Days Of Cedar

Until this year, Asma-Maria Andraos spent her time helping companies boost their corporate brands. Her event-planning business in Beirut promotes everything from cell phones to French jewelry to feminine hygiene products. Last February, she was almost too busy to see the cedar revolution coming. One event shook Andraos, 34, out of her complacency — literally. The explosion that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Feb. 14 blew out a window and rattled the doors of her nearby office in the Lebanese capital. "I felt fury, a raging anger," says Andraos, who shares the common assumption that Syria, whose...

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