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Any peaceful State outside of Lebanon?

Question: Do the citizens of these unstable States have any hope in the future?

Mass upheaval almost everywhere in the world, from Latin America, Europe, Hong Kong, Africa, The Sahara States, Middle East… and most of these upheavals are the result of the USA policies and its International Monetary Fund.

Since October 17, Lebanon mass upheaval didn’t witness any killing by the Army who basically was safeguarding the uprising from the hooligans of the civil war militia “leaders”.

Note that the Internal security Forces refused to get out of its barracks, simply because it is meant to protect the investment of the militia/mafia in Beirut, and mainly those of the Hariri clan and Nabih Berry (chairman of the Parliament)

Most of these States can conceive of a “brighter” future, but can the Lebanese dare to elevate their wishes for a sustainable Lebanon?

بالأمس مساءً، أيّ بتاريخ ١٧ تشرين الثاني ٢٠١٩، قمت بجولة إخبارية على محطات التلفزة العالمية : Euronews, CNN, BBC, TF1, …وتأكدت بأن كلّ بلدان الكرة الأرضية خربانة وولعانة…

عددوا معي:

– مظاهرات وإعتصامات في بوليفيا، التشيلي، المكسيك، البرازيل، غواتيمالا، البيرو…هذه في أميركا الجنوبية…

– قتلى وجرحى بالعشرات في عمليات إطلاق نار في الولايات المتحدة الأميركية…

– مظاهرات في مقاطعة كيبك في كندا للمطالبة بالإستقلال الذاتي…

– مظاهرات وإعتصامات في بريطانيا…

– القمصان الصفراء Gilets jaunes... كسّروا بعض معالم باريس وأقفلوا الطرقات في معظم مدن فرنسا…

– مقاطعة كاتالونيا (Catalonia) تطالب بالإنفصال عن إسبانيا من خلال عصيان مدني شامل…

– مظاهرات وإعتصامات في سلوفاكيا، والبانيا، وكرواتيا، والمانيا، واليونان…

– حروب ومظاهرات ونزوح وقتلى وجرحى في تركيا، والعراق، وسوريا، وإيران…

– مظاهرات وحروب في الجزائر وليبيا والمالي وبوركينا فاسو …

حرائق مدمِرة وقتلى في أوستراليا…

مظاهرات وعصيان مدني في هونغ كونغ…

– … ولبنان على شفير الحرب …

لا يوجد آمان في أيّة دولة في العالم … فالنظام الذي أوجدته الدول الكبرى بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية ينهار بالكامل…

أيها اللبنانيون… الهجرة ليست الحلّ… الحلّ هو بالتعقّل والحوار وقبول الرأي الآخر والعمل بصدق على إعادة بناء وطننا الحبيب لبنان …

A few of the Sons and relatives of mafia/militia leaders have off-shores accounts

Note: updated the article of 2016

One of the batch of the Panama financial leaks list these figures

The first batch of names are:

  1. Bassam Yammine, a former minister assigned by the potential new President of Lebanon Michel Suleiman
  2. Hind Nabih Berry: Daughter of Chairman of the Parliament for 26 consecutive years
  3. Nader Hariri: Brother of Saad Hariri, former and current PM and political successor of his late father Rafic Hariri
  4. Tarek Sami Nahass: a member of the board director of the Hariri clan
  5. Maysara Sokkar: general manager of Sukleen and Sukomi (waste disposal and contracted out to Saad Hariri)
  6. Wael Fouad Seniora: Son of former PM Fouad Seniora who didn’t deposit $11 billions into the Central Bank
  7. Houda Abdel Basset Seniora: wife of Fouad Seniora PM
  8. Walid Dawook: Relative of Adnan Kassar and appointed minister by former Mikati PM
  9. Riad Salameh: Chairman of the Central Bank for 20 successive yearsNote: Iceland President submitted his resignation after he was listed in the leaks
    Ghassan Saoud posted  on FB

    هيك هيك الدنيّ ضاجة بوثائق باناما وكتير عالم ما شافوا كتاب “الحاكم بأمر المال” أو شافوه وما عنالهم.. هاتوا نخبركم القليل:

    بسام يمين – وزير سليمان فرنجية السابق الذي هو عضو مجلس إدارة في كريدي سويس (لبنان) فينانس ورئيس مجلس إدارة إهدن كامبيغ العقارية يرأس مجلس إدارة Novi Orbis Development التي يشير سجلها التجاري إلى أن أبرز المساهمين فيها هي شركة Goldan sands invest المسجلة في جزر بريطانيا العذراء.

    هند نبيه بري هي عضو مجلس إدارة في شركة KIDZ INVESTMENTS HOLDING التي يرأس مجلس إدارتها علي كزما، وأبرز المساهمين في هذه الشركة هم رانيا نعمة الله أبي نصر وشركة Kids Edutainment Park التي تضم ثلاثة أعضاء مجلس إدارة بارزين هم: ابراهيم عازار نجل النائب السابق سمير عازار، رجل الأعمال السعودي محمد ضحيان بن عبد العزيز الضحيان، شركة RB VENTURES INTERNATIONAL المسجلة في «جزر بريطانيا العذراء».

    نادر الحريري – مستشار سعد الحريري
    مساهم في شركة Millennium Real Estate Holding التي يرأس مجلس إدارتها الأمين العام المساعد للشؤون المالية والإدارية في تيار المستقبل وليد سبع أعين. وسبع أعين هو مؤسس شركة CELLCAST HOLDING التي آلت كل أسهمها لشركة «بنبيت انترناشونال ليمتد المسجلة في جزيرة في المحيط الهندي اسمها جمهورية السيشل.

    طارق سامي نحاس – عضو مجلس إدارة «ميلانيوم» التي يرأس مجلس إدارتها نادر الحريري هو: عضو مجلس إدارة في شركة مونو بلازا هولدينغ التي يعتبر صندوق الشرق الاوسط للاستثمار العقاري المساهم الأكبر فيها، والأخير مسجل في «جزر بريطانيا العذراء». وهو مساهم وعضو مجلس إدارة في شركة منارة كابيتال العقارية التي يرأس مجلس إدارتها حازم مفيد الفرا. علماً أن المساهم الرئيسي فيها وفقاً للسجل التجاري هو شركة PRIMAVERA HOLDINGS المسجلة في جزر الكايمن. وهو محامي شركة قنطاري 2259 التي يرأس مجلس إدارتها مروان فخري دلول، علماً أن المساهم الرئيسي فيها وفق السجل التجاري هي شركة kantari residence limited المسجلة في جزر بريطانيا العذراء.

    ميسرة سكر – سوكلين وسوكومي – هو رئيس مجلس إدارة ليدز انترناشيونال، والمساهم الرئيسي فيها هي شركة AVERDA INTERNATIONAL LIMITED المسجلة في جزر بريطانيا العذراء.

    وائل فؤاد السنيورة
    مساهم رئيسي وعضو مجلس إدارة في شركة «لوسيد انفستمنت كوربوريشن». لوسيد شريكة رئيسية لشركة KABABJI INVESTMENT COMPANY في تملك وإدارة شركة كبابجي (هولدنغ). وKABABJI INVESTMENT COMPANY مسجلة في جزر الكايمن.

    هدى عبد الباسط السنيورة – زوجة فؤاد السنيورة
    رئيسة مجلس إدارة «الأمل هولدنغ». والأمل هولدينغ مساهمة في شركة فردان 1341 العقارية، والمساهمة الرئيسية معها هي شركة«فينيسيا انترناشيونال هولدنغ» أما المساهم شبه الوحيد في الأخيرة فهو شركة «فينيسيا انتربرايزس» المسجلة في بنما.

    وليد الداعوق – الوزير الميقاتي السابق وصهر الوزير السابق عدنان القصار (فرنسبنك)
    ساهم وعضو مجلس إدارة في شركة M1 REAL ESTATE LEBANON التي تعتبر M1 REAL ESTATE INTERNATIONAL المساهمة الأكبر فيها، وهي مسجلة في»جزر بريطانيا العذراء».

    غسان سعود – رولا ابراهيم

Old Cosmopolitan Beirut: Before Saudi and Gulf Emirates Real Estates Developers landed

How the Hariri clan (Starting with late Rafic Hariri PM) destroyed Beirut heritage

A string of illegal robbery of Prime Real Estates properties

Those rich emirs wanted a comfortable stay in Beirut that feel very capitalist and a view on the sea.

So their representative in Lebanon, late Rafic Hariri PM, bribed and forced illegal laws to capture Downtown Beirut for pennies and instituted the Solidaire company.

Not only Hariri and his partners in the triumvirate (Nabih Berry and Walid Jumblat) occupied the Downtown but they dumped the sea and created many acres of new prime land.

The proprietors of prime land were given shares. The land is worth over $10 billion, but the shares never increased a dime over the last 30 years. The term of the company was to end 10 years ago, but it was extended another 10 years by the same triumvirate.

Currently, Beirut Downtown is as dead as the desert in Saudi Arabia.

The citizens were chased out from the premises by making the shops and the items too expensive for paying a visit to this cosmopolitan Capital.

Before 1975, Beirut was the hub for all the Lebanese who could find the best quality merchandize at affordable prices in its old souks.

The souks have been razed and demolished to erect skyscrapers that are empty.

Even the Emirs failed to visit Lebanon. Worse, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates are warning their people Not to spend their vacation in Beirut.

Joseph Dergham's photo.
'Beirut Martyrs Square in 1965'
'Beirut Martyrs Square in 2015'

Maroun Ingeatostop destroying your heritage!

Beirut Martyrs Square in 1965 :

Green spaces, Trams, Bus & Taxi Stops, Traditional houses, Tonzim modoni…

All this was illegally destroyed by a well known private company

And replaced by illegal parkings, buildings and water front.

The Zeitouny Bay, Dalieh, Raouche, Ras Beirut, Downtown, the ancient famous souks…

Restore Beirut to whom it belongs!

Youssef Mohammad Al Moussawi's photo.

Master muddler: Buster of our internet and telecommunication system

The fibre optics lines have been installed a few years ago, and yet these lines are waiting for this idiot to connect them.

Abdel Moneim Youssef is not your average public servant. If there is one compelling impression from meeting him in person, it is that there is much more to him than meets the eye.

(He is such an idiot that he enjoys playing the game?)

In this sense, his office at the Ministry of Telecommunications is  confusingly unrevealing: large but functional, not overtly more guarded than the premises of other Grade 1 national officials, and adorned with memorabilia — fittingly in his case, blown-up images of historic Lebanese phone cards decorate the spacious waiting area.

 posted in Executive this April 7, 2015

But the bureaucrat has certain attributes that pit him as quite exceptional for a public servant.

For one, he singlehandedly holds a tremendous amount of power over the telecommunications sector.

He is at once director general of operations and maintenance at the Ministry of Telecommunications and chair–general manager of state owned fixed line operator Ogero (private company belonging to the Hariri clan), which acts as an internet service provider while simultaneously being responsible for selling international capacity to the private sector.

The man is also incredibly elusive.  (What can he says? “I am working for the Hariri clan who wants to buy this public institution for cheap?”)

Reaching Youssef required going through specific channels that are not usually required for journalists to meet public servants.

Then, there are the opinions people hold of him.

Everybody involved with telecommunications in Lebanon seems to have one.

Some view him as highly self interested, others regard him as no different from any other government employee — and some of those in the know even provided Executive with two conflicting views, describing him as “extremely smart and charming if he wants to be,” but also going as far as alleging that he must be “a maniac” or have a “crazy conspiracy theory” — speaking on condition of anonymity, of course. 

But for anything telecom sector related, Youssef is the go-to person.

He is Mr. X as Executive termed the theoretical, all knowing, unknown telecoms guru.

He is the one who should be able to answer basic questions on the minds of the Lebanese.

Questions such as:

1.  Why has the new fiber optic internet backbone not been turned on yet?

2. Why isn’t Ogero granting international capacity to private sector ISPs?

3. Why is our internet so slow and expensive?

Before Executive encountered Youssef, we were told he had a knack for derailing a topic by either losing his interlocutors in details or with his charming personality.

Sitting down with him, it quickly became clear that he was not going to give us any information — much less a straight, serious answer.

Youssef can talk, knows how to waste time and is a master of deflecting inconvenient questions.

Besides not allowing recording equipment, Youssef would craft his answers in a way to not only avoid the topic, but also be unspecific to the point of making generalization into an art form.

 When asked why the new fiber optic network contracted in 2011 — which now connects the bulk of the central offices in Lebanon as well as many of the country’s heavy users such as universities and hospitals — has not been turned on, Youssef immediately retorted on the semantics, not the substance, of our question.

‘Heavy users’ is a meaningless term, he shot back, embarking on a diatribe arguing that the term was “not even a word.” If you look up ‘heavy users’ on Google, he said, it would yield no results. He went further to say that ‘heavy users’ was only a term used by people in Lebanon, to describe a concept that does not exist in the rest of the world’s parlance.

Executive of course does not know when Youssef last googled the term, but we can confirm that a March 2015 search yields high level international technical sources as using the term ‘heavy users’ in important discussions — such as the net neutrality debate — and for considerable time in exactly the same way in which it was entailed in the question posed to him.

To a question about why our new, state of the art fiber optic backbone had not yet been switched on to carry data traffic, Youssef retorted with an ill informed rebuttal about heavy users.

The question remained unanswered, but Youssef’s response served a purpose: the longer the talk about definitions, the more time Youssef won as the clock counted down to 6 p.m., when he informed us he had another meeting.

At a certain point in the interview — and though his English appeared highly adequate for claiming knowledge on the appropriateness of the technical terms he disputed — Youssef became apologetic about his poor command of the language, excusing himself, in English, as having been “French educated” and switched to arguing in French from that point on.

“What’s the relation between internet and fiber optic?”

There are many strategies to waste time through talking, but it is an art to talk for 40 minutes and provide answers that are as far from clear as they are far from being quotable, in the sense of saying anything of informative value.

“What’s the relation between internet and fiber optic?” he barked at Executive when once more pressed for an answer as to why the fiber wasn’t turned on.

The discussion ascended to heights usually reserved to the performances of the Théâtre de l’Absurde as Youssef advanced to question the premise of a newly existing fiber optic network by asking us how we were sure it was really there.

The question was surprising, given that the network had been budgeted, tendered and indeed installed according to various statements given to Executive by telecommunications consultants, private sector contractors and vendors who had worked on the project — and notably, by advisors to the Ministry of Telecommunications.

Taking a somewhat contradictory position to the gauntlet just thrown that was perhaps worthy of a Camus essay, Youssef then went on to assert that of course we have fiber optic internet.

But this statement is too vague to be understood as a claim that the new network is indeed on, as Lebanon does have an older fiber optic network built over a decade ago that links 5 central offices together, which we understand is in operation.

This network was originally built only to carry Ogero’s internal traffic, and was not meant to be used as a wide area network as it is used now, to carry internet traffic.

When speaking, it is very common for one to forget to be precise and qualify what is being discussed, so any potential misunderstandings can generally be clarified through merely asking a simple follow up question. When pressed for a more specific answer, as in whether Youssef was referring to this older network, or if he was claiming that the new network was, indeed, turned on, he exploded.

The bone of contention appeared to be that Executive had called the fiber optic network “old,” or as he reworded it, “ancient.”

He thus addressed this supposed question of network longevity — which Executive had not asked and not intended to ask — with a discourse on how fiber optic cables have a very long lifespan.

Indeed, fiber optic cabling, provided it is properly insulated under the ground, is essentially good forever.

Yet when it comes to being able to carry an entire country’s capacity, no matter how long it physically lasts, it will not be able to carry traffic it was not designed for.

Youssef added that the older fiber that was built from 1994 to 2000 is only being used at 35% of its capacity.

(So why not making good use of the overwhelming remaining unused capacity?)

But in an attempt to revert back to the matter of whether Youssef was actually claiming that the new network was off or if his claims were just stating vague facts in order to confuse, Executive asked him if he had signed any documents approving the activation of the newer network.

He responded saying that he signed papers for fiber optic cables “every day.”

Again, it is unclear whether this means that Youssef signs papers approving some kind of fiber optic related work or if he was indeed claiming that he had signed papers approving turning on sections of the new network.

To close the discussion, he invited Executive to call up all of our sources and tell them they were wrong.

“They are completely ignorant,” he said.

Every source we had cited in our interview — the advisors to the Ministry of Telecommunications, the consultants, the internet services providers — were implied. All of them (are ignorant?).

After we dismissed some ideas implied by our interviewee — such as buying shovels and digging trenches to check for the presence of cables, or calling respected experts to insult them — the net gain of 40 minutes’ exposure to Youssef’s mastery in haranguing was thin.

What we learned was that the questions we were asking, for some reason, were questions that Youssef did not want to answer.

If there is one thing Youssef can be congratulated for, it is his prowess in semantics.

Not unsimilar to the style of long, colorful discourses of thesis and antithesis that are preached by certain prestigious schools in Paris in order for their students to succeed in oral presentations, Youssef can talk.

While we leave him with new appreciation of how one can use this talent in a top public administrative position, we can only speculate as to how this public servant uses this ability for the greater good of national telecommunications.

What we no longer wonder about is his charm, or that he knows what he is doing.

As he shakes hands with Executive before ushering us out of the door, smiling, he apologizes for being so “disagreeable.”

Note 1: Charbel Nahas  (former communication minister) shared this link on FB this April 12, 2015 

عبد المنعم يوسف يخطف شبكة الألياف الضوئية التي تم تلزيمها خلال تولي شربل نحاس وزارة الاتصالات
ويمنع اللبنانيين من الاستفادة منها
وهي تربط كل سنترالات لبنان وتصل مباشرة إلى مئات المؤسسات التي تستخدم الإنترنت بكثافة (إدارات، مؤسسات إعلامية وصحافية، تلفزيونات، موزعو إنترنت، جامعات…)

Abdel Moneim Youssef is not your average public servant.
Executive got to meet him for 40 minutes, and the least we can say, it was a bewildering encounter.
executive-magazine.com

Brown spills, sewage dump…: Beirut, Na3meh, Khaldeh…

For over 15 years, Sukleen (one of the Hariri clan company) has been renewing its contract with the government without bidding procedures and used open air dumps for its garbage collection enterprise.

Sukleen has been charging the municipalities $140 a ton of garbage and paid directly from the municipality fund (like taxes on payrolls), while the few private providers allowed to work and independent municipalities with their own system are paying $40 a ton.

Saida had amassed a hill of garbage and the municipality is fooling us that this hill will become a green garden for the citizens, eventually.  With potential perspectives and architectural plans… to back it up.

In Na3meh, the people have been suffering from increased cancer problems, living in an environment of constant stench. They endeavored to sit-in and prevent any more trucks to empty garbage.  The government has again promised to resolve this problem within two years...

Brown spills of Khalde

It’s a nasty sewage dump- mainly flowing from southern Beirut, Khaldeh and the suburbs like Aramoun/Bchamoun/Choueifat…

Noticed most of your recent posts have to do with that short trip you took to Jordan- best way to learn about Lebanon is to leave it for a few days every couple of weeks- refreshes your perspective

In addition to the landfill crisis on Beirut’s streets–covered on this blog yesterday— there appears to be a heavy dose of brown stuff spewing into the Mediterranean near Beirut Airport, as seen in these pictures I took a couple of days ago.
You can see the runway at the top right. And the output point appears to be near a sea resort near Khalde, a few hundred meters before the Ouzai tunnel running underneath the tarmac.
Zooming in on the same area in Google Maps, the brown substance appears to come from very close to this resort, near a green area, before being flushed out to sea via a short canal:
Zoom out and you can see the extent of the damage across the coastline:

But these satellite images could be quite dated– in some parts of Beirut I have noticed Google earth images to be 2-3 years old.

Judging by my current airplane window shots, could this mean that the slime has been pumped out constantly for 3 years or even much longer?
No wonder Sidon and Khalde are not safe places to swim.

En reponse a M Nehmat Frem ce soir sur telelumiere qui a specule qu'uniquement 15% des libanais seraient capables de trier leurs dechets, j'aimerais preciser qu'entre les annees 1996 et 1998 les habitants de Bsharri furent les habitants du premier village au Liban a trier leurs dechets a la source (c.a.d chacun dans sa maison). En effet environ 80 % des habitants avaient participe au tri des dechets organise par le Comite de Sauvergarde de l'Environnement de Bsharri, projet que la municipalite de Bsharri avait malheureusement refuse de reprendre lors de sa reprise de pouvoir en 1998. Avec de la bonne volonte, de la patience et du courage, rien n'est impossible M. Frem.
In response to Ne3mat Frem who speculated that only 15% of Lebanese (meaning municipalities, baladiyat?) are able to sort out their garbage… I would like to remind M Frem that between 1996-98 the citizens of the town of Bsharreh were the first to sort out their garbage at the source, their homes.
Indeed, 80% of the inhabitants participated in the project Safeguarding the Environment Committee. Unfortunately, the next municipality refused to take up that project.
With will, patience and courage, nothing is impossible.
The French text posted by Habib Rahmet:
En reponse a M Nehmat Frem ce soir sur telelumiere qui a specule qu’uniquement 15% des libanais seraient capables de trier leurs dechets, j’aimerais preciser qu’entre les annees 1996 et 1998 les habitants de Bsharri furent les habitants du premier village au Liban a trier leurs dechets a la source (c.a.d chacun dans sa maison). En effet environ 80 % des habitants avaient participe au tri des dechets organise par le Comite de Sauvergarde de l’Environnement de Bsharri, projet que la municipalite de Bsharri avait malheureusement refuse de reprendre lors de sa reprise de pouvoir en 1998. Avec de la bonne volonte, de la patience et du courage, rien n’est impossible M. Frem.

Same casualties in car explosions, different media effects…

How powerful are media?

“This is the third explosion I escaped. I don’t know if I will die in the fourth one”.  Tweeted the 18-year old Maria Jawhari.
And her apprehension was fulfilled this time around.
Last year generated over 290 car explosions, many kamikaze-type, around the world, resulting in over 3,500 killed, and five fold of injuries.
Iraq experienced about 3 times more car explosions than in 2012: 92 compared to 35.
Syria witnessed about 27 explosions.
Shall I mention the calamities in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali, Libya, Tunisia…?
Countries under foreign occupations experienced only 35% of the total explosions in 2013.
How powerful are the media?
Lebanon witnessed 3 explosions last year, mainly in the last two months.
This year has started with another 3 explosions.
Onset of the explosion
لحظة الإنفجا OTV Lebanon – otv.com.lb
otv.com.lb
If this trend continues, Lebanon might outpace Iraq, assuming that
1. Iraq continues to crack down hard on the hot zones or sources of terrorism in the cities of Ramadi and Falluja in the Anbar province by the Syrian borders.
2. Syria manages to liberate the large towns of Yabrod and Deir Zur from the ultra Wahhabi Islamists, funded by Saudi Arabia, the people in Kuwait and the Arab Emirates…
3. The town of Qusair stays freed from these Al Nusra Front terrorists
The first car bomb exploded in Haret Hrik in Dahiyaa. The media covered intensively this first since it took place in Hezbollah stronghold. The second one in Dahiya generated lukewarm reactions in the Lebanese media.
The third explosion targeted Iran embassy.
The fourth car explosion generated tons of comments… in Lebanon and abroad, describing the death of Mohammad Shateh https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/beirut-explosion-exclusive-photos-and-the-death-of-mohammad-shateh/
and the selfie kid  Mohammad Sha3ar https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/lebanon-tragic-selfie-of-2013-rip-mohammad-hassan-al-sha3ar/
(Mind you that this car explosion is supposed to be targeting Al Mustakbal sympathizers of the Hariri clan)
The successive explosions generated none. And all these car explosions resulted in the same numbers of killed and injured. What give?
Another photo depicting the aftermath of #HaretHreik explosion, south #Beirut – #AFP #Lebanon
Maria Jawhari, the 18 year old who was killed in today’s‪#‎HaretHreik‬ ‪#‎explosion‬ had this to say before she died:
pic.twitter.com/ebgwu1E1HL
رَد إعادة تغريد تفضيل المزيد
رابط دائم للصورة المُضمّنة
Martyr Maryam Jowhary #beirut #bombing #harethreik
Martyr Maryam Jowhary #beirut #bombing #harethreik
Maria el Jawhari was reported as one of at least 4 victims of a bombing in southern Beirut on Tuesday. Netizens shared this image of a January 2 post from Facebook reading,
The car bomb attack was claimed by the Nusra Front in Lebanon and was the second blast in less than a month in the Shia-dominated Haret Hreik. Read more: http://ow.ly/sO3gD
“This is the third explosion I escaped. I don’t know if I will die in the fourth one”.
Maria el Jawhari was reported as one of at least four victims of a bombing in southern Beirut on Tuesday. Netizens shared this image of a January 2 post from Facebook reading, "This is the third explosion I escaped. I don't know if I will die in the fourth one". The car bomb attack was claimed by the Nusra Front in Lebanon and was the second blast in less than a month in the Shia-dominated Haret Hreik. Read more: http://ow.ly/sO3gD
Ali Ibrahim Bashir, another victim of #HaretHreik‘s #explosion |#Lebanon
Ali Ibrahim Bashir, another victim of #HaretHreik's #explosion | #Lebanon

Demolishing Iconic public Stairs: Mar Mikhael stairs in Ashrafiyeh (Lebanon)

Would you protest for the removal of a historic set of stairs in your neighborhood? People in Beirut are suffocating for lack of green spaces, and yet, local residents are willing to fight for stairs.

I watched on the evening news the protest of the neighborhood to that iconic stairs (about 66 stairs) and they all promised to die in front of the bulldozing machine… Many people have taken these stairs as their reference and place of daily work…

Ashrafieh is hilly. Sassine square is up on a hill and Mar Mikhael’s toes dip in the sea (before reclaiming the sea that is).

Anyone who walks around Ashrafieh/Gemmayzeh/Tabaris/Mar Mikhael knows how essential these stairs are, and the time they save. They’re also cultural and historical icons where dozens of festivals, exhibitions and performances take place.

 posted this Nov. 9, 2013

Residents Protest Demolition of Mar Mikhael Stairs

Here’s why the decision by the Municipality of Beirut (dominated by Al Mustakbal movement of the Hariri clan) to demolish the Massaad stairs, known as the Mar Mikhael stairs, is unreasonable.

  1. It means too much to so many people. This is a historic piece of land that many if not most of us have memories on. Personally, I’ve walked up and down (believe it or not) those stairs dozens of times when I lived in the area growing up. I’ve also been to many an art performance and exhibition on those now colorful steps.
  2. It is the only outlet for many houses on it.
  3. It’s too narrow. Just look at it, how can a road (which will have cars parked on the side) be of any use?
  4. Traffic. There’s a vast network of crisscrossing roads already, and adding this one won’t have much value, if any. It’ll just add to traffic on Armenia Street and make the resident’s lives uncomfortable.

I hope the ultra-corrupt Beirut Municipality will reconsider, and that the residents’ pleas are heard. I’d also like to tell the residents we are with them, and will support them in any non-violent action they take to try and stop this unfair and unnecessary plan.


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