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archives 2012 kafala and racism

Risking your life on Christmas Day

This is the 3rd time we receive photographic evidence of a migrant worker risking her life to clean a window.

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

‘I Have a Dream for Justice in Lebanon’

This video will help you to understand the slavery-like conditions that they are currently subjected to under the sponsorship system.

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archives archives 2012

Tribute to Beirut Jam Sessions

Of all the interesting projects born out of Beirut’s recent burst of creativity, few come close to being as groovy as Beirut Jam Sessions.

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archives archives 2012

Celebrating one year of HummusForThought

We just wanted to thank everyone for the support you’ve shown for our blog. We’ve had 5,352 unique visitors per month on average and our first goal is to reach 100,000 per month. Thanks again and don’t forget that everything we do is under a Creative Commons license. You can also check out our Fb […]

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

What slavery looks like

This picture was uploaded on the Anti-Racism Movement’s Facebook page by Gary Lian. What more powerful reminder do we need? the conditions that migrant workers have to go through in Lebanon are horrific, barbaric and disgusting. Here is the description: “I took this picture today. It’s the building facing our own. This is how Lebanese […]

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archives archives 2012

A brief reflection on Independence Day

On this day of remembrance, let us shut up for a moment and reflect on its significance. Now, we all have this friend or family member who will complain about how Lebanon isn’t all that independent and we all have that other friend or family member who is already painting his face red, white and […]

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archives archives 2012

Sit-in in Support of Gaza in AUB and LAU

by Joey Ayoub Students from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU) have each staged sit-ins in support of the murdered children of Gaza. I have participated in the AUB one and here is a shot of the sit-in taken by myself. It happened around 40 minutes ago (Noon, Lebanese […]

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

ARM: Worker from the Philippines dead

by Joey Ayoub The Anti-Racism Movement shared this on Facebook today: Janice Soriano de Jose, worker from the Philippines, was found dead at the bottom of this building last stormy Sunday. They say she jumped from the 11th floor. We say, we want to see the doctor’s report Now. What kind of investigation takes a […]

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

One Racist Conversation

by Joey Ayoub Lady in coffee place in Hamra to some guy, 20 minutes ago: – So should I take the Filipino? – I don’t know is she good? – I think so. Good quality they told me – Better than the Sri Lankan? – Way better quality – Then go for it. Be sure […]

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archives archives 2012

Reflection on the Bomb and Identity

This is a late but still relevant reflection on the concept of identity in light of last month’s bombing in Achrafieh. In Madagascar, we used names and titles with an ease that can only suggest certainty. We were certain of who we were. We were the Malagasies and the Lebanese and the Norwegian and the […]

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archives archives 2012

Short statement on the Pope’s visit to Lebanon

I am unfortunately unable to finish my article on the moral necessity to denounce the Catholic Church as suggested by the symbolic boycott of the Pope’s visit to Lebanon in September. I am traveling in 3 days and will be unavailable to finish such a demanding task. I was hoping to write a long article […]

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archives 2012 feminism & masculinity

Taking barbarity to another level

By Joey Ayoub It is with great disgust that I learned today that 36 gay men have been forced  to endure anal exams after being arrested in a police raid last Saturday. Their crime? being gay. For those wondering, there was no police abuse. The law has not been violated. On the contrary, it has […]

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archives archives 2012

Update on the Karantina Slaughterhouse Report

By Joey Ayoub We have finished the report on the Karantina Slaughterhouse and are currently finishing translating it into Arabic, French and Armenian. We are about 10 active students who are dedicated to seeing a concrete change happening in the Karantina Slaughterhouse. That being said, we decided not to publish it before September when the […]

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

ARM: Lebanese Beaches that openly segregate [Video]

By Joey Ayoub The Anti-Racism Movement released this video of a member calling different establishments and asking them if they would allow a migrant worker to swim if he/she paid like any customer. Check out the answers. Those that do not let migrant workers swim even if they paid like any customer are: Golden Beach: […]

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archives archives 2012

Meeting the Minister of Agriculture

By Joey Ayoub We, the Environmental and Public Health class of AUB, just came back from our visit to the Bekaa where a food safety ‘debate’ took place between our Microbiology Teacher, Dr. Rabih Kamleh, and the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Hussein Al Hajj Hassan. In light of recent events that took place – I’m […]

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archives archives 2012

Inside the Karantina Slaughterhouse [Video]

The following post is an eye-witness account of the horrors happening inside the Karantina Slaughterhouse. I have visited the slaughterhouse last Monday the 2nd of July with my Environmental and Public Health Class of the American University of Beirut. This post is accompanied with graphic images and a video which are placed at the bottom […]

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archives 2012 history

New Information on the Phoenician Site destroyed last Tuesday

We have received new information today relating to the Phoenician site that was destroyed last Tuesday the 26th. Document Number 1: Rock-cut slipways in Beirut by Prof. David Blackman sent to the university of Oxford. Document Number 2: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, par Pr. Dr. Jean-Yves Empereur Document Number 3: Dr. Kaliopi Baika’s […]

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archives 2012 kafala and racism

St. Georges Beach Club refuses entry to migrant worker

By Joey Ayoub Another racist incident was reported by the Anti-Racism Movement in Lebanon. Al-Akhbar wrote about it here. We should however note that St. Georges Beach Club is far from being the only one. Two other examples are Riviera and Coral Beach which specifically ban migrant workers from entering. Lazy B has a more […]

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archives 2012 history

‎Save Beirut Heritage releases April ICOMOS report on the Phoenician site of Minet El-Hosn (Fr/Eng)

This is the Save Beirut Heritage (SBH) Release over the destruction of the Phoenician Shipyard in Mina el-Hosn, Beirut. [Version Originale Francaise] Translated into English by Joey Ayoub and posted here with SBH’s permission. “I answer in the name of Save Beirut Heritage with an excerpt of the report that we have submitted to The […]

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archives 2012 history

An Open Letter to Gaby Layoun

Dear Minister, I wanted to express my sincerest sadness over your failure to protect our 2,500 year-old monument. It is a sad day for our culture, our history and our nation. I do not want to send you an angry letter for I am completely demoralized by your act. You have succeeded in murdering many […]