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Young women Get With It and vote Hillary: Recommend  Madeleine Albright

Re “Female Icons Tell the Young to Get With It” (front page, Feb. 8):

As a female college student preparing to enter “the real world,” I find that there is little that is more important to me than feminism.

But I am tired of being condescended to by other women about the presidential election.

I find Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright’s arguments that young women who support Bernie Sanders need to wise up incredibly offensive. (Ms. Steinem has apologized.)

How dare these women imply that young women who vote for Senator Sanders are simply too immature and absent-minded to understand that Hillary Clinton is the better candidate?

Is it possible that some young women are voting for Mr. Sanders because they agree with his policies more?

Sure, to cast a vote for Mrs. Clinton is to support a woman. But she is not a messiah, and her presidency would certainly not be the end of a long road for feminism. (And she vehemently supported all US preemptive wars)

Ms. Steinem and Ms. Albright are reacting to Mrs. Clinton’s lack of support among young female voters by slinging insults at the women who have supported and looked up to them for years.

If we are going to assume that women are intelligent enough to form their own opinions, then women must respect other women’s choices.

A woman can be a feminist and vote for Mr. Sanders, and no amount of tantrum-throwing from powerful women will change that.

When it comes down to it, Ms. Steinem and Ms. Albright’s inflammatory claims will serve only to further divide feminists, as they perpetuate the very chasm they lament.


Charlottesville, Va.

To the Editor:

Although I am a 67-year-old feminist, I am horrified and angry that Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright think that Hillary Clinton should be nominated because she is a woman. That is no different from losing because you are a woman.

Choosing the Democratic presidential nominee is not and never should be a feminist issue. The nominee must be the best person for the job: the person with the most experience and the ability to be elected.

Mrs. Clinton has the most experience to run the country and a greater ability to win the election than Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

In 1972 George McGovern was the Sanders of his day, handicapped by the perception that he was a left-leaning extremist. McGovern lost all but one state, and a landslide victory (and mandate) ensued for Richard Nixon and the Republicans, ushering in a shameful period of American history. (Thus, don’t be afraid of the socialist candidate. Be scared of the other Nixon in a female body)

The stakes in this election are extremely high and will determine whether the United States will move further right toward an oligarchy or left toward greater democracy.


New York

To the Editor:

If ever there were an opportunity to alienate young women voters, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright are carrying the torch with their bewildering reprimands of young female supporters of Bernie Sanders. The cluelessness of these feminist elders is astounding.

Senator Sanders is appealing by virtue of a progressive message that resonates deeply with younger people of both sexes. As a woman over 50 with deep affinity for the feminist movement,

I support Bernie Sanders. I am also embarrassed for the Clinton campaign and the message these endorsements evoke. (mostly Multinational corporations)

We need to encourage and inspire young women who are enthusiastically embracing a social justice platform, not scold them.

More important, if social media is any indication, the insulting messages that young women who do not support Hillary Clinton are going to a “special place in hell” (Ms. Albright) or seeking the attention of boys (Ms. Steinem) is backfiring terribly.


Is hating a political system same as hating a country? Lebanon

Every now and then, we see a new post about Lebanon going viral on Facebook, with the same set of cliché pictures and the same “40 Interesting Facts about Lebanon” that we’ve been hearing ever since people started using the internet.

Like the whole “Lebanon has 18 sects, 40 daily newspapers, is 6000 years old, is not a desert, we created the alphabet” thingy.

Reine Azzi shared this link

No, ‪#‎Lebanon‬ is not heaven on earth but it’s still our country and I don’t understand people hating on it that much.

Self-hating is as bad as over-exaggerated statements and doesn’t help in anything.

The guy who shared that FB post that went crazy viral on Facebook shared two pictures that aren’t even from Lebanon, but there are far nicer and more beautiful pictures to share, and the information he shared is not accurate: It is wrong.

But we have a very rich culture (Not that current), a history that we should be proud of, and tons of facts that will make us feel proud to be Lebanese.

Leaving is always an option for those who hate #Lebanon that much; it takes time but it’s there.

And until then, do yourself a favor and try to enjoy the little things that make this country a special one.

(If your parents, or those who died, made it affordable for you to enjoy what is available)

Stop Hating On Lebanon Posted By : Najib.
These two pictures were part of the FB post that went viral, yet were not taken in Lebanon

However, the latest post, that has gone crazy viral over the past few days, included at least two pictures that aren’t even from Lebanon and that most people didn’t notice or chose to ignore. One of them was apparently taken in Spain and the other in Japan.

Here’s what the post said:

NO we are NOT in a desert. NO we don’t ride on CAMELS like others do.

YES we have NATURAL snow slopes. YES we are a FREE country.

Lebanon is 6000 YEARS OLD. THE BIBLE was named after our city BYBLOS.

“THE CONTINENT EUROPE” was named after our phoenician PRINCESS EUROPA .

The CHRIST made his 1st miracle at QANA in southern Lebanon.
And you are READING and COMMENTING on this post coz the PHOENICIANS our ANCESTORS taught you how by creating the ALPHABET . So stop asking WHERE IS LEBANON!!!

leb3This is in Lebanon and it’s much better than the fake picture being circulated – via Dr. Antoine Daher

I never shared the post and I hate it when people share wrong information, self-inflated statements and misleading pictures but I don’t think we need to make a big deal out of it.

The two pictures could very well be in Lebanon because they are just showing sexy girls on a ski slope and a snowy road.

It’s not like he was sharing pictures of pyramids or the Tour Eiffel in Lebanon. There are tons of misleading posts like that on Facebook related to other countries that most of us tend to share from time to time without checking whether it’s true or not.

As far as the “facts” listed that are meant to help people figure out where Lebanon is, they are mostly wrong or exaggerated but again it doesn’t mean that we have nothing to be proud of as Lebanese.

On the contrary, we have a very rich culture, a history that we should be proud of, and tons of facts that will make us feel proud to be Lebanese.


On another note, and as I stated in a previous post, I cannot understand self-hating Lebanese who look for any reason to hate on their own country and promote it in a very negative way.

In fact, I am not sure which is worse? Those who only seen Lebanon as heaven on earth or those who hate this country and want to leave.

I find both extremes wrong but I truly believe that seeing the positive in things not only reflects on our country but on the way we live our lives. I hate a lot of things that are happening here but I try to change them or ignore them (if possible) and focus on the things that make me happy and there are plenty of them.

We do need a wake up call every now and then, and I agree with a lot of points raised by Elie from A Separate State of Mind on that same topic, but calling Lebanon a brain-dead country was wrong and as bad as “vulgar fetishization

(Thank u Mustapha for that term).

PS: Since the author of that post couldn’t find proper ski slopes or snowy roads pictures from Lebanon, here are few recent pictures that are far better than the ones he shared:

cedars2via LiveLoveCedars

cedars3via LiveLoveCedars

mzaarvia LiveLoveMzaar

haig2via Haig Melikian

cedars4via LiveLoveCedars

And this one from 1969!




February 2016

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