Over the past few days, the local social media has been circulating news about the famous George Clooney, getting engaged to a fellow Lebanese lawyer, Amal Alamuddin.
“Yeah this is one of many blog posts about this engagement, why continue reading yours?” you may ask?
Well usually I’d say no one is forcing you to read it. But this time, I want you to read it because as usual, I’m going to link this whole thing to the Lebanese mentality.
Now the reason why I said Local Media, is because only the local media cares about that. Only the local media sheds light upon her Lebanese nationality, and I’m sure that that very same local media had no idea who Alamuddin was before getting the news. Now the difference between local media and the rest of the world is the following:
Local media stresses on the fact that “George Clooney is now engaged to Lebanese Lawyer Alamuddin”, then states a few things about the engagement and that’s that.
But let me give you an example about some of the global media.
According to http://www.popsugar.com, for instance, Alamuddin is a 36 year-old Lebanese lawyer, who studied at St Hugh’s College at Oxford, began law school at New York University School of Law, where she worked as a student law clerk for current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who back then was a judge at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Then the website talks about her personal life, and what’s worth mentioning is that she joined the litigation department of New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and practiced US and international law there for three years. During her time there, she represented clients in criminal investigations, including the criminal probe of Enron. Amal currently works for the Doughty Street firm in England and specializes in international law, human rights, extradition, and criminal law. Amal is the legal adviser to the King of Bahrain and also represents WikiLeaks head Julian Assange.
And some of her published work, which has been published in multiple books, including The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal For Lebanon, which she coedited with Nidal Nabil Jurdi and David Tolbert.
Last but not least, let us not forget about some of the awards she’s gotten over the years:
During her time at NYU, Amal was honored with the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award, which is given to the student who has demonstrated the highest excellence in the field of entertainment law. She was also named one of the 21 hottest barristers in London in 2013 by the Tumblr blog Your Barrister Boyfriend.
Which pretty much wraps her biography in a few neat lines.
But let me ask you something. Did you have any idea about Amal Alamuddin before you heard about her engagement to George Clooney? Nope. Did I? Definitely not. That’s not a crime.The crime is referring to her as George Clooney’s fiancée, rather than “Just one of the most epic Lebanese lawyers who so happened to have gotten engaged to George Clooney”. We need people like her in our country. And if you’re wondering why she went abroad to get her education, odds are her parents were scared shitless from the situation that was taking place in Lebanon, odds are she wasn’t quite satisfied with the education offered here; every Lebanese citizen knows how ‘beautiful, amazing, civilized, modernized and respectful’ our Lebanese University is. Every Lebanese citizen could somehow relate to her leaving the country, but why not bring her back and make her feel Lebanon again? Why not make her be concerned about this country, her own native mother country? Maybe then, people will start hearing about Lebanon as the country of strong beautiful independent women who so happened to have gotten a law degree and gotten engaged to one hell of an actor and represented the King of Bahrain and Head of Wikileaks. Why don’t we have that? Because we’re not stressing on that. Why are we not stressing on that? That’s up to you to answer. Feel free to fill in the comment box.