Letter to BankMed – By Nazih Sanjakdar

I saw the below letter as a note on Facebook written by Mr. Nazih Sanjakdar criticizing BankMed’s latest advertisement promoting a car loan, and I thought of sharing it with you as it speaks my mind with every word.

The advertisement on TV shows a guy who feels embarrassed in front of a girl because he doesn’t have a car! BankMed then of course offers to help by selling him a loan to buy a car and therefore make him look like a real man!

Dear BankMED,

Without elaboration, because I believe that if you think it over just a little bit, you would find that this is correct. Your Car loan advertisement is stupid and disrespectful. I cannot believe how low a bank would sink to sell a service !

The ad is based on a social prejudicial assumption. The bank is directly and shamelessly adopting a social vice and a tremendous mistake in the way people are currently considering things. A car, by definition is a mean of transportation and not in any way a social or masculine instrument to attack success, or the other sex.

Your ad is incorrect, disrespectful and is a clear sign of the bank’s immoral approach towards its customers. I believe and I know that if you show such ad here in Europe people would laugh at your bank and boycott it.

Thank you. And have good day.

Nazih SANJAKDAR

Thésard en droit international public.

École doctorale Sciences Juridiques – Grenoble.

Photo via Beirutiyat

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/10/24)

15 New links for this roundup.

See you next week!

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They just love our security forces!

Just as in a similar photo I published during the early days of +961, another foreign chick seems to be really enjoy taking photos with our security forces!

I wonder what’s so attracting about them…!

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/10/17)

14 New links for this week’s roundup.

See you next week!

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ArabNet 2011 Beirut Workshop

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The American Embassy in Lebanon is hosting the US-Lebanon ICT Forum on Oct 14-15 at BIEL.  The forum will showcase 60 companies active in the ICT sector, and will feature a series of seminars about trends in the technology and communications sector.

As part of the forum, ArabNet is organizing a free entrepreneurship workshop, Speed Up Your Startup, to help entrepreneurs:

  • turn their ideas into a business case and get personalized feedback
  • learn about their legal options for starting a business in Lebanon
  • understand how the fundraising works and what investors look for
  • meet with experienced entrepreneurs and learn about growing their business, managing talent, and building a corporate culture
  • learn more about the latest trends in the web space

The workshop will feature speakers from Tandem (Consultants), Kobeissi & Frangie (Law Firm), Middle East Venture Partners, Element^N and Yahoo!

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Park it like a douchebag

I took all of the below 4 photos at the Beirut Mall parking, and I really have not made any effort searching for these douchebags. I just parked my car and went straight to the elevator, so these were just the ones I encountered on my way!

First thing that came to my mind was this post from Body Wotwat! Seriously, بي يلي عطاكن دفتر سواقة @#$%

… and here’s a bonus photo I took earlier at ABC Achrafiyeh.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/10/10)

17 New link for this round. The list is getting bigger every week!

See you next week!

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Bank Audi, I apologize

On October 1st I published this blog post criticizing Bank Audi for planning to buy Ahwet El Ezez in Gemmayze and turn it into a new branch,  and I based my post back then on a couple of blog posts that I saw here and here.

But according to Tarek, a fellow blogger from Waja3Ras.com who sent a complaint letter to Bank Audi about the matter, the whole thing turned to be a rumor, and below is the comment he left on my post:

From Banque Audi after I wrote a complaint email:

“We would like to assure you that Bank Audi has not bought and has no intention to buy ”Ahwet El Ezez” to establish a branch in Gemmayze. Please note that we already have a branch in that area.

On the other hand, Bank Audi is committed to preserve national and cultural heritage and has in the past shown its commitment. For example, the old villa in Achrafieh-Sursock has been preserved and turned into a cultural center/ museum.”

Therefore, and based on Bank Audi’s reply, I would like to apologize to them for the post. I should have double checked the news before writing about it.

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Abou Talal – Saida’s best news analyst

Are you following Chi NN on NEW TV? It’s a new (relatively new!) comedy show featuring two news anchors, Fouad and Edmond, who keep us up to date with Lebanon’s social and political news in a sarcastic way, with the help of Jad who does on the ground funny news reports and Abou Talal who’s from Saida and positions himself as the best news analyst!

So Abou Talal knows it all and always has an answer to ANY question, be it related to politics, sports, or society! He’s just hilarious, from the way he dresses and fixes his hair to the way he comes up with smart conclusions! The video below features the best sketches for Abou Talal from season 1 of Chi NN. Make sure to watch it if you want to start you weekend with a laugh!

Chi NN is currently being aired every Monday at 8:40PM.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/10/03)

15 New links for this week roundup.

See you next week!

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