Category Archives: Politics

US-China Tensions

The US-Taiwan arms dealJust to be brief and cut it short: “The US cannot by any means impose its resolutions upon China, that would be a huge mistake the US can commit”.

I am saying this just after the rising tensions between the Chinese government and the US congress after the $6.2 billion weaponry deal signed between the USA & Taiwan last week. Upon it, the US will supply Taiwan with ground-to-air defense rocketry, few defense ships, and 60 Black Hawk helicopters.

If the US is looking to fortify its as-considered a US base nearest to China, Chine in return can play the game differently. Via Economy. We all know that most of the US companies are moving their manufacturing into China for the sake of cutting costs. What if China decided to take economical measures against the US companies? Can you imagine the economical harm this can cause?


Gaza… “We are sorry!”

Gaza Seiged

As I always do, I dislike image-less posts; I accidently came across this caricature which manifests and communicates the blockade Gaza has been suffering from for more than a year, even way before the Israeli bloody assault, commemorated today.

I don’t want to talk politics since it’s not time and I am not going to debate who is right and who is wrong within the same Palestinian house, but what I know is that there are more than one million inhabitants of this strip who are suffering by all means, from everything due to this status quo.

It’s a shame when 22 Arab countries were never able to break down the Israeli dominance throughout this conflict. It’s a shame when children are deprived of their simplest rights i.e. food & freedom to play safe in a time thousands of tons of food are disposed from the kitchens of our rich. It’s a shame when the only access for Gazzans to the outer world is shut regardless of the accusations of weapons smuggling. It’s a shame when international activists take the lead to support while we remain diluted.

It’s not accepted for our children to remain out of schools, it’s not tolerated to keep them play among mine fields and under the fire range of Israeli occupiers. It’s not accepted to accept clean water deprivations. It’s not accepted to allow the strip suffer from food and medicine shortage from one side and the continuous destruction of the grooves by IDF bulldozers for unjustified reasons especially when it comes, as usual, under the same excuse of salvo attacks or rocket-launchers bases. What I know is that a humanitarian disaster is relentlessly taking place in Gaza and the whole world is just shut while Israel remains its expansionist plans demolishing Palestinian houses in the west bank and expanding their settlements over the hills claiming demographic and security reasons.

I think debating, blaming, falsifying, & analyzing are not accepted from now on. As Arabs we are just good in blaming & accusing. We never did take actions. Press conferences, Arab summits, diplomacy, & the like are not feeding the hungry, are not providing shelters, are not bringing peace. What I do think is bringing this responsibility to the lower authoritarian level. The level of ordinary people, journalists, bloggers, human right activists, students, … who now possess powerful technological means of spreading the word, raising the alert, communicating the true picture to the outer world. When the public’s are reached, then they can exert pressure on their leadership which in turn abides; that’s what should be done to reach a consensus.

 Until then, were are sorry Gaza for keeping you suffer.

Demarcation Lines

In a very casual gathering at one of the most attractive and lively open-air pubs in Dubai (i.e Shochos), I came to this conversation with Dana about Beirut life and living. I was stunned by her way of thinking regarding the previously called demarcation lines that used to split the Eastern Christian Beirut from its Muslim west during the bloody civil war that broke out from 1975 till 1990.

As a Lebanese, I used to hear here and there that most people tried to stay away from this area after the war in order to avoid any suffering that may result in the sensitive instability in the yet unrest country. Usually “birds of feathers flock together” applies perfectly to the Lebanese multi-factional society. Christians accumulate in Christian “labeled” areas and Muslims do the same despite the educated minority from both side who already surpassed this divisional thinking and are enlightened enough knowing the dangerous consequences of such unhealthy inbound seperation.

Dana was different. Although she lived in the same bloody area and still, she insisted on the idea that these areas are the most interesting places to live at in Beirut due to the cultural & educational mixture; to her, its compelling how much experience someone may get living in such environment; he/she can know the other more easily and understand him through daily interaction and erase the border of difference the war had created among fellow Lebanese citizens away from political-driven media reports that triggers vagueness. I liked her thinking approach, and I wish it gets some more insight.

Dana is a Lebanese expat in Dubai; She works at MAGNA GLOBAL media agency as an account director.

(I refrained from mentioning her religion due to my own belief in religious in-differences)


Going Explicitely HARSH

The election fever striking all the jointures of the Lebanese society these days shaped up some interesting things to talk about, though briefly, but it is worth pinpointing:

First, and as majorly highlighted by most of the Lebanese all-kind media is the severe lust for running for the election. The number of candidates unexpectedly exceeded the 700 plus figures in an historically un-precedential occurrence.

Second, the term bribery or political-money, or vote buying is playing a big role here. Airlines tickets are offered to “abroad” supporters to come back home join the elections parade.

Third, no one is abiding the political advertising sealing set by law. Some are mentioning that the huge number of candidates is a cover for advertising distribution by a certain party split among a number of parliament runners in order to keep the numbers down, just in case.

Forth, the content of the campaigns are sometimes crossing certain lines and portraying provocative material just as the FPM (Free Patriotic Movement) outdoor campaign. The blue FM (Future Movement) motto was torn to reveal the FPM’s slogan “The Future Lies in Change”. This is being criticized by many FM supporters and many incidents took place downloading these panels even in areas were FPM has dominance.

The Lebanese parliamentary elections are scheduled to happen on June 7th. It is considered to be a critical phase the country is counting on due to the fierce competition of gaining the majority of the 128 parliamentary seats.