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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lebanon’s Electricity Crisis

ixsir (3)In the spirit of cooperation, the Ministry of Energy and Water along with the Ministry of Agriculture have unveiled an innovative plan to provide short term relief due to Lebanon’s cold winter and severe power shortages, note however, you won’t actually feel any warmer but after a little while, you just won’t care.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Spread The Love

city mall (4)                   Not the flu! Stay home and get well soon!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hey Baby! What’s Cooking?

wardini                              Young and tender…..yum.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shooting Blanks

beirut billboards (64)   The Lebanese government has threatened to remove illegal billboards by the end of 2011. Are they serious or shooting blanks?beirut billboards (60) Is January the worst month on record for sales of outdoor ad space?beirut billboards (58)      Did the advertisers hear the complaints about visual pollution?beirut billboards (51)      Maybe the copywriters simply ran out of things to say……beirut billboards (40)          And didn’t find anything “inspiring” worth copying.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Show Must Go On…..

lara fabian (2)                             but just someplace else.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Women Unite!

klynn (6)   marie france (3)    
           Together, we are stronger than the sum of our parts.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Sky’s The Limit

MEAToday, Middle East Airlines takes delivery of the 5000th Airbus A320. Congratulations! Mabrouk! 5000 Mabrouk!  Enter to win free tickets!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Winter Of Our Discontent

siesta (3) The tragic loss of life and homes in Ashrafieh, the disturbing idea of rape between husband and wife or anyone else for that matter, playing russian roulette with decaying, crumbling bridges, relentless traffic jams, keeping your family warm and clean on 10 amps, an impotent government, the WWW struggles with SOPA, PIPA and DMCA and even Saad Hariri got bit by the Twitter Bug. It’s been a tough winter. Maybe it’s time for a nice cup of tea and a nap.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Hate Mondays

Capital Outsourcing                Ok. Well, how do you feel about unemployment?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday The 13th

PlayLoto            Here’s the answer to Lebanon’s perennial problems.   
                             Luck,dreams,hopes and wishes. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fear Factor

kafa (2)    Fear Factor should just be a TV show……. not where you live.

Marital rape. Should there be a law against it? Yes. What if it can’t be enforced? It should still be illegal. It’s already immoral. When she said “I do” that wasn’t a general consent to anything, anytime, anyway. Lebanon’s ratio of men to women is 7:1. Could Lebanese women be the next revolution? They’re getting angry and it’s hard to hide from your mothers, sisters and daughters. The protest begins January 14th.

                           March Against Rape 


Monday, January 9, 2012

Fill’er Up

medcoGas in Lebanon is so expensive that service drivers stop for 5000LL, expensive sport car drivers quietly ask for 10,000LL. A full tank gets you sparklers and a cork popping.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Banking In Beirut: The Musical

blc (3)Lebanese banks have good reason to sing and dance. The Global Economic Crisis meant record deposits. Now uncertainty from regional unrest, growing public debt and the curiosity of the U.S.Treasury Department is tempered by the perfect trifecta of vast gold reserves, reliable remittances and Lebanon’s legendary banking secrecy laws. Maybe we’ll see Riad Salameh do a little dance in Banking In Beirut : The Sequel

Thursday, January 5, 2012

And The Winner Is….

nadine labaki (7)                                     Nadine Labaki

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Not So Black And White

camel (7) Quitting smoking is the #1 resolution most people make and by day 4, it’s the one that most people break. Next year it might be a little easier for you. The Lebanese government ban on smoking will take effect and you won’t be tempted with ads like these unless, of course, that ban ends up like our well intentioned annual resolutions.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Big Deal

port (6) 2011 was the year of the Arab Spring, leaving Lebanon to ironically appear amazingly calm and steady. Lebanon’s finances suffered from a slow summer season along with a banking scandal detailed in this New York Times report. has a nice round-up of Lebanon’s non-political stories for 2011.
The Port of Beirut continues to be a major success story with phenomenal growth this last year. Lebanon’s ancient history of shipping and trading thrives here as does the age-old custom of bribes at the port.
City Daily Photo Theme Day- Photo of the Year- Click to view all participants 

Happy New Year!

talal al sahar