Archive for February, 2009

Franco Frattini est le ministre italien des affaires étrangères. Bernard Kouchner est le ministre français des affaires étrangères et européennes. Amis depuis longtemps, nous avons souvent travaillé ensemble, main dans la main, sur des sujets où notre action conjointe avait plus de chance de succès parce qu’elle était franco-italienne. Parmi eux, le Liban occupe une […]


Effective only to Lebanese residing in Qatar. Lebanon Expats – Qatar chapter is currently opening the invitation for volunteering and/or helping with the forthcoming social activities planned. If you are committed you are also welcome to join our committee. Lebanon Expats Qatar chapter forthcoming event is the 4th annual gala dinner which proceeds are donated […]


Diana Kahil - On February 13, The Max Jacob Award and the Florence Gould Foundation presented the Max Jacob Award to the two winners of the 2008 edition: French poet and writer Jacques Jouet for his work entitled MRM (POL), and Lebanese poet-writer Issa Makhlouf, from the mountains of Ehden, for his work entitled Letter to […]


The innercircle has a history of complaints (here and here) directed to the Lebanese Government concerning it’s status quo on the bandwidth of its internet. Today we learned that the internet speed in Lebanon is expected to become 20 times faster, in two months time. Lebanon is getting linked to a cable stretching from Saudi Arabia, […]


On Thursday February 19, 2009 many of the pubs and restaurants in Gemmayze will go smoke free.  The campaign, organized by the Rotaract Clubs of Beirut and Sahel Metn, is set to allow non-smokers at least one night of partying in a tobacco free environment and more importantly, bring to the attention of those in […]


Le film libanais “Help” a été interdit par la censure alors que la Sureté Générale avait octroyé une License pour diffuser le film au Liban six mois auparavant. «Help» devait faire ses débuts dans les salles libanaises le 19 février avec la notation : pour les plus de 18 ans. Bakhos Alwan, le producteur exécutif […]


I am more obliged than anything else to post this as it specifically targets Lebanese expatriates and its diaspora. Je m’adresse à vous aujourd’hui pour vous faire part des évènements survenus au Liban aucours des quatre années qui ont suivi mon retour d’exil et de ce qui se passe aujourd’hui avant les élections législatives. Je […]


Comtrax/NOW Lebanon – Ad Diyar newspaper suggested that the electoral battle is between Aoun and the patriarch. In fact, it seems that the latter is the most active “March 14th Christian leader and tenor.” The opposition-led newspaper is framing the electoral battle on the Christian field between the General and the patriarch. On another level, […]


They said “I do” and sealed their marriage. But this time, the wedding ceremony was not blessed by a sheik or a priest in a church or mosque, as is usually the case in Lebanon. It was performed in a bar. To protest laws that do not allow for civil or secular marriages to be […]


Financial results issued by five banks listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange show that their aggregate net profits reached $823.3m in 2008, constituting an increase of 23.4 percent from $667.1m in 2007, as reported by Lebanon This Week, the economic publication of the Byblos Bank Group. BLOM Bank posted $251.6 million in net profits, followed […]


In a move, furthering his more progressive position, Ziad Baroud, Interior Minister of Lebanon, announced on Wednesday that Lebanese citizens will now have the option of removing their religion from their status register, locally known as ‘Noufous’. Citing, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of the Lebanese Constitution, Minister Baroud is taking […]


Théâtre Monnot présente Le Grand Inquisiteur adaptation de Dostoïevski et mise en scène de Peter Brook. Le film est en Anglais, sous-titrés en Arabe.  La durée du spectacle est d’une heure. Tickets en vente au Théâtre Monnot 25.000 LBP 15.000 LBP 10.000 LBP (pour les étudients) Information et réservations (Valide pas plus que 24 heures […]


The March14 movement has launched their campaign four months ahead of election day. While refraining from calling the campaign a rip off, some might find it to be very familiar.


L’Orient – Le Jour en collaboration avec La Maison du livre vous invite au troisième café culturel de la saison Le mécénat au service de la culture. jeudi 19 février 2009 à 18 heures précises L’Atelier café-restaurant, rue de Damas, face au Centre Culturel Français Intervenants Monsieur Antoine Wakim, président du Conseil d’administration de la Allianz-SNA – Madame Liliane Tyan, présidente […]


Throwing shoes during a lecture, or news conference is surely getting Media attention. Israel’s ambassador to Sweden, Benny Dagan, was the victim of a shoe-throwing incident at a lecture at Stockholm University on Wednesday afternoon. The incident took place as Dagan was delivering a speech about Israel’s upcoming elections. At the time, there were about […]


The Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber has founded in July 2007 the New7Wonders foundation. It’s about the new Natural Wonders, and so far our Jeita Grotto appears in Category D, for “Caves, Rock Formations and Valleys”, of the competition. It is currently in the 13th rank in that category. If you would like […]


When governor of  Banque Centrale Riad Salemeh talks, economists tune in and take note. We should realize that the elements which cause the weakness of the monetary situation are related to the budget deficit and public debt,” – Govenor Riad Salameh said. Salameh estimated Lebanon’s GDP’s growth at 7 percent while inflation ranged between 7 […]


The Ministry of Telecom, Gebran Bassil has finally enforced to reduce the bill of its citizens’ in one of the world’s highest cellular rates. The summary is as follows, and will be enforced starting this April: Post Paid Cards: – Monthly subscription: from $25 to $15 (40% drop) – Per-Minute rate: from $0.13 to $0.11 […]


Well it didn’t take long. My favorite english Lebanese daily is back and kicking. The Daily Star is pleased to return to newsstands today after a hiatus of more than two weeks caused by a legal dispute with Standard Chartered Bank. Although this newspaper did its best to achieve a negotiated settlement, the bank insisted […]


Facebook, the social networking giant boasting, has a new plan for generating revenue: selling user data from its 150 million members to market research firms. “The company, which has struggled to make money from advertising, has been demonstrating the benefits of its new instant polling tool to some of the most influential business leaders at […]


With the parliamentary elections on the doorstep and political alliances being forged and broken, the relaunching of MTV seems to be part of the general preparations for the elections. Lebanese media usually reflect the political and sectarian divisions in the country, and MTV will add one more Christian voice to the scene, alongside the competing […]



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