Friday, January 18, 2008

Consumers association

The excellent Rasha Abu Zeki from Al-Akhbar asks: is there a place for consumers associations in Lebanon? Rasha is very young and has excellent analytical skills and class consciousness. She starts the article with an interview with Prof. Nahawand al Kadri from the Lebanese University on the individualism in Lebanese society and how this prevents collective action (modern Lebanon was bad enough, so post-modern Lebanon, je ne vous dit pas). She then talks about Lebanon's consumers association which is being sued by everyone it criticizes (and it is very mild), and is NOT protected by the state (as it should be). The state does not recognize that its duty is to care for its citizen, the least it could do is protect civil society when it tries to do that. If the consumer's association was claiming to be protecting Lebanon against Sassanid invasion, I'm sure the state would have looked very positively at it. And some donors too.

7 comments:

bech said...

young and skills AND class consciousness?? Allahouma salli 3ala Mohammad... is she beautiful? la'ano hek brou7 bzet 7eleh menel shebek deghreh!

bech said...

by the way, when you say that she has class consciousness do you mean through the husseini metaphor, the jesus or the marxist one?

bech said...

oh and one last question: when you say very young, you mean how young? compared to you or to me mathalan. Ana shou? young aw very young?

bech said...

by the way, tell me if I should only make serious comments on your blog.

Rami Zurayk said...

Bech, glad to see you're back in the UK and we're communicating normally. Gemmayzeh is so far away, I kind of lost contact with you in the past few weeks.

All your comments are welcome, especially the non-serious ones, but I wont tell you whether Rasha is pretty or not, however, she is in her early 20s and from the looks of it, it sounds like Marxist class consciousness. Come with me to Akhbar one day and you'll see. Oh and you're quite young too, laddie.

bech said...

wlik adham ye7ross dwalibak ya rami.

Khalas i shall see you when i get back. We go together at Al-Akhbar and see whether class consciousness, youth, analytical skills, and beauty adds up.

bech said...

By the way, I'm desperately trying to get into al-akhbar's website to read her article, but something's wrong with their server it seems.