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Archive for January 26th, 2011

There was this private library; its owner Phares Zoghbi bought over 50,000 books and documents and then decided that it was about time for a private university institution to take care of his library, his house, and continue “his spirit” of disseminating knowledge, tolerance, and encouraging reading to newer generations.

I have been patronizing this library for over 4 years and basically spend on average of three hours in the morning, 5 days a week.  I read current books and magazines, available dailies, and publish my articles on my blog.  I used to borrow books and magazines to resume reading at home and writing articles: This facility is denied me with fee charges.

Now, this private institution of “learning” refused to keep up to the spirit of the contract.  Not only the institution is not up keeping the house but it is charging local readers who want to visit the library to pay $30 a year.  I barely see more than one person a week sitting more than five minutes in this comfortable and quiet library.  Thus, whoever wants to pay this fees is intent on borrowing books.

I have no qualm to retainer fees in case a borrowed book is lost or not returned, but to charge people to come and read is outrageous. It means: “We are an educational institution, but believe us, reading will take you nowhere, we know better than you about why we are in the spreading ignorance business.”

From my experience all these years in Lebanon, even if you offer free breakfast, brunch, or soup kitchen for people to sit and read for half an hour (not dailies or photo albums), you will not find a long line forming outside the door, morning, midday, or evening; the only one sharing in the feast will be me!  Kind of hitting two birds in a single shot.  But the USJ, this Jesuit University might be sending the message that it is in poor financial conditions and relying on Phares Library to cover its deficit.  It is sending the message  that Sarkozy of France refuses to allocate funds for this poor university because France budget is in the red.

No, this French and Catholic university called “Univ. St. Joseph” (USJ) has plenty of money and is investing in profitable portfolios that have nothing to do with learning or education.  This Jesuit university has been founded 150 years ago and Lebanese students have been paying “an arm and a leg” for its “valuable” education; mainly to becoming lawyers and being elected deputies in the Parliament and emulating France legal system and laws.

You would think that France would care about this institution, which is extending France with a semblance of political weight in Lebanon, the way the USA keeps funding the American Univ. of Beirut and the Lebanese American Univ. and any educational institutions teaching in English, even if the USA is under 6 trillion deficit and printing like crazy fictitious dollars to maintaining it political and military hegemony.

Poor USJ; breaking my heart! I expect the “Brain” to repeal this outrageous charge, in the name of basic integrity and loyalty to Phares Zoghbi who is still alive and in his mental capability.

Note:  You might read the two posts: and

Prime Minister breaks toys; cry out frustration and anger (Lebanon)

There is this Prime Minister who refused to grow up:  He was fired last week.  In the last three days, this Prime Idiot (named Saad Hariri) vented out his anger and frustration in the streets.  His hooligans have been burning tires, garbage bins, government properties, educational institutions, media trucks. His hooligans have been throwing hand grenades, stones at the soldiers, at the media personnel covering events and the rampage; they have been closing major highways from traffic and shouting “Treason, back stabbing of the Sunni politicians, stooges to Iran and Syria; Saad is our Prophet, Saad is the only and unique legitimate Prime that his assassinated father appointed Prime for life…”

The retinue of this Prime ID, under the umbrella of a movement called Future “Mustakbal”, know that their figure-head leader is a kid who refuses to grow up; they don’t care.  As long as their Tsar Peter is happy playing with his Playstation and satisfied within his comfort-zone, then they can resume ruling  the shadow government that they constituted 5 years ago, government that trampled on the the constitution and public institutions.

When Saad is being disturbed by demonstration of hungry citizens, Saad flee to his private Jumbo Jet and orders his pilot to “go west”, to his many villas and palaces, and exotic islands in order to cool down his nerves.  When Saad is apprehensive of an election, he fetches his white potty, incrusted with precious stone, deposit his golden trove, passes the potty around for his retinue to smell his achievements and then take the stand:  He pray for the soul of his “assassinated father Rafic” and demand from Rafic to sent him more political toys to break immediately.

The Hariri clan and their Saudi descendents (Saad being the Prime One), and their party the “Mustakbal” (Future) movement, ruled Lebanon since 1992, almost with no interruption, and considered Lebanon as their background garden and the citizens as chattel meant to increase the financial hold of the Hariri oligarchy, and extending their financial and economic domination with no restriction.

The Hariri clan constituted a shadow government to bypassing the legal and legitimate government:  They think they own the Treasury, the finance ministry, all the public projects, all the foreign loans earmarked for the reconstruction of Lebanon after Israel invasion in 2006, the International Court for Lebanon…

Fact is, 65% of the Lebanese side with the “opposition movement” and are aware that the previous oligarchy is not serious in pondering on their daily needs, long awaiting reforms in the legal system, the election law, the strategic plans for resisting Israel’s frequent invasions of the territory, the obsolete education system, the archaic political and social structure, the health, economic development, taming the increase in foreign debts, enhancing the quality and quantity of potable water, the affordability and availability of electrical power, and opening work opportunities for graduates and workers…

The Lebanese citizens, and much less the foreign workers and immigrants, had no rights under any constitutions; the finance treasury was off any kinds of regulations, control, and questioning by deputies or any minister:  11 billion dollars are not accounted for in the last 4 years alone, and over 2 billion in foreign loans were spent somehow and never registered officially in the finance ministry and how they were spent…

This prime ID was appointed to form a government with over 96 deputy votes out of 128; he failed to form a government for 5 months because he needed more time to comprehend the Lebanese complex “political customs”.  He was re-appointed by only 78 votes, and for an entire year, Prime ID confirmed that his government did not achieve a single promise.

If the retinue of Prime ID still hope that their Saad is ever going to come back as PM they must be joking.  The Lebanese have got enough of breaking toys, institutional toys, Constitutional toys, industrial base toys, agricultural base toys, health institutional toys, educational institutional toys, legal system toys…  The Lebanese fired Saad for good.  Good riddance Mr. Prime ID and your ID of oligarchy.

Note: Saad Hariri was to meet with President Barack Obama in the White House.  A couple of hours before the “interview” ministers in the government summoned Saad to come back for a vote of confidence was in the process.  Saad didn’t take the summon seriously (what! I am to meet with the US President) and refused to shake his ass back on his private jet: He was fired by 11 ministers out of 20.  Maybe Obama took this maneuver as a strong signal of defiance from the Syrian regime of Bashar el Assad and had decided that he got enough with this headache of a regime. This “troubling event” is one of the main reasons for the current persistence of the US Administration of getting rid of Bashar’s regime.




January 2011

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