Posted by: r.m. | November 3, 2011

how to improve our reputation? not by voting for Jeita

When I ask folks why are they so intent on voting for Jeita, despite the reasons listed here and here (, one of the reasons I am told is: we want Lebanon’s reputation to improve; we want them to think better of Lebanon, to see “us” in a better light.

Who are “them”? Who is it we are trying to impress?

Perhaps one effective way to improve our “reputation” to the illusive “them” – is to – hmm – actually improve our actions, and let the reputation then follow.

Take this for example. How domestic workers are treated (mistreated) in Lebanon. So badly that the Philippines has decided to ban Filipino workers from working in Lebanon.

The Labor department’s Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has listed 41 countries where overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are not permitted to work for non-compliance with the guarantees required under the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.

The POEA Governing Board issued Resolution 7 specifying the 41 countries where the OFWs cannot be deployed.

Among the countries included in the list were those with areas of conflict and unrest such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Chad and Pakistan.

Completing the list were Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Eritrea, Haiti, India, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, North Korea, Palestine, Serbia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Tonga, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu and Zimbabwe.

But, then again, perhaps the goal isn’t to improve our reputation, isn’t to change our behavior, only to win yet another silly, meaningless, profit-driven award all while continuing with our lives

… note: it is odd that they listed “Palestine.” Do they mean the occupied West Bank?



  1. Wow that pretty cool and in fact even i do believe it

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