I met Yasmeen a few years ago in Beirut. My best (Lebanese, not Canadian) friend introduced her to me as his sweety. She turned to be a passionate person and an talented translator. In 2011, she managed the translation of my second book, "Beyrouth sur écoute / Wiretapping Beirut" (Amers Editions). Then, I had no doubt to ask her for some translation and copy editing in Russian to complete "The Beirut Book". She moved back to Kiev last February and I miss her very very much. That’s a fact.