Author Archives: Sami Halabi

Energy – Like oil and water

Reading Time: 11 minutes There’s an old saying in the oil industry: “Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.” The late American oil magnate, Jean Paul Getty, may have been talking about the oil and gas market of the 1950s, but his words continue to ring true. Ever since a joint US-Israeli exploration group headed

Election – The ballots bought

Reading Time: 10 minutes Lebanon’s June 7 parliamentary elections are expected to be a close affair, pitting the March 14 coalition against the opposition parties of Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, Hezbollah and Amal. The elections are unprecedented in many respects, not least of which is the introduction of a new electoral law. Lebanon’s new electoral law is unique

Shaking up the system

Reading Time: 3 minutes Until recently, thelabor laws of the United Arab Emirates seemed as stationary as the tectonicplates under the Arabian Gulf. Those plates seldom shift, but when they do the result is earth shattering. The new laborregulations in the UAE may not be as dramatic, but they do have the potentialto shake up the country’s antiquated employment