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The good old days

Love him or hate him, Rafik Hariri had a skill set that worked for Lebanon. He was good at amalgamating the competing interests of Lebanon’s various groups and defending this country on the international stage with a unified vision of what Lebanon was and where it was heading. He also had foreign connections he could

Spinning circles

Lebanon is in a sticky situation. The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act (HIFPA), a United States law targeting Hezbollah, places Lebanon between Hezbollah and a loaded gun. It is the latest fire encroaching on the Lebanese economic house and comes on top of domestic catastrophes, such as the garbage and political crises, as well as

Improving the economies of words

In the beginning of human expression, technically speaking, there was the pictogram. The marriage of image and meaning, irrespective of the degree of abstraction involved, is how communication can be kept “on record”. Where glances and body language cannot be preserved without comparatively extensive technology, words and pictures codify human history. In this sense, it

A magazine to be proud of

There’s plenty we’re proud of after 200 issues of publication. We’ve worked with hundreds of talented people and have honored a commitment made in our first editorial from September 1998 to provide high quality business reporting in Lebanon. In that editorial, we noted, “This issue is our first step in playing a part in Lebanon’s

Because it’s 2016

Successful Lebanese businesswomen are usually extra busy at the beginning of March, four of them tell Executive. It’s not the imminent close of the first quarter demanding increased attention, but rather requests from media outlets paying their annual homage to International Women’s Day on March 8. Frankly, this kind of coverage is demeaning. Equality is

Lebanon’s flawed acquiescence

Sometimes it’s good to learn from history. It was the year 1075 and the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by German king Henry IV, stretched over much of central Europe. As ruler of the Empire it was Henry IV’s divine right to ordain bishops and other clergymen, an authority that the new pope Gregory VII, a

Rehabilitation first

The opening crawl of the movie “Reefer Madness” served as a morality tale to parents of the Silent Generation: “…the new drug menace is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana [sic] is that drug – a violent narcotic – an unspeakable scourge – The Real Public Enemy Number One!” The narrative

Leader in ethics, leader in managing wealth

Absolute discretion; the strength of character that engenders trust; the emotional intelligence that enables one to gauge a client’s needs, wants and insecurities; and a keen financial mind. Such are qualities that distinguish a top private banker. These qualities, or at least their appearance, have for eight centuries opened the doors of the wealthy and

Worse than weapons

The war years in Lebanon were particularly ugly near the end. I was 16 years old when the bottom fell out from under the lira, and the currency collapse changed everything. People lost their jobs. Wealth vanished. Desperation reigned. We were used to being terrorized by bombs, bullets and ever-accurate mortar shells. Financial terrorism proved

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