New birds were flying overhead during Nasrallah’s last appearance. At least, that’s more birds than were left in downtown
I am not sure if the “assafir” mezze was good, but the flies are back.
The birds that were attending Nasrallah’s latest Jaw-Jaw were of the more mechanical bent. The buzzing sound of at least one Israeli drone was flying over
Odd, how they get the timing right…
Odder, that they did nothing about it.
It Does Not Add Up…
Not that I am calling for the demise of the great Mahdi wannabe, but quite a few other things do not add up.
Like the fact that, while M14 and Berri appear set on the road to collision, they still seem to ensure that the iztez gets to nominate, and maintain so many new “officers” are the Parliament security and some of the ISF. It is as if they are helping one another build up their private armies.
Or like the fact that Tizpi Livni decides to stab Olmert in the back, effectively shooting herself in the foot. Does she really hope to become the next Israeli PM, or has she been smoking some of our Lebanese exports? Whatever the desires of
Or like the fact that Aoun appears increasingly desperate, making less and less sense. Even by the (high) standards of the great leader’s self-delusion, he is truly overreaching, and increasingly appears to be yesterday’s man. There must be some truth to the rumours surrounding Emile’s vacation; I understand Idi Amin’s residence is available. Better clean up that swimming pool, and remodel that kitchen…
And the Price is Wrong…
But it all does not fit in with the rise in real estate prices in
Incidentally, Dahyeh is economically depressed in spite of all that Iranian cash flowing around; it is not the bombing that really hurt it, but the blockade. With all their contacts in the country’s customs under foreign supervision, many of its merchants cannot avoid official taxes, and are less and less able to afford to undersell others. Weapons smuggling is one thing, but consumer goods are another.
Maybe it is a by-product of our very Lebanese proclivity to live like there is no tomorrow. Our life may not amount to much in those days, our liberty may be in jeopardy, but we are sure hell-bent on the pursuit of happiness.
Still, something is brewing on the margins of our “society”, as demonstrated by the odd news story every once in a while…
Maybe everything is gearing up for a confrontation after all… But weapon prices are still too high…
Ghassan points out that the reports by MSM of rising real estate prices may all be inflated rumours. He points out evidence from his own personal experience “in a very well developed area whose residents are well educated and entrepreneurial”, but with “nothing but for sale signs and it is seldom that a transaction is completed”.
He has a point. But the story is a little more complex; part of the increase is due to two factors;
1- The sheikhs who are coming here to partee.
2- Those Lebanese who are stuck here, the working classes who are trying to improve their lot.
In this respect, any land or apartments that meet the needs of either of those communities have been going up. There is also the factor of Hezb and
Part of this evokes Fergusson’s work, demonstrating that bond prices were rising on the eve of the Great War, which shows that markets cannot foresee everything. Another Part of this reminds me of Deeb’s book on the “new” Lebanese economy, ruled by “Warlords and Merchants”.
I still have to work on the remaining comments; much food for though, much reading in perspective. More homework, I guess.