L’icône et l’islam : Pamela Chrabieh
Émission Second Regard, 3 décembre 2006, Radio Canada
Un reportage de Jean-Robert Faucher
Merci Robert et à toute l'équipe de Second Regard!
De Philippe Martin: 'Voici la onzième édition des portraits de blogueurs, avec Pamela Chrabieh Badine'.
On peut trouver l'entrevue sur Dailymotion, Cent Papiers et YULBUZZ.
Merci à Philippe et Christian Aubry!
Lebanon surpasses all other devices in its ability to bring forth various forms of hypocrisy from foreign governments. This quality has been on periodic display for decades, but the past few weeks have seen an intensification of the show. Wednesday was especially productive in this regard, witnessing as it did comments from both Washington and Damascus. Syrian President Bashar Assad opened with an admonition that America and other Western countries should refrain from "intervening in the affairs of Lebanon." US President George W. Bush then took center stage with a demand that Syria "cease its efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty." Observers of both countries' policies vis-a-vis this one could only shake their heads in wonderment at how either leader could have expected to be taken seriously. To Assad's credit, he at least paid lip service to Lebanon's independence by stating that "the Lebanese are capable of understanding each other regarding their domestic issues." Bush's secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, was not nearly so diplomatic in an interview earlier this week, declaring to all that the world that "we understand who Lebanon's enemies are."
The United States and Syria are not alone in either a penchant for interfering in Lebanon or a comedic tendency to impugn others for doing exactly the same thing. Other offenders include Britain, France, Iran and Saudi Arabia, to name but a few. None has hesitated to stir the Lebanese pot with its own set of spoons, and none has been reticent about warning others to stay out of the kitchen. Their respective clients in the Lebanese political arena mimic their masters' behavior, bombarding one another with accusations of heeding foreign orders. The result is a crisis in which the indigenous players have lost whatever freedom of action they ever had because each becomes more beholden to outside forces with every escalation in tensions.
Much of the current debate involves the makeup of the Cabinet and how it might be improved so as to be more representative. As this newspaper has repeatedly said, it would be refreshing if one or more of the parties involved would articulate detailed policy proposals so that voters might divine how they intend to govern. It would be even more encouraging if each of them would vow to keep Lebanon's decision-making process within Lebanon's borders - and then keep their word. That would be a real unity government.
BEIRUT: Downtown Beirut was engulfed on Sunday in a sea of red-and-white Lebanese flags dotted with yellow, orange and green, as opposition supporters descended for the 10th consecutive day to demand a greater role in government. The atmosphere was one of excitement and anticipation, as balloons the color of opposition parties' flags floated in the sky and chants demanding the removal of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora filled the air.
The streets were home to groups of boys, girls, and entire families, all decked out in yellow, green or orange. Cries of "General!" - a reference to MP Michel Aoun, a former army commander - could be heard clearly from all corners of the demonstration, not just by those wearing his Free patriotic Movement's orange, but also by those decorated in yellow and green as well.
"I'm here today to express my opinion as it is my democratic right to do so," said Mohammad al-Chami, who had attended the first rally on December 1.
"Even if the demonstrations are not seen as successful, we are here and we are doing this because it is our duty to," he said.
Standing next with him was Hanan Tashmar, a student draped in a Lebanese flag.
"In my opinion these demonstrations are definitely working," she said. "It's just that the government is stubborn - but so are we. We are stronger though, because we are right."
The enthusiasm of the crowds reached a fever pitch when Hizbullah's second in command, Naim Qassem, took to the stage. In between chants of "Abu Hadi!" (Hizbullah's leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah) and cheers were a series of boos at the mention of Siniora's name.
"Initially I would've preferred not to go to the streets as I thought there was probably an alternative solution," said Hariri, "but with a person like Siniora in government we didn't really have any other choice."
On the other side of the demonstration, walking past the People's Movement tent, was Alfred Astih with his family. Astih, his wife, their teenage daughter, and university student son, Alain, were covered head to toe in orange, with Alain having taped a picture of Aoun to his chest.
"You want to know why I'm here?" asked Alain, a second-year student in bio-medical engineering at the American University of Science and Technology. "When Israel left the mountains of Lebanon after the Civil War, Jumblatt killed the Christians and burned their homes. When Israel left the South in this recent war, give me one Christian that was slapped by Hizbullah. This is why we're with Hizbullah - they have never harmed us.
"This government is made up of the 'Lords of War,' who killed Christians in the mountains during the civil war. We're with Aoun because he's the only honest Christian leader, and whose slate, like Nasrallah, is completely clean. So I'm going to keep coming as long as the general asks me to."
For nearly two years, Na-aM has striven to make an impact in Lebanon and the Arab World working towards our vision:
“…..a progressive, forward-looking democratic society based on social justice, knowledge, and an advanced economy simultaneously in harmony with the environment. We thus aim to alter the political culture in Lebanon-and the wider Arab world-towards a more participatory governance system where people exercise their rights and responsibilities. That is, towards greater citizenship.”
We have grown from a small group of frustrated Lebanese individuals into a cohesive group of Lebanese and internationals all believing in a better future and motivated with energy to make a difference.
At the moment we have 4 projects running strong with full committees of volunteers, a board of 10, two full-time volunteers, an advisory board of 7 people, and nearly a hundred active supporters and occasional volunteers.
DID YOU KNOW THIS?
Every Monday for nearly 9 months, we have had a Hiwar in Club 43 inviting top speakers from all over Lebanon.
We also have regular weekly meetings for the board and anyone who wants to join and learn about Nahwa al-Muwatiniya.
DID YOU KNOW THIS?
Nahwa al-Muwatiniya is open space for all people in the country- who do not otherwise have a platform for expression in an environment completely polarized.
Na-aM is a non-politically affiliated secular organization. Whatever religious or personal beliefs people have, are left outside the professional arena and we work for Lebanon through citizenship!
For all of you either in Na-aM as a supporter, volunteer, board member, or working on a project, or just want to learn more- next Friday is your chance.
You are invited to our first-ever General Assembly next Friday (15 December) at 7pm in Club 43! (Lebanon). All of our projects will be presented, as well as the board members and their activities. Open positions on project committees and board spots will be announced.
Come and take an active role in decision-making in Na-aM!
Sonya M. Day Nahwa al-Muwatiniyawww.na-am.org+ 961 (0) 3760891
Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer.
"SVP faites passer l'invitation à tous ceux que vous connaissez à Montreal...
Plus on est de monde... plus on donne du matériel de secours à la croix rouge libanaise
Please forward the invitation... to all the people you know in Montreal...
The more you send it to people the more we will be helping the lebanese red cross"
JUILLET 2006 - UN MOIS INOUBLIABLE DANS L'HISTOIRE DU LIBAN
un film de Nada Raphael
Samedi 9 décembre à 20h
Dimanche 10 décembre à 19h30
UQAM, 320 Sainte-Catherine Est (Montreal)
(métro Berri Uqam)
10$ (tout don bienvenu)
Images inédites... Témoignages...Histoires... Visions humanitaires dans le monde humaniste... sans politique... sans parti pris...
Tous les bénéfices de ces soirées seront redistribués sous forme de matériel de secours à la Croix Rouge Libanaise au Liban Sud
BON COURAGE NADA et Merci pour ce beau travail!
CHERS AMIS et/ou à ceux que cela intéresse,
A l'occasion du premier anniversaire de l'assassinat de Mr Gebran Tuéni, la LBC (Liban)diffusera un entretien inédit que j'avais conçu et préparé dans le cadre d'une émission épilote qui porte pour titre "Naghamat fi hayati".
Elle avait été entegistrée le 10 août 2003 avec pour présentatrice Rima Njaim et réalisateur Tony Kahwagi.
Gebran Tuéni avait accepté d'y être mon invité, et c'est avec son élégance. sa sincérité, sa franchise et sa générosité habituelles qu'il s'était prêté aux contraintes de la préparation et du tournage ainsi qu'au jeu des questions réponses.
A travers une sélection de musiques et de chansons qui l'ont marqué, Gebran nous parle de lui-même, de ses choix, de sa vision de la vie et du monde...
Comme toute émission pilote tournée avec des moyens rudimentaires, celle-ci, contient des défauts et des lacunes tant dans la forme que dans le contenu. L’essentiel aujourd’hui est le souvenir que Gébran nous laisse. Celui d’un homme passionné, droit, courageux, sensible, un homme de coeur, un patriote dévoué.
Diffusion lundi prochain sur:
LBCI : après le Journal Télévisé.
LBC Amérique: 22h Heure de l'Est - 19h Heure du Pacifique.
LBC Europe: 19h30 GMT
Sana Ayass Khatchérian
" Beït Hanoun ? " -