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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Sunday, November 18, 2007  
    Another day, another walk and another tart tale from the taxi driver.
    Just got back from my walk to Jounieh (mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun).
    On the way up the taxi driver (not last week’s raconteur) was telling me about a Syrian Kurd living in Lebanon he knows who went back to Syria and literally bought an eighteen-year-old wife (also a Syrian Kurd) for a hundred dollars, brought her back to Jounieh where he works her as a prostitute in a ‘’cabaret’’ (cabaret is another Lebanese euphemism for a whorehouse).
    It seems that life is indeed a cabaret in Lebanon these days.
    Punters at the cabaret pay a hundred dollars a pop (pun intended) for the bride of Kurdistan – fifty dollars of that goes to the house and the other fifty goes to the husband.
    Thus, according to my calculations, the husband recouped the cost of purchase in just two sessions.
    But it’s the poor punter who’s being exploited here – he’s paying the same amount it cost to buy the whore for just one measly session.
    Business was going so well for the husband that he went back to Syria and bought another Syrian Kurdish bride (a twenty-five-year old), also for a hundred dollars and pimps her too.
    I’m told he earns three or four hundred dollars a day from his two bitches (excuse the vulgarity but I’m using pimp lingo here in the interests of authenticity.

    - the bride comes to yellow sky : Jounieh emblem

    12:15 pm

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