Off-the-book internet connections have flourished for years in Lebanon as the country’s limited legal bandwidth is controlled by the state and sold for extremely high prices.
“I think between 50 and 60 percent” of internet subscribers in Lebanon have illegal hookups, said Imad Torbey, chief executive officer of the data service provider Cedarcom, echoing other sources involved in both legal internet provision and market regulation.
Scores of companies are providing under-the-table access to the web and have been doing so for over a decade.
Illegal Internet is back in the news for the first time in years because of the so-called “Barouk station.” According to Al-Akhbar, which has run several detailed articles on the station in the past few weeks, a company named Hotspot used a microwave dish on a television antenna atop the Chouf’s Barouk Mountain to receive bandwidth from Israel.
Another center of nighttime activity is Muallim Naci Cad., the road running up from Ortaköy.
Now there are only two businesses left that cater to Chaldeans.Note that during summer, many music venues (such as the famous Babylon) close down and move to their summer locations.The English-language lists current performances, as well as a comprehensive list of GLBT-friendly bars and clubs.Mohammad, a 40-year old Lebanese Shiite who lives in Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburbs, was holding forth on the virtues of resistance, loyalty, and sex."You could create the most loyal army by providing political power, social services and fulfilling the desires of your men — namely, sexual ones," he declared.