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I was tempted to chose as a title for this thread, something that would be more crude and blunt, in order to depict the awful and unbearable level that this country has reached. But then, I remembered that the purpose is to discuss the mater in order to find solutions. And to that effect, one needs first to care about the country, if not love it, at least a little. Hence the title to remind everyone the state of mind this thread needs.
Now that this part is cleared, let's get to the topic.
As we all see and feel, the quality of life in Lebanon has become mediocre to say the least. We can start by enumerating the many problems that were engendered by successive years of wars and the suffocating corruption of the Oligarchy that is ruling this country, like water, electricity, lack of services...etc...etc..
However what is most striking, is the fact that the open living space is becoming dirty and ugly, and in parallel, the Lebanese are becoming exceedingly vulgar and ill mannered,...
This is a topic that I think the government can do much more about: promote Lebanese culture abroad. IMHO such an endeavor can have a very positive impact on Lebanon both economically as well as culturally. It is a marketing strategy that if done well can enhance the political standing of Lebanon on the international scene, promote business and educational relations, improve exports, strengthen the link of Lebanon to its diaspora among many other benefits.
Let's use this thread to discuss how this can be done and harnessed.
44 people shot — 7 fatally — in about 24 hours in Chicago
Two shootings on the same street, a few blocks and five minutes apart.
Three men shot, one fatally, on West Polk Street in Lawndale in broad daylight.
There were at least 44 people shot in Chicago from about 6:30 p.m. Saturday through 6:30 p.m. Sunday night, according to information from the Chicago Police Department. Seven of those shot died from their wounds, making it an incredibly violent 24 hours.
"Detectives are responding to the incidents but also trying to determine potential motive and those that may be retaliatory in nature," said Anthony Guglielmi, a Police Department spokesman.
After the two shootings in South Austin in the 5600 block of West Madison Street — in which one person was shot — and then in the 5400 block of West Madison Street — in which two people were shot — police had to question whether one was retaliation for the other.
"Can't say yet, we're exploring that possibility given the geography...
Just wondering if anyone here has ever bought a Chinese vehicle before and how was the experience.
Im contemplating getting a Trumpchi GS5, but a bit worried it might be a bad idea. The SUV is really nice and on paper has all the safety features and technoligies one would need, but not sure how that translates in real life.We are going for a test drive today. But what if the test drive was positive, then what lol? I tried looking online, couldn't find any reviews! It seems I always fall on auto focus and other local Lebanese promos, as if this car was made just for Lebanon! It has passed supposedly their Chinese crash tests (C-NCAP) but thats about it, I couldn't find other international tests. The company GAC Motor seems serious about introducing it in the US, thats why it has all those standard features I guess, but they still haven't.
Do I need to mention the price? YES its a bargain lol !
What do you guys think, is this a bad idea? Should I stick with the...
This thread is about The russian revolution , a revolution that reshaped out modern world and our daily life in every aspect.
what was the russian revolution , the protagonist , the outcome ...and to remember what was the soviet union , and the world wide socialist revolution .
How India and China Have Come to the Brink Over a Remote Mountain Pass - The New York Times
On a remote pass through Himalayan peaks, China and India, two nuclear-armed nations, have come near the brink of conflict over an unpaved road. It is one of the worst border disputes between the regional rivals in more than 30 years.
The road stands on territory at the point where China, India and Bhutan meet. The standoff began last month when Bhutan, a close ally of India, discovered Chinese workers trying to extend the road. India responded by sending troops and equipment to halt the construction. China, the more powerful of the two, angrily denounced the move and demanded that India pull back.
Now soldiers from the two powers are squaring off, separated by only a few hundred feet.
The conflict shows no sign of abating, and it reflects the swelling ambition — and nationalism — of both countries. Each is governed by a muscular leader eager to bolster his domestic standing while...
What do you think of the recent events unfolding in the USA and the controversial statements by Trump?
What kind of democracy is that which allows a group of Neo-Nazis and KKK members to claim racial superiority over Jews, Muslims, and people of color? Why is this not considered hate speech?
People can say what they want...but it seems to me that since President Aoun got elected, the government is actually doing something, for the first time in a long time.
Le Liban se dote enfin d’une loi sur la protection des animaux - Suzanne BAAKLINI - L'Orient-Le Jour
A new bill criminalising sexual harassment presented by the minister for women’s affairs, Jean Ogasapian was approved when put before the cabinet earlier this year, but parliament is yet to act on it – a not uncommon problem in Lebanon’s political gridlock
Mesh Basita has stepped in to fill the gap, Heather Jaber, communications coordinator for AUB’s KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality, which is behind the project, told The Independent.
More: Lebanese women fight back against sexual harassment with new campaign | The Independent
Lebanon Prepares for Syria's Post-War Construction Windfall
The port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon wants the world to know it's ready for business.
British safety managers are training local hires to operate heavy machinery and Chinese technicians are running diagnostics on two new container cranes that tower over the harbor, just 28 kilometers (18 miles) from the Syrian border.
After six years of civil war in Syria, markets across the Middle East are anticipating a mammoth reconstruction boom that could stimulate billions of dollars in economic activity. Lebanon, as Syria's neighbor, is in prime position to capture a share of that windfall and revive its own sluggish economy.
Battles still rage in Syria's north and east, and in pockets around the capital, Damascus, but the survival of President Bashar Assad's government now appears beyond doubt.
That is introducing an element of stability into forecasts not seen since 2011, when the war broke out. The Damascus International...
Date - 2017-08-21
Kickoff Time - 19:00:00 GMT
Venue - Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Manchester City rank: 3 (Points: 3 - Form: W)
Everton rank: 7 (Points: 3 - Form: W)
Premier League (2017-01-15): Everton 4-0 Manchester City
Premier League (2016-10-15): Manchester City 1-1 Everton
EFL Cup (2016-01-27): Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Premier League (2016-01-13): Manchester City 0-0 Everton
EFL Cup (2016-01-06): Everton 2-1 Manchester City
Premier League (2015-08-23): Everton 0-2 Manchester City
Van plows into Barcelona crowd: Live updates - CNN
This law protects all animals in all situations, requires the government to take action at the level of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministries, and municipalities, and has strong penalties for anyone contravening the law.
This is a historic achievement for the country and for animals and we could never have done it without the help of so many people.
One final step to go - President of Lebanon Michel Aoun signature makes the law final, enforceable, and able to protect all animals now and in future!
Article 2: Purpose of the Law:
The purpose of this law is to ensure the protection and welfare of live animals and regulate establishments which handle or use such animals, in compliance with the related international conventions and regulations, especially CITES and OIE.
Animal: A multicellular organism of the Kingdom Animalia including all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
So we had:
. Mount Lebanon
Yesterday the parliament approved the creation of a new district, Kesserwen/Jbeil with Jounieh being its center.
This means that instead of doing all our paperwork in Baabda, we will do it in Jounieh.
Our new districts are:
. North - Tripoli
. Kesserwen/Jbeil - Jounieh
. Mount Lebanon - Baabda
. Beirut - Beirut
. South - Saida
. Bekaa - Zahle
. Nabatiyye - Nabatiyye
MTV Lebanon - Prime Time News - 16 Aug 2017 - محافظة كسروان جبيل
Date - 2017-08-20
Kickoff Time - 20:15:00 GMT
Venue - Estadio Municipal de Riazor (A Coruña (La Coruña))
Deportivo La Coruña rank: 12 (Points: 0 - Form: )
Real Madrid rank: 7 (Points: 0 - Form: )
Primera Division (2017-04-26): Deportivo La Coruña 2-6 Real Madrid
Primera Division (2016-12-10): Real Madrid 3-2 Deportivo La Coruña
Primera Division (2016-05-14): Deportivo La Coruña 0-2 Real Madrid
Primera Division (2016-01-09): Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo La Coruña
Date - 2017-08-20
Kickoff Time - 18:15:00 GMT
Venue - Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Barcelona rank: 9 (Points: 0 - Form: )
Real Betis rank: 16 (Points: 0 - Form: )
Primera Division (2017-01-29): Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona
Primera Division (2016-08-20): Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis
Primera Division (2016-04-30): Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona
Primera Division (2015-12-30): Barcelona 4-0 Real Betis
Date - 2017-08-20
Kickoff Time - 15:00:00 GMT
Venue - Wembley Stadium (London)
Tottenham Hotspur rank: 4 (Points: 3 - Form: W)
Chelsea rank: 14 (Points: 0 - Form: L)
Fa Cup (2017-04-22): Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League (2017-01-04): Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea
Premier League (2016-11-26): Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League (2016-05-02): Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League (2015-11-29): Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Chelsea
حُسم الأمر: التحالف الانتخابي بين "التيار" و"القوات" غير وارد؟!
عندما أبرم التفاهم بين "التيار الوطني الحر" و"القوات اللبنانية"، قيل الكثير عن تداعياته الانتخابية على الساحة المسيحيّة خصوصًا، وكيف سيجتاح الأخضر واليابس، ولن يترك مجالاً لغير المنخرطين ضمنه للبقاء حتى في الحياة السياسية، بل ذهب كثيرون لحدّ تشبيهه بالتحالف الثنائي القائم على الساحة الشيعية بين "حزب الله" و"حركة أمل".
وإذا كان إقرار قانون الانتخاب القائم على النسبيّة، ولو مشوّهة، "فرمل" هذه الاندفاعة إلى حدّ بعيد، وجعل "العونيّين" و"القواتيين" على حدّ سواء يتحدّثون عن "تحالفات على القطعة" ستحضر في بعض الدوائر وتغيب في غيرها، فإنّ المؤشّرات توحي بأنّ هذا الأمر لم يعد ساريًا، بل إنّ التحالف الانتخابي بحدّ ذاته لم يعد واردًا، وإن كان الجانبان يحرصان على حفظ "شعرة معاوية" حتى إشعارٍ آخر...
بدايةً، لا شكّ أنّ ما كان ساريًا عند إبرام التفاهم بين "التيار" و"القوات" لم يعد كذلك اليوم، بل إنّ البعض يعتبر أنّ العلاقة بين الجانبين المسيحيين الأقوى من حيث الحيثية الشعبية عادت بشكلٍ أو بآخر إلى قواعدها القديمة،...
Just a little background on the subject.
In Lebanon, if you raped a girl and married her afterwards you could've escaped prosecution.
Just today, the parliament abolished this law under a proposition filed from Mrs. Claudine Aoun. You can read more details about the subject here:
المغتصب سيعاقب على جريمته: الزواج بالضحية لن يعفيه بعد اليوم
ألغى مجلس النواب المادة 522 من قانون العقوبات التي تعفي المغتصب في حال زواجه من الضحية من العقوبة.
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