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Sunday, January 19, 2020

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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 right position at the right time. This looks like one...
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Yasmine Seghirate el-Guerrab on food security: “We must ensure the health of the soil...

ByTheEast: International medias talk a lot about "food security" lately. What does it imply specially in the Mediterranean region? Yasmine Seghirate el-Guerrab: Food security in the region is...
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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 people and without deft handling risks spiraling into full-fledged civil...

Lebanon: Hariri out, now what?

Victory #1 for this new Lebanon, check. Yesterday at 3pm, Saad al-Hariri resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday, declaring he had hit a “dead end” in trying to resolve a crisis...

Lebanese protesters want to kick out the regime

The same flag all over Lebanon, after the same burning tires all over our TV screens: thousands of protesters continued to demonstrate on Friday and block roads all...
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Marc Goutalier on Saudi Arabia: “Riyadh aims to diversify its portfolio”

ByTheEast: Saudi Arabia is currently in the spotlight. What can we expect from Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to Riyadh today? Marc Goutalier: In geopolitical terms this is symbolic...
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets Sheikh Mouhamad Bin Zayed

Lebanon Inc., With a little help from my friends

“Our house is burning and we are looking elsewhere,” the French President Jacques Chirac said, back in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Lebanon is now burning and we can...
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Crisis? What crisis?

It was the riots waiting to happen. Hundreds of Lebanese protested Sunday in the country's capital and other areas over an economic crisis that worsened over the past two weeks, with worries...
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What future for Egypt’s new capital city?

Egypt's new capital is not a mirage in the desert anymore. But still. It's far from being completed. Forging new capitals from scratch ain't a new phenomenon: countries are used to build...
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(Failed) State of emergency

"All these accidents that happen follow the dots", the songs says. Lebanese deep crisis is no exception. Except nothing here is accidental. This is no bad luck, only bad choices. Here we...