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Bala visa: pour le principe de réciprocité en matière de visas

Aux Etats de l’espace Schengen,

En vertu du principe de réciprocité, nous aspirons à l’application des mêmes conditions de délivrance de visas pour les ressortissants de l’espace Schengen et pour les détenteurs d’un passeport libanais.

Les citoyens européens n’ayant pas besoin d’un visa pour accéder au territoire libanais, nous demandons à ce que le principe de réciprocité soit appliqué, pour permettre aux Libanais d’accéder librement à l’espace Schengen sans visa.

Pour de plus amples informations, visitez le blog Bala visa:


To the Schengen area states,

In virtue of the principle of reciprocity, we look forward that the same visa conditions be applied to nationals of the Schengen area as well as to those holding a Lebanese passport.

As European citizens are not required to have a visa to enter the Lebanese territories, we ask to apply the principle of reciprocity in this matter, and thus, allow Lebanese citizens to enter the Schengen area visa free.

For further information, please visit the Bala visa blog:


إلى دول منطقة شنغن

إنطلاقاً من مبدأ المعاملة بالمثل، نطمح إلى أن تطبّق شروط تأشيرات الدخول نفسها على مواطني منطقة شنغن وعلى حاملي جواز السفر اللبناني على حدٍّ سواء

فطالما أنّ المواطنين الأوروبيين لا يحتاجون إلى تأشيرة لدخول الأراضي اللبنانية، نطلب تطبيق مبدأ المعاملة بالمثل في هذا المجال، والسماح للّبنانيين بدخول منطقة شنغن من دون تأشيرة

للمزيد من المعلومات: زوروا مدونة بلا فيزا


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Beirut – In recent days, the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has been the site of highly publicised clashes between diverse political and sectarian groups. However while this small minority battles, the majority of Lebanese citizens are standing up against violence – both online and on the ground.
Soon after the clashes began, Lebanese civil society activists condemned the spread of violence through Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Their calls for national unity and to disarm the city circulated online in record time. Building on this public support, activists created new social media pages – many of which gathered over a thousand members.
These ordinary Lebanese citizens are standing up to show that they reject violence, that they are organising to stop it and that, ultimately, they refuse to be silent.
The Facebook group “Tripoli without weapons!” posted an appeal to local and national authorities that read, “. . . We are citizens who condemn the proliferation of weapons in the neighbourhoods and streets of our city Tripoli. We implore the state and all political, executive, security and military authorities to take whatever steps necessary to rid Tripoli of the weapons circulating through it. Yes to a weapon-free Tripoli! “.
Following this appeal, many key individuals declared a city-wide strike to protest the violence that had claimed several lives, and held a demonstration in front of Tripoli’s public administration offices to raise awareness of their cause.
Demonstrators waved Lebanese flags, sang the national anthem and demanded an immediate response to the city’s problems of rampant poverty and a lack of security, which are seen as interrelated. They called on the state to provide better security and reiterated the need for street militias to disarm. The non-violent protest brought together the President of the Municipal Council, members of parliament from the region, as well as leaders from all faith groups and other members of civil society. Their message was clear: Lebanon needs to return to the rule of law and provide security for all, throughout the country.
With the sectarian strife dividing Tripoli, and fearing that the country as a whole is heading once more towards violence, other civil society activists responded quickly through multiple initiatives, this time in Beirut. Online, youth showed their patriotism with pictures they created in response to the situation, with captions that read: “Neither Sunni nor Shiite, nor Christian, nor Druze, but Lebanese.”
“Our union is our salvation” was another slogan activists displayed on the steps of the National Museum in Beirut, where white chairs with the names of victims of the recent violence, unnamed chairs with Lebanese flags, and a large sign reading “That’s enough!” all begged for a return to peace.
In addition, scholars formed online groups to say no to war in Lebanon. The Third Voice for Lebanon is one example of a non-partisan, non-denominational and apolitical grassroots online group which publishes and circulates texts that protest violence and cronyism, as well as the recruitment and the indoctrination of children into militias and extremist groups. It uses peaceful demonstrations in Lebanon and overseas to say no to violence and yes to peace.
Lebanese civil society is calling upon the state to take firm action against violence and the circulation of weapons in poor areas by establishing security and supporting sustainable development that can help end the poverty that drives violence. The hurdles Lebanon faces now are very real. But these collective actions by Lebanon’s diverse, multifaceted civil society demonstrate hope.
* Rita Chemaly is a writer and researcher in social and political science and author of the book Spring 2005 in Lebanon, between Myth and Reality. She won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in 2007 and blogs at www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).
Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 June 2012, http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=31597&lan=en&sp=0

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My friend Iman, send me this link: a Facebook page with lot of pictures taken at a great non violent action, held in Amman for Equality!


A beautiful Human Chain was organised in Jordan, by the movement ” there is no ” HONOR in Crime”  25 of June 2012;

the Jordanian activists were holding banners that say: ” it is not “brave” for you to harass me” , a guy hold a banner ” I like to cook too”,

a woman waved a banner were it is written ” I am not oppressed, the veil is my choice”; A Man hold his banner ” I wash the dishes too”…..

and for you to see the great initiatives here are some of the pictures … again, great initiative!!

I tip my hat the to Jordanian activists , who organised this great campaign!!

Zaayi zayyak Jordanian Campaign… activist holding a banner saying that your mum and your sis are not F…. words!!


Jordanian Campaign… no to harassment

Jordanian Campaign: my life is more important than the family “dignity”


Jordanian Campaign ” I (A man) like to cook too”

Jordanian campaign I wash the dishes too

Jordanian campaign I am not oppressed

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a vous de Lire le Post de Elie, I am “Addicted” to his posts!!! and blog, bref, l’image de l’album de Elissa, en forme de Harissa, ne m’a pas trop plue, mais c’est mon opinion, quant a son image de veuve avec une rose a la bouche, et un regard fade, c’est Horrible, bon, dans l’attente d’ecouter les chansons, je vous laisse avec l’avis d’Elie!

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

As it is with Lebanese artists, you’d have no idea they are releasing an album until the album actually drops. There’s no such thing as releasing a single ahead of an album launch in order to promote it or setting a release date way in advance.

But I like Elissa. I appreciate her candidness when it comes to many issues. Yes, her political views being one of those issues she’s honest about.

Elissa’s album, titled As3ad Wa7da, will be released on June 25th. I’ll attempt reviewing it then but no promises for that. The title song off the album was released today. Bakkir, eih?

Here it is:

A few comments.

1) When will radios learn that inserting those annoying voice overs only ruin a song for the listener? What are they trying to achieve with their annoying “Rotana exclusive” balderdash thrown every 30 seconds?

2) When will the current…

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L’Observatoire vous invite à lire son plus récent numéro de Télescope « Les administrations publiques à l’ère du numérique »

Au cours des deux dernières décennies, les TIC ont profondément évolué et les administrations publiques ont dû adapter leurs façons de faire. Télescope a choisi de consacrer son plus récent numéro au thème du numérique. Des chercheurs de partout sur le globe partagent le fruit de leurs recherches sur des sujets tels que la transparence, la gouvernance électronique, les réseaux sociaux, la prestation et le partage de services, les logiciels libres, les registres publics, l’infonuagique, le cybercontrôle et les coûts.

Pour consulter le numéro en cours : >>>

NOUVEAUTÉ : Diffusion des articles en anglais

Afin de joindre un plus large public, Télescope diffuse désormais, avec l’accord des auteurs concernés, les versions originales anglaises des articles traduits publiés dans ses pages. Pour le plus récent numéro traitant du numérique, les articles mis en ligne en anglais traitent de transparence, des réseaux sociaux, de la prestation de services publics par message texte, de services partagés et d’activités d’espionnage électronique et de contrôle. Notez que ces articles sont pour la plupart les versions originales fournies par les auteurs et qu’aucune révision linguistique n’a été réalisée.

Pour consulter les articles disponibles en anglais : >>>

Bonne lecture!

— Pierre Cliche


L’Observatoire de l’administration publique | ENAP

NEW : Télescope now offers its English-speaking readers the opportunity of consulting certain articles that were originally written in English. By publishing these papers online with the consent of the authors, the editorial board has followed through on its desire to disseminate journal articles on a broader scale. It is important to note that these original articles have not been revised or edited; thus they do not necessarily include modifications made by the authors following the peer review process and that were incorporated into the French version. Reproduction in whole or in part of texts published in Télescope is authorized, provided the source is acknowledged.

LATEST ISSUE OF “TÉLESCOPE” DEDICATED TO Public administrations in the age of ICTs

Over the last two decades, information and communication technologies have considerably evolved, forcing public administrations to adapt their ways of doing business. The most recent issue of the online French-language journal “Télescope” is dedicated to ICTs. Researchers from around the world share the results of their research concerning a range of subjects such as transparency, e-Governance, social networks, service delivery and shared services, open-source software, public registers, cloud computing and costs.

To view papers in English: >>>

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— Pierre Cliche


L’Observatoire de l’administration publique | ENAP

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A Comment on Carrie Underwood Endorsing Gay Marriage & the Backlash …. My religion is about Love, point, ca vous plait, ou pas, je suis supposee vous aimer! rita

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

The following is a guest post by an American reader who wishes to remain anonymous.

Country superstar Carrie Underwood has gone 180 degrees against the Country current by endorsing gay marriage. In an interview with The Independent UK, she had the following to say on the matter:

“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

“Our church is gay friendly. Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s…

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Egypte Egypte, Pays de Nubie, pays des Pharaons, et Deesses, respecte tes femmes et leur combat quotidien!

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