Archive for September, 2010


as you may know, i have participated to the conference organised by google about internet liberty 2010.

Usually, e-mails must be private, their  content is intended to your contacts only.

the same for the information you post or give to some interactive platforms on the web.

but it seems, that some countries are trying to control the content of the internet, more than that, they are asking for the content and special information you give to some sites.

at the google conference in Budapest, they gave the example of China,

Yahoo has a kind of franchise in china, so Yahoo has to give the content to the chinese government.

Google has its servers in the US, so, they cant and they dont accept to give private content to the governements.

in Lebanon, it seems that the privacy is a fallacy your e-mails content may be visionned by some parties, and an institution is finding it ways to be able to get informations about users

I will leave you with the article of AL-AKHBAR:

هل وصل التنصت الى الانترنت؟

اكدت مصادر واسعة الاطلاع في قطاع الاتصالات لصحيفة الاخبار ان فرع المعلومات طلب من عدد من كبرى الشركات الخاصة الموزعة لخدمات الإنترنت التعاون معه وتمكينه من زرع أجهزة تنصت فيها يستطيع بواسطتها مراقبة ما يشاء من حركة الإنترنت في البلاد.

وقد اكد مديرو عدد من الشركات الكبرى لصحيفة الاخبار اتصال المعلومات بهم، فيما نفى بعضهم الآخر الأمر نهائياً. وحتى الأيام القليلة الماضية، كانت بعض الشركات لا تزال ممتنعة عن تلبية طلب فرع المعلومات، لأنه لا يستند إلى أي أسس قانونية، طالبة تقديم طلب خطي لدراسته في دوائرها القانونية.

وبحسب المعلومات المتوافرة، فإن المعدات التي طلب فرع المعلومات تركيبها في الشركات تتيح له مراقبة حركة التواصل عبر الإنترنت، وخاصة مراقبة خدمة البريد الإلكتروني، إضافة إلى الحصول على مضمون هذا البريد، فضلاً عن حركة التحادث عبر الإنترنت.

وأكدت مصادر رسمية في قطاع الاتصالات ورود طلبات من فرع المعلومات إلى عدد من الشركات الخاصة، مشددة على عدم قانونية هذه الطلبات، ولا ينبغي للشركات أن تستجيب لها لافتة إلى أن الموضوع بات محل متابعة من الهيئة المنظمة للاتصالات، بعدما تبلغ رئيسها بالوكالة، عماد حب الله، معلومات من الشركات المعنية.

وتسعى دوائر رسمية إلى التدقيق في ما إذا كانت هيئة أوجيرو قد تلقت طلباً مماثلاً من فرع المعلومات، وخاصة أنها باتت مزوداً رئيسياً لخدمات الإنترنت في لبنان، ولديها عشرات آلاف المشتركين.

المصدر الأخبار

التاريخ 9/30/2010

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dears,if you know someone who can be interested:

CMEC – Job Vacancy


The Carnegie Middle East Center is seeking a Receptionist to represent the Center in a friendly and positive way by greeting and properly directing visitors and telephone calls. Responsibilities will also include assisting with the development of the database, organizing the center’s library and performing various administrative tasks, including ordering office supplies. Successful candidate will be a university graduate, possess 1 year experience in a similar position, be fluent in English, Arabic and French, have good knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and email, and demonstrate excellent communications skills, organization and patience.

To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to: HR@carnegie-mec.org


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dears, as you may know, my DEA research is about NTIC and their impact on society.

as a method of research i choose the “Observation participante”, and that’s why i met with lebanese bloggers, in january 2009, to create  a sort of association, the lebbloggers association.

one of the bloggers, get my attention tony, was writing in arabic, and about the blogging experience in lebanon.

here is an article just published for him by common ground.

for more articles on the subject, do not hesitate to go to the category websicence communication in my blog!

Lebanese bloggers: pioneers in the Arab world
Tony Saghbini
Beirut – A recent survey of readers of the more than 400 blogs in Lebanon shows that their numbers are close to the online readership of the most well-known Lebanese newspapers: both averaging 14,000 visitors daily. This is a clear indication that blogs have become one of the main media sources for Lebanese youth to access diverse information and various opinions.

But do their high readership rates mean that blogs can be a tool for real social and political change?

It is difficult to answer this question in a country in which the future of blogging is closely connected to conditions that frequently change, such as internet connectivity, internet publication laws and censorship.

The blogosphere in Lebanon has recently witnessed several changes: the migration of some bloggers to newspapers, the publication of books containing material collected from electronic media, the launch of blogs by radio stations, and the birth of civil movements and new organisations that show the impact of blogs on the ground.

In this way, the Lebanese blogosphere is breaking down the barriers that separate traditional media from electronic media. It has become an alternative media source on many issues, particularly the environment which isn’t routinely covered by traditional media. One example is coverage in the blogosphere of a young Lebanese man, Rami Eid, who spent three days and nights in a glass cube in the Ain el Mreisseh neighbourhood in Beirut last October, representing the last man on earth in a hopeless future as a result of humankind’s failure to act against climate change. His stunt alerted the public about the need to face these changes.

The media campaign for this experiment focused on electronic media, beginning with Eid’s personal blog which was read by thousands in just the first few days of the campaign. In addition, Twitter and Facebook sites reported on developments in real time. This coverage succeeded in galvanising public opinion, the media and various environmental research centres, which culminated in the Lebanese government deciding to participate in international negotiations on combatting climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Lebanese blogs have also served as key political mobilisation and organisation tools on many occasions, especially in preparing for the March for Secularism in April of this year. The march started with a Facebook invitation, as well as a few blog posts. It eventually developed into a march in which thousands of people participated, without the need for a central organising committee.

And during the last municipal elections in Lebanon, in May 2010, bloggers turned into a makeshift independent elections monitoring agency. Some of these bloggers – in partnership with a Beirut-based organisation specialising in new media training called Social Media Exchange – were given a license by the Ministry of Interior to enter election stations, observe voting and submit their own reports to media and constitutional bodies about the voting process. This was the first experience of its kind in the Arab world and was seen as being quite successful, with more than 60,000 hits on the site where bloggers published their live reports, lebloggers.org.

One incident in particular perhaps best demonstrates how influential bloggers can be. After a far-reaching electronic campaign, bloggers were able to stop a proposed law in the Lebanese parliament to organise the blogosphere, a law that they decided would curtail freedom of expression on the Internet. This incident proved that when organised, blogs are not only an alternative media source or a tool to mobilise the public in support of specific causes, but they can also influence the legislative process.

Well on their way to becoming pioneers in the Arab world, bloggers in Lebanon comprise a fledgling movement that has just begun to assume its role in the field of information media, benefitting from relative media freedom and the achievements realised thus far.


* Tony Saghbini is a Lebanese activist and blogger who helped establish the Lebanese Society for bloggers. He blogs at www.ninars.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).

Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 28 September 2010, www.commongroundnews.org
Copyright permission is granted for publication.

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In Lebanon and in many arabic countries, the sexual choices are not free.

being homosexual is in many countries as in Lebanon a crime.

there is a law in Lebanon, that says that not “natural” and against the natural sexual relations are a crime.

in Morocco, a new bulletin, is being published in arabic about the issues of homosexuality… for more information, please do not hesitate to follow the link… 


i will let you read the article that i took from Skeyes:

اطلاق أول مجلة إلكترونية خاصة بالمثليين العرب
27 Sep, 2010

في سابقة هي الأولى من نوعها في العالم العربي، أصدر مُثليون مغاربة مجلة إلكترونية عربية تُعنى بقضايا المجتمع المُثلي المغربي والعربي، على حد تعبير كاتب افتتاحية العدد الأول من هذه الدورية التي تطبع في العاصمة الاسبانية مدريد تحت عنوان “مثلي”.

المبادرة قد تثير حفيظة التيارات المحافظة في المغرب الذي تجرّم قوانينه السلوك المُثلي وتنص على معاقبة أصحابه بالسجن والتغريم، إلا أنها تعيد إلى الواجهة مسألة أوضاع المُثليين في المغرب والبلاد العربية برمّتها. فالمُثليون في هذه الأقطار يطالبون بالاعتراف بهويتهم وتمكينهم من إنشاء جمعيات ونواد خاصة بهم، وهو ما يُواجه برفض رسمي وشعبي قاطع، في أغلب الحالات.

ويلاحظ معنيّون بالملف، نموّاً مطّرداً للظاهرة المُثلية من المحيط إلى الخليج، إلى حدٍّ دعا الكويت مثلا إلى تخصيص مليوني دولار لمكافحة انتشار السلوك المُثلي في أوساط الشباب.

* “فرانس24”

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Job Title: Research Assistant (RA)

Company: Private/ PhD Candidate

Salary: Depending on experience and abilities. Highest range would be: $750-850/month for BA holders, $900-1000/month for MA.

Location: Rabyeh.

Hours: 40 effective hours per week (excluding lunchbreaks). Daily from 8-3, including Saturday, with half an hour break every day. Slight changes on hours may be discussed if RA so wishes.

Degrees: Assistant has to have a BA as a minimum, preferably in history or political science. Degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and other fields of humanities are welcomed.  Other majors may be considered should the candidate prove potency and desire.

Experience: Not required, but a plus.

Language: Fluency in English is the only requirement. Arabic and French are a plus.

Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Duration: Four months period starting beginning (or alternatively mid) October. The period is extendible for another two to three months if both parties wish so, with a raise.

Description: The employer will provide the assistant with a long Word document of unedited primary sources, with footnotes indicating the source. The text has the sources randomly placed. The RA will read and discuss the document’s contents with the employer daily over Skype. As a result, a more detailed outline will emerge, and the sources are rearranged according to the outline with headings, sub-headings, and sub-sub-headings (and possibly further “subs”). Subject of research is intellectual and political history. Other steps such as archiving and scanning and converting documents into Word may be required.

Vacations: The RA is entitled for only one paid day off per month, including official holidays and sick days.  In December only: Christmas and New Year are two days off.

Send: Send CVs to 243881 ( a t ) xxx  with a subject “Job Offer”

this job offer has expired

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o Do you know that the education in lebanon is not free?

and that the state is helping private schools more than Public schools?

do you know that the budget of the american university of Beirut is bigger than the one of the Lebanese university with more than 100 000 Student?

you may see the poster created by the ACGEN team below!

you go guys! we are waiting for more of your juicy numbers, and lets ACT!!!

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GEAR – Gender/Equality/Architecture/Reform
FEIM – La Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer
22 September 2010
Mabel Bianco

Michelle Bachelet’s First Press Conference at the United Nations

Michelle Bachelet, recently assigned by the Secretary General of the United Nations to head UN Women, held her first press conference in the auditorium of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

As Latin American Focal Point for the GEAR Campaign and President of FEIM, I participated in this press conference where Bachelet demonstrated her political capabilities, although it is obvious that she was not able to talk about her service during her term in office yet because this would anticipate the timeline set by United Nations. Although she will not take office until January, starting now she will be incorporated into the United Nations and begin working with the transition group, which is made up of the four already existing women’s entities in the UN that will be integrated into the new entity. The representatives of the 41 countries that will make up the UN Women’s Board of Directors will be elected in October and the Committee will be constituted in November and begin their functions in January 2011.

Among the questions that she was asked at the conference, I will point out the most important ones, which I consider should be disseminated. How should violence against women be addressed—including massive rape of women in armed conflicts as well as such acts committed by United Nations Peacekeepers?  Bachelet responded by stating that she will strengthen the actions of the Secretary General’s UNITE Campaign, and, among other actions, she will promote that the necessary laws are passed to address all forms of violence against women and that they be implemented in the countries where they already exist. She will also promote the creation and application of punishments for violence against women so that women feel that their rights are respected. She will promote that women not only receive treatment and support but also violence prevention, by advocating that this to be incorporated into primary education for girls and boys, and alluding to comprehensive sexuality education. Regarding massive rape of women, she said that these acts must be judged and penalized regardless of who commits them and that a review of ways to overcome the immunity of UN personnel will have to be carried out.

Another question was how she would work to achieve the Millennium Development Goales –MDGs- and if she would incorporate MDG 5: maternal health. She replied that now, in her new position, she will continue to advocate for fulfilling the MDGs, adding that 2015 is very close and we cannot wait any longer before getting to work. She recognized that since some time ago, from the MDG Support Committee, she was most interested in women’s and girls’ empowerment and maternal health. Now, in UN Women, she will focus more on these objectives and, she added, maternal mortality rates are very high and this affects women’s possibilities. For this reason she believes that, as this continues to be very important health issue, there are no excuses for not implementing these actions. She gave examples of effective interventions and even mentioned abortion as a cause that needs to be addressed in order to avoid these deaths.

She also stated that it is very important to improve women’s access to employment in the non-agricultural sector. Women’s participation is still very low, but she clarified that to achieve this, the current distribution of responsibilities in the family needs to be changed. For example, if women continue to be the sole caregivers for children, the elderly and the disabled, they will never be able to improve their participation in the formal labor market and this will keep them from achieving economic independence, which is something very important for improving the condition of women and real empowerment.

Later, she clarified that she the believes that UN Women cannot have only one formula for improving the situation of women, and it will therefore be necessary to see what is needed most in each country and privilege working on those issues, without leaving out others. In response to a question about how she will work in countries where women’s rights are ignored, she said that in those cases we will have to be realistic and work cautiously but continuously to move forward. Answering a journalist’s question about what it means to be realistic and cautious, Bachelet clarified that she is passionate and therefore, through UN Women, she will work to truly accelerate improvements for women. The audience applauded her answer.

In response to a question about whether she planned to work with civil society, she said that she already respects and knows the work of women’s organizations, that she has experience working with these organizations and that she believes that this is a key for UN Women. She mentioned, for example, that she has promoted the formation of advisory committees, commissions and other mechanisms for civil society participation, and that she will also promote this in UN Women.

She did not mention the situation of UN Women’s financial resources because there were no questions on this matter. Nonetheless, this is concerning because the commitment is to reach 500 million dollars but there still is not even a third of this amount. Therefore it is necessary that all states increase their donations and that women’s groups take an interest in this.

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