Can Lebanon’s vineyards survive the spillover from Syria’s war

“The day that we are not allowed to make wine in Batroun is the day Lebanon is finished as a country,” says Hady Kahale of IXSIR winery, up the Mediterranean coast near Batroun, where Nissan-Renault CEO and business guru Carlos Ghosn is an investor, making wine from six different high-altitude vineyards of up to 1,800m….. “That […]

Lebanese author awarded International Prize for Arabic Fiction

A Lebanese author has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his novel depicting life of a Christian egg seller after war, in exile and during imprisonment. The prize is a prestigious Arabic literary award, affiliated with the Booker Prize Foundation in London. Rabee Jaber was awarded the prize for his novel titled The […]

No more Barbie dolls in Iran

Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls, part of a decades-long crackdown on signs of Western culture in Iran, the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Friday. Mehr quoted an unnamed police official as saying police confiscated Barbie dolls from toy shops in Tehran in a “new phase” of its crackdown […]

Court acts to stop arranged wedlock

A 16-YEAR-OLD Lebanese Australian girl has been placed on a nationwide airport watch list to stop her being sent to Lebanon against her will for an arranged marriage. In what a magistrate has called an ”act of great bravery”, the girl sought a court order to stop her parents taking her out of Australia to […]