Hello friends and followers, I hope you are all well!
We are indeed going through very interesting times in our beloved country, Lebanon. I wanted to share with you my thoughts about what's happening knowing that this blog post is long overdue as I was extremely busy over the past month juggling between work and following the endless stream of breaking news.
The Lebanese people have reached a turning point in their history whereby they have put aside all their political and religious differences for the sake of one national goal: The end of a corrupted sectarian political system that has plagued Lebanon for almost 30 years now and the birth of a non-sectarian national democracy built on integrity and meritocracy, and that puts the interest of the country first.
Isn't this amazing? It is the first time we see all Lebanese people from different groups, regions, communities and religions gathered together in the streets, dancing, celebrating, protesting against corruption and chanting in unison their dreams of a better future for all.
What a beautiful sight! What a beautiful revolution! It is so far a largely peaceful movement where men, women and children are taking part, where teachers, students, employees, workers, businessmen, artists and thinkers are participating each in their own way.
But the revolution has also had its first martyr. However we all know that martyrs are the fuel of revolutions, and this noble death has only made protesters more tenacious than ever.
If you were following my news over the past few months, you probably know I released a song called Chedd Halak in June 2019. This song, a satirical critic of the corrupted political class in Lebanon, had an accompanying music video that paints a dim picture of how our country's environment has been destroyed by greed, carelessness and corruption. But it also sends a strong message of hope and our ability to change things.
I'd like to think of Chedd Halak as another statement among the millions of statements from Lebanese citizens that helped put in motion this "Intifada", this legitimate and noble revolution.
I have recently given an interview about the context of Chedd Halak, if you are interested you can read it below:
Finally, I believe tangible and significant change might take some time to materialise. That's OK. We, the Lebanese people, are here for the long term. The future of our kids is at stake. Our whole country is at stake.
Long live the magnificent people of Lebanon! Long live our beautiful Lebanon!
IJK, Singer Songwriter