Following the latest events in Sidon and the clashes in Abra, Twitter resounded with hashtags and support for all kinds of parties, be it the Army, Assir, Fadel Chaker, or any other political faction. The global repercussions were evident in the hike in Lebanon keywords and hashtags, as world news agencies reported the notorious instability that smeared the Southern coast.
I grew up with SimCity, and many aspects of the game grew up with me and shaped the way I perceive societies. It was always just a game until I started gathering points here and there during my travel experiences. I’ll come back to that later on.
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The political turmoil in Syria has made the largest ripple in the Arab Spring that erupted across Arab nations. The civil war that is betting on the survival or downfall of the existing regime is struggling to maintain a demographic, in which whomever has access to foreign refuge is not taking second chances. With poverty along every corner, and the devaluation of the Syrian currency starving the people and shutting down businesses, one cannot but imagine what it would be like to live in such insecurity and instability.
Ever since the Civil War [1975 – 1990] that shattered the country’s dreams and dispersed its families among the continents and the afterlife, Lebanon’s once booming economy is now sinking in a record-high debt surpassing the $55 billion mark. With a faltering lifestyle and a struggle to keep the economy afloat, hope seems in a gloom as no policy is in place to target the deficit but a measly attempt to shave off a fraction of the interest that nears equating the original debt. This infographic is dedicated to shed light on who’s to blame, an overview of the ramifications, and where we currently stand. Thanks.
The sectarian disparity has gone too obvious to remain un-noticed. Following the 80/20 rule, something similar is being witnessed in our beloved country, where 20% of the ‘elite’ control nearly half of national consumption, while the nation’s poorest consumes its daily needs if not less, with a humiliating 7%. The results are expected when the high class owns a home for every member, cars for every day of the week, and enough money to show off time and time again. Sadly, with time, the middle class will sink to join the nation’s weakest economically and create a clash of classes similar to India’s slums and high-rises being wall to wall.
** This is the English version of the Civil Marriage infographic. If you would like the Arabic version, Click here **
The recent turmoil regarding the civil marriage has affected the lives of all lebanese citizens and politicians alike. Shackled between tradition and the needs of modern society, the notion of allowing civil marriage in lebanon will forever morph the nation into what many hope to be a beginning to the end of sectarian conflicts in the country. Many favoring traditional marriage prefer to do so on the basis of the preservation of the family and its values, knowing that divorce is usually much easier to deal with and therefore paving the way for a society different than what previous generations were brought upon. The topic is still under debate where religious figures struggle to maintain their domination on this sacred bond, leaving the public in an indecisive state yet again.