Archive for May, 2008

Last year today this poster was trying to soothe Lebanese Society. Reads “100 days of tranquility”. (100, only?) Abstractions or reality is a funny, funny thing. A compelling thought as I stare at the soldier in the picture, who has changed roles so many times and remained ethical and balanced throughout the way. Tip of the hat […]

This ad campaign by the ministry of tourism, leaves room for expats and tourists to remind us of the light sides of Lebanon. [Transcript] Welcome aboard, the temperature is… how you want it. The target audience is more to an oriental taste. Behind the scenes, Beyrouth’s alleys are full of pubs often induce after-hours, raves granting thousands […]

The European Union Parliament is pressuring the Turkish Government to restore Saint Sophia Cathedral from a museum into a Greek Orthodox Church. However the Parliament has set a requirement of 1.000.000 signatures on a petition before it makes this conversation a prerequisite for Turkey’s admission into the European Union.   You are requested to cast […]

France 24, seldom being the first to scoop news on our beloved Lebanon, has stated that the Majority of March 14 have announced Seniora as their choice for Prime Minister. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Somehow, I (personally) think things will be slightly different this time around. Overall I prefer Seniora over young […]

by Linda Heard Today, Lebanon is infused with optimism and hope. Stocks are soaring, the capital’s downtown area is once again open for business after being turned into a tent city for anti-government protesters, and the tourist industry has galvanized in preparation for the summer season. The Lebanese are experts at bouncing back from adversity. It […]

Nice to see him in a suit. President Michel Sleiman spoke of strengthening Lebanon’s constitutional institutions, minimizing incendiary political rhetoric, preserving the rights of diaspora Lebanese and pursuing constructive and balanced relations with Syria. Parliament speaker Nabih Berri on the other hand, sneaked a message in Parliament to the United States, saying:”I thank the United States nonetheless, […]

Hezbollah, one of the fastest growing political and armed movement in our times with successes of gaining vocal power in Lebanon just recently, has achieved another grand step forward in swapping Lebanese Durze Samir Kuntar and Nissim Nasser, Yehia Skaff, and Ali Farratan, a fisherman from Israeli jails, in return for the two Israeli army soldiers captured in 2006, reservists Ehud […]

… and a blessing from here. The Lebanese community in Qatar saluted on Wednesday efforts exerted by Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani and Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani to solve the 18-month-old deadlock in Lebanon.

Before this blog returns to the more artful and nightlife fun side of Lebanon, I just want to get politics out of the way by this step by step guide as to what happens next:

Y e e h a a !! Across the internet, excellent news today. My first rss feed came from an odd title @ Blogging Beirut in our day. You all know what I’m talking about, our elected leaders finally came to an agreement in Qatar. The Lebanese are used to their leaders — sectarian warlords, corrupt […]

While we in Lebanon are thorn apart by Eastern and Western ideologies and political inclinations, we’re still having trouble finding our perfect Lebanese mix. The cover of Time Magazine published this week (in Europe only).

Tout le monde attendait la parution de Les Copains « Spécial 20 ans », initialement prévu pour aujourd’hui 17 mai…  Mais les circonstances incertaines que traverse le pays ont eu raison de leurs promesse… Pas de leurs ténacité !  Le « Spécial 20 ans » sortira, c’est sûr, le 24 mai… Alors, surtout, resté branchés ! Vous trouverez sur le  site  Les Copains […]

This is an Ad campaign, against all politikal ad campaigns. Nifty. At the end of the day, ti’s not the general public thats at fault. I feel it’s the politicians, and their goons. maybe me and you people.

The Lebanese movie being shown this year at the Festival de Cannes titled Je Veux Voir by Joana HADJITHOMAS and Khalil JOREIGE will be up for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ award. The actors in the movie have astounded me, Catherine DENEUVE and Rabih MROUÉ (starting to be well known). I am not sure if there are other Lebanese films […]

If there is anything that mirrors our society so clearly, would be this fuzzy, old movie. If you’ve got three hours to burn and want to thwart off local news. You’ll understand me perfectly when you rethink Lebanese society while watching this.

The sectarian violence in Iraq and the social anatomy of Lebanon forces people to talk in terms of sects. It is our long buried, new standard of labeling ourselves. On March 8 and on March 14, 2005; We all proved openly to the world that we can be democratic and resolve disagreements peacefully rather than […]

The Silent Ones


One of my favorite Lebanese blogs have posted a great post on the silenced ones, and I’ll join the blogosphere in spreading our stand.

These days haven’t been kind to the Israeli Prime minister with probes he’s being faced with. Out of all the news roaming on Lebanon scattered throughout the internet, I chose to post todays inquiry on an interview of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with Radio France International. The francophone station, of course, broadcasts in Lebanon on 96.2 MHz. […]

Yesterday, Beyrouth fell to the Opposition, and then given back to the Army to restore the peace. Today, several villages in the district of Aley, including Aaytat and Baysur, fell to the Druze opposition leader, Talal Arslan. Walid Jumblatt, a member of the ruling coalition, and leader of the country’s Druze community, urged Talal Arslan, […]

by Hooman Majd If there were ever a perfect example of the Bush administration’s utterly bankrupt, and provably impotent, foreign policy, it would have to be the State Department’s reaction to events in Beyrouth over the last few days. The laughably weak U.S.-backed Lebanese government, in what can only be described as a moment of insanity, decided last […]

    Well, as predicted, the government backed down on its decision of ruling out the removal of head chief of security at the International Airport, and gave the decision up to the Lebanese National Army to decide on Hezbollahs’ underground communications network, if it benefits the Lebanese people, and whether it truly secures the Lebanese […]

Changed address – Please update:✌-expat-jobs Since Gilbert Younis’s Job Posts are receiving tremendous success, we have decided to create his own page, and would provide a Service to receive updated feeds though RSS concerning new jobs, just like our innercircle main blog. To each, The Lebanese Inner Cirlce would like to Thank you for […]

Today morning, the western hemisphere woke up to the news of West Beyrouth being taken over (we’re all Lebanese anyway), by the opposition. Sayyed Nasrallah’s words still echo in my ear… Our Weapons, are not for internal use… will not be used for internal use … Though, I have to admit, he has been patient; […]

May 2, 2008 – Ferry Corsten @ BIEL, Beyrouth This will give us all something to reflect on about yesterday. Well… I feel things are starting to repeat themselves, so I suggest re-reading old posts. You Are The Victim.

A Khalass! spot Ad. Here’s a mirror of our society. Each one of us is to blame.

Please let me be frank and release some fumes through this post. Lebanon topped todays news in most western countries. Once again, the barbaric decadence of Lebanese shown on TV confuses most here in the west, as to whether they were Palestinians, Iraqis, Lebanese, or what have you. The worst part of all this, is […]

     Israel, where one of the world most innovative tech industry, comparative to Silicon Valley has launched a new web-based idea. Awkward for a country like Israel to come up with a website that allows users to file complaints against anyone or anything, argue their case, have the community choose sides, and ultimately vote on […]

If you’ve enjoyed the first lecture series on the inner circle, here comes the second chapter. Sorry for not posting more regularly, I’ve grown not to have any more time to post on a daily basis. Neither do the other fools on this blog. Comments are still disabled. If you haven’t already done so, listen to Chapter 1 before listening […]