A group of female police officers are causing a stir in a Lebanese town, and it’s not because of their profession.
In an attempt to attract more tourists, the town of Broumana changed its dress code to black shorts and a t-shirt — for its female officers only.
The mayor of Broumana Pierre Achkar said the change was meant to modernize outfits.
“Ninety-nine percent of the tourists in the Mediterranean region wear shorts,” Achkar told RT. “(We want to) change the bleak picture of Lebanon in the West, and to bring tourists from the West.”
A Twitter user compared the female officers’ uniforms to their male counterparts, and said that women should not be used as “tourist attractions.”
Brummana recruited policewomen. And they dressed them like that. Look at what their male counterparts are wearing. Are these women supposed to help keep the safety of the city or be the touristic attractions in it? pic.twitter.com/2pbOyncQJg
“It’s a great initiative to engage more women in municipalities,” the user wrote. “The only problem is that they’re clearly not in standard police uniforms but are being exploited (and) sexualized by their employers.”
Despite these arguments, one of the female officers said she doesn’t see an issue with the shorts, and hopes to come back next year.
“We have accepted it with enthusiasm and we still hope that it will return in every summer season,” Samata Saad told RT.
The Lebanese Forces, Progressive Socialist Party, and Kataeb Party issued a joint statement urging Lebanese President Michel Aoun to nullify his controversial decree granting Lebanese citizenship to over 400 foreigners.
The decree grants Lebanese nationality to mostly wealthy Syrians, some of which are considered close to the Syrian regime, the Daily Star reports.
In the statement, the parties called on the President to “abrogate the decree” and later added that a reasonable decree would include special cases only.
“(A reasonable decree) includes people with very special cases and have specific humanitarian conditions that are consistent with the Lebanese Constitution provisions and the criteria for granting the Lebanese citizenship,” the statement added.
Kataeb MP Sami Gemayel requested the Lebanese Interior Minister release “full text and names” so that “we can study it and give an opinion about it in order to take any legal or constitutional steps we need to.”
Lebanese Foreign Minister-elect Gebran Bassil defended the naturalization decree, saying the President and the foreign ministry are “not involved in any suspicious acts regarding the controversial naturalization decree,” wires reported.
Although Saad Hariri is a part of the March 14 alliance with the LF, PSP and Kataeb, he sided with Aoun and signed the controversial decree into law.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has responded to an Iranian General’s comments about the most recent parliamentary elections in Lebanon and Iraq.
Video on Lebanese social media circulated of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite fighting Quds Force, praising Hezbollah’s electoral gains stating that “Lebanese elections turned Hezbollah into a resistance government.”
Soleimani added that these victories “came at a time when some Arab countries labeled it and its leaders as terrorists.”
The Iranian-backed militia group Hezbollah and allies gained a total of 29 seats in the most recent Lebanese parliamentary elections.
Hariri told reporters on Monday the statements by the general are “regrettable” and added that interfering in Lebanon’s internal affairs is “not in Iran’s interest, nor those of Lebanon or the region,” according to the Associated Press.
According to a UN-backed tribunal, five Hezbollah members were allegedly involved in the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri, Saad Hariri’s father. Hezbollah denies the allegations.
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The Lebanese American University is set to launch an independent research center dedicated to studying the health effects and potential economic gains of medical marijuana in Lebanon.
LAU announced plans to establish the Medicinal Cannabis Research Center, which is poised to become the first research project of its kind in the Middle East.
Research will include studies of the potential therapeutic applications of cannabis and Lebanon’s climatic and economic value, the university announced.
“We are awaiting the creation of a legal framework within which we can proceed, with the full support of the Ministry of Public Health,” said Mohammad Mroueh, an LAU pharmacy professor, who is spearheading the project.
In a statement, the university said growing conditions in Lebanon have not been fully studied or characterized, and an assessment of its medical benefits can be an untapped opportunity for the country.
Opportunities can include economic gains, reduced unemployment and a reversal of the brain drain, the university added.
LAU President Joseph Jabbra acknowledged the potential controversy of studying marijuana, however considers this research a chance to “break the social stigma surrounding the issue.”
In other parts of the world, cannabis compounds THC and CBD have been used to treat chronic and neuropathic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients and other issues.