Archive for December, 2009

On behalf of the authors, we would like to wish the circle a merry Christmas and may this festive season bring abundant joy and happiness in your life. I invite you to share your Christmas stories at Exotica’s My Different Christmas. courtesy of BeirutNightLife.

DOW JONES Newswire – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services raised Lebanon’s sovereign-credit ratings and gave them a positive outlook because of banking resilience and the expectation of political stability in the medium term. Lebanon benefits from a large and stable depositor base, as well as financial support from wealthy Arab states and Lebanese expatriates, but the […]



If you wangle Ziad Baroud’s last interview with Marcel Ghanem, I see a pattern in his thinking. I feel his ideal government, is the government that governs least. I feel if the Lebanese society noticed that the Lebanese government is doing its part, society would feel compelled to play its part as well.

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 […]

[Wikipedia] La Révolution tranquille désigne une période de l’histoire contemporaine du Québec recoupant essentiellement les années de la décennie 1960. Elle est notamment caractérisée par une réorientation de l’État québécois qui adopte les principes de l’État-providence, la mise en place d’une véritable séparation de l’Église catholique et de l’État et la construction d’une nouvelle identité nationale québécoise, […]

Martin Winckler – Médecin, écrivain (‘la Maladie de Sachs’, POL), chroniqueur à France-Inter de septembre 2002 à juillet 2003, Martin Winckler fait l’événement de la rentrée littéraire avec ‘les Trois Médecins’ (POL). Martin raconte des histoires de santé à taille humaine. Sa chronique s’écoute ici tous les quinze jours.

Spotlighting Lebanese author K. Philip Rahbany, who released his first poetry book, Moons, Rivers and Rosebuds, at age 83. Philip Rahbany has compiled poetic musings from the last six years, covering diverse subjects including family, nature, death, tributes, Lebanon, seasons, and love.  This collection of poems explores meaningful topics with a quiet drama and unusual syntax.

The Termium 2009 conference is a flop. I received several thoughts from Lebanon out of a clump of observers concerning the Termium conference at BIEL, and listened to their ideas. It seems… Lebanese social mingles realize that there is more potential of an Entrepreneurial spirit. The internet is creating a lot of niches, each specilizing […]

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 […]

A Russian military delegation is inspecting airfields before Moscow sends 10 MiG-29 fighter jets to bolster Lebanon‘s almost non-existent air force, a challenge to U.S. efforts to build up the Mediterranean country’s state institutions to counter Hezbollah. Under a deal announced in December by Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr during a visit to Moscow, Russia […]

The information technology sector in Lebanon is forecasted to witness around 7% compound annual growth rate in 2009, thereby underlining the market’s considerable growth potential after hitting an estimated US$251 million last year. The steady increase in DSL users in Lebanon is also indicative of an imminent expansion of the domestic PC market. In response […]

Almost one year ago today, the InnerCircle launched a voting poll, questioning who you found as the most Effective Lebanese in 2008. The word effective here insinuates* the one whom had the most influence and impact* – in your opinion – on the country’s political, economical, sociological and internal affairs. We even gave the option of adding a persons’ […]