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Lebanese Billionaires with account in Switzerland and Not able to withdraw a cent?

From Wikileaks?
Note that our Parliament chief, Nabih Berry, his wife and his son have accumulated $15 bn. Former Prime minister Fouad Seniora deposited over $9 bn in less than 4 years after Not recording in the Central Bank $11 bn from foreign loans received . Former Prime minister Najib and his brother Taha Mikati $16 bn. Our central bank chief Riyad Salameh deposited $5 bn, our former President Michel Sulaiman $2 bn…
And not counting the hundreds of politicians and deputies who hoarded in the millions

لائحة إسمية بالمسؤولين اللبنانيين الذين لديهم حسابات مجمّدة في البنوك السويسرية ، الغير قادرين على سحب دولار واحد منها بتعليمات من الإدارة الأميركية(المصدر ويكيلكس)

١-فؤاد السنيورة ٩.١ مليار دولار
٢- نجيب ميقاتي٧.٨ مليار دولار
٣-طه ميقاتي ٦.٨ مليار دولار

٤-نبيه برّي ٦.٣ مليار دولار
٥-ميشال المر ٥.٩ مليار دولار
٦- سعدالدين الحريري ٥.٩ مليار دولار
٧-رندا بري ٥.٧ مليار دولار
٨-رياض سلامة ٥ مليار دولار


٩-وليد جنبلاط ٤.٦ مليار دولار
١٠- الياس المر ٣.٦ مليار دولار
١١-عبدالله بري ٢ مليار دولار


١٢ ميشال سليمان ٢ مليار دولار
١٣- نقولا فتوش ١.٩ مليار دولار
١٤- فؤاد مخزومي ١.٩ مليار دولار
١٥- مريام سكاف ١.٦ مليار دولار.


بالإضافة إلى مئات الأسماء التي رصيدها يتراوح بين نص مليار دولار صعودا حتى مليار دولار. وهناك المئات أيضا أموالهم مودعة في البنوك الأميركية والفرنسية ستصدر لائحة بأغلبيتهم تباعاً


للأسف هذا لبنان وهؤلاء زعمائه.ويجب على الشعب اللبناني أن يعرف أين مقدرات البلاد.
عاش الزعماء ….مات الشعب
سرق الزعماء….افتقر الشعب

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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 237

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page of backlog opinions and events is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory

Le prix de petrole a chute drastiquement durand Maduro (Venezuela President) et USA a refuse’ de financer d’autres resources de richesse au Venezuela, par le moyen du World Bank and IMF. Comme toujours, c’est la Chine qui prend avantage de ces opportunites

Do you think the feeling of having our ear wax-shut, seeing double, nose stuffed, feeling hungry, thirsty, back pain, finger smashed, elbow knocked on the edge of a door, leg injury… are all interpreted the same way by the brain?

What kinds of emotions are generated when you are unable to smell anything or taste anything? What kinds of emotions do you feel when you realize that your memories are failing you?

All these emotions are not the same because of the interrelations among 4 factors:

1. The brain does not interpret the same pain and frustration for all injuries and handicapping problems

2. The duration of the handicap such as permanent, short-term or medium term plays a critical role on the wide gamut of emotions we try to untangle. The effects linger and the events cannot be forgotten

3. The community in which we live exerts particular judgment on each kind of handicap

4. Our standard level of traditional life-style is affected, and the required changes are harder, the higher the standard level.

Banal emotions of failure is what we used to take for granted.  Whatever other emotional terms are concocted are abstract combination of several basic banal emotions.

Is happiness an emotion? Do we really can recall how we felt when our body was sane and fully functional?

Is happiness synonymous with contentment, pleasure, joy…?

How about we reduce the emotions to three? Fear, anger and contentment. Among the gamut of sub-emotions of disgust, happiness, sadness and surprise?

The feeling of happiness, surprise, exalted instances and the Void are transient feelings: The next moment and the brain recaptures the 3 essential emotions that are lasing or permanent among mankind life.

Plenitude of humanity: A man of quality eats moderately, requires no comfort in his house, is diligent in business, equitable in his opinions, cultivate doing what is right, and seek the company of wise people.  These qualities demonstrate that the man loves to study“.

US administration “saddened” by the number of Palestinian casualties (1,100 of them and 6 dead martyrs) on the border with Gaza by Israel live bullets. (Those Friday Marches back Home reached 25 Fridays, with No discontinuity. And Israel snipers still use live bullets every time)

How do you think Israel interpreted US “sadness”? The assassination of unarmed Palestinians is going unabated for the second day of “Homeland Day” intifadat

Whom do you think in this extremist Evangelical Zionist US administration is feeling “that sad”?

Najib Mikati moush bi 7ajat la kherjiyyet al naayeb. Ba3d al nouwaab 7azineen enno fi nouwaab fokarat: ma edro yetrasha7o lal niyaabi

Mourasha7 bi B3abda kaal: Al mouwaten al Loubnani 3aayesh bil zel. Wrong. Al mouwaten t3awad 3ala al zol wa 3am yetmarmagh bil zol. Ba3ref shou 3am be7keh: bi awal mounasabeh ta yaakhod mawkef, bi dob zanabo wa bi yedhar 3al sikkayt

Second Class or lower rate citizens? Lebanon new law project…

January 18, 2013
The Daily Star
Prime Minister Najib Mikati, center, heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

The revelation this week, thanks only to leaked documents and not the transparency of government, that the ministerial committee studying the draft nationality law has rejected it in its entirety is, while not at all surprising, disheartening to say the least.

The law, which would see women for the first time gain equal citizenship rights with men, is supported by the prime minister, the president and the first lady. But ministers studying the draft rejected it on the grounds that it would upset national demographics, explicitly citing concerns over the settlement of Palestinians.

Yet again, the country’s leaders have revealed their arrogance in seemingly believing that international conventions and standards do not apply. This hypocrisy, in claiming to stand with human rights and rejecting such laws, is blatant, and the little issues of equality and human rights are apparently viewed as subjective concerns. That a Lebanese woman cannot pass her citizenship on to her children if she is married to a foreigner is unjust, that much is obvious.

Sectarianism has once more won the day, and those allegedly responsible for protecting the rights of the country’s citizens have been swayed by their blind allegiance to sectarian values.

Women’s rights are also denied in many of the Personal Status laws. The draft law on domestic violence still sits in Parliament, but it has already been stripped of much of its content.

At a time when women around the region are rightly demanding equal opportunities, and their right to justice and representation, Lebanese leaders appear to believe that women’s legitimate demands can be repeatedly ignored.

In Saudi Kingdom, where women are not even allowed to drive, a recent decree has stipulated that women account for 20 percent of the legislative council.

However in Lebanon, which has long boasted of its respect for women’s rights, the 30-member Cabinet is still entirely male, and those three female MPs all happen to be widows, wives or relatives of male politicians.

This is not the first time the issue of equal nationality rights has been discussed at top levels of government and rejected. It should not, then, come as a big surprise. But it is as saddening and frustrating as ever. There are those, many of the campaigners themselves, who truly believed that change was around the corner, having received promises to that end by many politicians.

But, as the current electoral law saga has also shown, the sectarianism argument still refuses to die. Perhaps especially now, as so many parties are latching on to this issue, as they think it will protect their own interests, it is being bandied about more than ever.

Laws, especially those addressing such fundamental issues as nationality, must not be used and abused in the runup to an election, either to garner support or to distract voters from the real and genuine problems the country is facing.

The fact that this rejection of the law also undermines the first article of the Constitution, which affirms that all Lebanese are equal, is also crucial.

If politicians can choose to so openly negate the founding principles of the state, what message does this send? This shameful episode is an insult to this country’s women, and an embarrassment to Lebanon’s image internationally.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 18, 2013, on page 7.

 

State running on Square Wheels: Lebanon?

Is it true that Lebanon’s political system has a lot that’s worthy of praise but it doesn’t run so well?

If no agreement is reached on a new election law, will parliament be crushed?

Robert Fisk published in The Independent on March 24, 2013: Lebanon is like a Rolls Royce with square wheels…

The prime minister has resigned, there’s no government to speak of, there are further street battles in Tripoli, the threat of more kidnappings.

Lebanon, as we used to say in the civil war, returns to normal. And in some ways, it’s true. Lebanon is always living through the greatest crisis since the last greatest crisis. But the current drama is a little more serious.

Najib Mikati PM – one of the world’s richest politicians as well as prime minister of one of the world’s smallest countries – resigned because his government had become unworkable and the country’s MPs had failed to draw up a new election law. Trade unions had been striking across Lebanon – even closing the international airport for several hours – to demand higher salaries. Mikati gave way on this, one of his very final acts, but he cannot have been a happy man.

After all, living next door to a civil war is not an easy task, not least when Syrian jets bomb two houses inside Lebanese territory.

The Israelis invade Lebanon’s airspace every day without a whimper from Washington, but the Syrian aggression had the United States thundering its fury at Damascus. Lebanon is not bound by sanctions against Syria so its government had adopted a policy of ‘dissociation’, a snob title for the necessary neutrality which the country must adopt to prevent its own Sunnis and Shias and Christians being drawn into the battles over the border.

The Sunni-Alawite conflict in Tripoli – in which 6 people died, including a Lebanese soldier, and over 40 injured – cannot be allowed to spread to other parts of the country. Tripoli is Mikati’s home town.

The ‘dissociation’ hasn’t worked very well. For a start, Lebanon pro-Syrian foreign minister infuriated the Gulf Arabs by demanding that the Arab League restore Syria’s seat in the chamber. The same minister, needless to say, wasn’t too quick to condemn Syria’s air raid.

A Sunni sheikh in Sidon – along with Sunnis living nearer the border – has prevented gasoline trucks from driving to Syria where some of their fuel is probably used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army. We don’t know this, of course, but it’s a fair bet. Now the government has used oil tankers to take the fuel up the coast to the port of Latakia, which is comparatively free of the civil war consuming the rest of Syria.

A nation in which the president must always be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni, the speaker of parliament a Shia, cannot work. (The key problem resides in the  term “Always”)

Mikati’s decision to go was therefore intended to frighten the political parties in Lebanon, especially the Shia Hezbollah and the Sunnis clustered round the absent Saad Hariri – hiding in Saudi Arabia these past two years because of his claim that there is a plot to kill him – into creating a workable government that can frame an election law and take responsibility for the wreckage of the past few weeks.

The catch, as always, is long term and incurable.

For, to be a modern state, Lebanon must de-confessionalise itself.

A nation in which the president must always be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni, the speaker of parliament a Shia, cannot work. But if you take sectarianism out of Lebanon, it will cease to exist – because confessionalism is the identity of Lebanon.

It may have beautiful mountains, fine food, an extraordinarily well-educated population, but it is sectarian. It’s a bit like owning a Rolls Royce complete with fresh leather seats, a flat screen television and a cocktail bar – but with square wheels. It doesn’t work.

Hence being prime minister of Lebanon is not a barrel of laughs. You can push the car along with heaps of ministers and MPs all straining in the same direction. But it will only move a few yards. And then the ministers and MPs will start arguing again.

The current government, which includes the Hezbollah – which President Obama wants the EU to condemn as a ‘terrorist organisation’ – clearly did not represent the Sunnis whose brothers in Syria make up most of the armed opposition to Assad – one of whose allies is, of course, the same Hezbollah movement.

Hariri will have rejoiced at Mikati’s departure because the removal of his cabinet was a condition of Hariri’s 14 March alliance to return to politics. All Lebanese politicians, however corrupted by money, guns or sectarian bias, are now supposed to troop up to the palace at Baabda for a ‘National Dialogue’ with President Michel Sleiman, the ex-general who has been spending the last few precious days swanning around on official visits to west African countries. He’s probably the only man who could keep his visitors in the same room for more than a few minutes – but can he persuade them to agree on an election law in time for the June poll?

For without an election, parliament’s own authority is as crushed as it was during Lebanon’s 15-year civil war. No parliament, no government, no prime minister. No real ceasefire in Tripoli.

Only the army can control the streets – a bit like Egypt, one might add – and the Syrian war grows more frantic by the day. Lebanon deserves better than this.

It means that everyone is going to have to give that Rolls Royce another shove.


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