Why the Lebanese iTunes Store may do Well

At first glance, the newly announced Lebanese iTunes store is destined to fail. Think of it for a moment: Who in their right mind in Lebanon will buy a song online when the illegal market for music in Lebanon is so rampant and copyright law-enforcement is completely absent? It is very easy to walk to […]

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About that Expat Voting "Scandal"

A statue in Ghana depicting the friendship between the Lebanese expats and Ghanaians (full image) Yesterday, the minister of foreign affairs dropped a bomb during the meeting of the joint parliamentary committee for the election law: Of all the eligible voters in the Lebanese diaspora (a diaspora that has more people than the inhabitants of […]

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Lebanese Expatriate Voting. How to Take Part in it.

I started this morning the process of registering to vote in the 2013 Lebanese Parliamentary elections. I figured I’ll share here some info and tips that you might find useful if you too are planning to vote. I’ll be using a questions and answer format (f.a.q) because I found it the best way to organize […]

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Pockets of Brazil In Lebanon

A fascinating look at Lebanon’s “Brazilebanese”: A very interesting phenomenon has occurred in Bekaa: in that area there are towns such as Sultan Yakub where the first language is neither Arabic nor French, but Portuguese [...] Those travelling to Sultan Yakoub are advised that once in the town, they may request information in Portuguese since […]

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Anthony Shadid's Longing For His Lebanese Roots

This portrait (Arabic) by Hussain Abdul Hussain of Anthony Shadid paints him as a figure many of us are familiar with: The man with Lebanese roots who had a nostalgia for an ideal of Lebanon, an ideal that never really existed, who was willing to give up everything to return “home” and build a new life there. Except […]

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Facts and Figures From Lebanese Embassies On Expected Diaspora Votes

Make sure you check this first-of-a-kind report published by Annahar today on the figures provided by 70 Lebanese embassies around the world on expected vote turnout, conditions for voting and requirements to run such elections. I don’t think embassies are doing a great job communicating the importance of diaspora voting to those of us who […]

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The Kind Of People Lebanon Does Like

- Once a Friend – Moncef Marzouki was treated by Lebanon as a pariah, but he is now the popular President of Tunisia. We also have the exact opposite of this story: A president who was once celebrated by Lebanon but who is now an international criminal. I’m talking about Laurent Gbagbo, the ex-president of […]

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Lebanon's Dual Nationality Law is a Sexist Travesty

The cabinet with zero women strikes again. If your father’s father was Lebanese, congratulations, you just earned the Lebanese nationality! Don’t worry, even if you or your father have never been to Lebanon, you deserve it (patting you on the back). That’s because you’re the man! You’re the son of a man who’s the son of […]

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The Lebanese Diaspora and Revoked Citizenship

You know how many Lebanese like to “game the system” to obtain Canadian Nationalities? Those who actually live in Lebanon but travel to Canada every now and then only to prove they’re residents? Apparently, the Canadian government is catching on to them and has decided to revoke their nationalities. I would be tempted to say […]

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