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Asmahan Zein on labour market: “Women lack representation at many levels”

ByTheEast: A recent survey (‘Working Women in the Middle East and North Africa’, by Bayt.com and YouGov.com) ranked Lebanon as #1, vis-a-vis women and men working together in the same workplace. Are...
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Smuggling resurfaced in Lebanon-Syria taxi route

Smuggling in Lebanese and Syrian markets have seen a renewal in the last few months, as goods are being smuggled from Lebanon’s market to Syria as Damascus is facing goods’ shortage in its markets....

Algerians protest in Algiers, Paris: “We want our democracy back”

Yesterday our Paris correspondent David Hury was in the crowd on the Republic Square. As in Algiers and in other European cities, Algerians had one message to the world: they want President...
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Hezbollah as “terror entity”: UK says ‘yes’, EU says ‘no’

Sorry UK, but branding Hezbollah as "terror entity" seems a bit anachronistic given the mess it has created for itself with Brexit and its questionable allies in the Middle East. Yet, in...
Illicit arms sales brings new dimension to Yemen war

Illicit arms sales brings new dimension to Yemen war

It comes as no surprise, illicit arms and weapons have been flowing into the war in Yemen with numerous examples of such weapons supplied by arm sellers, such as China, UK and...
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Egypt: Cement giant sets up solar plant

SolarizEgypt has signed an agreement with Arabian Cement Company, one of Egypt’s leading cement producer, for setting up a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy plant within its premises in the Suez Governorate. The...
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Fouad Zmokhol on reforming Lebanon: “It’s time to act”

ByTheEast: A few weeks ago, Beirut hosted the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit which turned out to be a fiasco. Economic commentators pointed to the humiliation faced by Lebanon because...
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Back to work

What they said about the new Cabinet President Michel Aoun: “The government comprises new faces and they are good, but it is surprising that we have started hearing criticism against...
Lebanon debt sustainability

Lebanon’s elephant in the room: its debt sustainability

Debt sustainability has become a focal point for Lebanon’s economy following comments made by its finance minister vis-a-vis its public debt. Beirut’s dollar dominated sovereign bonds also witnessed a sell-off midst a market turbulence following concerns...
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Debt restructuring is ‘absolutely not’ on the card

Introducing a restructured debt wasn’t an imminent future in Lebanon, thought Goldman Sachs. However, the country has turned its focus on investors’ recovery while financial crisis stands knocking at the country’s door.