Author Archives: William Long

Beirut: open city

Beirut: open city

Even as the journalist Samir Kassir lay dead in his car on the morning of June 2, politicians, journalists and analysts tried to make sense of a wantonly barbaric killing. And the answer many reached went to the heart of what it means to own a free mind in the Middle East, and the deep

A Unique vision of property

There are a few points that thirty-six year old real estate developer and entrepreneur Karim Bassil wants to make perfectly clear to any reporter interested in untangling his rapidly growing business interests. First, contrary to some press reports, the general contracting company La Constructa that Bassil began with partner Walid Marchi a few years ago,

Onward and Upward

While most Lebanese were transfixed by the final pullout of Syrian troops and a lively confidence vote in Parliament, for Mounir Douaidy, Solidere’s General Manager, April 26 was little different than most of his days – these days, that is – at his office in the heart of Beirut’s Central District (BCD). He was signing

Shaping up or shipping out? Lebanon’s meat industry stinks

When two separate shipments of spoiled Indian meat were detected by inspectors at Beirut Port in June, the government was quick to claim that the successful police intervention proved the meat safety “system” in Lebanon worked well. “Everything is under control. There is no bad meat in the country,” said Ali Hassan Khalil, the agriculture

Convergence interrupted

2004 is already shaping up to be the year that “converged networking” (CN) – the merging of voice, data and video communications into one seamless system – truly came of age. Although the concept is not particularly new, it can now be said, with confidence, that the technical problems surrounding CN have finally been solved

Chain reaction

Given that Lebanon’s restaurant market is notoriously fraught with high costs, cutthroat competition and seemingly inane bureaucratic hurdles, it is of little surprise that some of the country’s best known franchises have struck out across the region, in what they say is an effort to not only grow, but to survive. However, with a much

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