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Where’s my damn money?

[First published in An-Nahar and Yerepouni News on July 14, 2019] BEIRUT: “… We have a new product for deposits with a minimum of $20 million, paying a 14% annual rate … but now we’re opening this great offer for the general population at much smaller amounts, but only for dollars coming from outside Lebanon …. We put your money with the [...]

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Ode to Hamra Street

[This article was first published in An-Nahar on June 21, 2019] Today’s urban hike is from Achrafieh to #Hamra Street, four kilometers away. Ten minutes in, I reach the Green Line, splitting Beirut into two warring zones in the civil war. During the war, it felt like it was much further away. East Beirut versus West [...]

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An Explosive Time at a Beirut Nightclub

(Originally published in An-Nahar June 16, 2019, 14 months before the Port Explosion) There’s no question that our nightlife is one of the best in the world, and, having been to 80 countries, I can authoritatively make that claim. Obviously, you usually go to these joints at night, where the darkness and lighting add to the trendy design [...]

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A tale of two Lebanons

(This article was originally published in An-Nahar on June 2, 2019) I heard that one of my favorite restaurants is closing. I love that place, not because you can glimpse the who’s who in the country, but the food and service are great, and the charming manager reminds me of a bygone era. I dress like I don’t belong there, so one waiter, [...]

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The Painting

[This article was first published in An-Nahar on May 29, 2019] It was a blotch that literally looked like someone had dipped a brush in red paint and splashed the empty canvas, then with orange, and finally some black — an explosion of random colors, aka modern art. I’m no expert, but the whole thing would take my five-year-old kid three [...]

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The Curse of Oil and Gas

[This article was first published in An-Nahar on April 21, 2019.] Imagine the Arabian deserts, centuries ago, before the first oil field was struck. People had to hike for hours in the scorching sun, foraging for food and water, with nothing to protect them from the elements, but a handmade piece of cloth covering their sunburnt head and [...]

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Where did the $22 billion go?

[This article was originally published in An-Nahar on March 24, 2019 and created a media frenzy such as this report attacking me] Adventures in Forensic Accounting: Last Monday I received an excel spreadsheet from MJ, a bright young man, a couple of years out of college, whom I met last year at a controversial lecture at AUB (LINK HERE). [...]

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Exorbitant Privilege

[This article was originally published in An-Nahar on February 2, 2019] The United States buys a Japanese Toyota, German BMW, Korean Kia, or Chinese Dongfeng, made of steel, leather, glass, computer chips, engines, and significant workmanship and design. They pay using pieces of paper (water-proof cotton, to be precise); with “In God We [...]

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Nights in Heaven and Hell

[This article was first published in An-Nahar in December 2018] So the other day I died, which got me into a bit of a pickle, as I found myself standing in line at the Gates of Heaven. I never thought much about the afterlife, but, surprisingly, my image had turned out quite accurate. There was a long line, with blond, burly guys at the [...]

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