Zeina was sitting out on the street, on a narrow sidewalk that did not provide any space for her stuff, without a bathroom or a shelter to protect her. “The Madam did not let me take my three bags. She also took my phone that I had bought from my salary, as well as my passport…”
I was lounging in the garden, in front of one of the hospitals, working on some stories, when a security officer turns to my niece and says: “What’s up black girl?”. This stopped me in my tracks and I turned to him and asked him, what are you trying to achieve by saying that? He replied: “It was a joke.”
“The Lebanese hate us, the Syrians, I am so sorry you are dealing with this.” These words have never managed to comfort me. Who are these abstract Lebanese and Syrians who are at war with one another, and where do I fit into these binaries?
Hisham Talaat and Mohsen al-Sukkari live free today, because no one cares about seeking justice for a woman about whom many rumors were spread, after enough time has passed for people to forget all about her. So sure, allow the contractor to return to his stature, and release the murderous officer from prison..
Dima Sadek has been accused of “Tarnishing the State’s Reputation.” Don’t you think that this statement is just out of place nowadays? How can we speak about the state’s prestige, amidst an economic collapse and social unrest? How can we speak about its reputation after the banks’ abuse of trust, and where can it be found when the banks violate the laws?
The case has escalated and echoed back in Algeria, as the Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune orders the opening of a judicial investigation about the adulterated fuel case between Algeria and Lebanon.
Agnotology is the study of the intentional actions, usually on parts of decision-makers, to spread confusion and deception, or to conceal information. In other words, Agnotology is the study of the premeditated dissemination of ignorance.