Latest posts by Moussa Bashir from November, 2007
Yesterday, November 22, was officially Lebanon’s Independence Day. Today is the constitutional deadline for the election of a new president of the republic. Bloggers reflections range from optimistic and pessimistic analysis of what is happening and what is expected to the effect of all this on the average Lebanese citizen, writes Moussa Bashir.
Lebanon has officially entered the constitutional period for the election of a new president, the deadline for which is November 23. Here are a few reactions from the Lebanese blogosphere which range from analysis, to cynicism to pragmatism.
“It’s possible now to test yourself if you are descended from the the ancient mariners: the Phoenicians, or simply migrated from another part of the world,” writes Lebanos.
“Alas it seems Beirut isn't that important in deciding the outcome of Lebanon's presidential selection,” writes Jamal.
Lebanon, 2007, recorded the greatest number of car accidents to date – 830 casualties and more than 10,000 injuries, reports Liliane.
“Everything that has occurred over the past 6 weeks is passable […] But when Ghalayini's Man'ousheh becomes 500 Liras [0.30 USD] there is no place for silence. Enough already! Some heads must roll,” writes Jamal, who is satirizing the sudden and sharp increase of prices.
“There to the eastern part of downtown Beirut, lay a synagogue […] desolated and still , it shows a history of Jewish community once were alive and now scattered about between here and abroad,” writes Oldboy in a post about laziness to know past Jewish sufferings and current Palestinian miseries.
“What surprises me is that here we are ninety years later with zionists, and some Arabs, playing exactly the same games, speaking in the name of Jews, or in the case of Saudis in the name of all Arabs, leading countries to war, for the egoistic interests of the few…”...
“…one thing is sure advertising companies in Lebanon have for a while became a third […] disciplinary institution, but in this case a very perverse one: As its moral program does not have any ‘practical’ implication […] its materially empty discursive production can at best create schizophrenic attitudes among people…”...