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Viva ski Lebanon. Jackie Chamoun photos: Before heading to Sochi Olympics

Lebanon is very excited and exciting these days:  Olympic ski champion Jackie Chamoun claimed that her photo shoot 3 years ago were not meant to be published.

Mind you that the Olympic Lebanese did it on their own: Effort, dedication, finances… The government didn’t give a hoot: Just “investigating” the semi-nude photo shoot.

(I copied these semi-nude photos from

I liked these photos of Jackie, nude, semi-nude or plainly Jackie: That’s why I posted them.
Jackie reminded me that skying is a fun sport and I am dusting off and oiling my pair of skies.
My outdated pair of skies is too rusty and not that sexy to confront the sexy ski resorts of Lebanon. And I have no idea what are the current prices for a new sexy pair.
In any case, we are waiting for snow to stick on the mountain tops this year. It has been so dry that camels have been seen crossing our mountains, probably carrying weapons and ammunition to the Syrian rebels.
Jackie is not answering my calls: I like to take a photo with her, so that I post my athletic grin.

There is far more support for Jackie than this stupid government. Posters are being mounted saying: “We are worried about Bombs, Not Boobs”

 posted this February 11, 2014

Jackie Chamoun photos: Lebanon outdumbs itself

Lebanon’s media has a fine tradition of stupidity, incitement and McCarthyism.
It vilifies the weak (foreigners, domestic workers, gays, sex workers) and lionises the strong (“politicians”).
I’ve covered this before. So it won’t come as much surprise to see the reports in the last few days that claimed a topless photo shoot done several years ago by a Lebanese skier, Jackie Chamoun, (to promote her sport) was “scandalous” and had shamed Lebanon in the eyes of the world.
I won’t link to the photos, nor shall I shame some websites who have clearly not only shared all the pictures in question with SEO friendly headlines and search words, but have also gone through the video accompanying the shoot and taken screen grabs of the skiers when they are at their most topless.
As has been pointed out, Lebanon’s media morals are currently so skewed that it is totally fine for multiple channels to show the disemboweled corpses of suicide bombing victims, but not fine, apparently, for a grown woman to bare some flesh.
It’s heartening to see the response such reports have provoked, with Lebanese Twitter and Facebook users springing to Chamoun’s defence.
Gives one some hope for Lebanon (which rapidly drains out of one after two minutes in front of the news). Chamoun has issued an apology, which I suppose is entirely her prerogative (although speaking personally I’d have preferred a three word response that starts “go fuc…”).
In a giant middle finger to the victims of car bombs and decades of infrastructural decay (things for which resources and time should be allocated) Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami announced he would be investigating Chamoun’s photo shoot.
There is even talk of her being banned from competing in future Olympics. Which, if does happen, is about the most perfect analogy of Lebanon’s “misplaced priorities” I’ve seen yet.

Two things:

1. Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism has repeatedly produced promotional videos essentially centred on the bodies of Lebanese women. I’ve covered this before, too.

As I wrote a few years back:

There is an argument to say there is little wrong with a country using its natural assets (Lebanon is still poor in resources, and will remain so until the government can agree on what to do with natural gas and oil reserves in the east Mediterranean) to boost its economic draw.

As long as the women in the commercial are consensual, what is wrong with flashing their flesh to promote Lebanon? After all, plenty of countries flaunt their female beauty stocks in a bid to draw beach-dwelling binocular users to their shores.

Not plenty of countries, however, display the same level of hypocrisy by encouraging grabby men to come and ogle their women while denying those same women basic rights enjoyed by men.

Here’s one of those videos for your perusal:

Lebanon has even before taken to the pages of Playboy to flog its women.

It’s transparently hypocritical to promote women as physical specimens while simultaneously denying them equal treatment in every facet of professional and familial society, just as people without boobs shouldn’t get to tell people with boobs what to do with them.

2. I urge everyone to read this report about the Lebanese ski team and how it has had to overcome unimaginable managerial incompetence, corruption and fecklessness to even make it to the Olympics. Any Olympics.

One might think the media might be, I dunno, proud of a young professional who – like many, many citizens of Lebanon – has had to struggle and fight in the face of downright ineptitude and obstructiveness to achieve their ambition. But as you know by now, that’s not how Lebanon – least of all the politicised media – does things.

It’s waspish, petty, self-righteous and stupid. Put that in a tourism video.

#StripForJackie Campaign Gains Momentum
Équipe de France de football féminin.
French feminine football team.

Naming and Shaming: Should it be a custom in doing politics? “Doon zekr asma2”

I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve heard the refrain “let’s not name names” or “دون ذكر أسماء” in Lebanon.

Not naming the perpetrators when the evidences and facts are revealed encourages the politically backed to resume their misgivings.

But this custom is so deep rooted in our current culture that the shame is overflowing on the Lebanese “citizen” for lack of public outcry at the criminals.

 posted this Feb. 10, 2014:

I’m feeling at a complete loss for words and hopeless about the way this country works.

When it is backed by solid evidence and not intended as childish and unsubstantiated slander, so-called “naming and shaming” or “تشهير Tashheer” is about anything but curiosity.

Naming and shaming is as much about equality under the law and the public spotlight, as it is about transparency and accountability.

Lebanon: ‘Naming and Shaming’ as a Duty (Fade7 al mo3tadeen)

Is there really any need to dwell on the absolute necessity of both in Lebanon at any point in time and in almost any sphere you can imagine – economic, financial, social, political, developmental, confessional, judicial even agricultural, educational and environmental?

It is towards this end that former Lebanese Minister of Labor Charbel Nahas may be making historical headway. What started – and continues – as a fight for the rights of employees of Lebanon-based supermarket Spinneys spearheaded by Nahas, has also become a fight to establish Lebanese jurisprudence for the right to “name and shame.”

Nahas and his supporters have adopted the “naming and shaming is a duty” “تشهير واجب” slogan to keep pounding the point that when the facts are there, naming and shaming is a duty, and keeping silent is wrong and a crime in itself…

And frankly, it should be. A brief overview of Nahas’ defense in this regard can be found here in Arabic (under “التشهير واجب… لهذه الأسباب”) drawing examples from Europe  and Lebanon, which I encourage you all to read.

Whether you like Charbel Nahas or not, admire his non-conventional style and perseverance or dismiss him as a populist with political ambitions, the consequences of his perseverance may have very positive consequences on us all.

For how many times have issues of corruption, of public safety (related to rotten food or counterfeit and/or copycat medicine), embezzlement or environmental scandals been left uncovered, perpetrators left unpunished because nobody named and shamed them, because they were “politically backed” and potential accusers had no backing themselves and knew that if they were to blow the whistle or speak, they’d be dismissed as liars or prosecuted for slander?

The battle for “naming and shaming” has the potential to become a reward for us all.

If I were you, I’d keep an eye on the case’s developments and support Nahas, his team, and his cause…

Sexual Abuses? Time to define Operationally the variations in abuses…

Not a day goes by without the news media displaying their favorite topics “Sexual Abuses”, particularly when involving “public figures“.

Sexual abuses are pretty common everywhere around the world. In many societies, the abuses are not made public, hidden under the carpets, for the sake of Honor in the communities, and much less taken to court. In India, occasionally, the community orders a gang raping ritual to salvage the community honor.

In a few developed or “civilized” societies, sexual abuses have been legally prosecuted in the last 3 decades, in the laws and in courts, as long as an adult member files charges.

The trials and investigations are very lengthy, time and energy consuming, and only people with deep pockets can afford to go ahead with the case to reach any resolution.

Usually, it is the victim that carries the brunt of the burden to “prove” the case, given that the victim is willing to have her life-style and history (sexual and other crimes) divulged and thoroughly cross-examined by the defense lawyers…

There are too many claims and cases of sexual abuses in the court pipeline, and most of the times the verdict rendered is “We might never know the truth“.

What truth are the victims and defendants are expected to know?

Unless the victim and perpetrator are very disturbed and mentally sick, they know exactly what happened and not many people care to know how they are going about their life.

It is about time that these “sexual abuses” allegations be defined operationally, every term of the dozens of innuendos related to sexual abusesharassment, molestation and their various synonyms.

The need for an exhaustive taxonomy of “Family Violence” is becoming an urgent matter, and sex abuses be a subcategory. Factors like level of seriousness (physically, mentally, socially, legally), frequency and duration of the abuse, idiosyncrasy of the community…

The general public must have a clear idea what the charges are, simply by reading the definition and description of the charge, complete with the consequences and damages (physical, mental and legal) understood to carry with.

We need a pragmatic notion of operationally defining and describing sexual abuse cases.

You have armies of psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, medical professionals, lawyers, social workers, judges, social institutions, investigators, police officers, clinical institutions… All of them getting a “cut” in this multi-billion cake industry.

If 90% of all liability cases (work related safety and health, car accidents, business related charges…) are settled out of court, why should sexual abuses not be of the negotiated kind by sexforensic experts“?

Why family violence of the very serious kinds, like beating, bruising, breaking of bones, raping… get a slap on the wrist on the ground of “family matters” and no one has to interfere and the cases are hushed up and not disseminated by the media?

Why people who take pleasure in sniffing pussies, holding a kid on their laps, touching breast, buttocks and other body parts or enjoying nudity… have to be considered monsters of sexual abusers and the cases be dragged on for years and the parties have to suffer the ignominies of social stigma and pay the heavy price in shame, time, energy and financial loss?

And the family swimming in that ugly morass of blurred legal territory with countless connotation attached to a broad term according to various idiosyncrasies.

Teams of Medical professionals, jurists, social workers, politicians, judges and representatives of communities… must be given the task of operationally defining the sexual abuses, such as frequency, duration, long-term consequences, cost of trials and recovery, community idiosyncrasies…

The victims and perpetrators should be able to expect how long and how bad are the consequences for carrying on in the process.

Possibly, many defendants might acknowledge the ill-behavior if the definition of the case is not that damaging: Kind of trade-off issue in time, energy, cost… in order to get on with their lives.

The court should be the last resort for most cases, as is the custom in other types of liability cases of safety, health and financial charges.

Let’s tackle this multi-billion business by the horns.

Any educated person and those who experienced the harrowing process can suggest a taxonomy of family violence. This is a worth it endeavor in the right direction.

Frankly, if the definitions are operational and detailed, I don’t see why a few police officers in the precinct are not trained to explain to the person filing charges what are the process, the consequences and length of time and difficulties that such a charge entails.




February 2014

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