Archive for the ‘Analysis’ Category

With the indictment soon to be announced, Lebanese catch their last breath this Christmas holiday and New Years Eve. All the best from me and everybody here among the circle. As we grip ourselves to a next phase in Lebanese history, expect lots of international media attention. Not concerning Lebanon’s natural beauty, but those local, […]

How many times have you crossed a site and couldn’t play the video, seen the address or phone number of a Flashy restaurent. The iPad without Flash is just experiencing part of the internet.

Le développement de l’économie de rente (hydrocarbures, aides des émigrés, aides internationales, etc.) dans les pays arabes constitue un facteur majeur non seulement de retard économique mais de déficit démocratique également. La conférence de M. Georges Corm portera sur la « paresse » économique et technologique des pays arabes, comparée au dynamisme des pays du sud-est […]

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 […]

Ideology… takes decades to refine. Forgive my bluntness, as a bias observer only to the Christian seats in the Metn Area, more precisely one seat, actually it’s the difference in number of votes. I really don’t care what the other goons are doing, they’re lowering the standard of what to expect. Also, I have stated my predictions […]

Nothing inspires me to put this among this circle than a deep conviction of a well worth viral.

Within this labored recovery, tourism forecasts had a history of being rather unreliable in Lebanon and expectations for massive growth in inbound tourism have been hyped repeatedly beyond what proved possible over the years. Expectations of finally breaking the 2 million mark sometimes looked genuine such as in 2006 when 460,000 visitors were counted in […]

The Future Movement of Saad el Hariri has a great political consulting firm, which coined the term and humorously used by Sayed Nasrallah in a recent speech. A battle of creative campaigns in Lebanon are taking toll, this year being the most expensive and organized campaigns in Lebanon’s history; The Change & Reform block and the Future Movement have stood […]

I post this to the people who won’t be forwarded by this, since I am sure this is making more its viral among Jews, Christians and Islamophobes. [Watch First] Not sure what to make of it. The producers make it sound as if it’s bad. Who says how the world is now – is the proper […]

It is only a few weeks since Barack Obama’s arrival in the White House was hailed across the Arab world as a time of rare hope and promise. Expectations were always exaggerated – in part because of the sheer relief that the Bush years were finally over. Still, there have already been some memorable moments: the […]

The International Herald Tribune published an article about an hour ago, concerning the Government of Britain‘s stand on open talks with the ‘political wing’ of Hezbollah. We have reconsidered the position … in light of more positive developments within Lebanon,” Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell told a parliamentary committee. “For that reason we have explored […]

With the parliamentary elections on the doorstep and political alliances being forged and broken, the relaunching of MTV seems to be part of the general preparations for the elections. Lebanese media usually reflect the political and sectarian divisions in the country, and MTV will add one more Christian voice to the scene, alongside the competing […]

Last week, our government was looking into whether a natural gas find which Noble Energy said it discovered off Israel’s Mediterranean coast also fell under Lebanese waters. A charge Israel denied. A U.S.-Israeli exploration group said last week it had found large amounts of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean that are expected to meet […]

Un bilan, en cartes et en chiffres, de la politique étrangère et de la présence américaine au Moyen-Orient. When George W. Bush openly declared his view of a New Middle East, I,  Jester, one of the main editors here at the inner circle, was for this view; And in 2004, I was for the re-election […]

For those who don’t know him, meet Riad al-Khouri, Riad is an economist specializing in the Middle East and North Africa region. He has undertaken extensive research on regional trade and political economy, among other topics, and writes widely about development issues. He taught economics at the American University in Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese […]

Lichtenberg figures are a sort of concrete, 3D model of a fractal tree. They are formed by hitting a block of clear acrylic with about 5 million volts of electricity. As the electrons blast their way through the material they leave a trail. And as they move, they try to avoid each other, forming smaller […]

The Lebanese inner circle would like to endorse an odd but very necessary blog I stumbled upon. I’ve read well into his blog, and I wasn’t sure if he was jocking. Truly, he has seen through the differences of Yin and Yan, and realising that white people wouldn’t know what they were if it weren’t […]

This came as a shock frankly, more so to any Israeli. Yesterday, a defense analyst, who advises American ground forces, said to rebuild the Georgian military along conventional lines might be the wrong approach. Instead he suggested a different force model, that of Hezbollah. What Hezbollah did so effectively, as was shown in the 2006 […]

In the field of Information Technology and Bio Tech, Silicon Valley (South San Francisco) ranks as the best place for Venture Capitalists to invest in, home to ex-garage startups like Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, eBay, Salesforce, IBM, Apple, HP, VMware… etc and home to Standford University and UC Berkeley (campus which founded the Hippie movement); While […]

An imam was killed yesterday & five people wounded. The shooting erupted between Sunnis and Alawites (whose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a follower of the faith) in the village of Sheikhlar in the Northern region of Akkar. The village lies about 50 kilometers north of Tripoli, the scene of a recent spate of deadly […]

Sayyed Nasrallah went on TV today, to broadcast a press conference regarding the latest news on the Lebanese detainees in Israel and the swap deal between the two. I expect that in a week or two it will be implemented. July 15 is the most probable, a bit before or a bit after,” … “If […]

The Lebanese Development Network released a survey of public opinion today, in brief, the question asks: Which political party best represents your point of view? (Download full study)                    

Confucius once said that… Goody goodies, are the thieves of virtue. I’d like to explain the wisdom behind this… When People fight wars… I trust them, if the reason in which they fight a war, is to steal other peoples properties, natural resources (and women), because they will fight a merciful war. They won’t destroy […]

It has been reported that the Jewish Lobby (AIPAC) in the US has been trying to stop a $400 million arms deal with Lebanon in order to strengthen Lebanons’ National Army. This was initially how the news got leaked of the arms deal. The reason the Jewish Lobby is not too fond of the arms deal, […]

A l’invitation du Collectif de Citoyens libanais et Amis du Liban, Joseph Bahout livrera son analyse de la situation au Liban. – Comment lire l’éclatement des violences du mois de mai : retour sur le blocage politique, ses composantes internes et externes. – Comment interpréter l’accord de Doha : une approche pragmatique et conjoncturelle, la […]

Read the news; All political camps that are pro-one-side are loosing ground. They are untrustworthy, and un-Lebanese by the opponents side. Notice, every poltician that is neutral, is having more vocal power. This is a good sign. The latin term ‘discidium‘ suggests the idea of division, separation, disagreement, tearing apart; and each of the political […]

Inciting hate, open communication messages from political camps on air waves. The Lebanese media has done a shame to itself, and held a share of the conflict problems. We have no source to trust. Everything will be looked upon by its viewers as a conspiracy or a plain lie. The modernised Future TV openly supporting […]

… back to the times of Lebanon before FPM Rafik Hariri’s assassination. If history repeats itself, then, Lebanon had just reduced a “15 year war” in 1975 involving  our beloved Lebanon, then Palestinians entering Lebanon, Syria, then Israel, and at last each other… into a 4 year conflict span since 2005. For the past three years, we have […]

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 […]

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: