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Capitalizing on defeat

Capitalizing on defeat

We business journalists are often invited to dinners and lunches along with many heads of private sector companies. Without fail, we are asked about the outlook for the economy, as if, in our opaque world, the press has its own special-issue, X-ray glasses. The answer is normally a variation on a rather depressing theme: that

Heaven via hell

They say the people know best. It is possibly why we have the concept of democracy. When the extension of the presidential mandate was bullied through parliament and the UN passed Resolution 1559, the word on the street was that things did not look bright for Mr. Hariri. The Syrians will get him, people whispered.

Sovereign Deficit

Once again it appears that Lebanese history is being written with the blood of our fellow journalists. May Chidiac was marked for death not for who she is, but for what she represents: the free spirit that quenches the thirst of those of us who rejoice in the diversity, openness and enlightenment that is present

Agreeing to disagree

Given that, in theory at least, with our new political order we are now in a position to pick our own high-ranking civil servants and also given that the people the new government picks for the top non-security jobs like EDL, the NSSF, Casino du Liban et al, will be scrutinized for their suitability (or

The road to Damascus

There are dark and worrying signals coming from Damascus. This month we have seen trucks stranded at the Syrian border under the pretence of security measures. We have heard of Lebanese nationals being expelled from Syria and there is even talk of Damascus issuing the order for a mass pullout of its workforce in Lebanon.

Hit list vs. reforms list

At George Hawi¹s funeral, nearly everyone in the front pew of the church had lost a loved one to murder or assassination. The list included Giselle Khoury, Walid Jumblatt, Solange and Amine Gemayel, Saad and Bahia Hariri and Nayla Mouawad. One could not help but wonder whether each of them had been reminded once again

Animal farm

The revolutionary animals in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, once they have evicted the tyrannical farm owners, slip into the status quo, one that sees the leaders, in this case the pigs, emerge to perpetuate a system similar to the very one they worked to overthrow. In an earlier age, the arch-schemer Machiavelli might have smiled:

Lebanon – Policy left hanging

Ask many Lebanese what the summer season this year meant to them, and the answer you get will probably be different than the upbeat assessments of Lebanese officials. Final figures are not out yet, but we can certainly feel that this year was a special one. However, for those in Lebanon not on vacation, we

Grow up

With the rate of political assassinations slowing, life is returning to our city. The Lebanese have proved that they have little time for bad memories and even less interest in a propensity to save. We are big spending, short-termists who have learned to live for the moment, but with such a precarious lull in the

Basil Fuleihan 1963-2005

If former Premier Rafic Hariri provided the grand plans and vision for how he thought Lebanon could and should grow into a modern prosperous state, Basil Fuleihan injected the precision, the research, the experience and the knowledge to put those ideas into practice. Although most recently remembered as a deputy and former Minister of Economy

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