Amal Alamuddin – Clooney’s Fiancée or Lebanon’s Marvel?

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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.

Thank you.

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4 thoughts on “Amal Alamuddin – Clooney’s Fiancée or Lebanon’s Marvel?

  1. Hi
    My friend , even if all u wrote is 100% correct. But I think u know about Lebanon and it situation since ever, so no need to refer to it again as if u discovered powder.
    The news is an entertainment news that usually talks about Hollywood celebrities and what they did even how trivial it is coz here is where all the millions and millions of money are spent for the simple reason to entertain the public to forget about the real isues in life.
    So the news to the rest of the world is he’s engaged, and to Lebanon that his fiancé is Lebanese. So really what is the breaking social awareness news that will make a difference in geoge clooney’s life or in the welfare of Lebanon as a country.
    Hope u get a lot of shares and like on Facebook and tweets on twitter coz u made a difference my friend in this world.
    Congrats amigo.
    Regards,
    Giscard Ammar

    • I couldn’t agree more with you. You’re absolutely right; the media is nothing but a means of entertaining people and getting their minds off of the problems they’ve been through today, and Lebanon indeed has been the way it is now for God knows how long.
      But it is our job, the new generation, to make a change.
      I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of having members of my own family saying that X news channel gives false information, just because they support Y political leader and vice versa.
      If we keep the mentality that is Lebanon will never change, it will never change.
      But if we put in mind that with enough effort, small individual efforts, such as a small blog that may change one person’s mind, we could change the entire planet rather than just Lebanon.

      And I appreciate your remarks!
      Thank you.

      Regards,
      Chris.

  2. Representing the king of Bahrain !!!
    What the hell this law she is waving by when that “king of Bahrain” kills his country’s people for peacefully demanding social justice.
    Perhaps if she returns to Lebanon, people there will suffer the same as the Bahrainis. Let her stay in her refugee-state and practice her law there.

    • Whether or not this is actually happening in Bahrain is not the true issue.
      She could have been representing Ossama Bin Laden for that matter that’s not the point, the point is emphasizing how skilled and experienced she is.
      As for the killing happening in Bahrain, I have no information whatsoever on the concern, so I can’t really discuss that issue.

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