Types of people in the Arab World

Here is a list of the types of people you would meet in the Arab World.

The educated

By that i don’t mean those who hold a PHD but those who have enough culture and an open mind to discuss their ideas in a bright and deep way without trying to make you feel inferior and without diminishing your thoughts as if they were wrong and insignificant.

This type of People is unfortunately rare and almost hard to find, the people you meet nowadays wants you to be a reflection of who they are without realizing..You’re not with them: you’re against them.

The Wanna-Bes

I’m talking about those who seem careless to society and those who imitate the western civilizations such as Europe or the States in everything they do. Those who don’t want you to know that they’re Arabs or speak Arabic, you bump into them at malls and shopping centers mostly where you hear them speaking English or French to each other and most of the time you just feel confused whether this is actually English or “Anglizi“.

The fanatics

The worst kind!

They judge you all the time on what you are and what you’re not. Mostly religious fanatics, those who think of you as less inferior if you believed in a “different God” than the one they do. Those are the reason why half of the Arab civilization is still far behind. And the worst of them all is those who claim to be open minded and once the slightest trouble occur, they start throwing accusations based on Gender, race or religion.

The Absent

I’m sure you have met one or two of those. No matter what seems to happen, no matter what is the kind of the disaster spreading around them, you find them almost “in another world”.

World hunger strikes; they pose with a hamburger.

Natural disaster spreads; they share pictures of islands and resorts.

As if they were absent or neutral or even living somewhere else…

“Dante” once said: “Neutral people have a special in hell!”

The Hypocrites

To be honest, those are my favorite, they claim to be smart and intelligent and well informed while in fact they have no idea what they’re talking about. They discuss politics, books, art, etc. and while you listen you ask yourself: “What the hell is he talking about?”

You can’t argue with those, they’re always right and if you happen to be lucky and prove them wrong, they won’t like you and will think of you as arrogant and dumb!

The Man-a Be

Yes I mean those who claim to be “men” ..backwards.

They’re proud of the number of women they sleep with, the cigarettes they smoke and the brands they buy. Some fall into one of those categories and others in all of them.

They think that manhood is only physical and ..well, whatever is under their pants.

I think we all know where those have their brains located..don’t we?

This, in brief is a list of the people you would likely meet in the Arab world. If you know another type or have met another type; make sure you mention it.

© Sandra Chami Kassis – sandrachamikassis.wordpress.com, 2014 

Jean Assi: An opinion with a twist

Jean Assi, a 26 year old Lebanese citizen has been sentenced yesterday to 2 months for insulting the president on twitter.

I have read a few of Jean Assi’s tweets, they were a bit provocative and insulting; even though i do support freedom of speech and that anyone can criticize the President, but “trash talking” is not acceptable.

However, spending two months in jail is not going to teach Jean anything (if that’s what they want); Jean will go out full of hatred and anger even more than before.

I wonder though: What about all the provocative speeches on television and the media in general? Why only Jean assi? Twitter is full of hatred and people trash talking each other and politicians…

Our law is so selective that it is actually a sad and a disgusting fact, to think that criminals can leave jail in a “politician’s” car while citizens are jailed for insulting our president!

Respect is mandatory but choosing whom should respect you or not is hypocrisy.

In a time where we’re fighting terrorism, people are dying, our army struggling everyday and fighting for our safety; shouldn’t that be a priority? shouldn’t people who insult our intelligence, dignity and patriotism be jailed first?

I do not support Jean for insulting anyone or using such words which won’t spread but hatred instead he should have given good constructive criticism since he seems to be smart enough to do so..but throwing him in jail is not the answer.

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” Winston Churchill

Below is the tweet why Jean Assi is being jailed for.

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© Sandra Chami Kassis – sandrachamikassis.wordpress.com, 2014 

Jackie Chamoun for president

A few days ago, the social media went viral after topless photos of the skier Jackie Chamoun sufaced on the web.

I wanted to exclude myself and my opinion in particular but everyone is so obsessed with Chamoun’s breasts that I thought I should remind our beloved country a few important things.

Kindly note that my personal opinion of the photos leaked and the principles i stand for don’t really matter at the moment; neither do yours.

Half of the Lebanese society was insulted as the other half defended her. We got divided! AGAIN! (What a surprise).

The bombings that take place, the kidnapping every now and then, politicians lying to our faces, insults on the social media between Lebanese just because they don’t agree on a certain matter or because they both belong to different parties…etc. How did that not insult your intelligence in any way?

Female singers (Not gonna name them so they wouldn’t feel important – not that they are); posing half naked and singing about peace holding guns, preaching about virginity without clothes on, didn’t that, my fellow friend insult your intelligence in any way possible?

There are women getting killed beaten up by their husbands; that is not an insult? But Chamoun’s breasts are?

I do understand the fact that some people are conservative and do care about honor and women’s dignity and the fact that she is representing us in the Olympics is an argument that this is not our “culture” and those are not our “habits”, as far as am concerned, posing topless is not one of my favorite topics but whatever she did is her concern alone and a woman’s body does not define who she is and she is certainly not limited to that.

You’re free to give your opinion but do not insult others. People who defended Jackie were met with harsh comments; and people who attacked Jackie were told to shut up!

We just can’t accept others as they are, if they’re not with us, they’re against us.

That is just scary and sad, the fact that we’re not able to have a government so and that our politicians quarrel while we struggle to survive everyday is something we are sadly used to.

Whether you’re with Jackie or not, whether your agree on what she did 3 years ago or not, people are not to be judged, not by you, not by me because we’re all posing naked in a way, out thoughts, our opinion, our insults, our disrespect to others’ points of view…trust me; we’re all posing topless in that matter.

Plus, you should note that Jackie Chamoun did apologize for some reason and she deserves respect for that; our brothers and sisters are dying as martyrs every week for no cause and for nothing; did you hear an apology from any politician you follow?

We all do or did horrible things at a certain time; that doesn’t make us horrible people. Does it?

© Sandra Chami Kassis – sandrachamikassis.wordpress.com, 2014 

Encore..

Encore un jour de tristesse

Encore un jour de maladresse

Encore un temps perdu

Encore un coeur vendu

Encore un rêve impossible

Une misère disponible!

Encore mon score manque de points

S’assoire toujours dans le même coin

J’ai besoin de quelqu’un pour m’aider

Pour pouvoir penser, rêver, parler…

Encore une fontaine de larmes

Encore un couteau dans mon âme

Encore la vie me prend pour imbécile

Ne m’entends pas; me rend immobile..

Encore je suis obligée de quitter mon pays

Les jeunes voyagent et on reclame que la vie fleurit.

Encore un amour eternel en un moment conçu

Et celui qui a aimé n’a rien reçu..

Encore une fille d’autrefois

Une fille misérable, une fille qui peut – être passera par là

Cette fille c’est encore moi!

Published in 2003..

                                                                                         © Sandra Chami Kassis – sandrachamikassis.wordpress.com, 2014 

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