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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,

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

Arabs in a pickle jar

To make pickles, you need to tightly pack cucumbers into a jar, pour in vinegar, add salt and wait for the acid to sink in. Syrian artist Houmam Al Sayed believes Arabs are now being crushed like those cucumbers and the final outcome will taste like nothing but bitterness. That’s the theme he explores in

Bringing India to the Beirut Art Fair

Despite the noise the Lebanese art market creates within the capital, it fails to generate a strong echo beyond the borders of the country. “We have a feeling that despite the fact that the country has recognized artists, the art scene is not developed,” says Fabrice Bousteau, chief editor of renowned French magazine Beaux Arts.

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