Salem Zahrani and Asaad Bshara Throw Down

If you like contentious television, you may want to check out this near-fight between Salem Zahrani and Asaad Bshara on Hezbollah’s al-Manar television station:

Salem Zahrani and Asaad Bshara
Salem Zahrani and Asaad Bshara

Two Lebanese guests on a political program scuffled late Friday over the crisis in Syria during a live broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station.

The heated debate between Salem Zahrani, who heads a Lebanese media center and is known for his supportive stances for President Bashar Assad, and Asaad Bshara, who opposes the government in Damascus, almost turned violent during the program that was dedicated to the crisis in Syria.

The argument between the two culminated with Zahrani flinging two glasses at his opponent, prompting the host to intervene before the show was taken off air.

“Some people talk about Syria in a hypothetical manner just like your guest here who turns on Al-Arabiya [TV] and Al-Jazeera and reads a website [to get information on Syria] while I know Syria in person and that’s why I can talk about it,” Zahrani said.

“What level of dialogue is this? You watch [Syria’s pro-regime] Dounia Television and argue with me?” Bshara asked, pointing to the other guest.

It is funny, I used to watch al-Manar to practice Arabic before all the web-streaming options were available. Now, I can just ignore it.

Marriage in the Middle East

Dowries are often paid in the Middle East. But this case of a ninety year-old man trying to “buy” a fifteen year-old girl is revolting. I will say, I am glad there is public traction against these sort of arrangements. Saudi National Association for Human Rights member Suhaila Zein al-Abedin urged authorities to get involved, according to Al Arabiya. It is a start.