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beirut 2020 explosion

How “I-don’t-give-a-shitism” and corruption destroyed Beirut

Beirut was destroyed. Once again. On August 4, following a massive explosion that ravaged Beirut’s neighbourhood, including ones up to 10 km...
Rabih el-Chaer corruption Lebanon Banking secrecy ByTheEast

Rabih El Chaer on corruption: "We need a complete lifting of banking secrecy"

ByTheEast: Since the beginning of the Thawra on October 17th, corruption is the theme of many debates. How do you evaluate...
Lebanon fuel shortage

Lebanon: The looming economic collapse

Basic medical facilities and emergency services won’t be able to face the crisis. It will be game over soon. "Doctors and nurses...
Lebanese Pound

Hyperinflation could spark mass uprising in Lebanon

“I remember what happened in Argentina in 2011”, says Flora, an Argentinian citizen living in Beirut since 2013. “Now, my Lebanese friends...
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Lebanon: Beware of China’s appetite

Vultures are craving to strip the flesh from Lebanon's bones. The August 4, 2020 explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in...
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Nadim Houry on Lebanon: “The public sphere is left to rot”

ByTheEast: Since 2011, the Arab countries followed different paths. What have they in common in 2020? Nadim Houry:...
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Lebanon: The banking system needs reforms to stop the bleeding, not politics

Something has to change in the wonderful world of the Lebanese banking system. The manner in which Lebanon is addressing its financial...
Swiss job $2 billion corruption

The Swiss job: the greatest heist in Lebanon's History?

Swiss banks have been like Heaven on Earth for some Lebanon's “creme de la creme” for a long, long time. Will it...
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Restoring confidence: the impossible Lebanese jigsaw

Confidence is not something you can buy. Or summon. In Lebanon nowadays, confidence won't be restored without the right men in the...
Iraqi civil society

Iraq’s missed economic opportunities fueling strife

Years of economic mismanagement, corruption and runaway spending has fueled an uprising in civilian protests in Iraq that has killed scores of...