Guest Post – News stating that oil has been found in Lebanon spread like wildfire two years ago. Seismic scans in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea revealed the existence of vast oil reserves off the coasts of the country. It was a celebratory moment for Lebanon, whose economy suffered from debt and power outages. However, it would seem that a brighter future with oil remains out of reach, as the Lebanese government still hasn’t given the go signal for exploration.
The World Expo has come a long way indeed, ever since the inception of London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. Currently, it is being held in the beautiful city of Milan in Italy. The honor to host this year’s fair was given to Milan in 2010, after Shanghai and Dubai after it in 2020.
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.
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.
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.