Editorial

Ladies first

Lebanon still has people, right? While this may sound like a dumb question, it was the only thing running through my mind after a 90 minute meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on February 23. We were talking about Lebanon’s economic opportunities, but the speaker had a singular focus: natural resources. He talked about oil.

The team behind NetSila will continue to manage operations under Cookpad MENA

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

In every corporate narrative, some dates are noted as remarkable, while others less so. For the founders of Shahiya, a digital portal for Lebanese culinary secrets and cooking instructions, January 28, 2015 is one such memorable date. It is the day when NetSila, the holding company that owns the five year young Shahiya recipe site,

Technica ships its automated factory systems across the world

Automating the future

It is in Lebanon, of all places, that the tale of Technica unfolds. The company manufactures and customizes automated end of line solutions — those machines that prepare products after they’ve been individually assembled, or wrapped, for shipping. So, if you were to say, eat a Twix candy bar in Cairo, it would have been

Workers clean up after the attack on the Jiyeh power station in 2006 (MoE/CIDA/UNDP/EPE)

Israel’s cold shoulder

In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a request to Israel to compensate Lebanon for environmental damages to the latter’s coastal and marine territories following an oil spill. While the endorsement does not provide binding measures, it is the first time that the General Assembly has included a compensation figure — eight previous

Mar Mikhael is now a center of design industries in Beirut (Greg Demarque | Executive)

(De)sign of the times

“We gradually noticed a few abandoned commercial venues being renovated and then new tenants moving in. They were mainly little boutiques owned by young adults and at first we felt a sense of pride that people were recognizing our neighborhood as a place for creative business activities but now, with all the bars and the

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Our small, dependent economy

Lebanon is a small dependent economy, built on a quasi-complete consumerist system where we import more than 80 percent of our energy, food and most consumed products and services. The country also relies on financial inflows to finance its public debt and domestic consumption, with foreign inflows per year into the Lebanese economy reaching more

Spirit sales have bucked the negative trends in the Lebanese hospitality industry (Greg Demarque | Executive)

Raise your spirits

Whether enjoying a glass of single malt whiskey after a long day, celebrating a special occasion with champagne, or simply catching up with friends over a couple of cocktails carefully prepared by a mixologist, it seems that alcoholic beverages constitute a part of life for many of us. While some other industries, such as the

A lack of funding leaves the WFP with a troubled future (James Haines-Young | Executive)

Running on empty

We were all completely shocked,” says Shams, a Syrian refugee and mother of two from north of Homs province, commenting on December’s announcement by the UN World Food Program (WFP) that it had suspended payments of food aid to Syrian refugees. “It really bothered us because everything we get, we get from the UN,” she

Remember? (Greg Demarque | Executive)

Tsu-Naameh

Typically, not much thought is given to trash once it’s removed from the home — out of sight, out of mind. Not so in Lebanon. The problem of garbage disposal in the country has become a chronic and pressing issue. Every couple of years, the issue comes to a head: for one reason or another,

Potentially infectious materials are processed before disposal |Greg Demarque|

The dirt beneath the stretcher

Located in the Jisr al-Wati district of east Beirut, the infectious medical waste treatment center of NGO Arcenciel is never empty. All day long, trucks bring in tons of waste generated by 112 hospitals in Beirut and its surroundings. Since 2003, Arcenciel has carried out a very necessary task: sterilizing medical infectious waste, which often

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Dear Ms. X

We in Lebanon love to complain about traffic. But when we tire of bemoaning our clogged roads, we often move on to another popular gripe: the poor state of the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure. Internet speed is slow, mobile data connections come and go as you move, and calls drop with annoying

Despite help from NGOs, some refugees still lack the bare necessities, even shoes and warm clothing (Qoub Elias)

Out in the cold

January’s winter storms battered Lebanon with heavy rain and snow at the start of 2015, once again highlighting the poor living conditions in which most Syrian refugees live. Executive travelled with members of the international Orthodox Christian charities to two camps in the Bekaa Valley, Qoub Elias near Chtaura and Tell Serhoun near Dalhamieh. There,

Fiber optics spaghetti (oneVillage Initiative  | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0)

Riddle me this

For an entire month, our investigative reporters tried to answer a painfully simple question: is Lebanon using its fiber optic backbone for data traffic? The result — we still don’t know. It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma! Even the minister might not know. Instead, there are people hiding something, and I

All those bytes and gigs need to be routed the right way

Big fish, small pond

Sitting in a room where two rotating cylinder lenses track you and project a blown-up high definition image of you to your colleague sitting in Jordan, and vice versa, may be disconcerting for any number of reasons, but for Hani Raad, general manager for the Levant region at networking giant Cisco, it is a time

61.25 percent of Lebanon's population now possesses an internet connection

Playing to your strengths

When you’re barreling back down towards Beirut on the Nahr al-Mot highway, staying in the right hand lane means a workout for your car’s shocks as you hit sewer cover after sewer cover. Smoothing out the ride means either driving in the left hand lane as faster motorists drive on your back bumper or zoom

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