Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Eager to tell you about the MOOC  on Gender Based violence in the context of migration!

The course will begin on May 15!

what is a MOOC? a MOOC is Massive Online Open Course , that is offered for free by the Global Campus of Human Rights coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The Mooc addresses gender, migration, and Human rights studies. The Lecture I participate in, is related to gender based violence faced by migrants and asylum seeking girls in the MENA region. The Political Sciences Institute (ISP) of Saint Joseph University part of the Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights,  has worked hard while dedicating a team to gather data, prepare, review, shoot, edit and produce the MOOC on GBV addressed by migrants girls and women in the region.  Examples for this specific lecture are taken from the newest published reports in the region related to GBV and SGBV.  Sexual Exploitation, trafficking  Statelessness, Child Marriage, Schooling and access to education are presented. Also main International Instruments addressing GBV are presented.

The MOOC is a free course of 5 hours per week, for 6 weeks, that is open to “upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.”

I am very excited to be part of this Global Campus MOOC, and to have prepared the first MOOC addressing GBV and women’s rights in the region. Can’t thank enough the team who helped put all the lecture together (ISP team you rock! )  as well as the friends who helped gather the latest information in a very short deadline. (Special thanks to Ghida, Hayat, Raghda, Zeina, Myriam, and special thanks to Jihad who filmed and edited the lecture ).

Stay tuned  and follow the link to participate and enroll  in the MOOC! https://www.eiuc.org/education/global-campus-mooc-gbv-migration.html 

In solidarity from Lebanon

Let us address GBV in our region and internationally with sustainable solutions!

Rita Chemaly



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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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Thank you Cases show for hosting me to shed light about women rights in Saudi-Arabia , KSA

to watch the show hosted by Farah Atoui and produced by Aly Sleem for Etejah TV Channel, follow the link


Kudos to all Saudi women driving, campaigning, speaking out and defying norms and bans,

You’ll do it one day, and achieve your political, social and economical rights!!

Rita Chemaly

Cases Rita Chemaly about women rights in Saudi Arabia KSA

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I am enraged, those 2 days, all what TVs and media are covering are the supposed military attacks USA, France and Great Britain might do against Syria.

And since than, all the messages I am getting are “keep safe” “we will suspend our meetings” “stay home” ….

What??? I know that my post is just for me and wont be read by the BIG guys, but maybe if some of their team members may read it, they will understand, that some people who are “citizens” here in this part of the world are AGAINST any military attack!!! Syria is already living under the bombs, bombing more and letting foreign powers intervene as they did in Irak, Afghanistan, Libya or else, is a huge Mistake. Can they consider the citizens that are living in the region?? can they consider that if it didn’t work in other parts of the world, it won’t work in Syria too?!!!

I am afraid, Yes I am, for the security of those who are still living in Syria, for those who are living like me in Lebanon, and trying to make a living albeit the bombings and explosions we are witnessing!

Dear Big Guys, the Soft politic is in my opinion the solution, the political solution is still needed as it happened in Lebanon in 1989, and after in Doha….

Please dears think about it!! Syria is already a war-torn country and chemical weapons is already been used, don’t “add oil to the fire” and use a military attack, even those who you think needs you for a military attack are not as clean as they should be ! Fundamentalism, extremism, and dictatorship are all for me, simple citizen of this Middle East unacceptable!

Rita Chemaly

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what is happening in #Syria is #horrible #Human basic & #Fundamental #rights have been forgotten by all parties!

I cannot look at the feed of my Facebook page, without being afraid of watching the horrific images coming from Syria!

I love this country, when I visited for the first time in 2005, i found the cultural heritage they have, and that syrian people are not protecting now. How can they be interested in their cultural heritage, when the life of Innocents are taken without any conscience???

all Parties in Syria should Stop violating Human rights, Children Rights, Women Rights.

I won’t re-post the shocking pictures of guys  handling the heads of the people they just killed!! this is an abomination!!!

in a war, (And in LEBANON) we have lived numerous ones, atrocities happen, but keeping quiet is an ABOMINATION!!!

The basic Human rights should be Respected!!!!!!

People and Innocents should be Protected!!!!

Khalass , Enough to Atrocities!!

yes for the implementation of basic rights even during war!


here are recent articles describing the war crimes happening in Syria our neighbor country

U.N. lists Syrian army and militias as sex predators
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Apr-17/214104-un-lists-syrian-army-and-militias-as-sex-predators.ashx#ixzz2Rt7sWovW

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civil servant women's rights in Lebanon Rita Chemaly


The Lebanese Council of Ministers, during his session held on the 12 december 2012,
decided to give LEBANESE WOMEN such as Lebanese Men same rights. Congratulations Lebanese Women, and specifically Lebanese women civil servants 🙂
in details, in his session, the Council of ministers amended the law 3950 of 1960, regarding civil servants access to family compensation and assistance benefits! ( Nizam el ta3widats wal mousa3adats), and now if a couple of civil servants, both can choose who can benefit from the Family compensations and assistance.

the National Commission for Lebanese women, worked a lot to achieve equality in this domain:
as the Annual report stipulates:
“The objective is to achieve equality between husband and wife who are both civil servants in terms of the entitlement to family compensation and assistance benefits. The conditions governing civil servants’ access to such benefits are not the same for the husband and his wife.

Currently, a male civil servant benefits from family allowance (and takes priority over his wife in the access to such benefits despite her being also a civil servant and possibly being in a higher rank to his). The conditions governing the husband’s entitlement are clear. In contrast, the conditions governing the wife’s entitlement to this same family allowance are more stringent. Hence, women civil servants and men civil servants are not placed on an equal footing when it comes to family allowance entitlement and do not benefit from the equal opportunity policy. Clearly, men enjoy a preferential right to receive such compensation. This imbalance needs to be corrected in that entitlement to this family allowance shall be decided based on the rank of the civil servant, whether they be the husband or his wife.”
so at this end, thanking the Councils of Minsiters for this Beautiful step forward, and while still hoping to achieve equality and complete citizenship for Lebanese women and Men!
Rita Chemaly

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In Lebanon, a white March has been organised by independent activists .

The aim of it, to bring back the political sphere on the daily matters of Lebanese: electricity, inflation, prices…. and was mainly organised to commemorate the men, women and children who have been killed by the violent “events” that happened  in the country.


I am sick of walking and chanting and asking for a third voice to be more clear and to voice out in pratical initiatives.

Polarisation in the local sphere of people is at its extreme.

Elections are coming soon in Lebanon, and we can’t see any new leader emerging: where are the women? the educated men? and the expatriates?

in each list it is a must to represent every body!

the parliament will need to vote and amend laws!

bon… I will go back to reading the papers and pray for a miracle …


the link of Now lebanon http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=450898

the link for the daily star: With no flags, White March makes peaceful statement

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Oct-26/192785-with-no-flags-white-march-makes-peaceful-statement.ashx#ixzz2BHuMlJ4I 


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Communication Officer / Reporter

About IOCC

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is a US-based international relief and development agency established in 1992 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). It offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination. IOCC has been working in Lebanon since 2001 and has more than a decade of experience in implementing community-driven programs that address a broad range of social issues, from relief to community development and education.

(For more information on IOCC, please visit our website at www.iocc.org).

Title: Communication Officer / Reporter  

Summary: The IOCC Middle East Regional Office is seeking an experienced Communication Officer/Reporter, based in Lebanon, to produce media stories on program achievements, which serve as a useful tool for communicating the benefits of the relief programs. These stories are produced for publication on IOCC’s global website, newsletters, the donors’ websites and publications, amongst other venues.

The responsibilities for this position include: extensive writing, editing, and proofreading, producing multimedia material; acting as the lead “storyteller” for the agency; contributing to the website; expanding IOCC’s social media presence and impact; and working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to ensure that IOCC stories convey the importance and the impact of the work done.

Essential functions include [but are not limited to]

§  Writing media stories and creating multimedia material that highlight how IOCC’s programs are helping to transform the lives of vulnerable target populations;

§  Carrying out the field work and interviews with program counterparts to collect information for the stories;

§  Timely submission and editing of all documents

Qualifications and Requirements:

§  Three to five years’ experience as a journalist, with preferably at least one year experience working in Lebanon and/or the Middle East;

§  BA in Journalism, communications or related field and work experience;

§  Superb writing and editing skills; the Communication Officer / Reporter will be a skilled, enthusiastic, and creative storyteller;

§  Ability to draw together multimedia features such as text, sound, graphics, photography, and video to create and maintain a distinctive and compelling agency “voice”;

§  2-3 years of social media experience; helpful to have an in-depth understanding of social media platforms, their participants and their community dynamics (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) and how they can be used in different scenarios.

§  Ability and willingness to travel to surrounding countries;

§  Frequent field visits;

§  Self-motivated and able to take initiative with minimal supervision;

§  Fluency in English (written and oral) and Arabic;

§  Good command of Microsoft Office applications;

§  Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Application and contact details:

Interested qualified candidates are requested to submit their resumes to  ilebanon@iocc.org by Friday, November 9, 2012. To ensure the timely review of your credentials, please insert “Communication Officer/Reporter” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Top-rated candidates will be contacted

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“ACT for the Disappeared” Campaign “Enough Waiting We Want to Know” highlights the ongoing impact of the issue of the disappeared on thousands of people in Lebanon.
The campaign includes TV spots, billboards, and a media campaign on social networks. ACT with us and join the campaign fb.com/act4thedisappeared !!


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this weekend a training will be held for peace and building bridges.

دعوة لحضور ورشة عمل تدريبية تحت عنوان: ” من أجل بناء جسور للسلام” في إطار برنامج “معاً للسلام” الذي تنظّمه إدارة                                    محطتيّ التلفزة تيليلوميير ونورسات الفضائية في الفترة ما بين 6 و11 تشرين الأول 2012 ، في مقرّهما الرئيسي – الدورة

للاستفسار، الإتصال على الرقمين التاليين: من الساعة الثامنة صباحاً حتى الخامسة مساء على الرقم01255500 أو بعد الساعة الخامسة مساء على

الرقم 03155005، علماً بأن الأماكن محدودة.

Do not hesitate to participate… peace be upon you all in this crowdy, stressful country and environment! rita

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The Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign is pleased to introduce the zero issue of its new Nationality Newsletter.

The Nationality Newsletter seeks to highlight key news related to this advocacy campaign.  It also provides regular updates on the campaign’s activities seeking to reform the nationality law in Lebanon.


This ad hoc newsletter will also include a regular feature which provides information on important and relevant legal and administrative procedures of interest to Lebanese women married to non-nationals. Each issue will also profile one of the women leaders of the campaign in an effort to recognize the daily struggles of women in Lebanon in seeking justice, equality and an end to discrimination.


We hope that this newsletter will contribute to mobilizing more supporters for this just cause and to the recognition to women’s full citizenship rights.


To access this issue, kindly click the following link: http://crtda.org.lb/webfm_send/7

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here is the link to the new video of Chayef Halak….

a class of lebanese students try to define an ethiopian with a srilankan…. a house maid,

an egyptian is the worker at the gas station….

the sudanese is the concierge…

the arab guld guy, is the rich guy….

and to the question… what is a lebanese the class stop laughing and went silent…..

a video showing the perversion created by stereotypes in Lebanon….


“We would like to thank all the young men and women who took part in this film. Please bear in mind that the answers given by them do not represent in any way their personal opinions, but reflect the general viewpoint of the Lebanese society.”

Rita Chemaly

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طائرةٌ هبطت
في دمشق


سحر مندور

كان لي صديقٌ على متن تلك الطائرة الفرنسية، التي أعلنت في ذاك النهار المخطوف انها ستتجه بركابها إلى عمّان. بيب بيب. رسالةٌ تصل من هاتف الصديق: «ماذا يجري؟! لقد هبطنا في مطار دمشق!». قرأ اسم المطار، قبل أن يأمر طاقم الطائرة الركاب بإقفال النوافذ: الخارج لم يعد مرتعاً للنظر. قرأنا اسم المطار، فجمدت رقابنا، غزاها إحساسٌ مثلجٌ كالموت وحار كنمل النار. «مطار دمشق!».. كانقطاع النفس. الطائرة تملأ خزانها بالوقود في دمشق، بينما المفاوضات جارية مع السلطات السورية والأردنية. طلب الكابتن من الركاب الـ 174 جمع مبلغ قيمته 17 ألف دولار، لغياب اتفاق التموين بين شركة الطائرة ومطار دمشق. تسري الهمهمات، يجهّز المسافرون نقودهم، قبل أن يعلن الكابتن أن السلطات في عمّان دفعت الكلفة. حاملة الوقود تظهر أسفل الطائرة. ركّاب الدرجة الأولى يخبرون لاحقاً عن رجلي أمن، صعدا إلى الطائرة، طلبا كشفاً بأسماء المسافرين، دققا فيه لمدة تخطّت الساعة. الطائرة بقيت في مطار دمشق الدولي لساعتين ونصف الساعة. غريب قول الوزير الفرنسي لاحقاً بأن الطائرة كانت تحوي سفيراً فرنسياً وشخصيات لبنانية معارضة، فـ«تخيلوا للحظة لو أن السلطات السورية قامت بتفتيش الطائرة للتحقق من الركاب». غريب قوله هذا، فالرجلان فنّدا لائحة الأسماء. والغريب أيضاً هو ما نشرته صحيفة فرنسية حول كون الطيّارين القائدين للرحلة، يأتيان من خلفية عسكرية. وتقول الصحيفة ان الطيار وجّه رسالة استغاثة عندما اكتشف (!) أن وقوده شارف على الانتهاء، بعدما ابتعد عن قبرص ولم يصل عمّان بعد. فقرر الهبوط فوق سطح الماء. رأى صديقي الطائرة تكاد تلامس مياه المتوسط، لانخفاض ارتفاعها فوقه. لكنه عاد ونزل بها في مطار دمشق. ساعتان ونصف الساعة. سنقلع بعد قليل. الطيّار يعلن سؤال اللحظة: عمّان أو قبرص؟ الركاب هادئون. خائفون، كلٌّ في مقعده. انتظروا القرار. واتخذ القرار. قبرص. أقلعت الطائرة، وبدأت القلوب والهواتف تهدأ. تنفسنا الصعداء، لكن الاطمئنان فاكهةٌ ممنوعة. نصف ساعة تحليق دائري فوق قبرص. لماذا؟ الطائرة تنتظر إذناً بالهبوط. غريبة هذه القصة. ألم يحصلوا عليه قبل الإقلاع؟ كيف يتصرفون؟ أو، بشكل أدق، ماذا يفعلون؟ لو لم يكن للركاب عيونٌ وآذان، لما عرفنا أكثر مما أعلنه مطار بيروت. وعندما تكون الأحداث كذلك، يعرف المرء أنه لا يرى أكثر من أعلى رأس جبل الجليد. لماذا يقع الأمن تماماً في يوم، ولماذا ينهض معافى في اليوم التالي، ولماذا يموت 11 لبنانياً في سوريا ثم يبعثون، ولماذا يُخطف الناس ثم يُنسون، ولماذا تغط طائرة فرنسية في دمشق المحاصرة أوروبياً، ولماذا لا تحطّ في بيروت… كأن الحياة الآن وهنا، تمضي على مستويات مختلفة. لنا منها السطح وانفعالاته، بينما للقصص سياقات أخرى. قليلةٌ هي وسائلنا في التماس اليوم، مهما انفعلنا وأبدينا وأكّدنا وتبجحنا. نلهث خلف المعرفة، وتأتينا ظواهر لتهين معارفنا القليلة. ظواهر وقحة فعلاً.. كطائرةٍ هبطت في دمشق

Un vol Air France pour Beyrouth dérouté pour des raisons de sécurité

Le Monde.fr avec AFP | 15.08.2012 à 22h38 • Mis à jour le 16.08.2012 à 09h11

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Un vol Air France parti de Paris pour Beyrouth, mercredi 15 août, a été dérouté dans un premier temps vers Amman, en Jordanie, en raison de la situation au Liban.

“Par précaution, Air France a dérouté le vol sur Amman, car les conditions de sécurité ne sont pas entières à Beyrouth”, notamment sur la route de l’aéroport, avait indiqué une porte-parole de la compagnie aérienne. Des manifestants chiites ont bloqué la route menant vers l’aéroport international Rafic Hariri en brûlant des pneus, selon une source aéroportuaire à Beyrouth.

Puis, faute de carburant, le vol a finalement été dérouté vers Damas, plus proche, mais pas vraiment plus sûre que Beyrouth actuellement, a ensuite précisé la compagnie aérienne, citée par BFM TV.

Lire : Pendant que les pneus brûlent au Liban…

La compagnie aérienne assure quatre vols quotidiens dans les deux sens entre la France et le Liban. Le vol concerné était le dernier de la journée, et le groupe n’était pas en mesure mercredi soir de dire ce qu’il adviendrait des vols de jeudi, car cela “dépend de la situation sur place”, a ajouté la porte-parole.


Avion d’Air France Paris-Beyrouth dérouté sur Damas : une “énorme bêtise” pour Fabius



AFP | 18/08/2012 | 19h06


Le ministre français des Affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius, a qualifié d'”énorme bêtise” la décision prise par Air France de dérouter sur Damas un avion faisant le trajet Paris-Beyrouth, selon des propos rapportés samedi par le quotidien le Parisien sur son site internet.
Air France avait dérouté mercredi soir un vol à destination de Beyrouth, en raison de troubles sur la route de l’aéroport Rafik Hariri. L’avion avait atterri à Damas, alors que la Syrie est en proie à une révolte populaire devenue conflit armé, qui a fait plus de 21.000 morts en 17 mois selon une ONG.

Après avoir fait le plein à Damas, l’avion avait atterri à l’aéroport chypriote de Larnaca, où les 174 passagers, parmi lesquels l’ambassadeur de France au Liban Patrice Paoli et des personnalités libanaises hostiles au régime de Bachar al-Assad, ont été pris en charge par la compagnie.

“Imaginez un instant que les autorités syriennes aient fouillé l’avion et vérifié les identités. C’était une énorme bêtise”, a souligné le ministre, qui a jugé la décision d’Air France “incompréhensible et dangereuse”.

Interrogé par l’AFP, le ministère des Affaires étrangères a indiqué samedi avoir demandé à Air France, dont une partie du capital est détenue par l’Etat français, des “compléments d’information” sur ce vol.

De son côté, un porte-parole de la compagnie aérienne a précisé qu'”Air France a eu des contacts permanents avec la cellule de crise du ministère des Affaires étrangères tout au long du vol” et que “l’ambassadeur du Liban présent sur le vol a eu des échanges permanents avec l’équipage”.

Vol Air France dérouté: l’équipage a fait la quête pour le kérosène à Damas


AFP | 16/08/2012 | 22h16


Des passagers du vol Paris-Beyrouth d’Air France, dérouté mercredi via Damas pour faire le plein avant de gagner Chypre, ont raconté que l’équipage avait commencé une quête auprès des passagers pour payer le kérosène avant de trouver une autre solution.
“On est descendu en Syrie, il y avait plein de soldats, il fallait baisser les rideaux des hublots, on a pensé qu’il y avait quelques problèmes et qu’ils n’avaient pas d’argent pour payer l’essence”, a déclaré à l’AFP Najib, un chef d’entreprise de 42 ans.

“Ils ont demandé si les passagers pouvaient contribuer pour pouvoir mettre le kérosène. Après ils ont résolu le problème”, a-t-il ajouté.

Air France a dérouté ce vol à destination de Beyrouth vers Chypre “par précaution” mercredi soir, des troubles ayant éclaté sur la route de l’aéroport Rafik Hariri. L’appareil avait du s’arrêter pour faire le plein à Damas avant d’atterrir à l’aéroport chypriote de Larnaca, où les passagers ont été pris en charge par la compagnie.

“A Damas, on a attendu un certain temps et il y a eu des tractations pour acheter du kérosène” car Air France n’assure plus de liaison actuellement sur Damas et “n’a donc pas de compte”, a raconté de son côté Roland, un ingénieur de 33 ans.

“Il a fallu négocier pour acheter du kérosène et dès qu’on en a récupéré suffisamment on a pu repartir pour Larnaca”, a-t-il ajouté.

La compagnie française, qui assurait trois liaisons hebdomadaires, avait annulé en mars 2012 ses vols pour Damas.

Selon un membre de la compagnie qui a tenu à garder l’anonymat, l’équipage a proposé de payer avec une carte de crédit, mais celle-ci ne pouvait être utilisée en raison des sanctions internationales visant le régime syrien. Il n’a pas précisé la solution trouvée pour payer le kérosène.

Le blocage de la route de l’aéroport de Beyrouth par les familles de onze pèlerins kidnappés en Syrie en mai par des rebelles, a conduit à dérouter l’avion vers Damas où la situation est bien plus grave.

Une guerre oppose l’armée de Bachar al-Assad à des rebelles, et ce conflit a fait plus de 23.000 morts en 17 mois selon une organisation syrienne.

“Ils ont éteint le système de navigation. Après ils ont dit qu’on allait se poser pour des raisons de sécurité à Amman, et après c’était la Syrie”, a ajouté Najib, le chef d’entreprise, indiquant avoir pensé à une prise d’otage quand il a été question d’attérir à Damas.

Ce déroutement s’est en effet révélé complexe, a-t-on appris auprès d’Air France.

“La situation s’est dégradée rapidement pendant la phase d’approche à Beyrouth, ce qui a conduit la compagnie à décider d’un déroutement sur Amman qui apparaissait alors comme la meilleure solution”, a expliqué le directeur de permanence à Air France, Pierre Caussade.

“Mais le commandement de bord n’a pas pu obtenir du contrôle aérien du secteur l’autorisation d’emprunter une trajectoire directe sur Amman. En fin de compte, avec le carburant restant, le seul aéroport à portée a été Damas”, a ajouté un commandant de bord, porte-parole des opérations aériennes de la compagnie.

L’avion a ainsi pu faire le plein en deux heures avant de repartir sur Chypre, avec ses 174 passagers et 11 membres d’équipage.

Ils ont finalement atterri à Beyrouth jeudi à 16H38 (14H38 GMT), soit environ 24 heures après leur départ, a déclaré une porte-parole de la compagnie précisant que “la desserte Paris-Beyrouth, avec deux vols quotidiens, reprend normalement à partir d’aujourd’hui”.



« L’emprunt d’argent aux passagers est prévu par la loi »




Le code des transports, qui regroupe les dispositions juridiques relatives aux transports en France, autorise le commandant d’un avion à emprunter de l’argent auprès des passagers « en cas de difficultés dans l’exécution de son mandat », a expliqué hier Air France, interrogée par l’AFP.
« Air France a acquitté elle-même ce plein, mais la compagnie ne souhaite pas entrer dans le détail de ce règlement », a déclaré une porte-parole.

La compagnie a procédé à « un recensement d’avoirs en liquide auprès des passagers à Damas, par anticipation et en cas de besoin », « une disposition prévue à l’article L6522-4 du code des transports », a-t-elle ajouté.
Le texte autorise le commandant de bord, « en cas de difficultés dans l’exécution de son mandat », à « emprunter les sommes indispensables » pour effectuer des réparations, « assurer la sécurité des personnes embarquées et la sauvegarde du fret » ou « engager du personnel supplémentaire pour la durée nécessaire à l’achèvement de la mission ».

Détournement du vol d’Air France sur Damas : les regrets de la compagnie…




Nous avons reçu d’Air France le communiqué suivant au sujet du vol Paris-Beyrouth du 15 août :
« Air France réitère à ses clients ses plus sincères regrets pour les difficultés rencontrées à l’occasion du vol AF562 Paris-Beyrouth du 15 août 2012. La compagnie comprend pleinement leur mécontentement, mais tient à rappeler que, dans ce contexte exceptionnel, elle a eu pour seul objectif d’assurer la sécurité de ses passagers.
Pour rappel, le vol AF562 Paris-Beyrouth, opéré en Airbus A330, a décollé de l’aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle à 17h49 heure de Beyrouth/16h49 heure de Paris, avec à son bord 174 passagers et 11 membres d’équipage. La dégradation rapide de la situation sécuritaire à Beyrouth en début de soirée a conduit la compagnie, en liaison avec le commandant de bord, à décider le déroutement du vol vers Amman. Les routes aériennes habituelles entre Beyrouth et Amman se révélant indisponibles et compte tenu du carburant restant à bord, l’équipage a dû finalement décider de se poser à Damas.
Après une escale de 2 heures et 20 minutes, afin de procéder au ravitaillement en carburant et pendant lesquelles tous les passagers sont restés à bord, l’appareil a redécollé de Damas à 00h28 heure de Beyrouth/23h28 heure de Paris. Air France confirme avoir procédé auprès des passagers du vol au recensement des disponibilités en numéraire, les paiements de carburant devant s’effectuer uniquement en cash (argent liquide) à Damas. En définitive, Air France a pu acquitter le montant du plein de carburant et les passagers n’ont pas eu à avancer la moindre somme.
Compte tenu des incertitudes qui subsistaient sur les routes aériennes disponibles dans la région, la décision a été prise de diriger l’avion sur Larnaca (Chypre), où il s’est posé à 01h21 heure de Beyrouth/00h21 heure de Paris. Tous les passagers et l’équipage ont été hébergés et pris en charge par Air France à Nicosie.
Les passagers ont été acheminés en toute sécurité à Beyrouth le jeudi 16 août à 17h38 heure de Beyrouth/16h38 heure de Paris.
Air France déplore bien sincèrement cette situation et reste naturellement disponible pour répondre aux questions de ses clients. »

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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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I read the post of Elie Yesterday, and if the story is true it is Outrageous, here is the link  I recommend it big time : Massive Land Sold in the Lebanese Keserwen Area, Near Harissa, To a Saudi Prince ;

The picture is impressive, and I am asking the government and our MPs, what have you done with the law detailing how can lands be sold in Lebanon??

if this news is verified, I understand why I needed to buy a small tiny appartment in the “banlieue” of Beyrouth at such a Big amount of money!

as for the formal news as it has been published by NNA سياسة – ابي نصر استغرب بيع احدى تلال حريصا لامير سعودي: آمل من “المالية” أن تعطينا الأرقام عن العقارات القابلة للاستثمار

Rita Chemaly

Land in Harrissa Kesrwan presumably sold to a Saudi Prince

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a campaign by individual users to help keeping our internet safe and, keep hands off the internet freedom in Lebanon;

Dangerously,  and for the second year, Lebanese officials try to censor the internet sphere by laws;


to know more a great post by zeina http://zeinactivism.blogspot.com/#!/2012/03/all-you-need-to-know-about-lira.html

and http://josephchoufani.blogspot.com/2012/03/stop-daouka-lebanese-internet.html

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how social networks work in the Syrian Uprising?

how can we describe the composition of the networks in Syria

How the government and the Opponents are working?

who are the activists?

what can we object to the online uprising of the Syrian revolution?

those issues were exposed by Enrico De Angelis at the UIR webscience, at the CEMAM;

for those who are interested as I am, do not hesitate to read my not fine tuned notes;

The Syrian Online Revolution 2011 -2012 by Enrico De Angelis notes by Rita Chemaly

for more information on the same subject related to Lebanon, and the Arab Spring, do not hesitate to read my previous posts and conferences notes:

Rita Chemaly

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