Lebanon in 2009

Howdy folks. I’m back in the saddle after a snowy Christmas in Chicago and several days spent trying to characterize (in 1200 words) the Middle East in 2009, for a piece in The National. It’ll be out this Friday.

In the meantime, I seem to have caught an acute case of yearinreviewitis, so I thought it might be profitable to discuss the year that was. What do you regard as the most important developments in Lebanon in 2009? Obviously, winning the Guiness record for the biggest plate of hummus was the most significant one, but were there other, less visible, features that you think made a significant difference in one way or another?
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7 thoughts on “Lebanon in 2009

  1. …none. The hummus plate’s all I can think of 😛

    Posted by Shadi | December 29, 2009, 10:17 pm
  2. The year’s most important development is that there was no internal or external physical/war conflict. This is a blessing, and hope it continues, as the rest of the issues can be dealt with much easier.

    Posted by Ras Beirut | December 29, 2009, 10:46 pm
  3. The defacto acceptance of the HA statelet. Lebanon is but a name…

    Posted by danny | December 30, 2009, 10:07 am
  4. 2009 – Hezbollah is finally placed in its plate.

    Posted by Jester theFool | December 31, 2009, 1:12 am
  5. My cousin Marc’s wedding in Chekka. And the single day elections.

    Posted by Edgard | December 31, 2009, 2:55 am
  6. the exibition by Akram Zaatari @ the beirut art center: “Earth of Endless Secrets – Writing for a Posterior Time”…

    Posted by georges salameh | December 31, 2009, 6:04 am
  7. The Kefraya Nouveau 2009…

    Posted by Umm iDriss | December 31, 2009, 10:15 am

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