Archive for June 30, 2005
The true Lebanon: I was told that when the wife of the Filipino president tried to enter the Riviera beach in Beirut, the officials told her that “maids are not permitted on the premises.”
The Wise One strikes again: “Bush Strategy: Win War at Home” and lose big time abroad, and nobody will notice.
This I can confirm: Sa`d Hariri did take special tutorials in Beiruti accent after complaints from Beiruti families about his Saudi accent. He also is taking special lessons in Fusha (classical) Arabic. There is more that I cannot post for the time being lest I lose access I have here. Fu’ad Sanyurah is the next [...]
The foreign correspondent told me the story herself: a foreign correspondent based in Beirut was interviewing the right-wing member of parliament and director-general of the right-wing propaganda sheet known as An-Nahar, Jubran Tuwayni, when the latter twice told her: “Pull your hair to the back; you will look nicer.” When he said it to her [...]
Why the Economist is the best magazine there is (among other reasons of course): the Middle East correspondent of the Economist has lived in the region for 30 years and is fluent in Arabic. The New York Times and the Washington Post only require their Middle East correspondents to eat 3 falafil sandwiches before they [...]