Lebanese Jester

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Thank you MTV

And more over “thank you Claude Abou Nader Hindi”, for having once more proved that there is no objectivity in local reporting.
Please crucify me for having believed that the only breath of fresh air and free voice was once again allowed to air. Astonished I was, when on the 7th of April, MTV took to the air, voicing what I thought was the only free and independent medium that was lacking amongst all those “sold out, political belonging, warlords promoting thugs. Tonight, and after having watched Ms Hindi’s program I can’t help but wonder about the zeal of such journalistic integrity.

The topic at hand is one that holds close to, not only my heart, but my financial well being; that of Gemayzeh.

I, like many others before me, believed in the entrepreneurial ship spirit of the Lebanese; whom after 30 years of living under Syrian hegemony (and their local stooges) took a stand towards reestablishing the Lebanon we (and you, Gemayzeh citizens) knew. The Lebanon that used to strive on culture; the city that never sleeps (Beirut), and love of life.

We came to Gemayzeh and rented premises (at exorbitant prices) that were not even fit to be used as stables to mules and donkeys, from those of you whom are now complaining.

Ms Abou Nader Hindi, made a point tonight of showing the plight and suffering of the residents of one sector of Beirut that would have been lost in the history books if it wasn’t for the few people (like me, and others) who decided to revive it. Throughout her program, there was talk about parking spaces, lack of running water, smell of sewage, lack of civic duties, power failures, noise pollution at noon (not only in the evening), a plot to get Christians out of Gemayzeh…etc.

The entire blame fell on those of us who spent huge amounts of money trying to revive what was nothing more than a ghost town (and still would have been). Not a single mentioned was aired, blaming the neighboring ISF watching female punters passing, by whilst ignoring teenagers drinking on the sidewalk.

The “propos” of Ms Nour (Monique) and Mme Kiwan are nothing less than the sayings of two bitter women (typical of old school “femmes aigries”) on whom the following saying applies:

“Never bite that hand that feeds you”.

How is it that I (an owner of an establishment in Gemayzeh) can be held responsible for the noise that a “citerne” makes when it is delivering me water? Is in it the duty of my government to provide me with running water ?!!!!!!

Ms Nour goes on saying that our youth lacks civic education. So is that my fault as well, and should I be penalized for it?

The only parking in Gemayzeh is soon to be turned into 144 apartment’s blocks, a couple of high rise towers and a few condos I the middle of a small garden; and I am to blame for it?

The smell of sewage is also our responsibility or is it that of the “baladiyeh”?

The war that is now being shunned by those uptight, ingrate, “usuriers”; should not pass. They want their pound of flesh, let them get it from those in power who made us pay through our noses for our licenses. Let the residents of Gemayzeh shut us down and witness their properties plummet to $10.0 a square meter; then they will come back crawling licking our arses.

Ms Hindi and MTV, sorry but I have to say it; you haven’t done your homework properly, what a shame !



April 27, 2009 - Posted by | Claude Abou Nader Hindi, Gemayzeh, MTV, Pubs, Restaurants | ,


  1. Uuuf somebody is pissed off !!!

    Je peux parraitre méchant mais l’humanité stagne vraiment au niveau de l’évolution. Ces gens qui ne pigent pas les logiques de fonctionnement standards, juste pour gagner quelques pesos, ça me file la gerbe.

    Anyway, ils reviendront pleurer ensuite comme tu dis. Mais ça sera trop tard, les investisseurs seront allés ailleurs.

    Et là MTV reviendra filmer les pauvres mégères …

    Comment by Ekios | April 27, 2009

  2. Yes I am pissed off my friend, I have invested my hard earned money, not so that those fucks who have now seen their properties increase ten times fold kick me out.
    Au poteau les Gemmayziotes !

    Comment by marillionlb | April 27, 2009

  3. **Au poteau les Gemmayziotes !**

    Le Libanais. Que se soit contre un ennemis de l’exterieur, ou contre lui même, il trouve toujours une raison de flinguer quelqu’un 😉

    Comment by Ekios | April 27, 2009

  4. You were seriously expecting Claude Hindi to do serious objective reporting? I’m surprised…

    Comment by Nat | April 27, 2009

  5. Who’s that guy anyway ?

    Comment by Ekios | April 27, 2009

  6. Mais pas du tout chere Nat, although when we were approached it was supposed to give both sides the chance to explain. Eh ben nothing but yet another disappointment from a TV station we all fought to keep open. Oh how I long for the days of Syrian hegemony, at least I was less expecting from my people.

    Ekios, not a guy, a BITCH !

    Comment by marillionlb | April 27, 2009

  7. Oh, ok, whatever anyway 😉 Yallah, lets kick her ass or something ?

    More Europeanly :

    You should prepare a folder about that thing, like a bill, thing like “this his how much you have to pay me if you want me to leave, this his how much my place is worth”.

    Put everything clearly detailed on the list, price of buy, price of the space, price of everything … and after that, lets see ? 😉

    Comment by Ekios | April 27, 2009

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