Author Archives: Joe Dyke

Waning ties with the diaspora

Waning ties with the diaspora

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. One of the challenges that Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has set himself is to encourage more investment from the diaspora. At a conference in May,

Ernesto Zarzur in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 June 2014.

Success story: Ernesto Zarzur

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Ernesto Zarzur likes to think of himself as the patriarch of his family — one that he considers to be 4,000 strong. The chairman

Samir Yazbek at his theatre school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5 June 2014.

Success story: Samir Yazbek

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Samir Yazbek’s mother was unusual among emigrants in that she never really adjusted to Brazil. Taken from her homeland to enter a loveless marriage,

Success story: Jorge Takla

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Jorge Takla is perhaps Brazil’s most prominent theater director. In recent years he has brought numerous Western musicals to the country, with the performances

Francisco Rezek in his law office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5 June 2014.

Francisco Rezek: Judging achievements

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. José Francisco Rezek was always proud of his Lebanese roots growing up, but it was not until he was nearing the end of his

Fause Haten Naim

Success story: Fause Haten

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Fause Haten grew up wrapped in fabrics. His parents emigrated from Lebanon in the 1950s and started a small clothing factory — making basic

Ana Estela Haddad

Success story: Ana Estela Haddad

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Ana Estela Haddad is determined not to be defined by her husband. The wife of São Paulo’s mayor once resigned from a top job

Henry Maksoud Neto

Success story: Henry Maksoud-Neto

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Despite its size, the 416-room Maksoud Plaza has a cozy feel, like a comforting but well worn bar. While the interior is sharp and

Success story: Gustavo Chacra

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Almost every night, millions of Brazilians are greeted by Gustavo Chacra’s smiling face. The Middle East expert for the most popular TV channel, Globo,

Amyr Klink in Sao Paulo, 21 Jun 2014.

Latin America’s Indiana Jones

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Perhaps the strangest phone call Amyr Klink ever got was in the summer of 1984. Picking up the line he heard his father’s booming voice,

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