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Slow hand

Slow hand

In late September, as the US Congress debated the Syria Accountability Act, a new cabinet was appointed in Syria. After Muhammad Mustapha Miro stepped down as prime minister, President Bashar Assad

Wining out

Massaya winery, which has played a major part in the renaissance of Lebanese wine, resigned from the Union Vinicole du Liban (UVL) last month. In a statement sent to UVL president Serge Hochar, Massaya co-owner Ramzi Ghosn said it was obvious that the interests of Massaya and UVL were irreconcilable and that the winery was

Nabatieh’s lost crusade

There is anger and disappointment in south Lebanon that a $62 million World Bank cultural heritage and urban development loan will not cover Beaufort Castle. The castle, a 12th century monument built during the Crusades, was used both by the PLO and Israel and its Lebanese allies as a strategic outpost during the war years

Q&A: Naji Boutros

Among globally active real estate funds, investment firm Colony Capital has made their mark after over 13 years of investing in real estate to the tune of almost $1 billion annually and managing equity capital on behalf of leading institutional investors. By identifying and buying real estate, real estate-dependent companies, distressed assets and non-performing loans,

Inflated optimism?

Lebanon loves Europe. From German cars to Italian clothes and French foods to Dutch beers, up to 60% of Lebanese non- oil imports come from Europe. Therefore, as the Euro soars to an all-time high against the dollar, it seems logical, even likely, that 2004 will be a year of high inflation. Two leading Lebanese

Hi, and bye

In July and August, a new resolutely apolitical lifestyle magazine called Hi hit the Lebanese newsstands. Available only in Arabic, the magazine featured stories on singers, student life, online matchmaking and other matters that the publishers hoped would appeal to youth in the Middle East. What made this product noteworthy was not so much its

August rebound

Lebanon’s traditional gush of summer season optimism has failed to shroud a painful reality – July was a bad month for the $1.5 billion-a-year tourism sector. Hotels, restaurants, and car rental agencies all acknowledged business was down significantly in July, compared to the same period last year. Industry insiders bemoaned, in particular, a relative paucity

FYI Briefs July

Less popular cruises? While 60 cruise ships dock at Beirut each summer only one, the Ausonia, takes on new passengers, and for three years now, Lebanese holidaymakers have signed up for the weeklong Greek island cruise, organized by the Cypriot company, Louis Cruise Lines. That was until this year, when prices went up by about

A hard choice

Viagra users in Lebanon will this month be presented with a choice: to continue using Viagra, whose impotence-combating effects last for a few hours, or to switch to Cialis, which lasts for a whopping 36. Cialis, a new anti-impotence drug produced by biotech firm Icos and marketed by US pharmaceutics powerhouse Eli Lilly