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Success story: Denise Milan

Success story: Denise Milan

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. From Denise Milan’s 12th floor studio, São Paulo stretches for miles in every direction. The sprawling metropolis both inspires and frustrates her — its

Photo of Beirut Port with ships used for migration, LERC Archives

How the Lebanese conquered Brazil

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. Two years ago, Amin Maalouf — perhaps the most famous Lebanese social scientist — made a trip to São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city. Speaking

Milton Hatoum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 June 2014.

Success story: Milton Hatoum

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. Milton Hatoum works hard to find the tranquility that enables him to produce his best writing — penning every page by hand in his

Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 June 2014.

The most powerful Lebanese person alive

This is the first article in a special series on Lebanese successes in Brazil. Read the rest as they are published online over the coming weeks, or pick up a copy of the entire special report in Executive’s July print edition.   Most days, Btaaboura is a soporific place. The north Lebanese village is home to

Shot of the Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Living the Brazilian dream

The world is watching Brazil. With the World Cup only two weeks from completion, a spotlight has been shone upon Latin America’s largest country. It is a rising force — the world’s seventh largest economy may have slowed down but it is far from dipping into decline. In 2016 it will also host the Olympic

Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon

Have a little faith

Michel Pharaon, a veteran of Lebanese politics, first served as minister of state in 2000. The March 14 politician may not have been hoping for the tourism portfolio, but since his appointment in February he has shown enthusiasm for boosting the sector. Executive sat with him to discuss expectations for the summer, tax breaks and

Chart: Net effect of presidential contenders on economy

A president for Lebanon’s economy

As Lebanon’s politicians continue to horse-trade behind closed doors over the country’s next president, it is worth considering the views of perhaps the most regularly forgotten set of people in the country — its citizens. Executive, together with polling agency Ipsos, carried out a survey of 1501 citizens from across the country on whom they

Marcello Dell'Utri was arrested in Beirut on Saturday

The curious case of Marcello Dell’Utri

When an international arrest warrant was issued for Marcello Dell’Utri on Thursday, he could have been forgiven for not being too worried. The Italian politician – who for the past four decades has allegedly been the link between former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Sicilian mafia – had already arrived in Lebanon, a country

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