Author Archives: Robert Biddle

Covering the net

Covering the net

Reading Time: 4 minutes Good role models are hard to find. Thus insurers on a quest for new business lines would do well to pay close attention to Estonia, the small Baltic republic where cyber security is writ larger than anywhere.  In April, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves highlighted his country’s success in safeguarding Internet freedom and implementing cyber-security

Stem cells: worth banking on?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Between an executive order from United States President Barack Obama in 2009 and a papal endorsement in 2011, stem cell science has reached the forefront of medical research and is revolutionizing healthcare. Not surprisingly, the stem cell wave has reverberated in Lebanon, and the Bsalim-based Middle East Institute of Health (MEIH) is looking to take

Meals on wheels

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wandering out of Beirut’s bars or clubs, perhaps feeling a bit merry from one too many drinks, you have a number of options for where to get late-night grub. But if, out the corner of your eye, you see a large yellow truck with two LED lights waiting patiently on the side of the street,

Running the Code Marathon

Reading Time: 7 minutes It was not until the can-can came on that Firas finally lost it. The tall, bearded man rushed to the sound system, cranked it up to full volume, raised his hands and wiggled his body – somewhere between a dabke and the Harlem Shake, but definitely nothing like the can-can. The moves failed to illicit

Tripoli’s new plot of gold

Reading Time: 3 minutes Outside of Lebanon’s second largest city lie the foundations for what soon could be Tripoli’s newest suburb and a new way for banks to cash in on development opportunities. Zeitoun 1589 is a project owned by a company of the same name and currently managed by BlomInvest Bank, a unit of regional financial player, Blom

Still no to the WTO

Reading Time: 7 minutes Earlier this week, the US Ambassador to Lebanon gave a speech at Beirut’s Lebanese American University in which she made an explicit appeal to the government to make a move towards accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). “I understand that Lebanese politicians have a lot on their plate these days,” Maura Connelly said, “but

The mineral miracle

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Nuclear power has garnered a bad reputation, particularly after the Fukushima disaster in 2011 devastated Japan. Meltdowns at the Three Mile Island power plant in the United States in 1979, and at Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986, among others, helped tinge talk of uranium-based power generation with the hint of impending catastrophe.     But