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ALBA Students Protest Men’s Shorts Ban… With Skirts

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you have is an increasing number of brilliant PhD graduates arriving every year into the market hoping to secure a permanent position as a professor and enjoying freedom and high salaries, a bit like the rank-and-file drug dealer hoping to become a drug lord. To achieve that, they are ready to forego the income and security that they could have in other areas of employment by accepting insecure working conditions in the hope of securing jobs that are not expanding at the same rate

Alexandre Afonso

In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) The title of the chapter, “Why drug dealers still live with their moms”, was based on the finding that the income distribution within gangs was extremely skewed in favor  of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities, let’s say at McDonald’s. They calculated 3.30 dollars as the hourly rate, that is, well below a living wage (that’s why they still live with their moms). [2]

If you take into account the risk of being shot by rival gangs, ending up in jail or…

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vacancies in Lebanon

Note Taker/Rapporteur Position

 Job Description

Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is the largest  dedicated international non-governmental organization working in the field of  conflict transformation. Operating within 34 countries, SFCG uses creative,  multi-faceted approaches to help divided communities understand differences  while working toward commonalities. SFCG has been working in Lebanon since  2008 and works to promote social cohesion through a combination of leadership  initiatives, journalism, and conflict sensitivity training.

Summary of Position

The SFCG Lebanon program is seeking a short-term Note  taker/Rapporteur (consultancy position) to help implement focus groups with  community members in Hbeish.

Note taker/Rapporteur Responsibilities

The note taker will be responsible for:

§  Taking notes during 15 focus  groups with different stakeholders from the Hbeish community

§  Translating the notes into  English for analysis

Minimum Qualifications


·         Bachelor’s Degree, Master  Degree preferred, in psychology, sociology, social work, international affairs,  or related topic

·         Excellent in both Arabic  and English

·         Strong listening skills  and attention to detail

·         High level of personal  accountability and responsibility

·         Strong listening and  analytical skills

·         Availability during the  month of December 2013

Highly Desirable:

·         Strong analytical  skills

·         2 or more years work  experience

·         Previous training in or  exposure to data collection, note taking, gender sensitivity, conflict  resolution, or other relevant topics

·         Experience working with  international NGOs

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter  and current resume to lebanon@sfcg.org  with the subject heading:  Note taker.  


SFCG is currently looking for a full-time intern to follow the social media  strategy for a crowd-funding campaign (November 2013-January 2014).


The Organization


Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit  organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. SFCG’s mission is to  transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict –  away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to  help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their  commonalities. With a total of approximately 400 staff worldwide, SFCG  implements projects from 30 offices, including in Asia, Europe, the Middle East,  the United States and Africa.


In Lebanon SFCG has been active since 2008 with a series of  projects involving the media and focusing on the role of youth in conflict  transformation dynamics. Through TV series such as Kilna bil  Hayy and The Team, SFCG has been  promoting a common Lebanese identity. In parallel to the media strategy SFCG  collaborates with local and international partners to empower youth in Lebanon  to develop and act upon a more inclusive national identity that emphasizes the  common good, shuns sectarian and ethnic divisions and inspires others.


The project


SFCG is currently producing a video game to encourage  interaction among youth in Lebanon and to train youth in conflict resolution  skills and tools.




The Intern will be responsible for:


·         Conducting a social media campaign on various social  media websites. (tweeting at least 3 times a day and posting on facebook and on  video game website during the peak hours)


·         Conduct research for  endorsers and sponsors both online and offline


·         Contact relevant websites  and bloggers to endorse and/or promote the campaign


·         Assist in managing the  media relations for the promotion of the game


·         Assist in the management of the social media accounts  and posting of material


·         Assist in developing strategies to generate traffic  on the social media accounts to ensure the success of the campaign


As internship  descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key  responsibilities.


Deadline for application: November 31 2013


Interested candidates should send CV and cover letter to: lebanon@sfcg.org

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ghadi le film opinion de rita chemaly flanelle ghadi le film opinion de rita chemaly ghadi movie opinion by rita chemaly


I went with the Faith and Light Community to watch the movie Ghadi. The movie is a social comedy, which won many awards.

the pictures are nice, the colors, the comedy part describing the Lebanese customs and behavior in a village all those things are funny.

But What I disliked, Big time Disliked is how the movie is not related at All to Ghadi!!

Who is Ghadi? In the movie Ghadi is a child that has a mental handicap. The movie is entitled Ghadi, but for me, the child Doesn’t appear in the movie at all!!! Even on the billboards , the ads of the movie are not related to Ghadi, but picture the dad and the mum on a bicycle! why?

We didn’t meet Ghadi in this Movie!!!

we met he father Leba (Alias Georges Khabbaz) and his ideas and plot to make a story related to an “angel”.

Ghadi the handicapped boy, is pictured in this movie as an “angel” but even this we didn’t see!

he never mingled with the people of the “mshakkal” village he is supposed to live with!

the movie show us a small boy always sitting ALONE!! always sitting in his boxers and “flanella” ,

always alone! and just socializing with his father, mother and sisters!!

a Handicapped person can socialize, can communicate, sorry let me correct it, the only interaction I have noticed in this movie that is supposed to turn around a handicapped boy, was when he smiled and tried to make his neighbor Takla smile while mimicking his daddy.

a special case, can socialize, and can communicate, shouldn’t always be featured sitting on a balcony alone, just looking at people from behind bars,

again, I loved the visuals and the actors who played and showed us the Lebanese ways of living in a village,(sex worker, butcher, hairdresser….)  but and again, I disliked the message behind the story of the angel , and I was furious when I didn’t see ghady (the small boy that is a special case) having Any kind of communication, or any role, or any socialization in this movie!!

in Faith and Light we don’t see the special cases as special anymore, even the worse handicap is seen as “normal” and we try to make everybody participate in our activities. the aim of FL, for example is to help people to go out from the home circle, to let people KNOW, Mingle, and discuss with special cases!! discussion and communication, even listening are a way to know special cases better!!

I didn’t like how ghadi never get down from his home, stayed sitting on the window, always played alone,  never mingled with other fellows from the village, ghadi was pictured and stereotyped even more as a special case, as a different case,  and as an abnormal case!

bref, this Is my humble opinion!

rita chemaly

here is the trailer of the movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGkDvVlFXbk

“Published on Sep 25, 2013

The trailer of Ghadi, a film by Amin Dora, a social comedy written by and starring Georges Khabbaz giving you a closer insight about a special kid and the struggles of his humble family. Expect strange phenomena to affect the behavior and beliefs of their little Lebanese town’s population.”

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lebanonMy friends are posting pictures of their children at school with the Lebanese flag, chanting the national hymn,

Yes, symbols are a necessity, symbols may help in the creation of a “national” “unity”.

But which unity? which nation??

a nation that does not give the civil and political rights to half of its citizens?

women are not citizens, …. their are 2nd class citizens!!

a nation where the citizens pay member of parliaments , for them to stay home or bribe pple instead of legiferate??

our parliament is not able to meet in a general assembly to vote for important laws !!!

a nation where security = zero and less??

even on  the roads safety doesn’t exists… people can get smashed in their cars, watch young kids doing circus exercises on their motorbike on the roads, or get burned after an explosion!!!

a nation where politics = political heritage, = patriarchy = feudalism = I must be the wife, the sister, the daughter of a “martyr” !!

a nation without a law regulating political parties!!!!!

do I continue??

oh I can’t forget and shouldn’t miss the unforgettable :

a nation in which citizens are not equal!!! yes yes!! my nation “state” is all that, and bardo I ‘ll continue to protest, mobilize and struggle for the country I do love!! a country I wish will be able to progress and transform in a ” state of law”

Rita Chemaly


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Lebanon doesn’t need an epic split…. happy independence day!

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A tribute to Lebanese Girls

A tribute to Lebanese Girls.

dears, attention I did not write this post, I am re-blogging it!

I do think that those social characters are shared between all girls, not only Lebanese, but yes yes, I liked this post 🙂


The Real Lebanese Girl:

The real Lebanese girlThe Lebanese girl is a caring and loyal friend, and she values friendship a lot. She is always there to listen, to give advice, and would do anything to help her friends when they need it. She is there in the good times and in the bad times.

She is open-minded, has an open heart and does not judge, yet she is also conservative and has her values.

She is beautiful, elegant and very fashion oriented, but there is a lot more to her than her outer beauty. She is smart, talented, successful and independent. She is a hard-worker who takes on responsibilities, well educated, and sometimes even over qualified. She has a Master’s degree, and she’ll even surprise you with a PhD.

She is very generous, very welcoming, and an excellent host. She’ll offer you her food, home, car, cloths if she thinks you need it.

She is not afraid to give compliments, because she knows it won’t make her any less beautiful. She appreciates the good people in her life, and will show her appreciation whenever she can. She is genuine and real, and will not waste time around people who don’t matter.

She likes to have fun, laugh out loud, enjoy a drink, and she loves to party. She likes to go to the new and happening places to enjoy good times with her friends and not just to be seen.

She may not be the best driver in the world, but at least she gets around by herself, and doesn’t need a man in a luxury car to come and pick her up and drive her around.

She loves to be treated like a princess, but she’ll also treat her man like a king. She likes to be pampered and invited every now and then, but she doesn’t depend on anyone.

Every now and then, she likes to reward herself with some expensive and branded cloths, but on her regular days, she is more than happy to dress in the down to earth Mango, Zara, Vero Moda, H&M outfits

She values family dearly and gives extreme importance to family time. She is an appreciative and loving daughter, a caring and protective sister, and a devoted mother.

She travels around the world, but never forgets her roots, her family and her friends.

She’ll never miss any of your events. She’ll party with you on your birthday, celebrate with you on your graduation, send you flowers on your engagement, get drunk with you on your bachelorette, and be the first at your wedding. She’ll also hold your hand at your relative’s funeral, check on you when you’re sick, bring you chocolate during your exams, and jog with you to help you lose the calories once you’re done.

She is ambitious and follows her dreams. She is passionate about certain causes, pours her heart into campaigns and charities, and attends fundraising and awareness events for causes she believes in.

She is a jewel that deserves to be appreciated and praised. She is rare, but she still exists.

Like and share if you know any real Lebanese girls like that!

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