Archive for the ‘American Culture’ Category

U.S. government officials have discovered that Raymond Davis, the American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop, was—as Pakistan officials predicted—spying on militant groups in the country as a clandestine operative in the C.I.A. Davis’ arrest and detention, which came after American officials described the shooting as self-defense in response […]


After leading the tally for weeks, Julian Assange has come out on top in Time magazine’s online poll asking readers who should be 2010’s “Person of the Year.” Out of a total 1,249,425 votes, Assange won 382,020, more than twice as many votes as the second place winner, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, prime minister of Turkey. […]


The Innercircle just added a new documentary to it’s School of Thought. The documenary entitled ‘The War on Democracy‘ by John Pilger shows how the US pushes democracy on other countries in Latin America. The documentary goes hand in hand with another documentary we’ve listed under Politics & World Affairs, “The Revolution will not be […]


October 14 & 15, 2010 from 4:00 to 9:00pm Centre BIEL, Beyrouth The American Embassy in Lebanon and the American-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce are hosting the first annual US-Lebanon ICT Forum on Oct 14-15 at the Centre BIEL in Beyrouth, Lebanon. The event is also being supported by the Union of Arab ICT Associations (IJMA3) […]


Say what you will about the tenets of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s politics, but at least he has a sense for the theatrical. Iran’s president said Monday that he would like to hold a meeting with President Obama when he visits New York in September for all the world to see. I will be ready for talks, […]


A leading U.S. expert on the Mideast has told Congress that the U.S. should break with its policy and begin talking to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed group that the U.S. calls a terrorist organization. Ryan Crocker, who retired from the U.S. foreign service last year as the State Department’s most experienced Mideast hand, told a Senate […]


Even before the Gaza aid flotilla crisis, both Barack Obama, the US president, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, had been trying to erase the perception of strained US-Israel relations. But among some quarters in Washington, questions over unqualified US support for Israel remain. The US military is starting to show concern over the […]


The Rafik B. Hariri Building is named in memory of the late two-time prime minister of Lebanon, noted philanthropist, and ardent advocate of education, through a gift from his son, Saad Hariri, the newly designated prime minister of Lebanon and a 1992 alumnus of the McDonough School of Business. “This facility will provide a world […]


“She’s a great girl,” said Donald Trump, who owns the pageant with NBC in a joint venture. Ms. Fakih, a Lebanese-American from Dearborn, Mich., told pageant organizers her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths. She moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York, where she attended a Catholic […]


WikiLeaks, a Swedish-hosted website that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive documents from governments and other organizations, while preserving the anonymity of its sources. Within a year of its launch, the site said its database had grown to more than 1.2 million documents. The video speaks for itself.


Franklin Lamb, Beyrouth – In Washington and Beyrouth the response to Lebanon’s legitimization of Hezbollah’s arms was publicly subdued. The US Embassy, for the second year in a row, mistakenly sent Eid al Fitr greetings to Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman, whereas this week’s holiday, which commemorates the annual Hajj Pilgrimage and the 1,400 year old […]


I’m a fervent fan of Family Guy (watch all episodes), to my shock many in Lebanon are still not aware of such humour. This comes a bit late for an introduction with Season 8. Relations between Catholicism and Judaism Continuing tensions in the Middle East impacts on the relations between Jews and Catholics in the […]


A teacher experiments the effects of segregation and racism on third graders. & part 4


When Lebanese and the Arabs talk about ‘powerful & influential Jews‘ in the U.S.; knowingly or unknowigly, they’re refering to AIPAC – the American Israeli Public Affairs Commitee. While not all Jews are pro-AIPAC, an emerging decency in viewing the Middle East and the U.S. role in it is shaping up, rather unexpectedly, in the […]



After reading the explanation feel free to Google News the keywords “Smart Power” today. IN TRADITIONAL international conflicts, the side with the stronger military force tended to win. In today’s information age, it is often the party with the stronger story that wins. Thus in addition to their shooting and killing, Israel and Hezbollah are […]


Semantics, a field of inquiry all of it’s own. “Smart” power means a combination of “hard” power — to coerce by military or other means — and “soft” power — the power to convince and persuade through trade, diplomacy, aid and the spread of values. The phrase is relatively recent addition to the diplomatic phrasebook, […]


More secrets emerged today about the Bush administration. Former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the concealment of a secret CIA counterterrororism program for eight years, the New York Times reported, though the scope of the program is unknown. CIA Director Leon Panetta told the Senate and House intelligence committees that he ended the program when […]


I stayed up till 3 am to listen to Obama’s speech on Al Jazeera English. I doubted he would mention Lebanon, as the country is traversing Parliamentary Elections. U.S. President Barak Hussein Obama addressed the whole Muslim world from Cairo. My jaw dropped while chewing, as the U.S. president mentioned the Maronites in Lebanon, the […]


I was thrilled when U.S. President Barak Obama appointed Senator Joseph Biden as his running mate last year.  Yesterday, he stood in Beyrouth, along side our president exchanging hugs and wishes. It is the first such high U.S. profile to visit Beyrouth since 1983. VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: President — President Suleiman, thank you very much […]


The United States delivered a “Caravan” combat air support aircraft to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on April 15.  This aircraft is the latest equipment support delivery for the LAF in the ongoing U.S. military assistance program to Lebanon.  The U.S. program assists the LAF as it protects Lebanon’s borders and the Lebanese people. The […]


The United States will provide the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) with twelve Raven unmanned aircraft in the coming months. Really? I mean who would read this and not think the U.S. intentions in doing its utmost not to monitor Hezbollah and it’s movements. The U.N. is doing its part rather efficiently, and effectively in keeping […]


Contrary to conventional wisdom, a viable roadmap for disarming Hizbullah through domestic peace-building exists within Lebanon itself. Beyrouth-based political analyst Nicholas Noe writes in a new report published by The Century Foundation. Such a course should be pursued vigorously by the Obama administration, Noe argues in his paper “Re-Imagining the Lebanon Track: Toward a New U.S. Policy.”   […]


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday told Premier Fouad Seniora the new U.S. Administration is committed to Lebanon’s independence and stability. Clinton made the remark in a telephone call to Seniora. Saniora responded by praising the approach of the new U.S. Administration to Middle East peace, saying it should be linked to ending […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


It’s been a while I haven’t seen such an original ad. Guess what the ad is for? who’s it’s competition?


The San Francisco LoveFest, named after the similar one of Berlin, occurs every year in San Francisco, California. Lebanese have had their share of raves, but I’m not too sure of this kind of magnitude, or social norm (?). You can truly feel the love flowing among the people of San Francisco, home to the […]



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