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News stories this week

Samir Ayach's photo.

Here’s some of the most important news stories you might have missed from the past week.

1. Citizens Urged to Reduce Water Consumption

(Photo via Daily Star)

The Environment Ministry urged citizens to reduce water consumption on account of the massive decline in rainfall, The Daily Star reported Thursday.

The ministry released a water conservation guide and urged Lebanese NGOs to promote it.

Lebanon witnessed a drastic decrease in rainfall this year at just 40% of the yearly average, raising the threat of possible future drought problems.

(Last year it rained a lot. Still, no water reached the homes and we relied of the water trucks at the cost of $60 per shipment every two weeks)

2. Twenty Five People Arrested After Brawl in Bourj Hammoud

(Photo via Daily Star)

A catcalling incident escalated into an ethnic brawl Saturday in Bourj Hammoud.

According to The Daily Star newspaper, a Syrian Kurdish man made provocative comments to a woman walking with her fiancée, prompting a group of Lebanese and Lebanese-Armenian citizens to try and break into the home of the Syrian-Kurdish man and his four brothers.

As the confrontation escalated, one of the Syrian Kurdish men threw a gas canister, causing one victim to faint. The row ended when security forces intervened. In all, 25 people were arrested.

(Apparently, Syrian refugees rent a room and live 6 in the room)

3. Lebanon Faces Presidential Vacuum

(Photo via Naharnet)

The 5th round of the presidential elections on Thursday ended in failure as lawmakers were unable to reach a quorum to vote (two third of the deputies or 68 of them).

The country’s top Christian spot will remain vacant after President Michel Sleiman leaves Baabda Palace on Sunday.

The session was boycotted by the March 8 alliance, whose members claim that a consensual candidate must be agreed upon first before heading to parliament.

(The March 14 coalition put forth a warlord criminal, Samir Jaaja3, as their preferred candidate to be President. Samir Jaaja3 served a 11-year prison term for assassinating scores of people, including Prime Ministers, and was liberated politically after the withdrawal of the Syrian troops in 2005. Apparently, candidates to the presidential post don’t need to submit  clean judiciary records as members of city councils)

(Read note on the President The Void)

4. Refurbished Sanayeh Park to open on June 1

(Photo via Daily Star)

The Rene Mouawad Garden, commonly known as Sanayeh Park, will reopen to the public on June 1 after a year-long $2.5 million renovation.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on May 31 by the Beirut Municipality and the Azadea Foundation, the retail holding company that funded the renovations. According to CEO Marwan Moukarzel, the garden will remain free and open to the public for 12 hours a day. It will close in the evening.

5. Snake Causes Crash in South Lebanon

A file photo of a Lebanese Red Cross ambulance. (Image via The Daily Star)

Eleven people were wounded in South Lebanon after a mother, identified as Fatmeh Daoud Yassin, swerved the SUV she was driving to avoid a snake in the road.

According to The Daily Star, the vehicle overturned, injuring everyone inside including Yassin’s four children, all between the ages of two and six-years-old.

Also wounded were Amal Rida Nasser, Yassin’s friend, and her three children. Two other unidentified people in the vehicle were also injured.

Note: President Suleiman

Women cry foul: 112 people get citizenship and none for them?

BEIRUT: Women’s rights advocates cried foul Friday after a local newspaper published a copy of a presidential decree granting Lebanese citizenship to 112 foreigners.

The individuals named in the decree hail from France, Italy, Australia, Germany, Holland, Canada, the United States, Jordan and several other countries. The decree sparked outrage, particularly from Lebanese women barred by law from passing their citizenship to their foreign spouses and children.

Meris Lutz published in The Daily Star this Sept. 21, 2013 “Women cry foul after 112 people get citizenship”

The Daily Star
Activists carry banners during a rally as they call for the right of the Lebanese woman to pass her nationality to her husband and children in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
Activists carry banners during a rally as they call for the right of the Lebanese woman to pass her nationality to her husband and children in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

Decree 10214 was issued in March and first came to light several months ago in a report by Al-Jadeed television, but the text itself never surfaced and could not be found in the Official Gazette.

Observers believe that it was not published because of a legal interpretation that holds publishing it isn’t obligatory, because it involved a limited number of people, implying it was not of public concern.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, speaking to LBCD, confirmed the decree’s existence and said there were individuals who deserved to receive Lebanese citizenship.

Some of the naturalized Lebanese appeared to be members of the clergy or Jordanian royalty, and local press reports indicate others were relatives of high-ranking Lebanese officials.

The Individual Initiative for Human Rights called the decision a “scandal” and a “humiliation” for Lebanese women.

The Collective for Research and Training on Development (CRTDA), which has been actively pushing for women’s full citizenship rights with the Arab Women’s Right to Nationality campaign, called the decree and lack of transparency surrounding it “shameful.”

This decree clearly reveals Lebanese officials’ disregard for Lebanese women and their rights, as well as the falseness of their claims to uphold a state based on citizenship, rights and the law,” a statement issued by the group read. “It’s particularly shocking that officials took a step such as this at a time when the country and its citizens are in free fall, while the current political class is unable to provide even minimum security and acceptable living conditions for the sons and daughters of this country.”

Lina Abou Habib, an organizer of the CRTDA campaign, slammed President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati for signing off on the decree, adding that she had lost any faith she had left in the Lebanese state.

“Do the prime minister and the president have any idea about the humiliation of these families on a daily basis?” she said. “They can’t work, go to public school, access health care … Do they have any idea, because they decide to go and give the Lebanese nationality as a gift to wealthy people? I am outraged, absolutely outraged.”

Abou Habib was similarly unimpressed with the excuses offered by some legal experts for not publishing the decree in the Gazette, adding that if not for the leaks to the press, no one would have known.

A decree issued in 1994 that granted citizenship to about 80,000 foreigners was published.

“They can easily hide behind legal technicalities and maybe it is a legal justification, but nevertheless it’s really a coincidence that it also suits the purpose of hiding something that actually is wrong, is morally wrong,” she said. “They have no justification other than saying ‘we can do it.’”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 21, 2013, on page 2.

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