Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

Having an established and long known vibrant night life (since the 50s). Beyrouth is quickly becoming a center stage of a unique nightlife today. Canadian-born Comedian Peter Russel headed to Lebanon’s clubs & shares his story. Funny or Not, the word got out!

Israel is intimidated, the Suez canal is being tested after the fall of Mubarak. Imad Mughniyeh’s death has not been avenged, some media outlets are claiming a showdown. The Suez Canal does not (stop) any commercial ships from passing as long as we are not in a state of war,” said Ahmed El Manakhly, a […]

Full text of the message of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to the Muslim world in the wake of the unequivocally detestable act of desecrating the Holy Quran and plans to burn copies of it in the USA. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. “Surely We have revealed the Reminder, and […]

The European Union was not present at the initial round of direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinian Authority in Washington and was again excluded from the current gathering at Sharm el Sheikh. This is not the first time that EU involvement in the peace process has been stalled, a situation that is untenable for […]

Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme, nombre de pays ont déployé des systèmes d’écoute, en dehors de tout contrôle judiciaire. Le réseau Echelon, le plus célèbre d’entre eux, associe notamment les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni. Ignorée jusqu’ici, la base israélienne d’Ourim est l’une des plus grosses stations d’espionnage du monde. Par Nicky Hager […]

Just hours ago, Sayed Nasrallah gave a press conference concerning evidence Hezbollah has gathered pointing the finger of accusation of the killing of former prime minister Rafic Hariri on Israel and the Lebanese spies working for Israel. The most notable effort, and important leak that was given, is the possibility of Hezbollah to tune in […]

Helen Thomas, a Lebanese immigrant, author and former news service reporter, Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps, has covered the administrations of ten presidents in a career spanning nearly sixty years. Helen Thomas issued the following statement today:  “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and […]

(Reuters) – The Obama administration is looking for ways to build up “moderate elements” within the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla movement and to diminish the influence of hard-liners. John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, met with Lebanese leaders during a recent visit. Hezbollah is a very interesting organization,” Brennan told a […]

Most grassroots peace efforts in the Middle East try to build on areas of mutual agreement, but one group of Israelis and Arabs has taken a different tack – looking for arguments against peace between Israel and Syria. The OneMideast project, which formally goes public today, is making its debut at a time of high tension […]

Beyrouth témoignera le vendredi 16 avril 2010 du plus grand échange économique record fait entre le Liban et le Brésil, lors d’un événement d’une journée de jumelage, qui se tiendra à l’hôtel Habtoor-Beyrouth. Dirigée par le ministre brésilien du Développement, de l’Industrie et du Commerce extérieur, Miguel Jorge, la mission commerciale comprendra près de 70 […]

Lebanon and Palestine won’t share a border. Though if you look at a map, you see Lebanon & Israel, roughly the same size sharing a thin border. Here is one Israeli Arab’s protest who appeared on Israeli TV protesting the last Gaza war. Watch this. I was born here” said the Arab Israeli while being walked […]

La politique extérieure de la Turquie au Moyen-Orient – ses ambitions, ses limites, son impact Mercredi 10 mars 2010 à 20h30 Musée Social, 5 rue Las Cases, Paris VII (Métro Solférino, L12) Intervenants Didier Billion, politologue, chargé de mission auprès du Directeur de l’IRIS*, auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur la Turquie Ali Kaezancigil, politologue, auteur de […]

A powerful bomb killed one of Iran’s leading nuclear scientists as he left for work on Tuesday, a murder for which the Iranian government immediately blamed Israel and the West. Massoud Ali-Mohammed,  taught at the University of Tehran and was a prominent supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader. Last month, Iran’s top diplomat […]

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 […]

It started with Tabbouleh a few years back. Today,  Israelis who are in need of rediscovering their own culture, decided to steal their neighbors; How creative. Today, it’s the Falafel, which is traditionally an Egyptian (Copt) delicatessen, has recently been packaged and labelled under the Ta’amti brand, which won the prize for best food ‘from […]

A preliminary probe into two explosions in southern Lebanon seemed to indicate that Israel had planted spy gear in Lebanese territory, a violation of a cease-fire agreement between the two countries. The explosions, according to the UNIFIL peacekeeping force, were caused by the detonation of two Israeli underground sensor devices, apparently planted during the 2006 […]

After Waltz with Bashir, the Israelis are once more defining their version of Lebanon’s history. The first movie was a war between the Israelis and Palestinians on Lebanese soil, this latest describes the Israeli war with the Syrians, on Lebanese soil. The film will not be played in Lebanon, and hence this circle will, as […]

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 […]

This news relates to two post we’ve released; One is about Yahoo!’s purshase of Maktoob (a Jordanian company) and the other on Google exploring the Mideast markets while in Beyrouth. The CEO of Abraaj Capital got the leap of the sum, he sold 40 percent of its stake in the Maktoob Group in 2007. The […]

More than half of the region’s employers (52%) have said that using top jobsites is their preferred method of sourcing talent, according to the results of a recent online poll series conducted by the Middle East’s number one jobsite, Traditional methods of recruitment have now been relegated according to the results: just 11% of […]

Kabab-Ji, the popular Lebanese grill, is expected to open in Washington, DC at the end of this year. Kabab-Ji, which already has 28 franchises throughout the Middle East, is not the only outlet to take its brand outside its borders. Upscale coffee shop Casper & Gambini’s is not far behind with 22 regional operations, while […]

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, […]

From the lack of local blogs mentioning this, I’d like to share some not well circulated news concerning the Middle East with the circle. Recently news have been pouring concerning the Middle East pointing to a big change in policy for Israel and it’s increasingly uncomfortable position, what no one expected was,  secret talks with […]

The Obama administration is opposed to regime change in Iran. President Obama believes in the concept of moderate Islamism; hence, his support for Turkey’s crypto-Islamist government and his undermining of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in an attempt to curry favor with the Muslim Brotherhood.  An overthrow of Iran’s Islamist system would complicate matters for Obama, […]

Surely, you must be following the current climate concerning a potential new U.S. foreign policy for the Middle East. June 6, 2009 – President Barack Obama prepares to depart for his first trip to the Arab world, the administration’s escalating pressure on Israel to freeze all growth of its settlements on Palestinian land June 16, 2009 – […]

“The Obama Speech”, as in the historic speech U.S. President Barak Obama gave to the University of Cairo on June 4, 2009.

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 […]


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