If Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui was a fictional superhero, Abdel Menhem Youssef would be the fictional super villain. In an extremely childish manner, over many, many occasions, Youssef has deliberately sabotaged the ministry’s effort to stop Sehnaoui from scoring “election-boosting victories”. The staunchly Future Movement crooked employee has proven very hard to get rid of, even if the Future Movement is out of power. Hariri played the sectarian card, and Mikati was too scared to try and discipline or even fire the man who holds 3 different high-ranking positions which he is abusing, because as Mikati put it “he is one of my sons” in an attempt to woo Sunni voters.
The constant need to undermine Sehnaoui’s tenure might seem ok to his political opponents, who are glad the minister isn’t getting the credit he might deserve for making us better connected for much cheaper than only 2-3 years before. Remember when it was WAP for just 20MB? Well, we’ve come a long way since then, and even though our memory spans are very short and we usually only complain, I am quite pleased with the mobile internet speeds in Beirut, and only utterly despise the low quotas!
The latest chapter in this comic-book like childishness of “I’m not letting you get credit!” has us paying for something, and barely getting a quarter of it.
- 1,200 E1 speed connection requests by ISPs and businesses shelved.
- Potential losses of 750,000USD incurred thanks to refusal of activating those 1200 new connections
- 75% of bandwidth potential is still untapped, meaning you are paying for four times as much as Youssef is letting you get
- The only way to remove Youssef is to vote him out by 2/3rds of the council of ministers, so in its absence, all we can do is pressure politicians
A few points for the doubters:
- If you are reading this, you are using the Internet. How would you like it if the speed quadrupled? Would you care of its Sehnaoui or someone else who was behind it? Cause personally, I don’t care if Satan himself offers it, as long as I’m benefiting personally, not my sect political party.
- If you’re one of those people with a phobia towards everything related to Aoun, and dismiss everything Sehnaoui does as just an election booster, then you are being stupid. Who the hell cares if you’re getting what you want!? And anyway, that argument isn’t valid anymore since our beloved dumbass MPs extended their terms for almost 1.5 years. So, stop worrying about elections and Aoun and care about YOURSELF.
- No one criticizes Sehanoui’s party as harshly as I do, but I am a pragmatic, selfish man, and when Sehnaoui’s interests and plans meet with mine, I will most definitely support him, and when they don’t, I most definitely will not. You should do that too, regardless of what god you believe in and what warlord you bend over to.
So, call your MP friend or minister friend who you use for wasta when you’re caught on a hajez, tweet with the hashtag #ftahelhanafiyye and #freethebandwidth. Tweet and Facebook and email all politicians, from both camps, show them this isn’t a political thing, but a civil rights one, our right to be connected to the internet in a decent way. It’s a consumer protection rights issue as well, because we are paying for something and getting only a quarter of it, for petty political squabbling that is a result of our broken sectarian system rife with childishness, naivety and hatred.