Archives for the month of: November, 2012

As I was checking my timeline on twitter, a tweet by @MTVLebanonNews caught my attention:

“آل المقداد توعدوا بخطوات لاحفة لم يفصحوا عنها وأكدوا أن الاعتصام يفك فور إطلاق سراح الشباب”

So it seems that we still have to hear from the Mokdad family after all. On top of having the guts to go on TV and say that they have an armed legion, then go on to kidnap more than 20 Syrian citizen in Lebanon (regardless of the Syrians’ political affiliation) and a Turkish citizen, they now decide to close one of the most active roads in the Beirut Southern Suburb.

Everyone remembers what happened three month ago when the Syrian Free Army abducted a member of the Mokdad clan in Syria after they claim he was helping the Syrian Army which prompted the Mokdad family to retaliate and abduct Syrians in Lebanon and a Turkish.

Back then, the army was not given the “political cover” to do anything about it because Hizbollah did not allow it of course, and things stalled for almost 20 days until suddenly the Lebanese Army miraculously started to arrest the armed forces of the Mokdad clan and throw them in prison.

Now here comes the tricky part. Those people were arrested and thrown in jail, everyone obviously knows why, but this is not how things work. When the police or the army detains someone and put him in jail, that someone has to stand in front of a jury to be trialed. The problem is that those persons were not accused of anything; they were just caught and put in jail for no legislative reason. The reason for the public is clear, but the reason for the law does not exist, not until they are accused and then shown to a judge for a trial.

I understand the frustration of the Mokdad family as their sons have been in prison for over two months now without even being accused, let alone judged. But didn’t they see it coming? What did they expect? To go all commando on the streets of Dahyeh kidnapping people as if it was the most normal thing to do without consequences? We were taught in school in the physics classes that for every action there is an opposite equal reaction. Well that applies to social life too, not just to science. They made an action of kidnapping people that triggered a reaction of them being arrested.

To be clear, the government, the judicial body, the police, the army or whoever is responsible (because he have no idea who is responsible for what in Lebanon) have the obligation of accusing the detainees before judging them. But for the Mokdad family to go and decide to close a road in Dahyeh until their sons are freed? Come on, is there no decency anymore? Do they think that us, Lebanese, are idiots? Do they think that they can do whatever they want without being asked why?

After the Asir/Hizbollah incident in Saida; the Minister of Interior Affairs, Mr. Marwan Charbel promised that whoever is seen holding arms will be detained. If no arms are shown in Dahyeh now by the Mokdad family, I’m sure that it won’t be long before they show up. So I think that the Mokdad family will put the words of the minister to test.

The Mokdad family have all the right to ask for their sons to be accused and sent to trial, and the government has the obligation to see the detainees accused and trialed; but this is NOT the way to ask for it.

 

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To whoever does not know Roman Abramovich, he is a Russian business tycoon and the owner of Chelsea Football Club. And Abramovich has a hobby, a very unusual one; “sacking coaches”. He and Maurizio Zamparini (Owner of Palermo) compete for the title of “the president who sacks the most coaches”. In July of 2003, Abramovich bought Chelsea FC for the amount of £ 140 million. He brought in Jose Mourinho in 2004 in an attempt from him to make the club a Premier League and a European superpower.

Between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho won 2 Premier Leagues, 2 League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield, but that was not enough, Abramovich ha his eyes on the UEFA Champions League; only the most prestigious tournament on club level in the world. So Mourinho was sacked, Guus Hiddink was brought in, then fired, then Carlo Ancelotti was hired, then discharged, then Andreas Villas-Boas, thought to be Mourinho’s young self, was hired and eventually got dismissed in the middle of the 2011-2012 season for a, back then, unknown Roberto Di  Matteo, Villas-Boas’ assistant coach, was given the reign at Chelsea FC. When Di Matteo was put in charge of Chelsea on the 4th of March 2012, the team was in a terrible form. The interim first-team coach started his journey with Chelsea with a win over , then did a historic come back in the Champions League against Napoli to secure a place in the Semi-Final of the CL to beat cup holders Barcelona on a 3-2 aggregate that day. Di Matteo went on to win the CL after beating Bayern Munich in penalty shootouts. He was a hero, he ended the season with a Champions League and an FA Cup.

On May 19 2012, Roman Abramovich fulfilled is football fantasy; he won the UEFA Champions League with no one but Roberto Di Matteo, an assistant coach to Villas-Boas. So Di Matteo was confirmed as the first coach of Chelsea for the season 2012-2013 and we all thought that Abramovich will have finally learned that you cannot BUY a football club, but rather BUILD one; or so we thought.

On November 20, 2012, Juventus hosted Chelsea in the CL to beat them 3-0. Chelsea was put in a delicate situation in the CL as they may not qualify for the last 16, but they are still in, so no problems should be made out of the loss specially that Juventus have a better team and deserved that win. And seeing that Chelsea is only 4 points away from the EPL first place, all should have been fine, but it was not.

On November 21, the inevitable happened, Chelsea FC announced on their website: “Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with Manager Roberto Di Matteo.” Chelsea FC, under the ownership of Roman Abramovich has changed NINE coaches in EIGHT years. In those last eight years, the likes of Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC have not changes coaches; the likes of Barcelona CF, Real Madrid CF and AC Milan have changes only three coaches each. With the exception of AC Milan, who claims the opposite, I believe all the others are building teams, and investing in youngsters.

Abramovich does not mind paying millions of euros to buy players (€50 million for Torres) he does not mind paying millions in compensations to break the coach’s contract. He destabilized the football market with his millions just to win the Champions League and when he finally did it, he kicked out the only coach who brought it to his closet.

So you ask me if football is dying. Well, with the presence of club owners such as Roman Abramovich, football may not be dead, but sure is on its way.

So here we are, November 20th getting ready for the big event of the so-called Lebanese Independence Day on November 22nd where our beloved army will parade in front of the Beirut Naval Base in Downtown in the presence of the three presidents in a time where the country is living in a turmoil of events.

Our beloved army decided to get prepared today, a Tuesday morning, when everyone is coming to Beirut for work. So it closes roads in Beirut for it to prepare for the great event on Thursday to create a killer traffic that reached Dbayeh. Please keep in mind that a HUGE number of people drive daily to come into Beirut from its southern and northern entrances between 7 and 9 am for work.

By doing so, they created an immense traffic that got people stuck in their cars for hours. It took a co-worker of mine two hours to get from Tabarja to Ashrafieh. I called a customer of mine at his office and his assistant answered to tell me he is stuck in traffic, so I call his cell phone, he tells me he has been held in traffic for almost three hours. I live in Beirut so it takes me five minutes to get to my office; while driving, I heard Gavin on RadioOne reading text messages he received and one of them was like: “I ordered breakfast to my car while stuck in traffic”; I find this sarcastically sad.

The bellow picture was taken from a tweet by Annahar Newspaper

To start with, the entrances to Beirut on a regular day are packed with cars and traffic is already a problem for most Lebanese, almost everyone gets to his/her office mad and frustrated and can’t be spoken to before having the morning coffee to feel relaxed (although I doubt that coffee makes one relax). So how about closing the roads for a drill that 90% of the Lebanese population don’t even care for on a Thursday morning when everyone is driving to his/her office.

Has it crossed the mind of the big bosses and decision makers at the Lebanese Army that such a drill is better done on a Sunday when everyone is enjoying his morning at home with his family and kids? Wouldn’t it been better if people were at least notified of the situation so they can take precautionary measures to get to their offices without cursing the country, its army and their lives?

The Independence Day should be a day that makes every Lebanese citizen feel proud of his country, safe in his country, taken care of in his country. Unfortunately, most of the Lebanese feel the complete opposite and got to a point in which they would not give a rat’s ass about November 22nd. Or maybe they do since it is an official holiday and most of us will be going on hunting trips that day.

In other news, news agencies announced ( see the link http://mtv.com.lb/News/138654 ) on behalf of the Internal Security Forces (for some reasons www.isf.gov.lb seems to be down) the measures that will be taken on Thursday, November 22nd in regards to parking cars in downtown and closed roads, so I invite everyone concerned to read it to make sure they know what roads to take if they decide to go out that day.

Happy Independence Day with the hope that next year will witness a more organized drill.

I studied MIS, Management Information Systems that is, so some consider me a geek, some consider me a business oriented man. Well i’m kind of a mix of both. And since i work at an IT consultancy, i will let my geeky part explain the title of my first post.

To who does not know what “Hello World” means, here’s a very brief explanation.

The first software a programmer writes in a language he is learning is always called “Hello World”. It’s his/her way of showing the world what he did with this newly learned language. And since this is my first post on my new blog, i chose to entitle it “Hello World”.

Now about the reason behind starting my blog, well it’s really simple, i am a very controversial person, my ideas and actions are seen by a lot of people as “strange to what everyone else thinks” which is something i like, it makes me special in a way or another which for me is a reason to share what i think with whoever is interested in reading.

And finally, if you are wondering about the link to my blog, i chose to use “rel4tivity” as a link because for one, “relativity” was taken and because i believe that everything in this life is relative. What i find beautiful may be ugly to you, and what you find rational may be irrational to me.

To make a story short, my name is Bilal Delly, i will be blogging whenever i have something to say about any subject that i think of. I know that i will be hated by a lot, but i hope that i will be respected for my opinion even if it does not run in parallel with yours.

Good Evening 🙂