Archive for the ‘Mediterranean’ Category

BeicipFranlab, a French petroleum consulting firm,  signed an agreement with caretaker Energy and Water Minister Jibran Bassil Thursday. The firm is set to prepare a tender in the coming months that would allow companies bid for the right to explore oil and gas off the Lebanese coast. The agreement should set the stage for the eventual state-led […]


The recent discoveries of massive gas fields off the coast of northern Israel, tantalizingly close to Lebanese coastal waters, has stirred cash-strapped Lebanon to accelerate efforts to begin its own oil and gas exploration. But the prospect of previously undiscovered fossil fuel riches off the coasts of Lebanon and Israel risks becoming a new source of conflict as well as an […]


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have a crisis on his hands before he visits Washington on Tuesday: Turkey, long one of Israel’s closest allies in the Muslim world, has said it will cut ties with the Jewish state unless it apologizes for the May 31 flotilla raid that killed nine Turkish activists. Turkey will […]


The heartbreaking news coming out of Cyprus as the Pope visits this divided European Island, Al Jazeera English sheds light on this community that is in danger of being extinct.



Lors d’un point presse ce mardi, le porte-parole du ministère français des Affaires étrangères a indiqué à propos du prochain sommet de l’UPM prévu en juin à Barcelone que « Les pays membres de l’UPM ont toute latitude pour déterminer la composition de la délégation qui les représentera au sommet de Barcelone. » Il répondait […]


Lebanon and Israel have long battled over which country can truly claim ownership of the delightful Hummus dish, and this weekend, Lebanon scored not one, but two decisive victories. Not to mention the historic and world-over-recognized traditional  Lebanese Hummus. The first was on Saturday, where some 300 chefs in Fanar made a 10-ton vat of […]


Tourists and locals strolling through Nijmeh Square in Beyrouth’s Centre-Ville on Thursday afternoon were intrigued by an astonishing spectacle: a formation of flag-bearers, drummers and trumpeters dressed in medieval costumes performing an elaborate show for half an hour before leaving the square as suddenly as they had appeared. The bystanders had been lucky enough to […]


Afin de promouvoir les produits français au Liban, la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, la Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Agriculture de Beyrouth et du Mont-Liban, la Chambre de Commerce franco-libanaise et le Service Economique Régional de l´Ambassade de France, pour Ubifrance – l’Agence française pour le développement international des entreprises, organisent un […]


While keeping a close watch on Lebanon’s Real Estate, the number of real-estate sales operations in Lebanon in the first five months of 2008, rose by 19.4 percent (1/5th) compared to the same period of 2007. Today there is a new hype in Lebanon.


“Hi, kifak? ça va?”: si les Libanais se targuent d’être polyglottes, le mélange très courant de langues a sa contrepartie: la jeune génération est critiquée pour son manque de maîtrise de l’arabe, en faveur duquel une campagne de promotion vient d’être lancée: jeudi, l’Organisation arabe pour l’éducation, la culture et les sciences (Alecso) a proclamé […]


When Olympic skier Chirine Njeim tells people she’s from Lebanon, they often laugh in disbelief. Now at the Vancouver Winter Games, and competing alongside two other athletes from her home country, Njeim still has to convince people she’s telling the truth. “A coach from another country asked me in the elevator the other day where […]


Philippe Viguie-Desplaces ecrit dans Le Figaro Un nouveau musée d’art contemporain, le Beyrouth Art Center, vient de voir le jour dans la capitale libanaise, qui renoue avec le tourisme. Loin des clichés voici en quelques incontournables les musts de cette destination en plein devenir. Jeudi 16h. L’avion de la Middle East Airlines qui opère la […]


Fils de riches Colombiens, le père Dario Escobar a quitté famille et fortune pour venir s’installer dans une vallée lointaine du Liban. C’est là où, depuis neuf ans, coupé du monde extérieur, il réalise son rêve: devenir ermite. “Celui qui goûte à cette vie n’en voudrait pas d’autre”, affirme à l’AFP cet homme de 75 […]


On September 29, 1989, sixty-three of the seventy-six surviving members of Lebanon’s 1972 Parliament gathered in the city of Ta’ef in Saudi Arabia to reach a settlement to end the civil war at the request of Lakhdar Ibrahimi, envoy of the Arab Follow-Up Committee, set up by the Arab League. The meeting came against the […]


Lebanese officials and private stakeholders met with European Union representatives Monday to assess Beyrouth’s implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise and discuss further steps to improve its enterprise environment. Lebanese officials reviewed recent key developments of enterprise policy and discussed further steps to be implemented. The “EU welcomes the thrust that the ministerial declaration […]


Dom Joly for the Sunday Times explains - Beyrouth (Beirut) may be the number-one place to visit in the whole world, but the rest of the country is now our top tip for a cool holiday. I can remember mist, spooky clouds of swirling mist, lapping around us. We were all perched up high on a […]


The International Committee for the Safeguarding of Tyre announced on Wednesday the launching of the League of Phoenician, Canaanite and Punic Cities. The league will be part of the Tyre Foundation, a new international organization that is to include about 30 cities located on the Mediterranean coast. It will aim at reinforcing cooperation between the cities on […]


The Italian Cultural Institute in Lebanon is launching its 9th week of “Italian Language in the World”. An event series taking place at the Italian Embassy in Baabda next Monday, focusing on the Italian language in the fields of Art, Science and Technology. Activities will start at 6 p.m. on Monday October 19 with the inauguration of […]


Par Médéa Azouri HABIB Cet été, on n’y a pas échappé. La presse mondiale a encensé le Liban. Nous avons été classés première destination touristique de l’année par le New York Times. Paris-Match a consacré cinq pages (au lieu des quatre usuelles). CNN a fait un mini-reportage sur la night life libanaise et récemment le […]


Le programme de l’édition 2009 du festival international de Byblos (20 juin – 12 août) a été annoncé hier mardi, et les amateurs de musique ne devraient pas être déçus… Les amoureux de la musique ne peuvent pas manquer le prochain festival de Byblos 2009, qui leur offre un rendez-vous incontournable avec de  vraies légendes […]


This years line up of artists for the Beiteddine festival are simply sublime! The opening of the Beiteddine festival on July 2nd will lead the stage by Egyptian Diva Oum Kalsoum, followed by French legend Charles Aznavour on the 9th of July, and the much loved Gad el Maleh three days later on the 13th & […]


It’s so easy to love the Cedar Island idea, I guess its why it getting so much attention. Update: Work on Cedar Island, an $8.2 billion artificial island off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, will be postponed until after the parliamentary elections in June. ”We are still waiting for permits from the authorities, so everything is on […]


AFP – La ministre française de l’Intérieur Michèle Alliot-Marie va proposer lundi à Beyrouth aux autorités libanaises un “accord global de coopération” en matière de sécurité intérieure et de sécurité civile représentant 4 millions d’euros. Le principe de cet accord avait été “fixé à Paris avec le ministre de l’Intérieur libanais Zyiad Baroud” lors de […]


On July 14 2006, the Israeli air force bombed the power plant at al-Jiyeh, a small seaside town in southern Lebanon. They bombed it again the next day. Up to 30,000 tonnes of fuel oil were spilled into the Mediterranean sea. The bombing raids were part of the one month war that Israel and the […]


Lebanon inaugurated today a scientific ship that will be dedicated to studying flora, fauna and seismic activity off the Mediterranean coast and said to be the first such project in the region. Cana (as the ship is called) is the first of its kind in the Middle East,” Cosimo Lacirignola, director of the Italy-based International […]


Our Minister of Culture announced on Monday that an Italian architect, Alberto Catalano, has won the bid to design Beyrouth’s Arts and Culture House to be located in downtown Beyrouth. “The idea of the Culture House in Beyrouth’s Centre-Ville is an old dream,” Tamam Salam said during his press conference at Forum de Beyrouth. He described the […]


A high-level French source said that Paris has not yet received a convincing explanation from the Syrian authorities regarding the delay in appointing a Syrian ambassador to Beirut, and that it had asked Yemen President Ali Abdallah Salah to clarify the reasons for the delay. France normalized relations with Syria several months ago, after Syria […]


According to ‘Lebanon This Week’, Italy and Lebanon signed an accord to install surveillance equipments on the rivers of Al-Assi, Hasbani and Al-Wazzani, highly prone to Israeli expropriation. The official statement by the two governments is that ‘the equipments will help measure the flow of water to manage more efficiently the resources affected by climate […]


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 […]



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