Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas. Hope Beyrouth was full of the festive spirit this week. One news might have slipped the mass local media during the holliday which was well intended left unnoticed. Before the New Year, you probably ought to know that a Senior U.S. State Department official sent concerned messages to their Israeli counterparts in recent […]

On my behalf Jester,  Naar and Bouffon, would like to wish you a Joyful & Merry Christmas. As usual, expats have been flooding in to Lebanon,  in an overmass of Lebanese from Canada, Dubai, France, Australia and throughout the world! All Lebanese are joyful to join their families for the festive season. As for me, […]

Lebanese Expatriates living in the West African country of Guinea are not believed to be at risk after an attempted coup which followed the death of the country’s president on Tuesday. President Lansana Conte’s death was announced at around 2 a.m, on Tuesday morning. Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh told The Daily Star that he […]

Sure you have. It’s the Worlds Largest Fraud, by One Man. A ponzi scheme. Well here’s the inside scoop from the Wall Street Folly: FBI diverts anti-terror agents to Bernard Madoff $50 billion swindle Hedge Funds Concede Oversight Inevitability in Wake of Madoff Jewish leaders bracing for Madoff fallout, Jewish leaders expect anti-Semitic backlash Shana […]

Kiva Lending is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world, namely Lebanon. The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and […]

I’ve come across this video a while back, not sure when I didn’t share it with the circle.

Des néonazis qui opèrent en plein cœur de l’Etat juif. En 2007, cette affaire avait choqué la société israélienne. Le 23 novembre 2008, les huit membres du groupe, qui filmaient leurs expéditions punitives, ont écopé de peines de prison ferme. “On ne pensait pas que cela pouvait exister chez nous” Simon Katin a émigré en […]

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has selected U.S. Rep. Ray Lahoud for transportation secretary, which would make him the second Republican in the Cabinet, a senior Democrat said on Wednesday. Lahoud, a Lebanese-American, was described by congressional and other officials as a moderate and a friend of Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Russia is to deliver 10 MiG-29 fighter jets as a gift for the Lebanese military. “Russia’s defence ministry has decided to deliver to Lebanon, as part of defence cooperation, 10 MiG-29 fighter jets from our existing contingent,” the Interfax news agency quoted Mikhail Dmitriyev as saying. The fighter jets would be modernized before delivery and […]

I knew it wouldn’t take long before someone viral marketed this game. This shoe throwing flash application-game has one objective: Hit Bush in the face with your shoe. Lebanon is currently the 11th country in the world that plays this game. I don’t know if the more people trow shoes at Bush is necessarily good […]

Dans la perspective des fêtes de fin d’année, un concert de musique et de chants, intitulé Notes de Joie, se tiendra le vendredi 19 décembre 2008 à 20h00 à la Cathédrale Saint Louis des Français (les Capucins) au Centreville de Beyrouth. Destiné en priorité à la famille de l’ESA (regroupant étudiants en cours de formation, […]

There is no need to define what throwing a shoe means in the Arab culture, I think it’s self explanatory to humans in general. During a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Bush received a taste of the immense resentment many Iraqis feel toward his policies: Just after Bush finished his remarks and […]

Why the Ministry of Culture should step in and put this image back in an art gallery. by Alice Fordham An official from Solidere, the Lebanese real estate company, told AFP that the company had sought to avoid any political or religious controversy. “Politics and religion are two very sensitive issues that we don’t want […]

BEIRUT, November 12, 2008 (Menassat) – It wasn’t long after Jocelyne Saab had toasted the opening of her first photo exhibition – Sense, Icons and Sensibility – that problems began to arise. The exhibit illustrates Eastern and Western concepts and Arab perceptions of the West in a catchy, and to some quite kitschy or even […]

Eid al-Labneh


By Alice Fordham It started,” says Zico, “in 1984. Me and Rabih Mroueh needed an excuse to see a friend and we took a labneh, and said it was Eid al-Labneh and from this time ’til now we have held it. Sometimes it is wartime and sometimes it is peacetime, but every year we try […]

In the Middle East, Lebanon is bordered with two nations at conflict. Syria, and Israel. Here are a list of Foreign Policies President-Elect Barak Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden will do for Israel: Ensure a Strong U.S.-Israel Partnership: Barack Obama and Joe Biden strongly support the U.S.-Israel relationship, and believe that our first and incontrovertible […]

Un bilan, en cartes et en chiffres, de la politique étrangère et de la présence américaine au Moyen-Orient. When George W. Bush openly declared his view of a New Middle East, I,  Jester, one of the main editors here at the inner circle, was for this view; And in 2004, I was for the re-election […]

1989. … back to you, Wolf. for full video of the debate

Clowns and street performers danced in the rainy streets of Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday bringing holiday cheers to the shopping district. Thirty performers from Germany, Italy, Morocco and Lebanon donned rainbow-coloured wigs and red plastic noses to put on a show, as frustrated drivers blasted their horns. Some clowns walked on stilts as others danced, juggled, […]

For more content on Beirut’s Marathon this year, I’ll refer you to CNN’s documentary.

The word effective here insinuates* the one whom had the most influence and impact* – in your opinion – on the country’s political, economical, sociological and internal affairs. Feel free to add a name. If you refresh this page, you’ll notice the names are re-ordered randomly. no double vote. blocked by cookie and by IP address. […]

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that France’s decision to outstretch its hand to Syria was “risky.” “I do not regret bestowing my trust in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad although human rights in Syria are violated,” he said. In a speech delivered at the Elysée on Monday on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Universal […]

To most Lebanese-Canadians and surely those residing in Québec know of the hilarious  Têtes à claques animation sitcom. This clip was sporadically spread throughout the Lebanese community in Canada. I should note the dialect has the Québecois accent which ought to take a few seconds for you to catch up, and understand. Feel free to check […]

Happy Adha!


Happy Eid el Adha to all

Le Québec a signé 8 ententes avec Liban. Entente dans les domaines de la culture et de l’éducation entre le gouvernement du Québec et le gouvernement de la République Libanaise (Entrée en vigueur 2003 , Durée Cinq ans) Entente entre le gouvernement de la République Libanaise et le gouvernement du Québec portant sur la contribution […]

Integra Marketing and Public Solutions, publisher of Lebanese newspaper Al-Balad, on Thursday launched Action, a new French-language newspaper during a conference held at the headquarters of the Press Federation in Beyrouth. Integra general manager Gilbert Tigot said the new daily would be “revolutionary and comprehensive.” L’ Orient-Le Jour is so far Lebanon’s only French-language newspaper.

The Editor-in-Chief of Al Dustour, the daily newspaper in Egypt, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers that honors an editor or publisher in the Arab region. Ibrahim Essa is recognized for his “commitment to freedom of the press, his courage, leadership, ambition and high […]

A Lebanese court’s decision to dismiss charges of criminal slander against Muhammad Mugraby, a prominent lawyer and human rights activist, is an important victory for freedom of expression in Lebanon, a group of 11 Lebanese and international human rights organizations said today. At a news conference in Beirut, the groups urged the Lebanese government to […]

Tourism in Lebanon increased 28.9 % during the first ten months of 2008, according to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday. The official statistics, which were included in Bank Audi’s weekly economic report, showed that number of people visiting Lebanon in 2008 was nearly equal to the all-time record set in 2004. […]


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