اقتصاد وأعمال

Breaking Down Banque du Liban’s Financial Engineering

Lebanon's Central Bank (Bamque Du Liban) has taken several steps over the years in its attempts at stabilizing the economy.

Economic panic is in the air once again, with talks in Lebanon centering around bank liquidity and the Lebanese Lira. Triggered by fear, bank customers try to withdraw more money…

Why Lebanon Should Invest in Women’s Labor Force Participation

Written by Celine Bteish and Clemens Luckner  For the past decades, governments in the Middle East and North Africa have looked for ways to revive their fragile economies, and Lebanon is…

Propagating a Hostile Narrative towards Syrian refugees is more harmful than helpful to the Lebanese economy

Mariam and her family, refugees in Lebanon. (Mercy Corps | Corinna Robbins)

Amidst a tide of hate speech and scapegoating Syrian refugees, there has never been a more pressing time to call out the myths and fictitious claims made by the current…

People’s Budget: On The Separation of Politics from Economics and Wealth Production

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the presidential palace in Baabda after the fomation of the new government in January 2019. (AP/Hussein Malla)

The “People’s Budget” series is a set of articles that reflect the opinions of economists and other experts regarding the most recent updates on Lebanon’s 2019 draft budget. The Lebanese…

Lebanese Public Debt: Alternatives do Exist

The “People’s Budget” series is a set of articles that reflect the opinions of economists and other experts regarding the most recent updates on Lebanon’s 2019 draft budget. According to…

Lebanon Needs A Budget For Its People, Not Its Ruling Class

The “People’s Budget” series is a set of articles that reflect the opinions of economists and other experts regarding the most recent updates on Lebanon’s 2019 draft budget. Lebanon’s newest…

Sensio Air: Smart asthma & allergy tracker success story from Lebanon

Sensio Air device, submarine-shaped.

Spring is just around the corner, and so is the peak of all the sneezing that comes with pollen allergies. But what if you could track your allergy symptoms prior…

Buying electricity from Turkish ships would quickly solve Lebanon’s crisis

Turkish powerships would provide a quick and less costly solution to the Lebanese electricity crisis. (Wisdom Events)

Purchasing electricity from Turkish ships would allow the country to quickly generate more electricity, save more than a billion dollars, reduce the fiscal deficit, eliminate high-cost private generators, and lead…

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Lebanese Politicians Will Never Agree On A Sustainable Solution To The Garbage Crisis

Garbage crisis: Around 85 percent of Lebanon's waste goes to open dumps or landfills, even though 88 to 90 percent of it can be composted or recycled. (Infographic by Christina Atik)

“What’s happening with the Amazon is so sad,” commented the woman you matched with on Tinder last month as she drove you home. You pass Forum De Beyrouth and, instinctively, roll up your windows before the stench of trash knocks you out. The Amazon fires and the Lebanese garbage crisis are one and the same. Both are human-induced. The fires are the work of cattle ranchers and loggers who want to forcefully clear and exploit the forest, riled up by a capitalistic president who believes Brazil should open up the Amazon’s resources for business. The unending trash crisis is the…

People Are Threatening Mashrou’ Leila with Bullets Before Their Concert At the Byblos International Festival

Mashrou' Leila poster for the Byblos International Festival.

The amount of extremist comments calling for bullets in the heads of Mashrou’ Leila members and anyone who supports them have multiplied in the past week ahead of their Byblos International Festival on August 9.  For the past week, a Facebook page with almost 5.5K followers –and, right now, a profile picture of Mashrou’ Leila with a giant red X on it– has been condemning a Lebanese band with an openly-gay frontman and political music that has successfully managed to gain both international critical acclaim and fans from around the world.   Comments range from “God is great, everyone should rally…

Ziad Itani, Lebanon’s torture epidemic and its frail courts

Lebanese actor Ziad Itani being carried after his release in 2018. (AP Photo | Hussein Malla)

Framed Lebanese actor Ziad Itani testified at Beirut’s public prosecution on July 4, following a legal complaint he filed against Lebanon’s State Security, former Internal Security Forces head Lt. Col. Suzan Hajj Hobeiche, and hacker Elie Ghabash over his framing, alleged torture, and the dissemination of false information about his case. Itani, arrested back in November 2017 on charges of “collaborating” with Israel, was released without bail 103 days later in March 2018. The Beiruti actor told Human Rights Watch that he was severely tortured, and held in solitary confinement for over half of his time in prison. In his…

Mohammad Morsi in life and death mirrors wider Arab agonies

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi passed away Monday after collapsing during a court hearing. (Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

The death of former elected President Mohammad Morsi of Egypt should be seen as perhaps the single most iconic moment of modern Arab political history. For he represented everything that is good and bad about political authority and governance in the past century of Arab statehood. Yet his legacy will only be fully clarified in the decades ahead when the fate of the ongoing Arab uprisings also becomes clear. Not surprisingly, it is in Egypt that his life and death capture the main lines of the modern Arab political struggles for stable statehood and citizenship. Three, in particular, stand out…

Noha’s Journey From Raqqah to Bekaa, And From Violence to a Healthy Upbringing

Man walking in Raqqah | August 2012. (Beshr Abdulhadi)

This article is part of a series written in collaboration with KAFA, a feminist NGO that seeks to end gender-based violence and exploitation in Lebanon. The original article was published in Arabic on the KAFA website. I closed my eyes, lost in the darkness of my own thoughts as I searched for my childhood memories. The pictures raced through my mind. My eyes opened on their own, but I forced them shut again. When the voice leading me into these memories asked me to recall something painful that’s been cemented in my mind since childhood, I remembered the moment my…