Archive for April, 2009

Business Monitor International (BMI) estimated the size of the Lebanese information technology (IT) sector at around $251 million in 2008, adding that the market’s considerable potential remains constrained by an unstable political outlook and a mixed picture regarding economic policy, as reported by Lebanon This Week, the economic publication of the Byblos Bank Group. It […]

(France 24) – Le Liban a libéré, mercredi, quatre généraux, emprisonnés depuis le 30 août 2005 pour leur implication présumée dans l’assassinat de l’ancien Premier ministre libanais, Rafic Hariri, le 14 février 2005. Un peu plus tôt, le ministre de la Justice libanais, Ibrahim Najjar, joint au téléphone par FRANCE 24, avait affirmé que le pays […]

Our young and well respected Minister of Interior Ziad Baroud proposed yesterday that the Cabinet amend the legislation that currently labels Lebanese Jews as “Israélite” to “Lebanese Jews.” Members of Lebanon’s Jewish sect are referred to as Israélites on their identification cards and on electoral lists. Baroud’s proposal asked the Cabinet to adopt a draft law to […]

An unintended grin arose when I saw Lebanon in Reuters|Oddly Enough. I believe prevention is better than cure, but this is absurd. BEYROUTH (Reuters) – Swine flu has not yet hit Lebanon but is threatening a national custom. Lebanese should stop greeting each other with kisses to the cheek (!), Health Minister Mohammad Khalifeh told […]

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 […]

If you haven’t read the article in the New York Times entitled:”Foreign Money Seeks to Buy Lebanese Votes” – I suggest you start there. I personally have been offered a ticket to Lebanon before the elections to vote for a list of candidates! Many expatriates around me have had similar offers. The only reason I’m […]

Qifa Nabki, an authoritative blog in my opinion on Lebanese politics, briefed on the news surrounding the Elections this week, I felt compelled to share this with the circle. Video Transcript: