Byblos Groups new branch B-Guard ME opens in Beirut
French security firm Byblos Group is going to do business in Beirut, in owner Simon Hoayek's native country. He is counting on Sami el-Hoyek, a former Lebanese Armed Forces general, to get the new branch off the ground.
Bahaa Hariri swaps CT Group for BGR to promote his political ambitions in Lebanon
A powerful businessman and son of the former prime minister murdered in 2005, Hariri will pay BGR $600,000 for a year's work. Lobbyists on the contract include Ed Rogers, a veteran of the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations, and Mark Tavlarides, who worked at NSC under Bill Clinton.
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Deloitte and Lebanese ex-partner Al Fadl escape LCB shareholders' wrath for now
A legal battle between Deloitte and former shareholders in Lebanese Canadian Bank, relaunched in February, involves an array of characters including a member of the Qatari royal family and Beirut financial consulting figure Joseph Al Fadl.
Abbas Ibrahim played role in Beirut port security director's flight to US
Freed in a surprise decision by Lebanon's attorney general, Beirut port security official Ziad Al Awf, jailed in connection with his role in the port explosion, fled to the US recently with the help of spymaster Abbas Ibrahim, despite a court order preventing him from leaving the country.
Saad Hariri gets business backing from UAE master spy Tahnoon bin Zayed
The former Lebanese prime minister who lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates, has been receiving active business backing from Tahnoon bin Zayed, the brother of President Mohammed bin Zayed and the UAE's national security adviser, who also heads a financial empire.
New Order of Malta leader Fra' John Dunlap inherits tradition of secret diplomacy
The Order of Malta is devoted to humanitarian missions but has also long served as a handy screen for discreet diplomacy and influence. Its new leader, Fra' John Dunlap, now finds himself walking a tightrope between providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and nurturing ties with Russia's Orthodox Church, all under the Vatican's watchful eye.
France and Qatar join in support of Lebanese presidential contender Joseph Aoun
The two countries are united in their hopes that the Lebanese Armed Forces commander, promoter of political stability, will see the competition cancel itself out and allow him to take up residence in the Baabda Presidential Palace.
Omar Harfouch hires former Clinton aide to boost his foray into politics
The flamboyant Franco-Lebanese businessman is eying a move into a world far more complex than trade: Lebanese politics. To increase his chances, he has recruited Steven Rabinowitz, a fervent defender of Israel who used to work as Bill Clinton's director of media planning.
Iskandar Safa faces British Navy's former First Sea Lord in Greek arbitration
Hearings between the Greek state and the Franco-Lebanese businessman are expected to resume next month. To boost its defence, Athens has an ace up its sleeve in the person of former Chief of Staff of the Royal Navy turned consultant, George Zambellas.
Spymaster Abbas Ibrahim suffers further setback in US over Fakhoury affair Free
A US court has denied a request from Lebanon's intelligence chief Abbas Ibrahim to withdraw the paragraph incriminating him in a complaint filed by the family of Amer al-Fakhoury. This makes his relations with Washington all the more awkward, despite him having some well-placed supporters there.
Amarante well placed for "failed states" Levant study contract
The international relations department of the French armed forces ministry, which likes to carry out long studies involving several outside contractors, has issued a tender call for a new study of three countries in the Levant region, which it describes without qualms as "failed states".
Abbas Ibrahim still in hot water in US despite pulling off prisoner release
Ibrahim has done many hostage and prisoner deals in his day and has now succeeded again by securing the release of a Lebanese detainee in Abu Dhabi. Yet the latest has done nothing to allay growing US anger over accusations that the spy chief was behind the torture of Amer al-Fakhoury.
Washington finally ready to launch its anti-drug strategy against Hezbollah
Worried about the scale of the trafficking of captagon pills through Lebanon in particular, with Syria the main source, the US authorities intend to grant additional funds to the Lebanese security forces, which are supposed to be involved in this operation.
Bahaa Hariri establishes multiple support platforms ahead of Lebanon's general elections
Now officially engaged in Lebanon's electoral race with his movement Sawa li Lubnan, Bahaa Hariri is hoping to reap the rewards of months of negotiations on 15 May, thanks to various support and lobbying platforms in Beirut and Washington.