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“They hate us for our freedoms”? If only they knew

Immediately after September 11, 2001, while the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoldered, some of the more thoughtful members of the punditocracy and the population asked the obvious question of why: “Why did this happen? What had the US done that was so bad?” For some—George W. Bush, for instance—the answer was clear.

High-speed Internet access still in the slow lane in Lebanon

For the past several months, a triumphant press release has been sitting on internet provider IDM’s homepage, gathering dust and providing, at the same time, one indication of how the government has been unable to address even small problems that seem to offer such unambiguously large rewards. “IDM,” the release reads, “Is pleased to announce

Statement of intent

When it was announced that we were expanding Executive’s content to cover the MENA region “from Morocco to Iraq,” many people asked if we were “evacuating” to Dubai. It must be made clear that this was never our intention. Executive is a Lebanese magazine that will develop around journalism, not advertising – and Lebanon has

Mohammed al-Rumaithy – Help from the UAE

Last month, the UAE Program to Support and Rebuild Lebanon handed over the keys of 168 repaired schools to the Lebanese government. Executive talked to the program’s director, Mohammed al-Rumaithy, about the logistical aspects and political overtones of reconstruction in Lebanon. E When exactly did the program begin and what are the main projects you

Against infection and war

A Clinton strategist famously coined the phrase, “it’s the economy, stupid.” His boss was commander-in-chief of the strongest army on the planet. No economy within a truly democratic system can thrive without security guaranteed by an independent army with no political allegiance. This month, Executive looks at what is needed to restructure Lebanon’s increasingly threadbare

Lentil soup

All good clichés have a ring of truth and the current favorite that charts Lebanon’s sudden decline from Ibiza to Gaza is grimly accurate. We have been under Israeli blockade, unable either import or export or even travel abroad. We are helpless and cannot help but be resigned to the fact that Lebanon has been

World War three will not start here

This black cloud has been a long time gathering: since 1996, in fact, when the sponsors of war unveiled their agendas. Until the end of 2005 – after the presidential extension, UN Resolution 1559, the assassination of Rafik Hariri, and finally the Martyrs’ Square demonstrations calling for a sovereign nation – the twin forces of

Now I am mad

There I was, at Orchid beach in Jiyyeh, when I saw our finance minister eating a salad (perhaps to demonstrate that our ministers stay in shape while putting our country to right). He was sitting with the resort’s developer and extolling the glories of the modern Lebanese tourist industry. Where else, the minister asked, could

Georges Frem

George Frem, who passed away in May after a valiant battle with illness, will be remembered as an astute businessman, a pioneering Lebanese industrialist, a philanthropist, and a political idealist. Many have written about the business empire he created, but few have talked about the man behind it. It is very difficult for me to

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