Real Estate in Lebanon: Crisis for many but still a profit for some

Looking from one place to another throughout Lebanon, searching conscientiously for an affordable apartment to start his marriage life, Nasser is one of many young men facing the real estate crisis in Lebanon. Despite Lebanon’s political turmoil, property prices are now growing strongly. At a time when most countries of the world and the Middle East were facing crisis resulting from the real estate bubble that has prevailed in the past. Some countries appear like islands which are protected for this type of investment, no matter what crisis they face, notably Lebanon, which reflected this state of stability, and a boom in construction and development to serve the growing demand. But to whom is this demand for? One of the major conditions facing the real-estate sector in Lebanon is the giant clash that subsists between the small earnings and incomes of the majority of the Lebanese and the exceedingly high prices of apartments nowadays.
Mohamad Nasser’s story
A 31 year old young man, that works as an accountant, with a B.A. in business from the Beirut Arab University, like a lot of Lebanese at his age, is facing a problem in buying an apartment: “I have been working for ten years now and I am trying to buy a decent residence to live in plus start a family with my fiancé.” When asked what are specifically the problems he is facing Nasser said the dilemma is that the income of most employers in Lebanon is not enough for them to be able to buy or even rent a small apartment. “With the shooting prices of apartments and the very low revenue one cannot even dream of starting a family. Not everyone in Lebanon is born rich and not everybody’s parents are capable of getting them an apartment. There are now middle-class people who are not privileged enough; I think that the landlords are becoming very greedy and these prices are not accommodated for the average Lebanese person. Lebanon in a few years will not be ours anymore because now an average Lebanese man cannot afford a house the target of the owners seems to be the foreigners.”
Mohammad Othman’s story
Mohammad is a 25 year old Lebanese that works in a Bank in Beirut, with a B.A. from Lebanese American University in Business, similar to Nasser’s case Mohammad is a young guy who is facing the real estate crisis. “I’ve been working for 4 years in the same Bank and my income is 620$ per month!” Students should know that when they graduate they will face a lot of problems, for example in my case, I have been with my girlfriend for 6 years and we cannot afford to buy a small house to get married. When I was a student I thought life is easy, I’ll graduate, work for a couple of years, then get married. My father worked hard to offer me a good education, thinking that this will guarantee my future but we never thought that the economy in Lebanon will become so high especially when it comes to real estate. I have two choices to accomplish my dream, I either immigrate or I work for another 5 years and take a loan from the bank.
The owner of several constructions, such as “MAYA Building” one of the new buildings in Verdun Street, Mr. Mohamad Boulad shed the light on the estimate prices of an apartment he said that for rent, a 200 meters apartment starts at the price of 2500$ per month as for the apartments for sale the prices begin from 900,000$. I asked Mr. Boulad how many apartments are still vending knowing that the building is not fully complete yet. He said that out of 28 apartments there are still 7 for rent/sale. Boulad: “Most of the buyers are Lebanese but I have sold a few apartments for families from the Gulf.” When asked about his opinion of the high prices of apartments Mr. Boulad said: “Everything in Lebanon is rising up, the economy, the tourism and much more, this is affecting our work because with this rise in prices everything has become very costly even the material and the workers are now costing triple what used to cost us before so it is normal for the apartment prices to become higher, not to forget that politically Lebanon now has become more stable after the Doha reunion.” I also have to acknowledge that in real estate we do not only depend on the locals there are many Arabs from neighboring countries who are extremely interested in owning houses and property in Lebanon because of its beautiful atmosphere and freedom.
Economist/ Economic Writer, Lawyer Ibrahim Oussama Al Arab said that; the cash flow continues in the national economy without problems until it faces a dilemma, and here begins the liquidity critical situation in the running if increased or decreased liquidity circulating in the economy for the required level. In other words, the amount of money does not reflect its value, inflation is a kind of tax undeclared imposed indirectly on everyone and the impact would be more severe in poor and low-income than in rich. Over time, inflation will increase the gap between the levels of society and the erosion of the purchasing power of salaries and wages with the attendant factors of economic and social stability. It should be noted here that the lifting of all wages as a way to fight inflation will sooner or later, to a parallel rise in prices will negatively impact on the competitiveness of goods and services produced domestically, and carries with it the risk of an economic slump in the future. The problem of inflation linked to an organic pace of rapid growth, which are due to increased government spending, and the significant growth in the volume of domestic liquidity and the lack of real estate and housing in addition to imported inflation, which is difficult to control. The concept of inflation is difficult and troubled idea for many investors, higher prices in commodities in general; inversely proportional to the monetary value, meaning the higher the prices, the weaker value of cash. This in itself is a dangerous lead to raise the level of poverty in countries that do not work hard to maintain and balance prices. On the local level we must work continuously to reduce the money supply in circulation through the process of absorption of the organization in dealing with trading stocks and bonds in the securities as well as markets that help to stimulate the stock market and assistance to the fragmentation of inflation.
With this in mind the financial policies should not be expansive, but it is important for these policies to be more balanced, any increase in salaries and wages should match the increase in productivity sequentially to not become inflationary, while the infrastructure projects must be put into practice within the time frame that is relatively long, as it should in such circumstances to provide financial support for the segment of the population that is mostly affected by inflation, so that the phenomenon of the cost of source of revenue, we must be on the alert to deal with it thoughtfully, because, if left untreated it will become more deeply rooted. In order to prevent inflationary pressures, and maintain stability in interest rates and a rise in the proportion of lending to the private sector and the profitability of banks, and to achieve a surplus in the balance of payments covering the entire trade deficit stress the need for sterilization and absorbing excess liquidity in the Lebanese banks, and that by continuing to issue treasury bonds by The Ministry of Finance and certificates of deposit by the Central Bank, and the coordination and harmonization between the monetary and fiscal policy of Lebanon, and to track the Lebanese national economy as a whole within the limits of socio-economic strategy in general. In this case, we will achieve a number of benefits to resolve the housing crisis and the reconstruction of the country and also provide working opportunities for the unemployed. In addition to absorb a large volume of money supply and thus stem the clear rein in inflation as an overture to limit the phenomenon of inflation and reduce its negative impacts and make it to the narrowest possibility.

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PROJECT 2: What Does New Media Mean To You?

 

Jad and I ( my younger brother)

me and Rakia (my mom)

Sara and I

New Media is very hard to define, but to say it easily it is a common term for a lot of types of electronic communication that are applied through the use of computer technology. The name is relative to “old” media forms, such as print newspapers and magazines, which are fixed representations of text and graphics. New media consist of:  Websites, chat rooms, e-mail. Online communities, web advertising…  In project 2 we were asked to make three separate interviews with three different people from different age groups and ask them about new media. We shot the videos using our mobile phones and did the editing and added the captions using YouTube not to forget that we downloaded the three videos on our own YouTube channel after customizing it just like we did to our twitter accounts and our personal Blogs.  

In the three different videos I got different answers from the interviewees first of all because of the age difference it was obvious how Sara in the second interview knows more about new media because she is a journalism student at university in comparison with the other interviewees. I also recognized that each interviewee used or understood new media in his/her own way according to their age and profession.  

The differences in the videos were that each interviewee used new media for a reason and new media effects their lives differently for example Sara uses new media for her studies as for Rakia she only uses it for Face book and rarely. As for Jad he is the youngest of three and uses the new media for both fun and study and with the coming years he will be using it more.  

The similarities of the three videos, first was the use of Face book for the three interviewees even Rakia the one who doesn’t use any new media technologies in her daily life uses face book from time to time. Also for Sara and Jad they both use websites for their studies and projects.  

I recorded the three videos using my Nokia phone which has a video recorder 3.2 Mpix I downloaded the videos on my computer using Bluetooth and then uploaded them on my YouTube channel and then shared the videos with everyone on YouTube by customizing the channel and allowing the videos to be shared with the world, and off course by connecting my YouTube channel to my Face book and Twitter account.  

I edited the videos on the movie maker on my laptop though I found a difficulty while editing because although it is easy and we learned it with our classmate at the #lausocial but it was kind of difficult because it needs some practice. What I found hard was that in the videos the image was faster than the sound and that gave me a very hard time while editing and I couldn’t do anything about it because it was a mistake from the phone.  

I added subtitles to the videos by using http://captiontube.appspot.com/help/ which is an application related to the YouTube channel at first I found a lot of difficulty but when I finished my first video I actually enjoyed working on the subtitles. To do some comparison the first video took me two or more hours to add subtitles as for the last video it took me less than ten minutes.  

I really enjoyed this project a lot it was so much fun and at the same time I learned that I can report something quickly without the need to wait. Before doing this project and specifically before taking the #lausocial course I always thought that I would never learn how to use these technologies but during this project I learned that everyone could be part of this new media just by putting some effort and enjoying what he/she is doing. I liked recording the videos a lot but my favorite part of the project was everything that had to with the YouTube channel because I felt as if I have my own TV channel and I can do whatever I want with it. I got messages on YouTube from people I don’t know telling me that they really liked my videos and want me to upload more so that was very exciting for me.  

I don’t have a least favorite part in the project I just faced some difficulties in the editing and the captions but for the captions part all went well later on as I mentioned above.  

I learned a lot from all the projects in the #lausocial course because each assignment or project had its own impact on me and I enjoyed most of them. Before taking this course the only accounts I knew how to use were the face book and email accounts but after this course I have no problem in exploring in any kind of new media form and it’s kind of challenging for me to transform from a person who knows nothing at all in these technologies to someone that dares herself to now learn anything that I find interesting in the new media. As for this project it was the best of all other assignments because we had to do several things and use several mediums to come up with the complete mission.  

 my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/laratemsah  

Project 2 #lausocial

For my second project in the #lausocial class I am going to ask three different people from different age groups. I will ask a 22-year-old girl, Sara and a 45-year-old woman, Rakia as well as a grade 6 student Jad he is 12. Each will be asked five questions about new media.

The questions are:

1-      What does “New Media” mean to you? How does it affect your lifestyle?

2-      Do you use the new media for your work/study? How effective do you find it?

3-      To what extent do you think new media technologies make people more creative? Share any experience if there is so.

4-      To what extent does the introduction of new media threaten the existing (old school) media in your opinion?

5-      Describe how your life would be like without any existence of the new media.

Over and Over Again

 

With all of Europe in turmoil and the Catholic Church in the public eye because of the child molestation cases, is it possible that we aren’t safe in Lebanon from these horrors as well?

 

For the past decade, stories of little boys being abused and raped behind the doors of the church have been resurfacing. Stories that date back all the way until 1960 and possibly further.

In addition to the actual sexual abuse, the problem lays with the members of the Catholic Church who knew what was happening and chose not to report it or to not do anything about it. A specific case is that of Reverend Peter Hullermann who was convicted of abusing minors in 1986.

However, all that happened was that he was suspended for 18 months and fined a fine of $2,000, and he was allowed to work with children once again. A psychoanalyst who had examined him at the time demanded that Hullerman never be allowed to interact with children again.

The big problem here is that Hullerman’s case wasn’t the only one that was just swept under the carpet and he was allowed to work with children once again. Child molesters found that they could easily abuse children behind the closed doors of the church according to the report Hiding Behind the Cloth by Kathryn A. Dale and Judith L. Alpert published in August of 2007.

But it’s not only happening behind Church doors. Here in Lebanon, it happens behind the mask of family friends and those offering to “help”.

Yasser’s Story

Yasser* is a ten-year-old boy that lives with his family in Beirut. He is the youngest of three and has an older brother and sister. His parents aren’t that well-off, and both his parents work for long hours. His mother comes home at 8:30pm and his father comes home at midnight. Yasser is like any ordinary child, except for the fact that he was raped.

He goes to a public school near his house, and often hangs out in a tiny store by his house. The shop owner has known Yasser’s parents for almost 18 years. Because Yasser is often alone after school, he would stay at the shop. Yasser’s parents considered the man as close to them as a member of the family and entrusted Yasser in his care the nights that they were working especially late. He even used to attend parent/teacher conferences on their behalf.

The shopkeeper would often give Yasser things he couldn’t afford such as chocolate, good, games and sometimes money while always trying to touch him. Due to his young age, Yasser didn’t understand what the man was doing was wrong until that day that he raped him.

It started off as an ordinary day, Yasser finished school and headed to the shop. The shopkeeper offered him cigarettes and they smoked. At around 6pm, the shopkeeper told Yasser that he had a nice gift for him at his house and took him to his house. When they got to the house, the shopkeeper told Yasser to take off his pants. Yasser refused and started to get scared.

He then grabbed a knife and held it to Yasser’s throat and told him that he would kill him. After the shopkeeper finished, he told Yasser that if he mentioned what happened to anyone, he would kill him. Yasser kept his mouth shut for weeks and tried to avoid the man, however, it was nearly impossible as his parents were very close to the shopkeeper.

Yasser eventually told his brother what happened, and Yasser’s brother went to threaten the shopkeeper instead of going to the police. He wanted to kill the shopkeeper, but couldn’t do it, so the man simply left the country.

Other rape incidents

The First Lieutenant* in the Lebanese Internal Police opened up the folder and there, stacked inside was case over case of child molestation and child rape cases in Beirut. However, that isn’t the most worrisome part. “Nobody comes to report the cases. It’s considered a scandal to the family, so instead, they try to cover it up and these predators stay free,” Said the First Lieutenant.

One of these reports contains an unusual story of a man who would go door to door selling iron. He stopped by a house with a family of 3 girls, a mother and a father. The father invited him in for some coffee and the defendant sat with him and drank the coffee. He later monitored the house and found out the hours when the father was out at work.

The defendant stopped at the house at a time the father wasn’t at home and told the wife that he needed to use the bathroom. Once inside, he told her that he felt a negative spirit in the house and that she needed his services to rid the house of the devil, however, she could not speak a word of this to her husband. The wife agreed.

He came back and lit candles and chanted some hymns and told her that the house was now rid of the spirit but it had flown into her 15 year old daughter. He then told her he needed to take her daughter into the next room. The wife asked if she could come in with them. He replied no as the spirit would fly into her once it had left her daughter. She consented and the defendant took the girl into the bedroom alone.

A neighbor was passing by for some daily woman talk and the wife told her what was going on. The neighbor was shocked and told her to quickly go and check on her daughter. They opened the door and saw the man was naked on top of the girl, who was also naked. They chased the man out and the wife told the husband what had happened as soon as he came home. They reported it to the police and a couple weeks later, the man was arrested.

The Internal Police can’t do much besides arrest offenders when they have viable proof of something happening. If someone comes forward they are able to interfere, otherwise, they really can’t do much. “Families don’t come forward when these things happen because it’s like a scandal. They don’t want to report it. If only they would report it, then we could get out a warning list or some sort of advisory on the news because often we see the same stories over and over again with no details changed.”

A report from about four years ago catches his eye on the desk. A girl and her mother lived alone and the mother’s brother used to often come over and visit and take care of the little girl when her mother was at work. At the age of 5, he started to help the girl bathe by washing her back. At first, she was startled but it became a routine that her uncle would help bathe her.

When she turned 8, he started to wash her entire body during her baths. She was startled once again, but it continued. By the time she was 11, he was raping her on a regular basis and she didn’t think anything of it because she didn’t know it was wrong since boundaries had been crossed at such a young age.

“We need to raise awareness about these issues and educate the public,” said the First Lieutenant.

Another case is the story of a little boy that happened a year ago. He was raped and found dead near the sea in Tripoli. The rapist had been raping the boy and the boy had started to think about telling on the rapist, so the man killed the boy and threw him into the sea. “It’s very sad. If that boy hadn’t been killed, nobody would’ve ever known that he was being raped,” said the First Lieutenant.

Law in Lebanon

Lawyer Ibrahim Al Arab said that Rape is defined in Lebanese Law as performing sexual acts without the approval and consent of the other party. Sexual abuse is the practice of sexual relations in spite of the victim by blackmail, psychological pressure, and physical pressure.

Article 503 from the Lebanese Law states that if someone is forced to have intercourse without marriage and with threat of violence, the rapist will be punished in hard labor for at least five years and faces sentence of seven years if the victim is less than ten years old.

If the result of rape is death of the person, Article 549 of Law 302/94 states that it is punishable by death.

In addition, Article 505 of the Lebanese Penal Code No. 513/96 of intercourse with a minor under the age of the Fifteen is punished by imprisonment with hard labor. The penalty shall be not less than five years if the child is twelve years old.

Intercourse with a minor that completed fifteen years of age and not yet eighteen will be punished by imprisonment from two months to two years.

The punishment serves two purposes. “The first is to deter the criminals from the rest of the tradition of the offender, and the second is reform.” There is also blame to be put on the parents who give enough attention to monitor their children. Absence of family remains the direct cause behind every criminal act.

Safety Tips for Teenagers (As instructed by Internal Police)

•             DON’T RUN AWAY FROM HOME!  If life at home is unbearable, talk to a teacher, your local minister, your doctor or someone at your local crisis center.  If you run away, you will soon be at the mercy of street people who might try to push you into drugs, pornography and/or prostitution.

•             Be very wary if a stranger or someone you don’t know very well offers to be your friend.  Remember that when you’re feeling lonely or depressed, you’re an easy target for strangers who pretend to care about you.

•             Never accept any invitations to offbeat, lonely areas.  Be wary of people who offer you jobs that seem too well-paid.  If you want to work part-time, find a job through legitimate channels like a student job placement office.  Check all references of potential employers.

•             Never agree to have your photograph taken by someone who promises to make you famous.  He or she might be trying to take advantage of you.  Tell somebody you trust immediately.

•             Never get into a car with strangers or people you don’t know very well.  Be careful not to walk too close to cars, because someone might grab you and pull you in.  NEVER HITCHHIKE!

•             Go around in groups or with a friend — there’s safety in numbers.

•             Never go into dark or lonely areas, especially at night.

•             Never accept dares to do foolish things, such as going to deserted or badly lit places.

•             Always tell your parents where you are going to be and let them know when you change your plans.

•             Never babysit for people you don’t know.

•             If anyone tries to touch or caress you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, say “NO!” right away.  Remember to report the incident to someone you know immediately.  Even if you’re on a date, you have the right to say “NO!”.

•             Be wary of people loitering around your school, home or favorite hangouts.  Be observant.  A good description of a person can be very helpful during a police investigation.

•             Never accept offers of alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.

•             Trust your instincts:  the little voice in your head is usually right.

•             Remember, it is not your fault — so don’t be afraid to tell if someone has bothered you.

Safety Tips for Grade School Children

•             Always tell your parents where you are going.

•             Go around in groups or with a friend — there’s safety in numbers.

•             If you see someone hanging around your school or play areas, tell an adult you trust.  Learn to give good descriptions of people:  is the person tall or short, dark-skinned or pale?  What is the name and model of his or her car?  What is the license plate number?

•             Never go into lonely areas at night.

•             Never accept offers of jobs, outings or gifts from a stranger.

•             If someone you know asks you to accompany him or her, never go without asking your parents first.  Let the person know that your parents have agreed to let you accompany him or her.

•             Never accept dares to go to deserted or badly lit places.

•             Running away isn’t a smart thing to do.  You can always find someone to talk to about your problems, no matter how bad they are.

•             Never answer the door when you are alone at home, and never tell anyone that you are alone at home either.

•             If somebody calls persistently or tries to break into your house, call the police immediately.

•             If people in a car ask you for directions, step back and tell them you don’t know.  Walk away quickly.

•             If someone touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, say “NO” and tell an adult  you trust.  Nobody has the right to touch you in any way that makes you feel uneasy.  Don’t stop talking about it until you find somebody who listens to you and believes you.  Remember, YOU haven’t done anything wrong.

•             Never go anywhere with a stranger or even someone you don’t know very well.  Always insist on getting permission from your parents first.

•             Parents and their children should share a secret password.  If someone tells you that your parents asked him or her to take you somewhere, don’t go unless that person is able to give you the secret password.

Safety Tips for Young Children

Note to parents:  These tips are for children who are too young to read.  Try not to frighten your child, but make sure he or she learns the following rules by repeating them on several occasions:

•             Never get into a car with a stranger.  If someone you don’t know asks you to get into the car, tell your parents.

•             Always play with a friend.

•             Never accept candy or other gifts from strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.

•             If a stranger tries to take you somewhere, run home..

•             Scream for help and run if you are being followed by someone, or if someone is following you in a car.

•             Practice dialing your number with the area code.  (Parents should make a list of important names and numbers and leave it next to the phone.  Go through the list with your child and have him or her practice dialing these numbers and talking with the people who answer).

•             Memorize the secret password and only go with people who know the password.  Remember that this word is a secret that you shouldn’t share with anyone other than your parent(s).

•             Never let someone touch any part of your body that a bathing suit would cover.  Never let someone touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable.  If anyone does touch you in this way, tell your parents or somebody you trust immediately.

•             Remember that your parents love you and that you will never be punished for telling the truth.

•             Never go anywhere without first asking for permission from a parent or babysitter.

 (You might want to make sure your child has understood these tips by playing the “what if game”).

Safety Tips for Parents

•             Keep in a safe, accessible place, your child’s digital fingerprints, a precise, up-to-date physical description and a portrait photograph from the shoulders up.

•             Make sure your children know their full telephone number and address.

•             Make sure you always know where your children are.  Also be sure to set a good example by letting them know where you are at all times.

•             Never leave your child alone in a public washroom.

•             Make sure your child is always accompanied.

•             Make sure that your child’s name is never visible, e.g. on clothing, a bicycle or toys.  A child is less likely to fear someone that knows his or her name.

•             Teach your children to avoid speaking to strangers or people they don’t know very well.

•             Never leave your children alone in the toy section of a department store or allow them to wander around shopping malls.  If they get lost or are bothered by someone, tell them to ask the nearest cashier or salesperson wearing an ID pin for help.  Make sure that they can easily recognize cashiers and employees and tell them to never leave a store or mall if they get lost.

•             Become involved in your child’s activities and get to know his or her friends.

•             Listen to your children when they tell you they don’t like somebody.  Try to find out why.

•             Be on the alert if someone pays undue attention to your child.

•             Never make light of your children’s fears and concerns, even if you think they are unfounded or imaginary.

•             Tell your children that if something happens, you will look for them until you find them.

•             Parents and children should share a secret password.  If someone wants to take your child somewhere, seemingly at your request, your child should refuse to go with that person unless he or she knows the secret password.

 *NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED/OMITTED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT.

(I wrote this article with my class mate Israa Ziade /  @SasoZiade)

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What was going on in SESSION 9B and my Impression

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mr. Tarek Chemaly preparing himself for the lecture

    

  The lecture by Chemaly was about Arabs and Concepts of Globalization, with the title (Akhasmak Ah, Aseebak la) although the lecture was with a very small audience who were at least fifteen minutes late, but I found its content very true and interesting even though I couldn’t share all what was going on the scribblelive website because Mr. Chemaly was going through his lecture very quickly and I guess that is because of the lack of time. Mr. Chemaly gave a power point presentation with a lot of pictures in which he discussed the way Arabs are adapting globalization by adapting drinks, fast food, branding, chatting, Barbie, hygiene, linguistics, conspiracy theories… I agree with most of what Mr. Chemaly mentioned in his lecture but I think that he should have mentioned that this kind of “wrong” or “funny” adaptation of things is not the way for all Arabs.   

    

Chemaly gave examples on adapting to drinks and how some Muslims and Arabs link Coka Cola with Israel, and that they boycott it and made their own Cola drink “Zam Zam Cola” which is linked to the water from Al Hajj “Zam Zam” water,  not knowing that it is made by the same company. Another example is on how Arabs adapt to fast food and two models were given. 1- The BEURger King Muslim which is a restaurant for Muslims who refuse to go to any other fast food place. 2- Mc Donald’s were we can see that many open small shops and call them Mc Omar, or Mc Ali thinking that this will grab the attention of customers.    

    

 We all saw the “adibas” shirts and the “mike” shoes this was the example of adapting to branding that Chemaly gave with another funny one “Nokia slipper”! That one I never saw before.   

    

Last but not least, he mentioned the adapting to linguistics and showed us an example were one shop owner translated “Kahwat Al Shallal” to “Al Shallal Nescafe” I think that this kind of adaptation to linguistics is so popular in the Arab world especially in places where they are less educated or come from poorer classes. Not to forget “Fulla” the Muslim Barbie because many thought that the blonde original Barbie is not a good influence to our young girls we should let them play with the “Arabic” Barbie not knowing that it is also manufactured by the same company. Mr. Chemaly also talked about adapting hygiene and how we can see the old Arabic toilets and they put on it a chair so it would become modern!    

    

  He also mentioned how Arabs are adapting chatting. We made up our own language by using numbers as Arabic letters such the sound “EH” we put “2” and other such as 3,5,8,9….  

 Even students nowadays are not differentiating between the “chat” language and the actual English language and are sending their teachers their homework using this so called “Arabic Chatting language”.

Chemaly gave a lot of true and attention-grabbing examples of things we always see and other stuff that were new facts. I found his lecture very remarkable especially that he triggered factual things and I was really surprised by the little audience that was there. I think many missed out on this lecture and although the tiny audience was interacting and pleased throughout the lecture the only question that was asked was will the lecture be covered on the #lausocial live and the question was answered by me:) ! I wanted to cover more things on the scribblelive but I could not because of how rapid was Mr. Chemaly going through his lecture and that is because he had to start late. Over all I really enjoyed the whole experience and I think with time I will become more skillful in this entire kind of work.

For following up what was going on live during the lecture you can go to:

http://www.scribblelive.com/Event/Arab_Pop_Culture_and_the_Media?Page=16