The TV series “Homeland” recently aired an episode which depicted a street in Beirut, Lebanon as somewhat dangerous territory with Hezbollah guys brandishing AK-47s. Of course it was not really filmed in Beirut.
Instead of ordering a pizza and enjoying a TV show for what it is, Lebanon’s Tourism Minister Fady Abboud threatened to sue the American producers of the show for causing damage to the image of Lebanon. “Beirut is one of the most secure capitals in the world, more secure than London or New York,” he went on to say in an interview which was published on 17 October 2012.
Only two days later, on 19 October 2012, a massive car bomb detonated in Beirut and killed 8 people.
I guess the threatened lawsuit is off the table.
(I have only been to Beirut myself once and it does look a bit unusual to European eyes with all the guns and tanks, but one quickly gets used to it. I never felt unsafe during my
mission holiday there.)
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The people in Gaza celebrated it how? Exactly: with celebratory gunfire.
It is sad that the people who celebrate a ceasefire by discharging weapons probably don’t even notice the irony that lies in that. It is even more sad that in another ironic twist, one man was killed and three were injured by the “celebratory” gunfire.
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The Salafists in Egypt want to impose the strictest possible laws against personal freedom, tolerance, culture, alcohol, TV, any kinds of literature not pre-approved by them and of course against any form of sex outside of marriage.
A Salafist member of parliament, Ali Wanis, was caught in his car while performing an “indecent act” with a 19-year old girl. He has now been convicted to 4 months in prison by the Appeals Court.
“Preach one thing, practice another,” the motto of religious people – not only in Egypt.