Archive for June, 2008

No other topic touches this circle more than the subject of Lebanese Expatriates and their role for Lebanon; For one, a great majority of our readers are expats; All inner circle writers are expatriates themselves, and this blog and its’ members have tried to shed light on almost every major Lebanese expatriate movement, whether from France, […]


 O Canada! To almost every Lebanese, knows a Lebanese-Canadian or expatriate living in Canada, and boy do good news come out of that friendly nation. Well, today the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced that the Department is enhancing the services offered by its visa office in Beirut (Beyrouth), Lebanon. Effective immediately, permanent resident […]


A new fast-food eatery opened in Beyrouth’s southern suburbs (Dahyeh) named ‘Buns & Guns‘. The entrance welcomes you in neatly stacked sand bags. The inside is festooned with camouflage nets, defused mortar shells and live ammunition. Employees in military uniforms serve meals and the cooks wear military helmets. Customers enter the restaurant under a sign bearing the […]


The most prestigious francophone university in the Middle East, Beyrouths’ Université Saint Joseph will offer a four-year Bachelor of Law degree starting in September in Dubai. The college, to be known as the University of St Joseph Dubai College of Law, will offer a customised programme for Dubai, which will incorporate Sharia, French, Arabic and European law. Vice […]


Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) Daniel Asmar and the team of Elie Maalouf, Amin Kanafani, Ahmed Hammoud, and Rawad el-Jurdi, took almost nine months of dedicated work to build the “Apollo’s Chariot,” the first Solar powered vehicle in the Arab World (not the Middle East, Israel is leaps ahead). The steel-and-fiberglass, […]


Confucius once said that… Goody goodies, are the thieves of virtue. I’d like to explain the wisdom behind this… When People fight wars… I trust them, if the reason in which they fight a war, is to steal other peoples properties, natural resources (and women), because they will fight a merciful war. They won’t destroy […]


No where in the Middle East is Christianity so openly celebrated. Yesterday, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Premier Fouad Seniora and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri attended the beatification ceremony of Father James (Jacques) Ghazir Haddad (1875-1954) in central Beyrouth. The Vatican beatified today the Lebanese Capuchin priest in a ceremony attended by tens of thousands in […]


It has been reported that the Jewish Lobby (AIPAC) in the US has been trying to stop a $400 million arms deal with Lebanon in order to strengthen Lebanons’ National Army. This was initially how the news got leaked of the arms deal. The reason the Jewish Lobby is not too fond of the arms deal, […]


“Business Opportunities in Lebanon” an important Lebanese business networking event will be taking place as follows: Time and Place Start Time: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 4:00pm End Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 8:00pm Location: Dbayeh Convention Center City/Town: Dbayeh, Lebanon   Attendance is free of charge for everyone, after proper online registration under http://www.opportunities.com.lb/lebanon/events/global/register.asp


Definetly man of the day, President Michel Sleiman has set up a Lebanese Muslim-Christian Summit on June 24th, at the newly renovated Presidential Palace in Baabda. The president gets a two-thumbs up from this blog! The president hopes that the spiritual summit that will be convened next week at the Baabda Palace will be the gateway […]


A l’invitation du Collectif de Citoyens libanais et Amis du Liban, Joseph Bahout livrera son analyse de la situation au Liban. – Comment lire l’éclatement des violences du mois de mai : retour sur le blocage politique, ses composantes internes et externes. – Comment interpréter l’accord de Doha : une approche pragmatique et conjoncturelle, la […]


Read the news; All political camps that are pro-one-side are loosing ground. They are untrustworthy, and un-Lebanese by the opponents side. Notice, every poltician that is neutral, is having more vocal power. This is a good sign. The latin term ‘discidium‘ suggests the idea of division, separation, disagreement, tearing apart; and each of the political […]


They may not necessarily be Lebanese, but this inside scoop goes to show the high-class ‘entertainers‘ in Lebanon tend to be diverse and wild. Rated PG-13.   You can get a glimpse of Lebanons’ underground clubs with a tour of B018, here;  Or the more casual scene of a regular Summer day, but certainly not […]


France24/AFP – Selon le Jordan Times, des archéologues ont découvert en Jordanie l’église la plus ancienne du monde. Elle aurait près de 2000 ans. “Nous avons mis à jour ce que nous croyons être la première église du monde. Elle daterait de 33 à 70 après la mort de Jésus-Christ”, a déclaré Abd el Kader […]


Architect Bernard Khoury gives a tour of Lebanon’s darkest underground club. B018, known for Beyrouthi insomniacs, Bernard explains his concept behind the structure.  umm, no, nope, nobody is on speed, it’s just fast forwarded…


I expected it frankly. But he didn’t say it. Which was a huge disapointment. He missed it, just like that! Hassan Nasrallah was supposed to give an appology for being forced to use weapons on his own people, something ‘the whole country‘ was promised he would never, ever do. He must be well aware, that […]


American Jews dislike Obama, especially after his speech to AIPAC (?), as many members were handing out leaflets, stating “Obama is Muslim” while the article kept refering to Obama as “The Illinois Muslim“. Six days later, after the results of the primary elections, Hillary halts her campaign and wishes Obama the best of luck. “We have to […]


1958 was swell. This home made documentary on Lebanon shows Lebanon in all it’s forms, including the swell days of the 1950s. I grant the author good footage on the early days of Lebanon. Towards the end, the author portrays a history in film of the war we prevented in 2008. Though, I disagree with the […]


Adored among Beyrouthi circles, the charismatic french minister of foreign affairs Bernard Kouchner reached Beyrouth on friday, greeted by french diplomats and foreign ministry officials. France, our long historic benefactor have finally come back to greet our freshly assigned president of the republic. Tomorrow, french president Nicolas Sarkozy will head to the palais présidentiel in Baabda, to greet […]


I hope the title raised an eye-brow. Here you’ll find a response by Sayyed Nasrallah, on such accusations. the chaps’ got a sense of humour


The Inner Circle is ‘endorsing’ French web application deezer.com as an excellent source of streaming quality music of your choice. The songs are endless, and streams instantly. I cannot be blunt any more than this. A personal preference, found in their Vocal Jazz radio of the 20′s. Flash Player is required. you’d have to be […]


Lebanon’s General Consulate at the Nigerian city of Lagos informed the foreign ministry on Tuesday that gunmen have kidnapped two Lebanese citizens near Port Harcourt airport.


I strongly encourage my readers to watch this movie – Network (1976). imdb


certainly an unofficial campaign.


Inciting hate, open communication messages from political camps on air waves. The Lebanese media has done a shame to itself, and held a share of the conflict problems. We have no source to trust. Everything will be looked upon by its viewers as a conspiracy or a plain lie. The modernised Future TV openly supporting […]


… back to the times of Lebanon before FPM Rafik Hariri’s assassination. If history repeats itself, then, Lebanon had just reduced a “15 year war” in 1975 involving  our beloved Lebanon, then Palestinians entering Lebanon, Syria, then Israel, and at last each other… into a 4 year conflict span since 2005. For the past three years, we have […]



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