Image 1 of 12: Mike Feghali: Keeps his telling eyes on Lebanon: 2012 sees electricity surge - better prices, less cuts. A Jewish heritage site will be discovered in Aqar; A religious miracle brings wondrous visitors to Lebanon; Even Liban is not immune to the smoking ban's reach. He foresees an international crime, on a scale bigger than 'Harriri'.
Image 1 of 12: Maguy Farah's predictions include anger, revolutions, financial crises, explosions, 'trials' & natural havoc. She sees a rise in radical political parties, in assassinations & scandals. "Year of Wars": She prophesies a (3rd) world war. In April things go awry, with Summer the worst. Medical & technological advances break-through the mad mess.
Image 1 of 12: Michel Hayek prophesies a Kuwaiti terrorist ring. He promises the Lebanese safety from financial ruin. Lebanon may discover oil, as well as witnessing a religious miracle! A brief clash between Lebanon & Israel takes care of unfinished business. He forecasts a reformed, re-bordered Mideast. The Arab Spring will not triumph in Syria soon.
Image 1 of 12: Helene Malouf sees: fortune for Lebanon's tourism in 'peaceful' times; Arab regimes still falling; Kuwait changing rapidly; Religious celebrity visiting Beirut Airport to a warm Lebanese reception; Water flooding Lebanon from the sea; President Assad staying and Syria quietening; LBC shutting down; Blood spilt in China; And new killer diseases.
Image 1 of 12: Abdel Aziz al Khatabi: This Moroccan sees 2012 as tough on Jordan, KSA, UAE, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Iran, USA, Israel & France. A woman heads France for the first time; Some Presidents endangered particularly, Obama, Sarkozy & Ahmadinejad; A new 'OBL' will arise. He holds back one prediction as it's too devastating to reveal.
Image 1 of 12: Leila Abdelatif foresees the following headlines: All hell breaking loose in Egypt, leaving a note of nostalgia for the days of Mubarak; The UAE economy in distress; Kuwait in strife; Terror visiting Europe; Lebanese TV airing classic music; New skin disease 'surfaces'; Prince Charles falls ill; Iraqi Shia turns on fellow Shia.
Image 1 of 12: Yaser Daghastani predicts the death of Assad & Syria's regime; Yemen's clingy Saleh hands over power; Algeria faces down Islamists. Lebanon erupts; Jordan's reforms satisfy none, but outside support prevails. A Western war on Iran is Gulf-funded. Iraq stabilises: With Malaki out, conflict is left behind. Egypt under the MB lays Mubarak to rest.
Image 1 of 12: Mohamad Far’oun forecasts: revolution against Malaki; Qatar’s PM Bin-Jassem waging a coup to usurp Qatar's leader; Yemen's revolution-win; Assad's trial; US-Israel-led war against Iran; A new US Leader we've yet to meet; Egypt's money-surprise & quake-tremor; Libyan civil war; Tunisia progressing;& Algeria ejecting Bouteflika sans revolution.
Image 1 of 12: Najlaa Kabaani advises that we all proceed with caution to heed escalating violence. She expects spells of terroristic damage & full-out war; She pictures a global mess, prophesying radical sectarian wars spreading.The USA & Europe will still suffer financial crises flowing out of 2011. But beware of the rumor mill & falsifications, she adds.
Image 1 of 12: Karmen Shammas reads 2012 as the continuation of 2011, spewing natural disasters. Politicians should be prudent to avoid a world war. Such war may be economically-waged rather than militarily fought. 2012, happily, brings scientific discoveries. Lebanon's year follows its (national day) Scorpio birth-sign chart. Lebanon should dig for oil & gas.
Image 1 of 12: Jouman Kubaissi- Known for reading people's future based on their name, she was the first to predict the crash of the US economy. She warns of a US civil war & dissolution of states. She advises people not to use the US $. She uses spells & prayers to heal. She has a premonition of a significant attack such as the assassination of Barack Obama.
Image 1 of 12: Hassan Al Sharny - Celeb Guru with a track record of calling Diana & MJs' deaths - sees Haifa Wahbe transform, but recommends less passion. Wael Kfoury gets some career surprises. His decisions must be practically driven, not vanity-led. Sabah will release a strong single. Elissa's year spells success if she ignores what others tell her.
A run-down of the top predictions for 2012 from the prominent men and women in their field of regional 'predicting' and fore-casting. These Arabian 'predictors', primarily for the Arab world but also for the global future, share some of their ominous foresights for the year ahead.
Between them, the selection in our panel comes from a mixed stock of astrology, healing, fortune-telling and simply 'predictor' backgrounds. Most are self-proclaimed 'predictors' by trade and some are voices by now well-documented in the region, with fairly impressive track-records of realized predictions.
Is it all just doom and gloom from these Arab mouth-pieces for 2012 or dare they suggest a spot of hope and optimism? Indeed will any faith, in the forces for good or in mother earth, prevail in the readings for 2012?
Some highlights from these truth-sayers follow.
- Iraqi astrologer, Yaser Daghastani
- Lebanese 'predictors', astrologers, healers - Maguy Farah, Joumana Kubeissi, Michel Hayek, Mike Feghali, Helene Malouf
- Morocco's Abdel Aziz al Khatabi
- Tunisian Hassan Al Sharny
- Egyptian Mohamad Far’oun
- Syria's Najlaa Kabaani
*Some short-hand abbreviations used in the slideshow
Abu Dhabi (AD)
Muslim Brotherhood (MB)
Osama Bin Laden (OBL)