We all know that corruption and red tape are great obstacles facing businesses (foreign and local) and hindering economic growth. To file practically any permit, a separate budget is often taken for-granted in order to hand the hard-working government employee his cut of the deal. While the system can work easily without the bribe, but the paperwork that usually takes 15 minutes to stamp and approve will take a remorse-less 14 days to rot in a drawer along with the rest of the incapable masses.
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We have all followed BlackBerry for weeks trying to predict what the once tech-giant would do in its seemingly last steps in the business. Companies revered BlackBerry Service as a ‘perk’ rather than a mere communication tool. It nurtured a great loyalty that eventually BlackBerry couldn’t cash in, and look where it is now.
We all complain about the internet in our country, but Lebanon, as always, has a special case. While the necessary infrastructure exists to provide enough internet to meet demand, political deadlock and corruption keeps prosperity plans in the cabinets, far from seeing the light of day.
Introverts are everywhere. Everyone knows that person who finds comfort away from social gatherings and crowded raves. It’s the member that balls on the majority of events unless dragged by a dominating majority. It’s the typical pizza on a Friday night instead of hitting the bars and rocking the clubs. Yet there is more to discover in this silent, intriguing personality.
Following the latest events in Sidon and the clashes in Abra, Twitter resounded with hashtags and support for all kinds of parties, be it the Army, Assir, Fadel Chaker, or any other political faction. The global repercussions were evident in the hike in Lebanon keywords and hashtags, as world news agencies reported the notorious instability that smeared the Southern coast.
I grew up with SimCity, and many aspects of the game grew up with me and shaped the way I perceive societies. It was always just a game until I started gathering points here and there during my travel experiences. I’ll come back to that later on.
First of all, let me start by stating that I am not endorsing the game nor I am affiliated with in any manner. My enthusiasm for Simcity stems to my early childhood when SimCity 2000 was a revolutionary game in the mid 90s.