someone up (I played Rugby for two years), it’s just that I don’t like resorting to violence to solve anything.
via Gino

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